George Mason Law School

George Mason University School of Law is the law school of George Mason University, a state university in the U.S. Commonwealth of Virginia. It is not located at the university's main campus in Fairfax, but is instead located in Arlington, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. George Mason University has a distinguished record in the field of law and economics. The school is home to one third of the scholars who have been recognized as founding fathers of law and economics. Additionally, the university boasts two Nobel Prize economists: James M. Buchanan (1986) and Vernon L. Smith (2002). Because of its advantageous location and growing reputation, George Mason University School of Law has the opportunity to be a selective institution. The law school received 5,665 applications for fall 2006 JD admission and made offers of admission to 1,116 individuals. George Mason has 717 students in its J.D., LL.M., and J.M. programs. The median LSAT score among those offered admission to the fall 2006 entering J.D. class was 164 and the median GPA was 3.61. Merit-based scholarships are offered to the most qualified applicants and average $12,000 per year, which is sufficient to cover the majority of the tuition for in-state students.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact Website (Website) http://www.law.gmu.edu/
Admissions Dean (Admissions Dean) lawadmit@gmu.edu
Location (Location) Arlington, VA
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Quick Facts

Founded : 1972
ABA Accredited : Yes
AALS Member : Yes

Rankings

US News Week : 45
Vault Top 25 : N/A
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Median LSAT : 161
Median GPA : 3.59
Acceptance Rate : 32%


George Mason Law School Admissions

George Mason Law School is considered a Moderately Competitive law school, which accepts only 32% of its applicants. Comparatively, Gmu is Lower than the average cost for law school.

  Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2021 2292 718 (31.33%) 157 (6.8%)
  25% Median 75%
GPA 3.15 3.59 3.68
LSAT 156 161 162

Tuition And Financial AID

  In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $25,351 $40,737
Part Time $20,660 $33,298
Living Expenses  
Living on-campus: $23,868
Living off-campus: $23,868
Living at home: $10,816

Important Dates

Early Decision 1 : 12/15
Early Decision 2 : N/A
Regular Decision : 03/01
Application Fee : N/A

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George Mason Law School Community

George Mason Law School is considered to have a Somewhat Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Gmu is Below Average.

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FACULTY STATISTICS

  • Full Time : 31
  • Part Time : 113

FACULTY

  • # Female Faculty : 42
  • # Minority Faculty : 18

RATIO

15.6 Students

1 Faculty

HOUSING OPTIONS

  • On Campus Housing : No
  • Graduate Housing : No
  • Law Specific Housing : No

George Mason Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. George Mason University 1L section size is 20% larger than law schools in Virginia and 14% larger than all PUBLIC law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

George Mason Law School: 154
Virginia Average: 123
PUBLIC School Average: 132
  • Positions Available in Advanced Courses
  • Simulation Courses : 262
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics : 70
  • Students Involved in Advanced Activities
  • Field Placements : 227
  • Law Journals : 149
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials : 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year : 9.3%
  • Second Year : 0.7%
  • Third Year : 0.0%
  • Fourth Year : 2.1%

George Mason Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The George Mason University class of 2016 had an employment rate of 96% with 1% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2016, 80.2%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

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Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 38.0%
  • Business: 21.0%
  • Government: 19.0%
  • Public Interest: 6.0%
  • Academia: 5.0%
  • Virginia: 49%
  • District Of Columbia: 26%
  • Maryland: 6%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 80.2%
  • First Time Takers: 167
  • Average School: 72.4%
  • Average State: 72.4%
  • Pass Difference: N/A

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Virginia : 72.4%
  • Passed : 97 of 134 (72.4%)
  • State Average : 72.4%
  • Difference : N/A