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College of William & Mary (William & Mary School of Law)

The Law School campus is located at 613 South Henry Street in the heart of historic Williamsburg, Virginia, halfway between Richmond and Virginia Beach and three hours south of Washington, D.C. The campus is accessible by Interstate 64, AMTRAK or airlines serving the Richmond, Norfolk or Williamsburg/Newport News International airports. The Law School is located a few blocks from the main campus of the College of William & Mary and the grounds of Colonial Williamsburg.

Founded in 1779, the Law School first conducted classes on the main campus of the College. Two hundred years later, the Law School moved to its current facility on South Henry Street. All classrooms, student organizations, faculty and administrative offices, the student lounge, the Law Library and the McGlothlin Moot Courtroom are housed in the Law School building. Students have twenty-four hour access to the library and its two computer labs. The Law School provides wireless Internet access throughout most areas of the building. On-campus graduate housing and the McCormack-Nagleson Tennis Center are located next door to the Law School campus.

The Law School is a part of the College of William & Mary, one of Virginia's public institutions of higher learning. We offer a three-year J.D. degree program of full-time study and the joint degrees, combining Law and Master of Business Administration, Law and Master of Public Policy, and Law and Master of Arts in American Studies. The LL.M. program in the American Legal System is also offered for international students. The Law School's total enrollment is 620 students.

37 full-time faculty and 64 practicing lawyers and judges teaching Legal Skills and other specialized courses. Faculty includes authors of leading texts and treatises in Administrative Law, Commercial Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Environmental Law, Legal Ethics, Military Law, and Taxation.

Nationally-recognized program to develop practical lawyering skills and professional responsibility. Four semesters of practice in a simulated law firm. Training in legal research and writing, drafting, client and witness interviewing, negotiating, trial and appellate advocacy, and legal ethics. Winner of the inaugural ABA Gambrell Award for Professionalism.

The most technologically-advanced courtroom in the world and home of the Courtroom 21 Project. Includes real-time transcription; multi-frame voice-activated television cameras; remote video arraignment; teleconferencing; facilities for the hearing-impaired; computers for judge, counsel and jurors; LEXIS and WESTLAW; 143-language translation capability.

Total holdings approximately 400,000 volumes including the Thomas Jefferson Collection and other valuable works in the Rare Book Room. Twenty-four hour library access for law students, two computer labs, and more than 400 seats. Resources include extensive video and electronic collections, ready access to LexisNexis and Westlaw, and self-teaching programs from the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). Online databases accessible over the Law School's wireless network or from home.

Supports research and education on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Sponsors educational programs for various audiences. Annual Supreme Court Preview features prominent journalists and legal scholars. Recent symposia examined civil rights, drug testing in the workplace, and freedom of expression. Student Division programs have explored "Gays, Lesbians and the Meaning of Family," "Rock, Rap, and the First Amendment," "The Second Amendment: The Right to Bear Arms," and "Juvenile Justice."

Opportunities for students to work for academic credit in law and law related offices. Placements have included work in federal and state courts, Virginia General Assembly, employee relations, attorney general practice, environmental law, international law, nonprofit law, domestic violence, federal tax and legal aid.

Students currently participate in approximately 30 student organizations outside the classroom. Competitive organizations, public service organizations, special interest groups and the Student Bar Association offer co-curricular activities for everyone.

The College of William & Mary is a university small enough to provide for relationships that cultivate learning and community, and large enough to have the resources to achieve excellence. An important aspect of this community is its location in the historic City of Williamsburg, which offers, after a half-century of restoration and preservation, an unparalleled view of eighteenth century life. The educational, cultural and recreational opportunities afforded to students by the College, the City and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation add to the quality of life and education at William & Mary. You may enjoy a virtual tour of the College and the surrounding community.

The Sir Christopher Wren Building, located at the west end of Duke of Gloucester Street, is the oldest educational building in continuous use in the United States. The Wren Building marks only the eastern tip of a campus that includes 1200 acres, approximately 40 major buildings, a large lake, extensive woods, and many playing fields and tennis courts.

Behind the Wren Building and stretching from the Sunken Gardens to Lake Matoaka is a beautiful wooded area known as the Jefferson Prospect. Surrounding Lake Matoaka is College Woods, an expanse of acreage that provides hiking trails and an exceptional natural laboratory for William & Mary students.

The Law Library's 380,000 volume collection, comfortable building, and service-oriented staff offers students and other users an excellent setting for study and research. The collection offers a strong combination of primary and secondary materials in Anglo-American law, including an extensive collection of reported decisions, statutes, and administrative materials from the U.S. and abroad. Our considerable treatise collection is particularly strong in the areas of constitutional law, environmental law, public and private international law, jurisprudence, legal history, Roman law, and taxation.

Our print materials are complemented by an extensive microform collection; Lexis/Nexis, Westlaw, and dozens of other digital products including access to the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA); a large video collection (which includes both skills-oriented videos and popular films); and, of course, access to the World Wide Web.

The library provides a comfortable and functional environment for study and research. We have over 400 seats, including a combination of large carrels, tables, individual and group study rooms, and comfortable lounge furniture. With two computer labs and a wireless network, we provide wide access to electronic information sources. Our skilled staff of service-oriented librarians provides reference and research assistance to law school faculty and students, to members of the College community, and to the Virginia bench and bar and other library patrons. The librarians serve as legal research instructors in the Legal Skills program, and offer research seminars on a variety of topics. We actively promote computer applications in support of the curriculum and student and faculty research.

The Law School's institutes and programs inject a special vitality to scholarship and legal education at William & Mary.

* The Law School's McGlothlin Courtroom is home to the prize-winning Courtroom 21 Project, a joint program of the Law School and the National Center for State Courts. The Project's mission is to improve through appropriate technology the administration of justice and the world's legal systems.
* Created in 2005 as a joint venture of the National Center for State Courts and the Law School, the Election Law Program seeks to provide practical assistance to state court judges in the United States who are called upon to resolve difficult election law disputes.
* The George Wythe Society of Citizen Lawyers is a civic leadership program, formed in the fall of 2005, which will recognize and encourage community service and civic participation by members of the student body.
* The Human Rights and National Security Law Program focuses on the interplay between national defense and the protection of civil rights. The Program's Distinguished Lecture Series and co-sponsored symposia bring leading experts to campus each semester to foster discussion and debate about on-going and emerging issues.
* The Institute of Bill of Rights Law is one of the preeminent institutions in the country engaged in study of the Bill of Rights and sponsors a variety of lectures, conferences and publications that entice scholars from around the country to examine important constitutional issues.
* The William & Mary Property Rights Project encourages legal scholarship on the role that property rights play in society. The Project's annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference explores recent developments in areas such as takings litigation and takings law.
* Devoted to the study of law as a therapeutic agent, the Therapeutic Jurisprudence Program focuses on improving the administration of justice so that it has a positive effect on individuals, their families and the community.

School name:College of William & MaryWilliam & Mary School of Law
Address:613 South Henry Street
Zip & city:VA 23187-8795 Virginia

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