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Georgetown University Law Center

Georgetown University Law Center is the law school of Georgetown University, located in Washington, D.C. Established in 1870, the Law Center offers J.D., LL.M., and S.J.D. degrees in law.[1] As the second largest law school in the United States, Georgetown Law often touts the advantages of its wide range of program offerings and proximity to federal agencies and courts, including the Supreme Court.[2]

Georgetown Law is one of the most prestigious institutions of legal education in the United States.[2] The Law Center is one of the top ten most selective law schools in the United States,[3] as well as one of the 14 law schools that consistently rank at the very top of U.S. News and World Report's annual rankings.[4]

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Reputation

Georgetown Law is one of the T14 law schools, which have been consistently ranked in the top 14 by U.S. News & World Report since the inception of that magazine's law school rankings. In the 2013 edition, Georgetown was ranked the #13 law school in the nation overall. Additionally, it ranked #1 in clinical programs, #6 in environmental law, #5 in trial advocacy, #7 in healthcare law, #2 in international law, #2 in tax law (LL.M.), and #1 part-time J.D. program. This means that of the ten specialized programs that USNWR ranks separately, Georgetown Law received special distinction in seven of those programs, more than any other law school.

In Brian Leiter's law school rankings, Georgetown ranks within the top ten law schools based on selectivity, student quality, and Supreme Court clerkship placements.[5][6] Georgetown Law was ranked 5th in the Super Lawyers rankings, which measures the number of graduates from each law school who are voted Super Lawyers.[7]

History

The school's original sign, preserved on the north quad of the present-day campus. Opened as Georgetown Law School in 1870, Georgetown Law was the first law school run by a Jesuit institution within the United States. Georgetown Law has been separate from the main Georgetown campus (in the neighborhood of Georgetown) since 1890, when it moved near what is now Chinatown. The Law Center campus is located on New Jersey Avenue, several blocks north of the Capitol, and a few blocks due west of Union Station. In 1989, the school added the Edward Bennett Williams Law Library and in 1993, the Gewirz Student Center opened, providing on-campus living for the first time. The "Campus Completion Project", finished in 2005, brought the addition of the Hotung International Building and the Sport and Fitness Center.

The Georgetown Law School's original wall (or sign), is preserved on the quad of the present-day campus.

Admissions

Georgetown Law is one of the top ten most selective law schools in the United States,[8] and in recent years has received more applications than any other law school.[9] For the class entering in the fall of 2010, Georgetown accepted 2,640 of 13,917 J.D. applicants (19.0%) for a class of 591 students.[10] The median LSAT score was 169 (full-time: 171, part-time: 166) and the median GPA was 3.65 (full-time: 3.68, part-time: 3.62).[10] In the 2009 2010 academic year, Georgetown Law had 1,653 full-time J.D. students, 374 part-time J.D. students,[10] and hundreds more graduate students seeking L.L.M., S.J.D. and other degrees.[11]

Employment statistics

Career Placement Georgetown Law hosts one of the largest on-campus recruitment programs in the country, with nearly 7,000 interviews taking place.

Graduating Class of 2010 Career Placement Stats [12]

Median Starting Salaries

Private Sector $160,000

Public Interest $40,000

Government $62,467

Types of Practice Private Practice 51.7% Government 14.7% Public Interest 14.2% Judicial Clerkships 9.7% Business/Academic/Other 9.7%

Location of Practice Washington, DC 42.19% New York 15.92% West Coast 9.11% International 1.3% Other 31.48%

A January 2011 New York Times article cited Georgetown Law as the example for "a number of law schools [which] hire their own graduates, some in hourly temp jobs that, as it turns out, coincide with the magical date" (February 15) for the employment statistics nine month after graduation, which forms "the most competitive category" of the U.S. News rankings and one of several that "seem open to abuse".[13] It reported that Georgetown Law had created three temporary jobs in the admissions office for students "still seeking employment", to begin on February 1 and lasting six weeks. The school denied that it had created the jobs in order to count the unemployed graduates as employed within nine months of graduation. In what the NYT called "the oddest" of several different explanations offered by the school, the Assistant Dean of Career Services Gihan Fernando said the school had "lost track" of two of the three alums, even though they were still working at Georgetown.[13]

Campus

The column identifying the Law Center campus The Law Center is located in the Capitol Hill area of Washington, D.C. It is bounded by 2nd St. NW to the west, E St. NW to the south, 1st St. NW and New Jersey Avenue to the east, and Massachusetts Avenue to the north.

The campus consists of five buildings. Bernard P. McDonough Hall (1971, expanded in 1997) houses classrooms and Law Center offices and was designed by Edward Durrell Stone. The Edward Bennett Williams Law Library building (1989) houses most of the school's library collection and is one of the largest law libraries in the United States. The Eric E. Hotung International Law Center (2004) includes two floors of library space housing the international collection, and also contains classrooms, offices, and meeting rooms. The Bernard S. and Sarah M. Gewirz Student Center (1993) provides housing mostly for 1Ls. A four-level Sport and Fitness Center (2004) includes a pool, fitness facilities, and cafe, and connects the Hotung Building to the Gewirz Student Center.

Libraries

I-395]] looking east. From left to right, the Edward Bennett Williams Law Library, McDonough Hall, and Gewirz Student Center. The Georgetown Law Library supports the research and educational endeavors of the students and faculty of the Georgetown University Law Center. It is the second largest law school in the United States and as one of the premier research facilities for the study of law, the Law Library houses the nation's fourth largest law library collection and offers access to thousands of online publications.

The mission of the library is to support fully the research and educational endeavors of the students and faculty of the Georgetown University Law Center, by collecting, organizing, preserving, and disseminating legal and law related information in any form, by providing effective service and instructional programs, and by utilizing electronic information systems to provide access to new information products and services.

The collection is split into two buildings. The Edward Bennett Williams Law Library (1989) is named after Washington, D.C. lawyer Edward Bennett Williams, an alumnus of the Law Center and founder of the prestigious litigation firm Williams & Connolly. It houses the Law Center's United States law collection, the Law Center Archives, and the National Equal Justice Library. The Williams library building consists of five floors of collection and study space and provides office space for most of the Law Center's law journals on the Law Library's first level.

The John Wolff International and Comparative Law Library (2004) is named after John Wolff, a long-serving member of the adjunct faculty and supporter of the Law Center's international law programs. The library is located on two floors inside the Eric E. Hotung building. It houses the international, foreign, and comparative law collections of the Georgetown University Law Center. Wolff Library collects primary and secondary law materials from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Scotland, and South Africa. English translations of primary and secondary legal materials from other jurisdictions and compilations of foreign law on special topics are also included.

In addition to foreign law, the Wolff Library maintains an extensive collection of public and private international law, focusing on international trade, international environmental law, human rights, arbitration, tax and treaty law. The collection also includes documentation from many international organizations, including the International Court of Justice, the United Nations, the European Union, and the World Trade Organization.

Curriculum

McDonough Hall, the main classroom building, facing 2nd St. NW Georgetown Law's J.D. program can be completed over three years of full-time day study or four years of part-time evening study. The school offers LL.M. programs in Taxation, Securities and Financial Regulation, and Global Health Law, as well as a general LL.M. curriculum for lawyers educated outside the United States. Georgetown launched a Master of Studies in Law (M.S.L.) degree program for professional journalists in the 2007 08 academic year. It also offers the highest doctoral degree in law (J.S.D.).

Students are offered the choice of two tracks for their first year of study. "Curriculum A" is a traditional law curriculum similar to that taught at most schools, including courses in contracts, constitutional law, torts, property, criminal procedure, civil procedure, and legal research and writing. Three fourths of the day students at Georgetown receive instruction under the standard program (sections 1, 2, and 4).

"Curriculum B" is a more interdisciplinary, theoretical approach to legal study, covering an equal or wider scope of material but heavily influenced by the critical legal studies movement. The Curriculum B courses are Bargain, Exchange and Liability (contracts and torts), Democracy and Coercion (constitutional law and criminal procedure), Government Processes (administrative law), Legal Justice (jurisprudence), Legal Practice (legal research and writing), Legal Process and Society (civil procedure), and Property in Time (property). One fourth of the full time JD students receive instruction in the alternative Curriculum B program (Section 3).

Students in both curricula participate in a week-long introduction to international law between the fall and spring semesters.

Academic programs

Juris Doctor Programs

  • Juris Doctor
  • Global Law Scholars
  • Public Interest Scholars
  • Pro Bono Pledge
  • Clinics
  • Appellate Litigation Clinic
  • Center for Applied Legal Studies
  • The Community Justice Project
  • Criminal Defense & Prisoner Advocacy Clinic
  • Criminal Justice Clinic
  • D.C. Law Students in Court
  • D.C. Street Law Program
  • Domestic Violence Clinic
  • Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic
  • Harrison Institute for Housing & Community Development Clinic
  • Harrison Institute for Public Law
  • Institute for Public Representation
  • International Women's Human Rights Clinic
  • Juvenile Justice Clinic
  • Joint Degrees
  • JD/Ph.D Government or Philosophy
  • JD/MA Government or Philosophy
  • JD/MAAS
  • JD/MAGES
  • JD/MALAS
  • JD/MAREES
  • JD/MASSP
  • JD/MBA
  • JD/MPH
  • JD/MPP
  • JD/MSFS
  • JD/LL.M. in International Business and Economic Law
  • JD/LL.M. in National Security Law
  • JD/LL.M. in Securities and Financial Regulation
  • JD/LL.M. in Taxation
  • Certificate in Refugees & Humanitarian Emergencies
  • Certificate in WTO Studies

Graduate Programs

  • Master of Laws
  • LL.M. in Global Health Law
  • Global Health Law Scholars
  • LL.M. in Global Health Law & International Institutions
  • Global Health Law Scholars
  • LL.M. in Individualized Study or General
  • LL.M. in International Legal Studies
  • LL.M. in International Business & Economic Law
  • Institute of International Economic Law
  • LL.M. in National Security Law
  • LL.M. in Securities & Financial Regulation
  • LL.M. in Taxation
  • Graduate Tax Scholars
  • Fellowship in State and Local Taxation.
  • LL.M./MIA in International Affairs & Law
  • Other Graduate Programs
  • S.J.D.
  • Employee Benefits Certificate
  • Estate Planning Certificate
  • Certificate in International Taxation
  • Certificate in State and Local Taxation
  • Certificate in International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution
  • Certificate in WTO Studies
  • International Human Rights Law Certificate
  • Certificate in Refugees & Humanitarian Emergencies
  • Clinical Graduate Teaching Fellowship
  • Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship

Faculty

Gewirz Student Center provides student housing for mostly first-year law students. Notable current faculty include (the following is a non-exhaustive list):

  • James V. Feinerman, James M. Morita Professor of Asian Legal Studies; Co-Director, Georgetown Law - Asia
  • Charles F. Abernathy
  • Rosa Brooks
  • Randy Barnett, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory and Guggenheim Fellow in Constitutional Studies, author of Restoring the Lost Constitution, The Structure of Liberty, and a constitutional law casebook.
  • Jeffrey Bauman, professor of corporate law and author of several casebooks on the subject
  • Paul Clement, former Solicitor General
  • David D. Cole
  • Anthony E. Cook, professor of, and noted authority on, constitutional and civil rights law
  • Richard Diamond, former partner at Steptoe & Johnson, former Supreme Court clerk to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger.
  • Viet D. Dinh, former Assistant Attorney General of the United States, chief architect of the USA PATRIOT Act, Supreme Court clerk for Sandra Day O'Connor.
  • Kenneth Feinberg, "compensation czar" or "pay czar" for the Obama Administration
  • Michael Gottesman
  • Charles H. Gustafson
  • Vicki C. Jackson, constitutional scholar and former Supreme Court clerk for Justice Thurgood Marshall.
  • Neal Katyal, Former Acting Solicitor General, lead counsel in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, former Special Assistant to U.S. Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder and Counsel to Mr. Holder on National Security Affairs, law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.
  • Marty Lederman, former Attorney Advisor in the Department of Justice s Office of Legal Counsel
  • Robert Long, former Deputy Solicitor General, partner at Covington & Burling
  • David Jay Luban, Frederick J. Haas Professor of Law and Philosophy,
  • John Mikhail, Associate Dean and Professor of Law and Philosophy
  • Glen Nager, head of Jones Day's appellate practice, general counsel to the United States Golf Association (USGA), former Supreme Court clerk for Sandra Day O'Connor.
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton, delegate to the United States House of Representatives
  • Julie O'Sullivan, former assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, former Supreme Court clerk to Sandra Day O'Connor.
  • John Podesta, former Clinton chief of staff, head of the Obama transition team.
  • Robert Pitofsky, former Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission
  • Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz, former attorney-advisor at the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice, former Supreme Court clerk for Justice Kennedy.
  • Milton Regan, Jr., former law clerk to Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, while sitting on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr.
  • Paul Rothstein, noted authority on evidence.
  • Laurence H. Silberman, Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • Louis Michael Seidman, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Constitutional Law, constitutional law theorist, author of Our Unsettled Constitution and co-author of a widely used constitutional law casebook; former Supreme Court clerk for Justice Thurgood Marshall.
  • Ronald Pearlman, former Chief of Staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation.
  • Colonel Samuel C. Mahaney, Former National Security Fellow, Harvard University and Capitol Hill Fellow, Georgetown University.
  • Seth Waxman, former Solicitor General

The roster of current professors also includes many former Supreme Court clerks and other notable legal academics and professionals.

Former professors include:

  • William Brennan, Supreme Court Associate Justice
  • Father Robert Drinan, U.S. Congressman
  • Martin D. Ginsburg, prominent tax attorney and late husband of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States
  • Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court Associate Justice
  • Mark Tushnet, prominent critical legal studies proponent, constitutional law scholar, and author of many books.
  • Mari Matsuda, prominent critical race theory scholar. (continues to teach a short course at Georgetown Law)
  • Charles R. Lawrence, III, prominent critical race theory scholar. (continues to teach a short course at Georgetown Law)

Publications

Edward Bennett Williams Law Library, viewed from the campus north quad. Georgetown University Law Center has eleven student-run law journals and a weekly student-run newspaper, the Georgetown Law Weekly. The journals are:

  • Georgetown Law Journal
  • American Criminal Law Review
  • Annual Review of Criminal Procedure
  • Georgetown Immigration Law Journal
  • Georgetown International Environmental Law Review
  • Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law
  • Georgetown Journal of International Law
  • Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy
  • Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics
  • Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy
  • The Tax Lawyer
  • Georgetown Journal of Law and Modern Critical Race Perspectives

Most of these journals are available on both LexisNexis and Westlaw, but several are available only on LexisNexis.

Notable alumni

Name of alumnus or alumna Degree and year received Accomplishments
Jack Abramoff 1986 Lobbyist and businessman who was a central figure in a series of high-profile political scandals
Ian C. Ballon LL.M., 1988 Internet lawyer and author of several legal books, including a 4-volume treatise on E-commerce and Internet law
Thomas L. Ambro 1975 Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Kary Antholis[14] 1989 Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker
Bob Barr 1977 U.S. Representative from Georgia (1995 2003), United States Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate (2008)
Gary Bauer 1973 Conservative activist and Reagan Administration official
William W. Belknap 1851 United States Secretary of War (1869 76)
Robert S. Bennett 1964 Partner at Hogan Lovells, defended Bill Clinton in the Monica Lewinsky trial.
Francisco Besosa 1979 Judge, United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
Robert W. Bigelow J.D., 1993
Attorney, television commentator[15][16]
J. Caleb Boggs 1937 U.S. Senator from Delaware (1961 73), Governor of Delaware (1953 60), U.S. Representative from Delaware (1947 53)
Thomas Hale Boggs, Jr. 1965 Chairman of the law firm Patton Boggs LLP
Jesus Borja J.D., 1974 Lieutenant Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands (1994 1998)
Richard C. Bosson J.D., 1969 Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court (2002 2006)
Michael N. Castle J.D., 1964 U.S. Representative from Delaware (1993 2011)
Dennis Chavez 1920 U.S. Senator from New Mexico (1935 1962)
John Chiang California State Controller from California
Joyce Chiang 1995 INS attorney, whose murder drew similarities to the murder of Chandra Levy
Sean Coffey 1987 Candidate for New York State Attorney General
Doriane L. Coleman 1988 Law professor at Duke University School of Law
Brian Concannon 1989 Founder and Director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti
George Cortelyou 1895 U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Labor (1903 04), U.S. Postmaster General (1905 07), U.S. Secretary of the Treasury (1907 09)
Mitch Daniels 1979 Governor of Indiana, director of Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
Ronald Davies LL.B., 1930 Judge for United States District Court for the District of North Dakota who ordered the integration of Little Rock Central High in the 1950s
Robert E. Davis LL.B., 1964 Kansas Supreme Court Justice
Michael Delaney 1994 New Hampshire Attorney General
John Dingell J.D., 1952 U.S. Representative from Michigan
Richard Durbin J.D., 1969 U.S. Senator from Illinois, Democratic Whip
John A. Durkin 1965 U.S. Senator from New Hampshire
Lane Evans J.D., 1978 U.S. Representative from Illinois (1983 2007)
Douglas Feith J.D., 1978 Undersecretary of Defense for Policy in the George W. Bush Administration
D. Michael Fisher 1969 Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Martin Frost 1970 U.S. Representative from Texas
Gene Franchini J.D., 1960 Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court (1997 1999)
Joe Garagiola, Jr. J.D., 1975 Major League Baseball senior vice president, Arizona Diamondbacks general manager (1997 2005)
Thomas Hardiman 1990 Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Mazie Hirono J.D., 1978 U.S. Representative from Hawaii
Derek Hodge J.D., 1971 Lieutenant Governor of the United States Virgin Islands (1987 1995)
Thomas Hogan 1966 Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Nancy Hogshead-Makar 1997 1984 Summer Olympics swimming champion; law professor, Florida Coastal School of Law
Herman "Ed" Hollis 1927 FBI special agent involved in shootouts with John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson
Jerome A. Holmes 1988 Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Jeffrey R. Howard 1981 Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Steny Hoyer J.D., 1966 U.S. Representative from Maryland, House Majority Leader (2007 2011)
Henry P. Hughes LL.B., 1927 Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (1948 51)
Bill Jefferson LL.M., 1995 U.S. Representative from Louisiana
Mickey Kantor 1968 U.S. Secretary of Commerce (1996 97)
Paul Kilday 1922 Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (1961 68)
Mark Kirk J.D., 1992 U.S. Senator from Illinois
Rives Kistler J.D., 1981 Oregon Supreme Court Justice
Stephen P. Lamb J.D., 1975 Delaware Court of Chancery Vice Chancellor
Patrick Leahy J.D., 1964 U.S. Senator from Vermont, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman
Thomas E. Leavey 1923 Co-founder of Farmers Insurance, co-founder of Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation
Doug Leeds J.D., 1996 CEO, Ask.com
Dan Lungren J.D., 1971 U.S. Representative from California
Hall S. Lusk 1907 U.S. Senator from Oregon (1960), Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court
Gov. John Lynch J.D., 1984 Governor of New Hampshire
Terry McAuliffe 1984 Chairman of the Democratic National Committee
M. Margaret McKeown Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Jim McGreevey 1981 Governor of New Jersey[17]
Marilyn Milian J.D., 1984 Host of The People's Court, Florida circuit court judge
George Mitchell 1961 U.S. Senator from Maine, Democratic Senate Majority Leader (1989 95), chairman of the board of the Walt Disney Co., board of directors of the Boston Red Sox, compiler of reports on the Arab-Israeli conflict and performance-enhancing drugs in baseball that bear his name
Kimberly Ann Moore 1994 Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Dann J. Naggiar 2000 U.S. Army Judge Advocate, President, S.R. Hadden, LLC
John Podesta 1976 White House Chief of Staff under President Bill Clinton, President of Center for American Progress
Carmen Policy 1966 NFL executive for the San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns
Michael Powell J.D., 1993 Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Francis Rooney J.D., 1978 United States Ambassador to the Holy See, 2005 2008
James Patrick Rossiter 1916 Mayor of Erie, Pennsylvania, 1932 1936
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin J.D., 1997 U.S. Representative from South Dakota
John Sears 1963 Political strategist, managed Ronald Reagan's first two presidential campaigns
Josh Shapiro J.D., 2002 State Representative from Pennsylvania
Don Siegelman 1972 Governor of Alabama
Sheila Simon 1987 Lieutenant Governor of Illinois
John Sirica 1926 Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Michael Slive 1966 Commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, first commissioner of Conference USA and Great Midwest Conference
Van P. Smith 1955 Chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
John D. Spellman 1953 Governor of Washington
Michael Steele 1991 Chairman of the Republican National Committee
Brendan Sullivan J.D., 1967 Senior partner of the law firm of Williams & Connolly
Daniel S. Sullivan J.D., 1993 Alaska Attorney General
Ricardo M. Urbina J.D., 1970 Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Chris Van Hollen J.D., 1990 U.S. Representative from Maryland
Greta Van Susteren J.D., 1979
LL.M., 1983
Anchor of On the Record on the Fox News Channel
Pete Visclosky LL.M., 1982 U.S. Representative from Indiana
James H. Webb 1975 U.S. Senator from Virginia, U.S. Secretary of the Navy, noted author
Rick White 1980 U.S. Representative from Washington
Edward Bennett Williams 1944 Owner of the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Orioles, founder of law firm Williams & Connolly LLP
Frank Wolf J.D., 1965 U.S. Representative from Virginia
Albert Wynn J.D., 1977 U.S. Representative from Maryland

Also attended

  • Lyndon B. Johnson, President of the United States, in 1934
  • Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense, in 1957

Notes

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