Georgetown UniversityEstablished in 1789, Georgetown University is the nation's oldest Catholic and Jesuit University. It is, today, a major international research university that prides itself on the diversity of the students and faculty, and its international character.
The University is made up of four undergraduate schools, three graduate and professional schools, professional development programs and certificates, medical residencies and other programs . It has three separate campuses in Washington D.C., as well as a facility in Qatar for the School of Foreign Service. Its Georgetown location has been ranked as one of the ten best college towns in the U.S.
Georgetown has approximately seven thousand undergraduates and eight thousand graduate students. As could be expected at a university in the nation's capital, many of the students are politically active.
Many Georgetown alumni have become leaders in public life and heads of state in the U.S. and other countries. This prominent list includes former U.S. President Bill Clinton, current U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, as well as President Macapagal-Arroyo of the Phillipines and Saad Hariri, Prime Minister of Lebanon. Prince Phillippos of Greece and Denmare, King Abdullah II of Jordan , and Crown Prince Felipe of Spain are some of the royals who have been Georgetown students.
The law school
Situated in the middle of the nation's capital, Georgetown Law is a matchless environment for transnational education. Georgetown’s goal is to prepare its students for a legal career in the globalized world. The study options dealing with transnational, international, and comparative law are the most extensive in the nation. The eminent full-time faculty is joined by visiting scholars from around the world and many local practicing lawyers.
Georgetown gives the students opportunities to be involved in clinics, on law journals, and through internships and study abroad. The Georgetown experience is enhanced by students who come here from more than 70 countries.
The Law Center Campus is in the bustling heart of the city, near Capitol Hill. (It is not on the undergraduate campus and there is a shuttle bus providing frequent service to and from both campuses.)
Georgetown’s law program is among the most respected in the U.S. In addition to traditional classroom study, the Law Center has a variety of clinical programs where students are able to apply theoretical concepts in the context of client representation. Moreover, a broad range of public interest programs demonstrate the school’s commitment to the community. They also offer joint degree programs where students can combine law with another field of study, such as Foreign Service, Business Administration, Public Health, Government, and Philosophy.
The cost of full-time tuition per semester is $21,875.
The cost of housing per semester is between $4,870-7100, depending on the type of accommodation.
There are additional fees for the student health plan.
Applicants must have graduated from either an American law school that is approved by the American Bar Association or a foreign law school where the level of study is equivalent to an American JD (juris doctor) degree.
International applicants must take TOEFL and have a score of at least 600 on the paper-based TOEFL test with minimum scores of 60 in every one of the three sections. Alternatively, they must have a score of at least 250 on the computer-based version of TOEFL with minimum scores of 25 in each section, or a score of at least 100 or better on the internet-based TOEFL test with minimum scores of 25 in each section.
Georgetown provides, annually, Master of Laws degree programs for more than 100 students who received their legal training in countries other than the United States. Georgetown's graduate program in international law is one of the largest in the U.S.
International students usually take either the Master of Laws (General Studies), or Master of Laws (International Legal Studies). These degree programs combine a core of American Law requirements with elective courses chosen according to the student's own area of interest. Both degrees require completion of a minimum of 20 credit hours of course work (usually four or five courses per semester). These programs have a rich curriculum including more than 100 courses and seminars on international law, foreign law, and conflict of the laws. In addition, there are many courses dealing with specialized legal practice areas, such as corporate, environmental, tax and finance, which include international as well as the domestic aspects of those fields.
An additional option is the Extended LL.M. with Certificate in American Legal English, which is intended for students whose English skills, as demonstrated by their TOEFL scores, have not reached the level required for admission into the regular LL.M. degree program.
Students educated outside the U.S. who wish to explore other aspects of the U.S. legal system can develop an individual course of study. Many international students will choose a broad mix of courses, while others will concentrate on specific areas such as corporate, environmental, constitutional, or intellectual property law.
International students may also be eligible for the specialized Taxation or Securities & Financial Regulation LL.M. degrees if they have strong backgrounds in these areas.
The Law Center gives a summer program, Foundations of American Law and Legal Education, which is an introduction to the study and practice of American law for foreign-educated lawyers.
The Law Center also offers a Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree aimed specifically at working journalists.
An additional option is J.D./LL.M joint degree program in Taxation.
LL.M. students may also pursue a Certificate along with their LL.M. degree.
Georgetown offers certificates in International Human Rights Law, National Security Law, WTO Law, Employee Benefits Law, and Estate Planning Law.