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NAMES AND ADDRESSES
Law School: The George Washington University Law School 
Address: 716 20th Street, NW, Suite 310 
   
City: Washington 
State, Zip: DC, 20052 
Country: United States  
Phone: (202) 994-7340 

Administrator Name: Carole Montgomery 
Administrator Title: Associate Dean for Career Development 
Phone: (202) 994-7340 
Fax: (202) 994-7352 
Email: cmontgomery@law.gwu.edu 
Web: www.law.gwu.edu/cdo/ 

Registrar's Name: Helen Klepac, Director, Records Office 
Phone No: (202) 994-6261 
Names & titles of key CSO staff: Assoc. Dean.: Carole Montgomery; Rec. Mgr.: Emily Culbertson; Assistant Dir. and Alumni Advisor: Keri McCoy; Diversity Contact: Jenice Goffe; Career Counselors: Ethel Badawi; Tamara Devieux-Adams, Sheila Driscoll;Susan Fine, La Tanya James-Rouse, Julie McLaughlin; Stephanie Sanders; Khaliah Wrenn;Alum. Counselor: Meridith Jacobs 

DEGREE PROGRAMS
No. of hours required to graduate: 84 
Comments:  

No. of Full-time students 1430 
No. of Evening students:
No. of Part-time students: 323 
Other:
Total: 1753 

COMPOSITION OF ENROLLMENT
'12-'13 Year 1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year 4th Year Total
Men: 281  292  323  60  956 
Woman: 223  293  254  27  797 
Totals: 504  585  577  87  1753 
Black (Men): 13  19  41 
Black (Women): 13  16  17  48 
Hispanics (Men): 19  20  13  57 
Hispanics (Women): 23  24  18  66 
American Indian/Alaskan (Men):
American Indian/Alaskan (Women):
Asian/Pacific Islander (Men): 28  22  33  85 
Asian/Pacific Islander (Women): 24  31  23  80 
Disabled (Men): 13  10  31 
Disabled (Woman): 13 
Openly GLBT (Men):
Openly GLBT (Woman):
Comments: GLBT students are not asked to self identify. 

Do you offer LL.M. degrees? Yes 
Is LL.M. grading system equivalent to JD system? Yes 
Do you offer joint degree programs? Yes 
NO. of LL.M. degrees awarded in previous year: 220 

FIELDS OF STUDY OFFERED > LL.M DEGREES:
Subjects Full-time Evening Part-time Other
Environmental 10 9 9
Gov't. Procurement 9 28 21
Gov't Proc./Enviro. 1 3 1
International/Comp 42 9 11
International/Enviro 4 1 1
Litigation/Dispute R 7 10 0
Intellectual Prop. 44 7 2
General 18 13 4
National Security Law 15 8 1
Business/Finance 20 2 1
FIELDS OF STUDY OFFERED > JOINT DEGREES:
Subjects Full-time Evening Part-time Other
JD/MPH 13
JD/MBA 12
JD/MA 3
JD/MPA 0
JD/MPP 4
LLM/MA 0
LLM/MPH 0

ADMISSIONS PROFILE
Applications received: 8652 
Size of entering class: 474 
No. of undergraduate colleges represented: 235 
No. of states represented: 46 
In-state enrollment: 32 
Out-state enrollment: 442 
Foreign countries represented: 15 

GRADE POINT AVERAGE / LAW SCHOOL ADMISSION TEST
25% 50% 75%
Grade Point Average Full-time 3.44 3.82 3.90
Part-time 3.15 3.57 3.91
Overall 3.43 3.82 3.90
Law School Admission Test

 

Full-time 162 167 168
Part-time 159 167 168
Overall 161 167 168
In determining GPA and LSAT averages, are all students included? Yes 
  If "No", what percentage is not included?
 

JD PROGRAM
Fall Semester: Begin Date:
End Date:
8/22/2011
12/1/2011
Spring Semester: Begin Date:
End Date:
1/9/2012
4/17/2012
Semester Break: Begin Date:
End Date:
12/17/2011
1/8/2012
Spring Break: Begin Date:
End Date:
3/5/2012
3/9/2012

CLINICAL COURSES/PROGRAMS OFFERED
Clinical Courses/Program Enrollment Based on
Small Business Clinic/Community Economic Dev. 2nd or 3rd year; permission of instructor; prereqs
Vaccine Injury Clinic 2nd or 3rd year; permission of instructor
Immigration Clinic 2nd or 3rd year; permission of instructor; prereqs
Civil & Family Litigation Clinic 3rd year; permission of instructor; prerequisites
Federal, Criminal, and Appellate Clinic 3rd year; permission of instructor; prerequisites
D.C. Law Students in Court 3rd year; permission of instructor; prerequisites
J.B. & Maurice C. Shapiro Environmental Clinic 2nd, 3rd or 4th year; instructor's permission
Public Justice Advocacy Clinic 2nd or 3rd year; permission of instructor
Consumer Mediation Clinic 2nd or 3rd year; permission of instructor
Environmental Law Clinic 2nd, 3rd or 4th year; permission of instructor
Clinical Teaching and Scholarship LL.M.; permission of instructor; prerequisites
Health Rights Law Clinic 2nd or 3rd year; permission of instructor
International Human Rights Clinic 2nd or 3rd year; permission of instructor; prereqs
Disabled People and the Law 2nd or 3rd year; permission of instructor
Legal Activism 2nd or 3rd year; permission of instructor
Intensive Clinical Placement 3rd year; permission of instructor
SPECIAL TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS
Alternative Dispute Resolution Board
Moot Court Board
Trial Court Board

MOOT COURT PROGRAM
Is Moot Court a required activity? Yes 
Please describe program, including when students participate, how board members are selected, etc.
All 1L students take a required course, Intro to Advocacy, in which they write pre-trial and appellate briefs and participate in oral argument.  All 1L students are also invited to participate in a competition sponsored by the Moot Court Board.  Approximately 10% of those who compete are invited to join the Moot Court Board, based on both brief and oral argument scores.

JOURNALS/ACTIVITIES
JOURNALS
Journals No. of Students Grades Write-on Intv. Other
The George Washington Law Review 129 70% 30% n/a
The George Washington Int'l Law Review 117 70% 30% n/a
Public Contract Law Journal 71 70% 30% n/a
AIPLA Journal 64 70% 30% n/a
Int'l Law in Domestic Courts (on-line) 19 100%
Federal Circuit Bar Journal 75 70% 30% n/a
Journal of Energy and Environmental Law 43 70% 30% n/a
 
STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
Alternative Dispute Resolution Board
Moot Court Board/Trial Court Board
GW Law Democrats
American Constitution Society
International Law Society
Law Association for Women
Christian Law Association
Law Revue
Corporate and Business Law Society
Legal Fraternities- Phi Alpha Delta, Phi Delta Phi
National Lawyers Guild
Entertainment and Sports Law Society
Nota Bene (student newspaper)
Environmental Law Association
St. Thomas More Society/Street Law
Equal Justice Foundation
Student Bar Association
Evening Law Students Association
Student Health Law Association
Federalist Society
Student Intellectual Property Law Association
Asian/Pacific American Law Students Association
Black Law Students Association
Hispanic Law Students Association
Jewish Law Students Association
South Asian Law Students Association
Muslim Law Students Association
Lambda Law
American Civil Liberties Union
Anarchist Collective
Criminal Law Society
Culture of Life Legal Society
East Asian Law Society
Feminist Forum
J. Reuben Clark Law Society
Military Law Society
Republican National Lawyers Association
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
Student Communications and Information Law Assn.
Human Rights Law Society
The National Security Law Association
Native American Law Student Association
Street Law
Law Students for Reproductive Justice
Art and Cultural Heritage Law Society
Election Law Society
Immigration Law Association

GRADING SYSTEM
EXPLANATION OF GRADING SYSTEMS
Letter Grades Other Grade System? Numerical Equivalents
       A+ 4.333
       A 4.000
       A- 3.667
       B+ 3.333
       B 3.000
       B- 2.667
       C+ 2.333
       C 2.000
       C- 1.667
       D 1.000
       F 0

 Comments:
A grade point average of 1.667 or higher is required for good standing.
 
MINIMUM GRADE REQUIRED TO ATTAIN (Based on May 2012 graduation class)
Top 10%: 3.726 
Top 25%: 3.580 
Top 33%: 3.512 
Top 50%: NA 
Top 75%: NA 

Median GPA: 3.394 
Minimum grade required for graduation: 1.667 
Do you have a pass/fail option? Yes
If "Yes", please describe: JD students may take up to 6 hours of non-required courses on a credit/no-credit option. 
Are students ranked in their class? Yes
If so, how often? Fall & Spring Semesters 
Will the school verify student grades? Yes
Please describe policy: Students in the top 1-15% of their class are designated George Washington Scholars; students in the top 16-35% of their class are designated Thurgood Marshall Scholars. 

ACADEMIC AWARDS AND HONORS
ACADEMIC AWARDS
Name of Award No. Awarded Selection Process
Finnegan Prize in Int. Property 1 best publishable article in IP law
George Washington Scholar top 1% to 15% of class each semester
Thurgood Marshall Scholar top 16% to 35% of class each semester
GRADUATION HONORS
  % of Class Receiving GPA Required # of Students
Order of the Coif: top 10%
Summa cum laude: <=top 3% 3.841 19
Magna cum laude: <=top 10% 3.726 53
Cum laude: <=top 40% 3.461 198
Other:
 

AREAS OF PRACTICE
Areas of practice (Include both legal and non-legal positions) % of employed students with jobs in area Employment locations % of students with known location who are in region
Private practice: 43  New England:
Business and industry: 12  Middle Atlantic: 13 
Government: 16  East North Central:
Judicial clerkship: West North Central:
Military: South Atlantic: 68 
Public interest organization: East South Central:
Academic: West South Central:
Job category not identified: Mountain:
Pacific:
Non-US:

  Jurisdictions: (states and/or metropolitan areas)
                      with the highest % of graduates from the most recent graduating class
Washington, DC; Virginia; Maryland; New York; New Jersey; Florida; Pennsylvania; California

ON CAMPUS INTERVIEWS
  Week invitations are sent to employers:
First week of March
  OCI requests accepted by:  
  Mail Beginning Date:
  Phone beginning date:
  Email beginning date: 03/02/2012 To Email: eeculbertson@law.gwu.edu
  Online beginning date: 03/02/2012 URL: law-gwu-csm.symplicity.com/employers/
 
Please specify any changes in OCI procedures or policies that will be in effect for the first time during Fall 2013 :
 
OCI date assignment procedure:
 First come first served   Random
 Early/Late Rotation   Out of state employer by geographic location
  Comments:
Priority is given to employers with other DC law school schedules in order to avoid conflicts.
 
  OCI Fee?
At hotel: $500 1st, $275/add'l sched; *see below*
 
  OCI date confirmation will be sent to employers:
March - May 2011
 
  if requested our school will coordinate with:
Georgetown Univ Law Ctr
*@ DC office: $250/unlimited # of sched. <= 30 attys emp-wide OR gov't/pub int emp: no charge for 1st sched., $275 for each add'l sched. at hotel.
 
  Describe required employer forms:
N/A
 
OCI DATES
OCI dates for August: 08/15/2012 - 08/31/2012
OCI dates for Fall: 09/10/2012 - 09/12/2012
OCI dates for Spring: 01/09/2012 - 04/17/2012
  Flyback dates:
n/a, determined by employer and student
 

  Is video conferencing available?  Yes 
  Comments:
Please contact Emily Culbertson for information at (202) 994-7340 or eeculbertson@law.gwu.edu.
 

  Are employers permitted to prescreen?  Yes 
  If "No", explain:
 

OCI drop date: 07/20/2012
Date student materials sent to employer: 07/23/2012
Date interview schedule sent to employer: 08/13/2012
Postage/express mail fee? N/A
  Comments:
Interview schedules are available via Symplicity two days prior to interview date.
 
Do you provide resume collection or direct mail option for employers not participating in OCI?  Yes 
  Are all OCI conducted in campus buildings?  No 
  If "No", describe alternatives and reservation procedure:
Interviews are held at the St. Gregory Luxury Hotel, 2033 M St. NW, WDC.  The CDO administers all needs that relate to the actual day of interviews including continental breakfast and a luncheon for interviewers.  Overnight accommodations must be arranged by the employer, independent of the CDO.  The 1st sched. costs $500; no cost for gov't/pub. int. emp.
 

OTHER INTERVIEW PROGRAMS
  Cooperative/Consortia:
The Law Consortium consists of The George Washington University, Boston University, Boston College, Northwestern and the University of Texas.  Please contact any participating school for further information.

Miami, August 31, 2012     
Los Angeles, August 13, 2012  
San Francisco, August 14, 2012
Chicago, August 13, 2012

Regional Off-Campus Interview Programs (GW only)

New York, August 10, 2012
Philadelphia, August 9, 2012

Loyola Patent Law Interview Program, August 2-3, 2012
 
  Diversity Interview Programs:
Dupont Minority Job Fair
National Black Prosecutors Association Job Fair
Delaware Minority Job Fair
Heartland Minority Job Fair
Minnesota Minority Job Fair
Black Law Students Association Regional Job Fair
Cook County Minority Job Fair
Boston Law Group Minority Job Fair
Allegheny County Minority Job Fair
Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair
IMPACT Career Fair
Indiana Bar Association
Bay Area Diversity Career Fair
Northwest Minority Job Fair
Hispanic National Bar Association's Annual Career Fair
Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair
Vault and MCCA Legal Diversity Career Fair
 

JOB POSTING
  Will you send, upon request, one package containing resumes/transcripts?  Yes 
  Will you post a notice directing students to apply directly to employer?  Yes 

If you provide job listings for graduates, describe how to send notice, when employers can expect responses, length of time notice is posted (whether in print or online), etc.;
Employers can call, fax, email, or mail job announcements to René Lindsey, Job Posting Coordinator (rlindsey@law.gwu.edu).  Information is also available on our website at www.law.gwu.edu/cdo.  Job announcements are available for our students and alumni through our online job posting system.  Job announcements are posted for two months unless we receive other instructions from the employer, or we are notified that the job has been filled.
 

FIRST YEAR STUDENTS
Describe any special regulations pertaining to the recruitment of first year students that are in addition to the NALP guidelines. For example, are first year students eligible for spring OCI? When are job notices posted during second semester?
We follow the NALP Guidelines.  1Ls are welcome to participate in all our services and programs after November 1st.  First-year students are available for spring interviews.  Job notices for 1Ls are posted after December 1st.
 

DIVERSITY PROGRAMS
One of the Career Counselors in the CDO serves as the Director of Diversity and works closely with our diverse student groups.   This counselor prepares a column on diversity intiatives and events for our biweekly newsletter, Noteworthy, coordinates diversity events, and authors a bi-weekly Diversity News newsletter.

Diversity programs include Careers for Women in the Judiciary, Robes in the Classroom, Minority Partners Association Panel and Networking Event, events co-sponsored with the affinity student groups, and Lambda Law Networking Event - co-sponsored with Lambda Law.  The Law School also participates in several programs, receptions, and job fairs designed to increase diversity in the legal profession.

One of the counselors serves as the Director of Professional Development and presents programs throughout the school year including a series of four classes in Professional Development, Etiquette and Professionalism in the Workplace, a series of How to Network Workshops, and What to Expect as a First-Year Associate Attorney.   She also creates articles for the Professional Development for J.D. Candidates section in the bi-weekly Career Development Office newsletter, Noteworthy.
 

PRO BONO PROGRAM
GW Law School's Pro Bono Program encourages students to volunteer their time and expertise to local organizations in need of legal assistance.  Each student who provides sixty (60) hours or more of Pro Bono Legal Services while a student at the Law School is recognized at graduation.  Each student who completes the LL.M. degree in one academic year is recognized at graduation if s/he provides twenty (20) hours or more of Pro Bono Legal Services during that year.  Recognition includes an invitation for the student and the student's family to attend the annual Pro Bono Breakfast and Reception to receive a certificate from the Dean of the Law School, and inclusion in the Honors & Awards section of the commencement program.

The Pro Bono Fair is an annual event organized by the Associate Dean's Office of Public Interest and Public Service Law and the Pro Bono/Public Interest Committee.  The goals are to bring together public interest organizations and law students interested in pursuing pro bono opportunities, and to make students aware that they can contribute to the community while gaining experience and fulfilling their Pro Bono Pledge.

The Pro Bono Program Guide is published by the Associate Dean's Office of Public Interest and Public Service Law and includes a listing of DC-area organizations specifically seeking GW Law School volunteers.

Students may also volunteer for Project Re-Entry or the Animal Welfare Project, two faculty-student pro bono legal reform projects.
 

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY
The George Washington University Law School does not make its Career Development Office facilities and services available to employers who discriminate in the selection of employees on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by law.  

The George Washington University does not unlawfully discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation.  This policy covers all programs, services, policies and procedures of the University, including admission to educational programs and employment.  The University is subject to the District of Columbia Human Rights Law.

Inquiries concerning the application of this policy and federal laws and regulations regarding discrimination in education or employment programs and activities may be addressed to Susan B. Kaplan, Associate Vice President for Human Resources, George Washington University, Washington, DC 20052, (202) 994-4433, or to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education.
 

NARRATIVES/OTHER NOTES
NARRATIVES
A NATIONAL REPUTATION . . . Established in 1865, The George Washington University Law School is the oldest law school in the District of Columbia.  As a national school, GW Law does not emphasize any particular geographic area in its instruction, thereby preparing students to practice law in any part of the country.  Just four blocks from the White House and minutes from Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, and various federal departments and agencies, GW Law offers its students a special opportunity to study and observe lawmaking at its source.

RECOGNIZED CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES . . . Students obtain valuable research and writing experience on seven publications: The George Washington Law Review, The George Washington International Law Review, the Public Contract Law Journal (co-sponsored by the ABA section), the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal, which is published by AIPLA and housed at the Law School, International Law in Domestic Courts, an on-line journal, the Federal Circuit Bar Journal, and the Journal of Energy and Environmental Law.  Three student skills boards, the Moot Court Board, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board, and the Mock Trial Board, provide additional opportunities for students to participate in a number of competitions and to hone their skills in client counseling, negotiation, trial advocacy, and appellate advocacy.  In addition, more than 35 student groups are active at the Law School each year, sponsoring social, educational, career and public interest related programs and events.

DIVERSE AND TALENTED STUDENTS . . . The student body of more than 1800 students is a diverse and talented group comprised of 45% women and 24% minorities.  The students represent nearly every state in the union and a number of foreign countries.  Upon admission, J.D. students choose to enroll in the Full-Time Day Division (about 1400 students) or the Part-Time Evening Division (about 300 students). The Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree is offered in the areas of environmental law, government procurement law, international and comparative law, intellectual property law, litigation and dispute resolution, and national security & U.S. foreign relations law.

OUTSTANDING ACADEMICS AND PRACTICAL SKILLS TRAINING . . . One of GW Law's greatest strengths is the richness of its curriculum.  With more than 200 electives offered each year, students have an opportunity to sample a broad array of legal subjects and to design a program of study that fits their individual interests and career plans.  In addition to introductory and advanced courses in a variety of fields, there are many highly specialized courses that allow students to develop expertise in fields including international law, environmental law, intellectual property law, government regulation, and constitutional law.  The Law School also offers 16 separate in-house clinics and many skills-training courses.  Outside placement opportunities are available with more than 200 Washington D.C. employers.
 
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