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George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School, just minutes from the White House, Capitol Hill, and the Supreme Court, offers students professional, educational, and cultural opportunities that can't be found anywhere else.

 Access to 120 full-time and adjunct faculty members, many recruited from government, Washington-based think-tanks, non-profits, and law firms, offer students the opportunity to work at the highest level in those organizations. Our professors have served in the White House, argued before the Supreme Court, and served as ambassadors. Students get hands-on instruction, and with a faculty/student ratio of 1:11.8, small class sizes allow for in-depth interaction with professors. Student-edited journals and legal clinics provide real-world experience, and 10 months after graduation, 85% of the Class of 2014 was employed in or about to begin full-time jobs; 10 graduates received post-graduate fellowships to pursue public service. 

Mason Law Student Wins Big for a Military Family in Need

J. Justin Collins didn’t just get to study the law at George Mason University. Collins went to court and represented a displaced active military family in a lawsuit against an unqualified contractor who had damaged their home. He left having won a $17,500 judgment on their behalf, along with the praise of a veteran Fairfax County judge.

The experience was through the School of Law’s Mason Clinic for Legal Assistance to Servicemembers and Veterans (M-Vets), which provides free legal help to military personnel. Collins handled the case from start to finish, with assistance from a supervising attorney and from clinic director and Mason Professor Laurie Neff.

Collins admits he was nervous going into a courtroom. But the experience was irreplaceable. 

“There is no other way you can gain that kind of experience in a classroom setting,” he says.

Law students meeting

Mason Law students meet to discuss cases they are working on through the Clinic for Legal Assistance to Servicemembers and Veterans at the Arlington Campus.

  • Digital Forensics, MS

    Digital forensics is a discipline addressing the collection, processing, and analysis of digital information so that this information can be admitted as evidence in a court of law. It is interdisciplinary in its nature with the inclusion of computer engineering, computer science, information technology, law, and ethics. Digital forensics is a key component in criminal, civil, intelligence, and counter-terrorism matters. The MS in Digital Forensics will prepare graduates for careers in law enforcement, various other branches of government, and in the corporate sector such as banking and finance by combining academic education with real-world practical techniques and by offering advanced training in analyzing digital evidence, in intrusion forensics, and in legal and ethical issues.

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  • JD (Law)

    There is a Juris Doctor program to suit almost any schedule—days, nights, full and part time. The degree program emphasizes on legal writing and offers a variety of concentrations for those who wish to have a deeper understanding of specific fields: communications law, corporate and securities law, criminal law, homeland and national security law, and others.

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  • JD/MBA Dual Degree (Law)

    The dual JD/MBA degree provides you with the flexibility and versatility to pursue a variety of career paths. The analytical, communications, and leadership skills you learn within the MBA program compliment your legal studies making you an attractive candidate for a law firm and can escalate your path to becoming a partner. If you decide to pursue a business career beyond a law firm, your JD will differentiate you from other corporate professionals and align you with senior management positions. Nearly 10% of Fortune 500 CEOs hold JDs.

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  • JD/MPP Joint Degree (Law)

    You can get two degrees at once. Mason offers a JD/MPP degree, which includes full legal training and a solid understanding of public policy. Upon completion, candidates receive both a JD from the School of Law and a Master’s of Public Policy from the Schar School of Policy and Government. Graduates are prepared for careers in legal academia, government, and policymaking.

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  • LLM, Intellectual Property Law (Law)

    Everyday, around the world, the high-stakes issue of intellectual property law makes headlines; ramifications affect the fates of individuals, corporations, and nations. Mason’s Master of Law in Intellectual Property exposes attorneys and JD graduates intrigued by this global area of focus to patent, copyright, trademark, and technology laws as they apply to the United States and elsewhere.

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  • LLM, Law and Economics (Law)

    The LLM degree in Law and Economics is designed to provide law graduates the opportunity to develop an expertise in the skills of economic analysis as they're applied to a variety of legal areas. Economics touches private law, intellectual property law, international business law, regulatory law and other areas that students may explore. Additionally, students may choose to pursue their LLM in Law and Economics with an antitrust focus. Students may attend the LLM program full-time or part-time. Courses are offered in the day and evening to accommodate working professionals. Students may be able to complete the program in one academic year, though most will take up to two years.

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  • Law 3+3, Accelerated Bachelor and JD (Law)

    The 3+3 Accelerated Program offers highly motivated undergraduate students a fast track to earn both a bachelor's degree and a law degree in six, rather than seven, years of study. After completing three years as an undergraduate and gaining admission to the law school through the specified process, participants become a full-time, first-year law student at the School of Law on the University’s Arlington campus. Upon successful completion of the first year of law study, the credits earned will be counted toward the JD degree and as elective credits sufficient to complete the University’s requirements for the bachelor’s degree. Students must complete all core curriculum and major-specific courses of their undergraduate education by the end of the sixth semester of undergraduate study, take the LSAT no later than December of the final undergraduate year and obtain an LSAT score equal to or exceeding the median LSAT of the preceding year for Mason Law students.

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