Georgetown University




The Law Center, located in the heart of the nation's capital, educates an exceptionally talented and diverse student body for legal practice and the pursuit of justice in our community, our country and the world. The Law Center's world-class faculty, recognized for the quality of both its scholarship and teaching, has engendered a learning environment that combines academic and theoretical excellence with a thorough grounding in practical problems and the practice of law.

The Law Center provides a world of opportunities. We offer more courses and more seminars on domestic and international topics than any other law school in the country. Our program in clinical education, ranked among the best in the nation, offers a wide range of legal assistance to needy members of our community—including domestic abuse and child cases, political asylum cases, and environmental justice. Our location puts us within walking distance of Congress, the Supreme Court, and the Department of Justice.

We have recently opened two new buildings on our campus. The Hotung International Law Building houses an international and comparative law library and state-of-the-art classrooms and seminar rooms. Georgetown's Supreme Court Institute is also located in the new building; in our new moot court room, lawyers in more than half of the cases that will be heard by the Supreme Court this year will practice their arguments before panels of law school faculty and leading Washington advocates.

Georgetown University Law Center seeks not only to impart the tools of the lawyer’s trade but also to foster refl ection and inquiry into the nature of law and the role
and responsibility of lawyers in a global society. The goal is education in its fullest sense—not only mastery of “black letter law,” but a sense of the philosophical,
political, social and ethical dimensions of law, the awakening of an abiding curiosity about its nature and purposes, and the instilling of a sense of responsibility
for its development and direction.

Georgetown nurtures the very highest standards of scholarly inquiry, intellectual rigor and ethical behavior, in a way that respects each student’s individuality
and fosters his or her particular interests and career goals. The result is a dynamic intellectual community, in which students have an unprecedented range of academic opportunities both inside and outside the classroom.

One of the benefi ts of Georgetown’s sweeping curriculum and large faculty is that students have many opportunities to take small classes, permitting them to work closely with distinguished faculty members.
All fi rst year students have a small section class of about 28 students, and an even smaller Legal Research and Writing seminar of about 15 students. In their upperclass years, students may choose each term
from dozens of small seminars, most of which enroll 20 or fewer students. Many students also choose to pursue individual research and writing projects under the direct supervision of a faculty member.

Unlike many other law schools, Georgetown offers fi rst year students welcome choices in their course of study.
The fi rst option, Curriculum “A,” provides a thorough grounding in the foundation subjects – civil procedure,
contracts, constitutional law, constitutional criminal procedure, property, and torts – while enabling students to select from a diverse menu of ten “perspective” elective courses in the spring semester, including such offerings as international law, gender and the law, lawmaking, and religion and the law. The second option,
Curriculum “B,” covers the traditional subjects offered in Curriculum “A,” but takes an interdisciplinary approach, placing emphasis on the public nature of law and the sources of law in economics, philosophy and other social sciences.

This year Georgetown is proud to announce another exciting innovation in its fi rst year curriculum: Week One: Law in a Global Context. Drawing on Georgetown’s unparalleled international law faculty, this new program will engage all fi rst year students in an interdisciplinary study of cuttingedge transnational legal issues during the fi rst week of the spring term. Addressing problems ranging from the extradition of
criminals from foreign countries to global commerce in cyberspace, students will participate in simulation exercises and smallgroup discussions, and attend lectures taught by full time faculty and distinguished
practitioners of international law from the D.C. legal community.

The Georgetown University Law Center faculty is the largest and one of the most distinguished communities of scholarteachers in legal education today. The faculty encompasses an extraordinary range of professional and scholarly accomplishments in virtually every area
of legal practice.

Preeminent in the fields of constitutional, international, and tax law, as well as clinical legal education, Georgetown’s faculty also is distinguished in bioethics, civil rights, corporate law, environmental law, family law, health law, jurisprudence, legal history, legislation, and litigation.

The women and men who teach law to first year students have achieved national or international prominence in their own special fi elds of interest. Their wideranging scholarly interests and ongoing work in the public arena enable the faculty to offer students a wealth of upperclass courses and advanced seminars that provide an intellectually exciting, rigorous, and up-to-date education. Georgetown’s 100-plus full time professors are joined by a wide array of distinguished Washington, D.C., practitioners— judges, general counsel, law fi rm partners, agency chiefs, and Congressional staff members—who bring together the
theory and the application of law as it is made and practiced in everyday life.

The Law Center is widely recognized as one of the foremost institutions of international and comparative law in the world. The respected faculty’s international
scholarship is supplemented by extensive experience working with governmental, private, and international
organizations, and an extraordinary adjunct faculty who enrich the curriculum with specialized courses.

Each year, two full time J.D. students may study in Paris as part of a special one-year Global Business Law Program. The Program is co-sponsored by Institut
d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and Université Paris I (Sorbonne). At the end of their one-year study in France, the students will be given a Diplome D’Etudes Superieures Spécialisées, which
French law students obtain in either their 5th or 6th year of a law program.

The Global Law Scholars program prepares students for transnational practice in which they regularly encounter problems that involve more than one legal
system. Our aim is to combine language skills and cultural familiarity with rigorous and directed legal training so that our Scholars are ready to practice in the global legal environment of the 21st century.

Georgetown University Law Center is located in the heart of Washington, D.C., between Capitol Hill and downtown, in the midst of the major legal institutions of
the nation, including the U.S. Capitol, the Supreme Court, and the Department of Justice. The Law Center also is surrounded by a rich world of cultural activity. It is a
10-minute walk from the campus to the National Mall—home to the Smithsonian Museums of Natural History, American History, and Air and Space, the National Gallery of Art, and many special exhibits.
The Botanical Gardens and the Holocaust Museum are nearby. The MCI Center, home to the Washington D.C. Wizards (basketball) and the Washington D.C. Capitals
(hockey), is only a fi ve-minute walk to the west. The new Washington Nationals baseball team began its inaugural season at RFK Stadium in 2005. The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts hosts the National
Symphony as well as performances of opera, ballet, and theater. Tickets to most theater, ballet, and symphony concerts are available to students at a discounted price.

D.C. also has a lively nightlife scene, with many clubs, music venues and restaurants close to the Law Center in neighborhoods like Dupont and Adams Morgan.

McDonough Hall, with its lecture halls, faculty offi ces, and student service space, is at the center of our fi ve-building campus. The Edward Bennett Williams
Law Library, considered one of the fi nest law libraries in the country, houses one of the three largest academic law library collections in the nation.

To the south, the Bernard and Sarah Gewirz Student Center provides apartments for students, health care facilities, a child care center, and a variety of gathering
places for the entire community to enjoy lectures and social events.

Two new buildings fi nished in Summer 2004 complete the Law Center campus, fulfi lling a goal set more than two decades ago: to create a campus that would nurture students in mind, body, and spirit. The
Eric E. Hotung International Law Center houses the John Wolff International and Comparative Law Library, as well as state-of-the-art classroom facilities and
a Supreme Court Moot courtroom.

The free-standing Sport and Fitness Center provides students with three stories of facilities including a swimming pool, cardiovascular equipment and free weights, aerobics and spinning studios, racquetball courts, and a fullsized basketball/volleyball court. Downstairs, students gather around the café to chat or study on comfortable couches near warm fi replaces
and a peaceful indoor fountain.

The Law Center buildings are wired for the 21st century. In addition to the Law Center’s wireless network, there are more than 1,600 laptop ports available to students and 45 public computers for student use, with more added each year.

Georgetown has a long and rich tradition in appellate and trial advocacy. Georgetown’s moot court appellate teams have long enjoyed an outstanding national
and international reputation, having won fi rst place in many of the most prestigious competitions. Recently, ADR competitions were added to the numerous Georgetownsponsored regional and national moot
court and mock trial competitions. These competitions involve negotiations, mediation, and client counseling. The studentrun Barristers’ Council administers both
inter-school and intramural competitions and activities. Students who participate in this program improve their legal research, writing, and oral advocacy skills.



School name:Georgetown UniversityLaw Center
Address:600 New Jersey Ave N.W.
Zip & city:DC 20001 District of Columbia
Phone:202-662-9000
Web:http://www.law.georgetown.edu
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