Member School Highlight – The George Washington University Law School


Location: Washington, DC
Founded: 1865
Joined AALS: 1900
Dean: Dayna Bowen Matthew

Founded in 1865 and an AALS charter member, The George Washington University Law School is a private institution with 507 first-year JD students. For over 150 years, GW Law has provided a dynamic, rigorous, generous, and practical learning experience. Our students can undertake a broad but in-depth exploration of the law. GW Law invests in each student’s success through strong academic and personal support, which includes mentorship, networking, and one-on-one career counseling that emphasizes helping students find the area of the law best suited to their interests.

GW Law is thrilled to be deepening its strength in national security and foreign relations law with its pioneering Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degrees that connect two of the Law School’s signature programs with its unparalleled expertise in cybersecurity law. Both degrees can be taken fully online. LLM students are also seeing an expanded roster of national security-related courses they can take online, in class, or both.

Under the umbrella National Security, Cybersecurity, and Foreign Relations Law Program, GW Law now offers an MSL in National Security and Cybersecurity Law and a joint MSL in Government Procurement and Cybersecurity Law. The expanded programming takes advantage of the expertise of faculty members who, as scholars in the field and practitioners at the vanguard, have helped shape national security law. GW Law students also learn from leading experts on cyber law issues, and we have professors from the National Security Agency and the CIA. Anchoring the curriculum are more than five dozen courses addressing the most cutting-edge issues in the field, among them: Artificial Intelligence; Blockchain Law and Policy; Domestic Terrorism; and International Money Laundering, Corruption, and Terrorism. “These “only at GW” programs, which can be taken fully online, connect two of our signature programs—national security law and government procurement law—with our expertise in cyber law, providing our students with a competitive edge for jobs at the center of power”, says Dean Dayna Bowen Matthew.

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