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Students at George Mason University School of Law receive an outstanding legal education, are taught to critically evaluate prevailing opinions and pursue new ideas, and ultimately are prepared to distinguish themselves in their chosen fields.
Located just steps away from the nation’s capital, George Mason University School of Law offers students unmatched professional, educational, and cultural opportunities in Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia.
Proximity to the White House, Capitol Hill, and the US Supreme Court—as well as countless government agencies, think-tanks, nonprofits, and law firms—gives students unparalleled access to the top legal minds, organizations, and job opportunities that the nation has to offer. Our faculty is culled from these very institutions, and some of our graduates go on to work at the highest level in those organizations.
Mason Law has a relatively small student body (about 500 full- and part-time students in the LLM and JD programs combined) consisting of some of the nation’s top applicants. But don’t let the small size fool you! Mason Law boasts a diverse range of student activities.
Mason Law is also known for its prestigious legal centers, the Law & Economics Center and the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property. Students enjoy easy access to LEC and CPIP programs, like academic conferences and roundtables, and resources for research in the areas of law and economics, antitrust, and intellectual property.
George Mason University School of Law employs 120 full-time and adjunct faculty members drawn from some of the top law firms and legal institutions in the nation. Our professors have worked in the White House, argued before the Supreme Court, and served as ambassadors to our most important allies and trading partners. Mason Law faculty’s output is among the most downloaded on the Social Science Research Network.
George Mason University School of Law is a close-knit community, offering hands-on instruction from a world-class faculty. With a faculty/student ratio of 1:11.8, small class sizes allow for direct interaction with professors—an invaluable advantage when learning complex legal doctrines.
The abundance of career opportunities for Mason Law graduates stems not only from our students’ historically strong work ethic and strategic location in the Washington, DC, area, but also from our exceptional academic and career programming. Mason Law is one of the only schools in the nation with a focus on the intersection of law and economics. Our nationally acclaimed Law & Economics Center introduces prospective employers of all types to the Mason Law community through dozens of academic conferences and scholarly research. Such a concentration of law and economics training and scholars has proven invaluable to hundreds of graduates working in business and regulatory positions.
Moreover, the Mason Law program gives students the flexibility they need to best prepare for their specific career goals. For those already in a career, Mason Law’s part-time program stands on equal footing with its full-time program and allows students to take evening classes and pursue clinics and extracurricular activities without interrupting work.
All LLM degree programs require the completion of 24–26 credit hours of coursework. These hours will be made up of required courses, restricted electives, and a thesis, seminar, or writing course to fulfill the LLM writing requirement. George Mason offers an interdisciplinary approach to legal study. A grounding in economics and basic mathematical and financial skills is important to a sophisticated legal education and to the development of a competent attorney, which is why all law students at George Mason are required to take an Economic Foundations course in their first semester of study at the law school.
All LLM programs at George Mason are offered full-time or part-time. Full-time students typically complete the LLM program in one academic year. Part-time students have up to three years to complete the LLM degree.
Students begin the LLM program in either fall (start date, mid-August) or spring (start date, early-January) of each year. Fall applications must be received by the June 1st preceding the intended start date; spring applications must be received by the November 15th preceding the intended start date.
Visit eligibility requirements and application instructions for more information.
LLM in Law & Economics
Students may elect to complete our standard LLM in Law & Economics or further specialize via the optional Antitrust focus. View the LLM in Law & Economics Curriculum for full information on course offerings, as well as the complete program of study for the LLM in Law & Economics degree.
LLM in Intellectual Property
Students may elect to complete our standard LLM in Intellectual Property or further specialize via the optional Patent and Technology foci. View the LLM in Intellectual Property Curriculum for full information on course offerings, as well as the complete program of study for the LLM in Intellectual Property degree.
New LLM Program Development
George Mason University School of Law is currently developing two new LLM programs:
- The LLM in United States Law will provide foreign-educated attorneys with an understanding of US legal systems and practices, as well as the curriculum necessary for New York and DC bar exam eligibility.
- The LLM in Global Antitrust Law & Economics will provide students with an in-depth study of antirust law.
Both programs are to be submitted for approval to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and the ABA with the goal of a fall 2016 launch date.
For more information about these developing programs, and to be added to our mailing list for updates as these programs develop, contact email@example.com.
The rules regarding bar exam eligibility are subject to change; therefore, George Mason University School of Law does not guarantee any student’s eligibility to take the bar examination. Applicants interested in taking any bar examination should visit that state’s bar examination website and other resources for full information regarding eligibility rules.