Georgetown University Law Center (GULC)
GULC has long been one of the country’s top tier law schools and the self-described place where “theory and practice meet.” GULC’s expansive network covers all fields of law and spans across the country and world. Esteemed alumni include recently appointed Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell.
With easy access to the Supreme Court, Congress, federal agencies and international organizations, GULC is particularly known for its clinical program offering students opportunities to learn from and work with faculty who are often at the forefront of politics and lawmaking. In fact, adjunct professors and visitors are often the who’s who of the legal world. GULC is also a popular destination for students interested in the Law Center’s world-renowned international and transnational law programs.
Standing apart from the main Georgetown University campus GULC is located down the street from the United States Capitol, two blocks from cosmopolitan Union Station. Easily accessible by metro or car, the beautiful, green GULC campus nevertheless rests in the center of Washington DC activity, within walking or metro distance of United States federal government headquarters, the Mall, world-class museums and theaters—including the Smithsonian, sporting venues, restaurants, clubs, libraries, international organizations, parks, the Potomac River shore, and thriving farmers’ markets.
Georgetown is home to one of the largest full-time faculties in the world and offers a wide variety of courses in many traditional legal fields. With five sections of approximately 100 full-time students each, plus 50 part-time students, GULC is also the largest law school in the nation. Each section is broken down into smaller groups of around 30 for their required legal practice course. The small groups help facilitate more intimate interaction between students and faculty. Outside of normal office hours, students also have opportunities to interact with professors through informal lunch programs and social gatherings throughout the year. All first year students enjoy the opportunity to dine in the homes of at least one their professors.
Georgetown uniquely offers two first-year curricula to its full-time students: Curriculum A and Curriculum B. All students take the same number of credits, are subject to the same grading curve and are taught the basics necessary to succeed in upper level classes. However, while the four sections instructed under Curriculum A take traditional first-year courses such as Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Property, and Torts, the section instructed under Curriculum B, follows a more “innovative and integrated approach to the study of law.” Curriculum B (informally known as “Section 3”) looks at our evolving legal system and its shifting focus on public policy. Combined with a more interdisciplinary approach, Curriculum B first-years take courses such as Democracy and Coercion and Legal Process and Society. Georgetown invites admitted students to request a spot in the Curriculum B section during the summer and ultimately offers a seat to approximately 115 students.
Dedicated to preparing students to handle legal issues in an increasingly globalized environment, it is worth noting that “Georgetown Law offers one of the largest transnational law programs in the world” with ample course and clinic offerings in these fields, as well as numerous semester abroad opportunities. Additionally, first year JD applicants can separately apply to GULC’s Global Law Scholars program designed for students who plan to practice international or transnational law. The program is small and admits only 15-20 students per year who show a proficiency in a foreign language and English. Scholars follow a specialized curriculum aimed at preparing students to handle legal situations involving more than one system of law.
Finally, unlike its peer schools, GULC offers both full-time and part-time programs. Full-time students must complete their coursework in three academic years. The part-time program, geared towards working students, allows students to take up to six consecutive academic years to complete their J.D. requirements.
Clinical and Experiential Learning
GULC is renowned for its extensive experiential education offerings which include clinics, externships, practicum and simulation courses. As early as January of their first year at Georgetown, students have the opportunity to take a one-week, one credit, “First-Year Week One Simulations” course that allows them to experience situations that mirror real world scenarios such as client counseling or strategic planning.
Beyond the first year, Georgetown offers 17 different clinics covering a wide range of topics including the Appellate Litigation Clinic and the Institute for Public Representation. The clinical program touts an intimate five-to-one student-to-teacher average ratio providing students with highly focused and individualized attention. Moreover the Law Center offers students externship opportunities at judicial, government, or non-profit organizations where they can earn credit while gaining practical experience.
Class Size: 526 full-time students; 50 part-time students
Students of color: 27%
Median LSAT: 167 (low 162, high 167)
Median GPA: 3.78 (low 3.53, high 3.87)
- Law Firms: 52.2%
- Judicial Clerkships: 8%
- Business & Industry: 7.7%
- Government: 15.2%
- Public Interest: 15.5%
- Education: 1.3%
- Northeast/Mid-Atlantic: 31.5%
- Central: 3%
- South Atlantic/Central: 51.3%
- Mountain/Pacific: 11.2%
- U.S. Territories/Foreign: 2.1%