Georgetown Law School is one of the top law universities in the United States. Officially, this educational establishment is called Georgetown University Law Center but is often called simply Georgetown Law. Due to its excellent results, the university is one of the most desirable amongst those who wish to study for a career in law. Although it is a well-known establishment, there are many things that people do not know about this center. Here are 10 interesting facts that you probably didn’t know about Georgetown Law School.
1. It Was Founded in 1870
This university was founded in 1870 and it was the first law school in the United States run by a Jesuit institution. Although it was originally part of the main Georgetown campus, it moved in 1890 to what is now the Chinatown area of Georgetown.
2. The University Has Been Extended Many Times
Over the years, the needs of the students attending the university have changed and the number of students who enroll has increased. This means that Georgetown Law School has seen many changes and several expansions. In 1989, the Edward Bennett Williams Law Library was added, followed by the Gewirz Student Center in 1993. The latter gave the university on-campus living for the first time ever. The university underwent major changes during the ‘Campus Completion Project’, which was completed in 2005. This project included the addition of a sport and fitness center and the Hotung International Building.
3. There is a High-Level of Female Students
Traditionally, the cohort of students at this university were predominantly white males. The university has seen a turnaround in recent years and can now claim that they have 24 percent minority students and that 54 percent of the students are female.
4. It Has the Highest Number of Applicants in the United States
Of all the law schools and universities in the United States, Georgetown Law School receives the most applications. However, it is also the tenth most selective law school in the United States, so getting into this university is difficult.
5. It is Very Expensive to Attend This University
Making it into this law school comes at a cost. Taking into account costs including tuition, fees, and living expenses, it costs the average student $91,700 to attend this law school. Debt-financed attendance for three years is estimated to cost $350,351, according to The Law School Transparency.
6. It Has the United States’ Fourth Largest Law Library Collection
As one of the biggest law schools in the United States, it is important that the university can meet the learning and research needs of its students. This university has the fourth largest law library collection in the country. It is a massive collection, and it is housed in two buildings.
7. They Publish Many Journals
Each year, the Georgetown Law School publishes many journals. These include two peer-reviewed law journals and fourteen student-run law journals. They also publish the ‘Georgetown Law Weekly’, which is a student-run weekly newspaper.
8. The Georgetown Law Journal is a Well-Respected and High-Ranking Law Journal
Of all the journals published by Georgetown Law School, its most respected and high-ranking is the Georgetown Law Journal. In terms of how influential the law review is considered, it was ranked in the sixth position by Google Scholar and in the eighth position by Washington and Lee Law of School in 2016. In 2018, it was ranked in ninth position of flagship law reviews at United States’ law schools by Assistant Professor Bryce Clayton Newell.
9. The Current Dean is William Treanor
Since 2010, William Treanor has held the position of vice president and Dean of Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to this, he was the Dean of Fordham Law School. Treanor graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale College in 1979.
10. Lyndon B. Johnson Attended This University
Lyndon B. Johnson, a former President of the United States, attended Georgetown Law School in 1934. However, he did not graduate from this university and attended for only a few months. He left when he married Claudia Alta Taylor, also known as Lady Bird. The couple went on tow have two daughters together, Lynda Bird and Luci Baines. Johnson opted to pursue a career in politics rather than law.