The Catholic University of America - Columbus School of Law

Introduction

The Columbus School of Law shines as a hidden gem within legal education in Washington, D.C. It is an academy composed of collegial and compassionate students, a supportive and academically distinguished faculty, and an accomplished and well-connected alumni base that stands ready to help today’s students reach their goals.

Our students excel individually and collectively. They earn fellowships, externships, and scholarships; some also publish in law journals. Our moot court and trials teams win accolades in competitions from Puerto Rico to Vienna to Hong Kong. CUA Law students advocate for live clients through our pioneering legal clinic, proving daily the truth of the ancient maxim: I do and I understand.

The faculty-student ratio is small. Professors go the extra mile to assist students with recommendations and in making professional connections. Add to this a law school environment noted for camaraderie, where students want to see each other succeed, and you have the foundation of an unforgettable law school experience.

Teachers and doers, our full time and adjunct faculty members are professors, scholars, researchers, practitioners, and legal commentators of the first order. Some remain active in the courtroom. Others have authored benchmark texts in subjects such as torts and securities law. They present at conferences and on panels around the world. They are read, quoted, cited, and respected. Above all, our faculty is devoted to excellence in the teaching of law and to the performance success of our students.

Our state-of-the-art building is located just minutes from the heart of Washington, D.C., the nation’s legal epicenter and the best city in America for the study of law. The Columbus School of Law has been a member of the Associa­tion of American Law Schools (AALS) since 1921 and the Ameri­can Bar Assoc­iation (ABA) since 1925.

We invite you to explore our Web site and learn about what makes the Columbus School of Law stand apart. Since 1897, the law school has welcomed students of every faith and background, teaching, guiding, and assisting their transformation into some of the very best legal practitioners in America.

CUA Law Advantage

Located in Washington, D.C., The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (CUA Law) is among the best choices you can make if your goal is to graduate with the skills — such as critical legal analysis, legal writing, and effective oral advocacy — that are essential to successful legal practice in the 21st century.

At every turn, CUA Law’s approach to legal education can be summarized with three words: Practical, Focused, and Connected, also referred to as the CUA Law Advantage. This combined with a strong sense of service and being located in the nation’s capital make CUA Law a legal education experience that will allow you to grow both professionally and as an individual.

Service

CUA Law has a unique mission of service. This mission is exemplified by our dedication to pro bono work, a commitment shared by students, faculty and alumni alike. Clinical skills lie at the heart of how the law functions as a tool to help and protect others, especially society’s most vulnerable.

Students who are drawn to service have many opportunities for engaging in long-term and short-term social justice projects, as well as student organizations that give back to the local communtiy. CUA Law also assists students who wish to pursue post-graduate fellowships and other employment opportunities in public interest and public service settings.

Mission Statement Law

The Columbus School of Law is an integral part of The Catholic University of America and it supports and advances the aims and goals of the university as a whole, as they have been affirmed throughout the university's history and are currently stated in the university's mission statement. These aims and goals manifest themselves in a core commitment to the ideals of the dignity of each human person; respect for the inviolability of all human life; justice rooted in the common good; the recognition and protection of human rights as gifts of the Creator; care for the poor, the neglected, and the vulnerable; and the obligation of love for one another. As a law school, we strive to discover, preserve, and impart the truth in all its forms; to achieve academic distinction in the Catholic intellectual tradition; and to assure, in an institutional manner, faithfulness to the university's Christian inspiration.

The school's sense of institutional integrity and community reflects its fidelity to Catholic ideals and beliefs. As such, the school is committed to fostering its already strong bonds of community by continuing to promote and maintain respect for and among faculty, administrators, students, staff, and alumni, and respect for the diversity of backgrounds, religious affiliations, viewpoints, and contributions that members bring to the law school community.

We bring together an able and diverse student body and provide the students with an exceptional professional education designed to prepare and motivate them to serve with intelligence, integrity and vigor the needs of clients, communities, the nation, civil society and the international community. We strive to impart to our students a comprehensive set of practical competencies, a broad range of doctrinal knowledge, and an unwavering commitment to the ethical practice of law. Beyond the first year of studies we encourage students to consider participating in structured specialization through an array of institutes, clinical education, centers, and programs that enhance the skills that are essential to providing the highest quality legal representation. Through the provision of high quality instruction, rigorous scholarship, professional achievement and community service, the law school is committed to making substantial and lasting contributions to the enrichment of knowledge, the integrity of the legal profession, and the enhancement of the welfare of the broader community, the nation, and the Church.

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Juris Doctor

JD (full time)

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Washington DC

The decision to attend law school remains a sound, smart, and fulfilling investment in yourself and your future. In a complex world facing many serious challenges, the need for competent, ethical, and compassionate legal practitioners is stronger than ever. [+]

Admissions The decision to attend law school remains a sound, smart, and fulfilling investment in yourself and your future. In a complex world facing many serious challenges, the need for competent, ethical, and compassionate legal practitioners is stronger than ever. Located near the heart of Washington, D.C., a city like no other and the center of our nation’s legal system, The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (CUA Law) is among the best choices you can make if your goal is to graduate with the skills — such as critical legal analysis, legal writing, and effective oral advocacy—that are essential to successful legal practice in the 21st century. At every turn, our approach to legal education can be summarized with three words: practical, focused, and connected. Practical means you will learn by doing; focused offers the chance to choose among many different areas of legal study for academic emphasis; connected describes professors who take a personal interest in you, students who treat each other like family, and a supportive alumni network. Application Overview Applying for First Year Admission To be eligible for admission, an applicant must have received an undergraduate degree from a college or university accredited by one of the regional associations and demonstrated satisfactory performance on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). The preferred deadline for applicants to both day and evening divisions is March 15. First year students begin their studies only in the fall semester. In most cases applications are complete when the following... [-]

JD (part time)

Campus Part time 4 years September 2017 USA Washington DC

CUA Law has a thriving Part-time Evening Division J.D. Program. Designed around the needs of working professionals looking to complement their current careers or beginning a new one, all classes meet between 6:30 and 9:30 pm, Monday through Thursday. [+]

An Accommodating, Supportive, and Quality Learning Environment CUA Law has a thriving Part-time Evening Division J.D. Program. Designed around the needs of working professionals looking to complement their current careers or beginning a new one, all classes meet between 6:30 and 9:30 pm, Monday through Thursday. The evening division's diversity features students who are professionals from many industries and backgrounds. They hold various degrees such as Ph.D’s, M.D.’s, Masters, and Bachelors. Some have always wanted to work towards a law degree, while others found a law degree would help open new career opportunities for themselves. And in some cases they are individuals who have focused on raising a family and have now decided to work on their career. The Part-time Evening Division J.D. Program takes four years to complete and having time management skills is a plus. CUA Law features a supportive faculty and staff to help students with the adjustment of managing their law school experience and their full-time job. Students enrolled in the evening division are required to at least 11 semester credit hours and no less than 8 semester credit hours. In order to be eligible for graduation students enrolled in the evening division must complete 84 semester credit hours. Students who are part of the Evening Division are invited to participate in the various Student Organizations at CUA Law. There is also an Evening Law Students Association (ELSA), which was founded in 1993 to represent our evening-division students and promote their extracurricular activities, address their special... [-]

LLM

LL.M. in Comparative and International Law

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 36 months September 2017 USA Washington DC + 1 more

The Master of Laws (LL.M.) is an advanced program of legal study that is customized to the needs of the individual student. LL.M. candidates, mentored by expert faculty, plan a course of study in one of the following concentrations: Law and Technology, Securities Law, or Comparative and International Law. [+]

The Master of Laws (LL.M.) is an advanced program of legal study that is customized to the needs of the individual student. LL.M. candidates, mentored by expert faculty, plan a course of study in one of the following concentrations: Law and Technology, Securities Law, or Comparative and International Law. Foreign LL.M. students have the option to pursue a curriculum that helps prepare them for a U.S. bar examination, while acquire a broad understanding of the U.S. common law system. Through the law school's extensive curricular offerings, LL.M. candidates enhance their knowledge for practice by acquiring significant expertise in the area of specialization they have selected, as well as honing their skills in U.S. legal research, analysis, and legal writing. Committed to providing the highest quality legal education in an increasingly global society, the Columbus School of Law offers its LL.M. degree program to graduates of U.S. and foreign law schools. For more than 100 years, the law school has trained many of the nation's most distinguished lawyers and judges. In law firms, federal and local government, the judiciary, and the public sector, our graduates are recognized for their knowledge, competence and ethical practice. In line with our Catholic mission, the Columbus School of Law instills its students with a quest for social justice and a profound duty to apply their legal knowledge and skills to the promotion of the common good. LL.M. in Comparative and International Law The concentration in Comparative and International Law offers a comprehensive examination of governments,... [-]

LL.M. in Corporate and Securities Law

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 36 months September 2017 USA Washington DC + 1 more

The Master of Laws (LL.M.) is an advanced program of legal study that is customized to the needs of the individual student. LL.M. candidates, mentored by expert faculty, plan a course of study in one of the following concentrations: Law and Technology, Securities Law, or Comparative and International Law. [+]

The Master of Laws (LL.M.) is an advanced program of legal study that is customized to the needs of the individual student. LL.M. candidates, mentored by expert faculty, plan a course of study in one of the following concentrations: Law and Technology, Securities Law, or Comparative and International Law. Foreign LL.M. students have the option to pursue a curriculum that helps prepare them for a U.S. bar examination, while acquire a broad understanding of the U.S. common law system. Through the law school's extensive curricular offerings, LL.M. candidates enhance their knowledge for practice by acquiring significant expertise in the area of specialization they have selected, as well as honing their skills in U.S. legal research, analysis, and legal writing. Committed to providing the highest quality legal education in an increasingly global society, the Columbus School of Law offers its LL.M. degree program to graduates of U.S. and foreign law schools. For more than 100 years, the law school has trained many of the nation's most distinguished lawyers and judges. In law firms, federal and local government, the judiciary, and the public sector, our graduates are recognized for their knowledge, competence and ethical practice. In line with our Catholic mission, the Columbus School of Law instills its students with a quest for social justice and a profound duty to apply their legal knowledge and skills to the promotion of the common good. LL.M. in Corporate and Securities Law The Securities Law concentration supplies the students with depth of background in a... [-]

LL.M. in Law and Technology

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 36 months September 2017 USA Washington DC + 1 more

The Master of Laws (LL.M.) is an advanced program of legal study that is customized to the needs of the individual student. LL.M. candidates, mentored by expert faculty, plan a course of study in one of the following concentrations: Law and Technology, Securities Law, or Comparative and International Law. [+]

The Master of Laws (LL.M.) is an advanced program of legal study that is customized to the needs of the individual student. LL.M. candidates, mentored by expert faculty, plan a course of study in one of the following concentrations: Law and Technology, Securities Law, or Comparative and International Law. Foreign LL.M. students have the option to pursue a curriculum that helps prepare them for a U.S. bar examination, while acquire a broad understanding of the U.S. common law system. Through the law school's extensive curricular offerings, LL.M. candidates enhance their knowledge for practice by acquiring significant expertise in the area of specialization they have selected, as well as honing their skills in U.S. legal research, analysis, and legal writing. Committed to providing the highest quality legal education in an increasingly global society, the Columbus School of Law offers its LL.M. degree program to graduates of U.S. and foreign law schools. For more than 100 years, the law school has trained many of the nation's most distinguished lawyers and judges. In law firms, federal and local government, the judiciary, and the public sector, our graduates are recognized for their knowledge, competence and ethical practice. In line with our Catholic mission, the Columbus School of Law instills its students with a quest for social justice and a profound duty to apply their legal knowledge and skills to the promotion of the common good. LL.M. in Law and Technology The concentration in Law and Technology provides special expertise in the regulation of the... [-]

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Columbus School of Law - The Catholic University of America

Address The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law 3600 John McCormack Rd., NE
20064 Washington DC, Washington, D.C., USA
Website http://www.law.edu/
Phone +1 202-319-5151