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“Great School But Not Well Recognized Yet”
March 2019FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

Provides great practical education and clinical experiences. Great intellectual diversity. Extremely well connected in Northern Virginia area.

Downers

Name brand of school is not strong in D.C. even if you do well, placement at big firms varies and can be weak outside of IP and anti-trust, less academic and more oriented on training good lawyers, which hurts its brand in an intellectual focused D.C.

Comments

Great for the value but if someone else is paying for your education, look elsewhere

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Good Value”
April 2018FORMER 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”
March 2016FORMER 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”
November 2015CURRENT 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”
June 2015FORMER 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

2011VERIFIED 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

2011VERIFIED 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

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Very academically rigorous. Difficult curve and demanding writing curriculum.

Level

1L

2011VERIFIED 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

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

most classes are well organized, thoughtful and rewarding. There are a few that are not. The class size is small and the use of the Socratic method is mild. Our faculty is quite notable considering how young our school is.

Quality of Life

Our neighborhood is safe and small, but near DC so the best of both worlds. The cost of living is high though, since we are so close to DC.

Admissions

LSAT, letters of recommendation, LSAC, essays, etc.

Level

2L

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