The Arlington Campus of George Mason University emerged in 1979 when the Virginia General Assembly established the George Mason University School of Law, merging it with the International School of Law, which was housed in the old Kann’s department store building in Virginia Square. The following year, the University established graduate and continuing education programs in the same building.
In 1999, the School of Law re-located to a new building, a 150,000 square-foot educational facility, located nearby on the Arlington Campus. That building is the first of a three-phase plan designed to develop the 5.2 acre site. A new 256,000 square-foot classroom building, Founders Hall, opened in January 2011 and is used primarily to house the School of Public Policy and auxiliary university services.
J. D. Degrees
George Mason offers the JD degree which students may pursue through full-time day study or part-time evening study. All George Mason Law students are currently required to satisfactorily complete 89 credit hours for graduation. Forty of those credit hours are in general courses; 49 credit hours are in elective courses. As part of the 89 credit hours, the students must complete the School of Law’s writing requirements.
George Mason University School of Law offers three Master of Laws (LL.M.) Degrees in the areas of U.S. Law, Intellectual Property, and Law & Economics.
The School of Law offers international lawyers unparalleled education in the U.S. legal system, providing students the opportunity to be fully integrated in law school life. LL.M. students take courses with Juris Doctor (JD) students and receive the best instruction from the top ranked faculty. Mason Law’s educational model with lower student to faculty ratio ensures that students receive individualized attention and helps them develop a strong U.S. legal system foundation. Students may choose from a comprehensive list of elective courses to include their personal interests or choose the courses required in order to sit for a Bar examination in the U.S.
Joint Degree in Law & Public Policy
The JD/MPP Joint Degree Program in Law and Public Policy provides students with an opportunity to master the fundamentals of legal and policy analysis. It provides students with full legal training and a solid understanding of public policy, preparing them for careers in legal academia, government and policymaking. Upon completion of the graduation requirements of both Schools, students of the joint degree program receive both a JD from the School of Law and an MPP from the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs (SPGIA). Both degrees can be achieved on a full-time basis in approximately four years, instead of the five years that would be required if each degree were pursued sequentially.
Mason Law News
Mason Law News is the newsletter of the School of Law designed specifically for alumni and friends of the law school. Each issue includes current news about the law school, alumni profiles, and class notes.
Continuing Legal Education Courses
Throughout the year the law school, student organizations, and/or the Law Alumni Association sponsor a number of CLE courses at a discounted rate for alumni.
The Law Library is maintained primarily for the use of George Mason University School of Law students, faculty, and staff. The library is also open to members of the Bench and the Bar and the general public. The Law Library is first and foremost an academic research library with the goal of having legal research materials available for use within the library.
Antonin Scalia Law School
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