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Georgetown University Law Center
Motto Law is but the means — Justice is the end[1]
Established 1870
Type Private
Dean T. Alexander Aleinikoff (Note: Georgetown University Law Center Dean T. Alexander Aleinikoff has been appointed United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees, effective February 1, 2010.
Students 2,017
Location Washington D.C., USA
Campus Urban

Georgetown University Law Center, also called Georgetown Law or GULC, is Georgetown University's law school, located in Washington, D.C. Georgetown Law is considered one of the elite law schools in the nation making job placement nationally portable.[2] It is commonly referred to as a T-14 school, meaning that it is one of the 14 schools that are consistently ranked at the top of US News and World Report's annual rankings of law schools.[3] The second largest law school in the United States, Georgetown Law often emphasizes the advantages of its close proximity to federal agencies and courts, including the Supreme Court. The current dean of Georgetown Law is T. Alexander Aleinikoff. Dean Aleinikoff announced his resignation in an email to the student body and faculty on December 2, 2009.



Because of Georgetown's reputation as one of the most prestigious law schools in the nation, its graduates are among the most sought-after by law firms and other employers.[2] In the 2009 edition of U.S. News & World Report, Georgetown Law was ranked #14 law school in the nation overall, #1 in clinical programs, #4 in environmental law, #4 in trial advocacy, #6 in healthcare law, #4 in international law, #2 in tax law, and #1 part-time J.D. program. Law School 100, a ranking scheme that purports to use qualitative rather than quantitative criteria, ranks Georgetown Law 7th overall, tied with Cornell, Virginia and others, and Georgetown was ranked 2nd overall in the annual 2009 Judging the Law Schools rankings.[4]


The school's original sign, preserved on the north quad of the present-day campus.

Opened as Georgetown Law School in 1870, it was the first law school run by a Jesuit institution within the U.S. 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 GULC EAST Quad of the present-day campus.


Georgetown Law is one of the most selective law schools in the country. It receives over 10,000 applications every year, more than any other law school in the U.S. Out of the nearly 11,000 applications received for the 2008–2009 academic year, about 21% were offered admission. Of those who were offered admission and enrolled, the median LSAT score was 170 and the median GPA was 3.67.[5]


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 1st St. NW to the west, E St. NW to the south, and New Jersey Avenue to the northeast, forming a triangle.

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 U.S. 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.



The Georgetown University Law Center campus, viewed across 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.


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 Finance 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 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.

JD, JSD, LLM programs


The Hotung International Law Center and the GULC fitness center, seen across the south quad.
Gewirz Student Center provides student housing for mostly first-year law students.

Notable current faculty include (the following is a non-exhaustive list):

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

Former professors include:


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
  • 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

Notable alumni

Name Degree and year received Accomplishments
Jack Abramoff 1986 Former lobbyist and businessman who was a central figure in a series of high-profile political scandals
Thomas L. Ambro 1975 Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Kary Antholis[6] 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)
Francisco Besosa 1979 Judge, United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
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
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
Dennis Chavez 1920 U.S. Senator from New Mexico
John Chiang California State Controller from California
Joyce Chiang 1995 INS attorney, whose murder drew similarities to the murder of Chandra Levy
Doriane L. Coleman 1988 Law professor at Duke University School of Law
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)
Robert E. Davis LL.B., 1964 Kansas Supreme Court Justice
John Dean 1965 White House Counsel to President Richard Nixon and key figure in Watergate scandal
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 Former 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)
Thomas Hardiman 1990 Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Mazie Hirono J.D., 1978 U.S. Representative from Hawaii
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
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
Henry P. Hughes LL.B., 1927 Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (1948-51)
Bill Jefferson LL.M., 1995 Former 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. Representative 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
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[7]
Marilyn Milian J.D., 1984 Host of The People's Court, former 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 Former U.S. Army Judge Advocate; President, S.R. Hadden, LLC
Charles Foster Offdensen J.D./M.B.A, 1989 Manager of the Death Metal band Dethklok
John Podesta 1976 White House Chief of Staff under President Bill Clinton, President of Center for American Progress
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
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
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, former U.S. Secretary of the Navy; noted author
Rick White 1980 U.S. Representative from Washington
Edward Bennett Williams 1944 Former 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, took classes for a few months in 1934
  • Donald Rumsfeld, Former Secretary of Defense, in 1957 then dropped out that same year


  1. ^ Expressed by Joseph A. Cantrel (Class of 1922), at the 50th Anniversary Celebration in December 1920. See official site
  2. ^ a b Career Advice, Author:Anna Ivey , April 6, 2005;
  3. ^ Where Are the US News Top 30 Law Schools of 1996 Now?, April 1, 2008, Law Librarian Blog
  4. ^ 2009 edition of Judging the Law Schools (accessed May 2, 2009)
  5. ^ "JD Admissions Quick Facts". Georgetown Law. Retrieved 2009-07-18.  
  6. ^ Wilson, David McKay. "Making Masterpieces", Bowdoin Magazine, Spring 2004. Accessed August 27, 2008.
  7. ^ Halbfinger, David M. "Man in the News; Flexibility in Victory; James Edward McGreevey", The New York Times, November 7, 2001. Accessed December 4, 2007. "He received a law degree from Georgetown in 1981 and a master's in education from Harvard in 1982."

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Coordinates: 38°53′54″N 77°0′45″W / 38.89833°N 77.0125°W / 38.89833; -77.0125


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