Law and Legal Studies

Since 1865, Washington, DC’s oldest law school has produced some of the most distinguished minds of legal scholarship. Alumni have served as state Supreme Court justices, U.S. senators, attorney generals, treasury secretary, and leaders in business, industry, and other branches of government. GW law students are uniquely prepared to face the realities of the current global legal marketplace through unparalleled access to law in action in the nation’s capital.

Programs in Law and Legal Studies at GW

Law (J.D.)

The Law School’s curriculum and diverse academic opportunities are designed to give J.D. students the skills they need to perform at their best in any setting — be it a large or small firm, a public interest organization, a government agency, in academia, or within the judiciary. It also prepares students for a range of roles within those entities, including as counselor, litigator, mediator, negotiator, legislator, or lobbyist.

Law (LL.M.)

Students in the LL.M. (Master of Laws) program take courses with J.D. students, combining traditionally taught courses with in-depth seminars, internships, skills training, and clinical experiences. The result is a comprehensive approach to legal education. Candidates may either pursue a general LL.M. degree or concentrate in one of the following fields of study: business and finance law; energy and environmental law; environmental law; government procurement and environmental law; government procurement law; intellectual property law; international and comparative law; international environmental law; litigation and dispute resolution; or national security and U.S. foreign relations.

Law (S.J.D.)

The S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science) degree is a highly specialized, research-oriented program for those who hold J.D. or equivalent degrees, and is open only to individuals with outstanding academic qualifications and demonstrated research interests in their field of study.

Healthcare Corporate Compliance (Graduate Certificate)

The program provides a comprehensive corporate compliance education for current or aspiring compliance officers. The program focuses on healthcare laws and regulations, as well as tools and strategies for creating effective compliance programs.

Intellectual Property Law (M.S.L.)

The one-year Master of Studies in Law degree is designed for individuals who have a minimum of five years of work experience in intellectual property, both in the U.S. and abroad, but do not have a law degree.

Law Firm Management (M.P.S.)

This unique, flexible program provides law firm professionals with the business and leadership knowledge they need to succeed in the fast-growing law firm industry. The program focuses on business knowledge, strategic planning, and leadership skills and is offered in a delivery format designed especially for working professionals, using a combination of distance learning and shortterm residencies at the GW Alexandria Graduate Education Center, located just outside of Washington, DC.

Paralegal Studies (Graduate Certificate, M.P.S.)

The GW paralegal studies program prepares students to enter the competitive paralegal profession with confidence and expertise. It focuses on the skills employers demand: writing, presenting, performing research, and managing complex tasks and teams. Students engage in a rigorous, topical course of study that includes legal specialties in government law, intellectual property law, and international law. The degree can also be combined with a graduate certificate in healthcare corporate compliance.