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3.7 of 5 stars (13 Ratings)

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Good Value

4.0 of 5 stars

April 2018 | FORMER STUDENT

Uppers

low tuition
incredibly smart, accomplished professors
rigorous writing program
small class size - you will have several classes with fewer than ten students
Location - options to work/intern in DC or Virginia or Maryland (very good local reputation)

Downers

tuition has increased A LOT in recent years - I'm not sure it's such a good value anymore
It's fairly competitive, although students are friendly. The grading curve is unusual and hard for employers to understand (e.g., a 3.3 average is near the top of the class)

Comments

If you want to work in government or mid/small firm, it's a great option. If you're hoping for big law, you will need to be top 10% or better.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Mediocre, strong conservative bend

3.0 of 5 stars

March 2016 | FORMER STUDENT

Uppers

Size, journal opportunities, location (proximity to Washington, DC), alumni network

Downers

Clear political leaning, as a frequent commuter school not the most cohesive environment, reputation doesn't live up to expectations

Comments

If you are into law and economics and plan on living and working in Northern Virginia, this is a great school. If you want to be competitive in DC, Baltimore, or other markets, not highly recommended

Would You Recommend

Yes

Great Option in DC Area

4.0 of 5 stars

November 2015 | CURRENT STUDENT

Uppers

I've found that the professors at GMU Law take the time to ensure you understand the material. They are incredibly vested in your personal success, which is evident in the time commitment they make to each student.

Downers

GMU Law limits your options of employment outside of the DMV. This can be attractive for some but less so for others.

Comments

The Law Review is absolutely top-notch. It should be a priority for every incoming first year.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Good school

4.0 of 5 stars

June 2015 | FORMER STUDENT

Uppers

Great professors
different way of thinking
smaller classes
Socratic method

Downers

Socratic method!
have to hustle to get noticed
some students can be petty

Comments

Check it out, the location is great and there are some really smart well connected professors

Would You Recommend

Yes

4.5 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Professors use the Socratic method to different extents, depending on their style. The theory focus in classes also seems to vary between professors. (My torts class, for example definitely focused on the theory).

Quality of Life

There is no on campus housing. The community is upper-middle class and very safe. Rent can be expensive, but great deals can be found for renting homes and townhouses. Being able to access the school by metro makes enjoying DC realistic even with a busy schedule.

Level

2L

4.3 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Very competitive (in a good way) among my peers. Most classes taught using strict Socratic Method.

Quality of Life

Campus is in Arlington. Arlington is very nice.

Admissions

LSAT, GPA, Letters of Rec, Personal Statement

Level

1L

4.2 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Very academically rigorous. Difficult curve and demanding writing curriculum.

Level

1L

3.3 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Most classes were good. Some really great professors- Michael krauss, Nathan Sales, Helen Alvare. First year everyone uses the Socratic method. 2nd/3rd year was half and half. All professors emphasize participation. Most students are unhappy with the career advising, but I think it's just bc of the economy. They were helpful to me. There is definitely a conservative political vibe, but it doesn't pervade the student body, and most professors try to be neutral while teaching. Alumni network isn't that strong, except in the northern VA area. They just changed the grading curve, which is good.

Quality of Life

It's expensive if you want to live in a high rise around campus, but you can find cheaper housing in the $800 range. It's a thriving area, with tons of bars and restaurants in the Clarendon area.

Admissions

Hardly any scholarships. Standard app process.

Level

3L

3.7 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Admissions

Easy and efficient - the personal phone call was a nice touch when I found out I had been accepted

Level

3L

3.3 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

The core classes were challenging, however the unique classes; Law and Economics, Founder's Constitution; were frustrating. An unfair advantage is given to students who have bachelors and masters degrees in these areas. If these were elective courses, then it would not be an issue, but they are required first year courses. I feel that they should either be seminars, or electives.

Quality of Life

It's a small school, so the facilities are very basic.

Admissions

The admission process was easy and the admissions office personnel that I interacted with were very helpful.

Level

2L

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