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George Washington University

GW Law offers students a legal education premised on “law in action” in Washington, D.C., the center of the most dynamic legal and policy activity in the United States. Our campus is located in the heart of Washington, D.C., steps from the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the White House, the Department of State, and the Organization of American States. Graduates of our programs become leaders in business, international organizations, the judiciary, government, and private legal practice throughout the world.


LLM and SJD Admissions—U.S. law school graduates:
Graduate Programs Office
Phone: 202.994.0715
Fax: 202.994.2831
Deadlines: May 1 for fall admission; November 1 for spring admission

LLM and SJD Admissions—Non-U.S. law school graduates:
Graduate Programs Office, International Students Division
Phone: 202.994.7242
Fax: 202.994.2831
Deadline: March 15 for fall admission; no spring admission

The George Washington University Law School
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20052 USA

The law school

Established in 1865, the George Washington University Law School is the oldest law school in Washington, D.C., and GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. There are more than 20,000 students studying a rich range of disciplines including business, international affairs, medicine, public health, engineering, law, and public policy.

Tuition fees

For details about tuition and fees, please see the school's Web Site.

Scholarships Available

For non-U.S. law school graduates (Application Deadline: March 1)
Thomas Buergenthal Scholarship
Momsen Leonardos Scholarship for Brazilian Graduate Law Students

For U.S. law school graduates (Application Deadline: May 1)
Randolph C. Shaw Fellowship (for Environmental Law LLM students)
Gerald J. Mossinghoff Fellowship (for Intellectual Property Law LLM students)

Entry Requirements

All LLM applicants must hold a JD or equivalent law degree earned with high rank from a law school that is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), or is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA), or is a recognized non-U.S. institution. Non-U.S. law school graduates also may need to meet the minimum language test requirement. All SJD applicants also must hold an LLM degree with high rank from an AALS- or ABA-approved law school.

The Program

The LLM programs at GW Law allow students to combine traditionally taught courses with in-depth seminars, internships, and skills training for a complete approach to legal education. Because of its location in the nation’s capital, the law school offers unparalleled opportunities for the study and observation of law in action.

Our faculty of world-renowned scholars and practitioners challenges and engages students with a stimulating curriculum that teaches legal skills through extensive practice, academic coursework, and scholarly research. With a broad curriculum featuring more than 275 elective courses, along with strong academic and personal support, the law school offers an exceptional academic environment. In addition, our students gain practical experience in externships at nearby institutions including major international organizations, nonprofits, courts, federal government agencies, and international dispute settlement bodies.

LLM Programs
Business and Finance Law
Energy and Environmental Law
Environmental Law
General LLM
Government Procurement Law
Government Procurement and Environmental Law
Intellectual Property Law
International and Comparative Law
International Environmental Law
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
National Security and U.S. Foreign Relations Law

Other Programs
MS, Intellectual Property Law
Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD)

Joint Degree Programs
LLM/MA in History with a concentration in U.S. Legal History; in Women’s Studies; or in Public Policy with a concentration in Women’s Studies

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