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Georgetown University Law Center

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Georgetown University Law Center was established in 1870 and was the first law school created by a Jesuit institution of higher learning.[1] Located in Washington, D.C., Georgetown Law leverages its proximity to the nation’s capital to offer its students unparalleled access to the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of the United States Government.



Georgetown University Law Center began in Washington D.C. as a creation of the Jesuit institution, Georgetown University. Georgetown takes full advantage of its location at the foot of Capitol Hill to get its students involved in the various activities of the federal government.

Georgetown offers three degree programs – J.D., LL.M., and J.S.D. Georgetown also offers students the opportunity to acquire additional graduate degrees during their tenure, offering 12 different joint degree programs with heavy emphases on government, public policy, and Foreign Service curricula.[2]

Unlike many highly-ranked law schools, Georgetown differs in that it offers a part-time program for students wishing to spread out their education over time. Georgetown offers plenty of opportunities for students to excel and distinguish themselves academically through its 14 clinical programs, 65 different student organizations, and the previously mentioned joint degree programs.[3]

Georgetown admits around 470 new full-time law students each year and up to 122 part-time students. As for the makeup of the 2010 entering class, the gender divide was evenly split, at 50/50, with 24% identifying themselves as minorities. The median LSAT score for admitted students was 170, with a median GPA of 3.67.[4]

As far as costs go, Georgetown does require a commitment. Tuition for the 2010-2011 academic year was forecast to be $45,105. That does not include room, board, or other expenses.[5]

Based on the most recent numbers, 93.5% of Georgetown law students were known to be employed at graduation.[6]


Of course, rankings are vitally important to not only a school but also its students and alumni. Schools continually seek to improve their standing on the various lists and know that rankings are a big part of why students choose to attend a school. Students seek out highly-ranked schools to improve their employment prospects, and alumni appreciate graduating from schools with high rankings for their future career development. It also goes without saying that a high ranking often affords a certain amount of arrogance or even feelings of superiority over others, often assumed by schools, students, and graduates. Georgetown Law was ranked 14th by U.S. News and World Report.[7] Vault.com ranked Georgetown 17th.[8]

What They Are Saying

Georgetown states that, at over 12,000 applications last year, it received more applications than any other law school.[9]

Georgetown believes one of its biggest assets to be its location in Washington, D.C., enriching students’ lives intellectually as well as culturally.[10]


In light of weak job prospects for law school graduates, a selection of Georgetown Law Students were interviewed by NPR for their views and experiences on the situation, somewhat throwing the rosy, high percentage figures of students employed at graduation into question.[11]

One Georgetown Law graduate who had such little success in landing a job created headlines by offering his diploma for sale on Craigslist. He eventually succeeded in selling it.[12]

Notable Professors

  • John Podesta
  • Paul Clement
  • Kenneth Feinberg
  • Julie O’Sullivan

Notable Alumni

  • Jack Abramoff – former lobbyist embroiled in scandal
  • Bob Barr – former U.S. Representative from Georgia
  • Greta Van Susteren – Television anchor
  • Patrick Leahy – U.S. Senator from Vermont


  1. http://www.law.georgetown.edu/tour/index.html
  2. http://www.law.georgetown.edu/joint_degree/
  3. http://www.law.georgetown.edu/admissions/JDFAQs.htm
  4. http://www.law.georgetown.edu/admissions/JDFAQs.htm
  5. http://www.law.georgetown.edu/finaff/studaccts/tuition.html
  6. http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/law-center-03032
  7. http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/law-center-03032
  8. http://www.vault.com/wps/portal/usa/!ut/p/c5/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3gzQ0u_YHMPIwMDVw9XA09XVwNHFw9vA68AA6B8JJK8f6Cxi4GnQbCfr7GZqY-xjyEB3eEg-3CqCPEwRJPHYj5I3gAHcDTQ9_PIz03VL8iNMMgMSFcEALBDANA!/dl3/d3/L2dJQSEvUUt3QS9ZQnZ3LzZfNjE5TlM3SDIwMEVIRTBJRUUwQURISzAzMzU!/?programid=1393&programtype=2954&pagetype=school&video_flag=0
  9. http://www.law.georgetown.edu/admissions/JDFAQs.htm
  10. http://www.top-law-schools.com/georgetown-law-center.html
  11. http://abovethelaw.com/2010/05/georgetown-law-lamentation-on-npr/#more-19613
  12. http://abovethelaw.com/2010/04/update-on-the-georgetown-law-grad-who-sold-his-j-d-on-craigslist/#more-13468


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