Dear Part-Time Student:
Georgetown Law seeks to provide a part-time legal education in the evening that matches
in intellectual depth and professional training what is provided in our, or indeed any, full-time
program. This is an ambitious goal for the school, and it can pose weighty burdens on part-time
students. Many of you have other important commitments to work and family. Time and energy
have their limits.
This Part-Time Student Handbook has been prepared by the J.D. Academic Services
Office to provide the information you need to use your time effectively. The suggestion for such
a handbook came from a part-time student and reflects the special concerns and needs of
Georgetown Law part-time students. We welcome your comments on the Handbook and any
suggestions for future revisions.
We hope that this handbook permits you to make fuller use of available opportunities at
Georgetown Law and to enjoy more richly a unique period in your life.
Acting Associate Dean, Academic Administration
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. INTRODUCTION ...............................................................................................................1
II. GETTING STARTED .........................................................................................................1
A. Orientation ...............................................................................................................1
B. Getting and Staying Connected ...............................................................................2
C. Making Your Needs Known ....................................................................................3
D. Personal Advising and Counseling ..........................................................................4
E. Students with Disabilities ........................................................................................4
F. Peer Advisors ...........................................................................................................5
G. Meeting with Faculty ...............................................................................................5
H. First Class Reading Assignments.............................................................................5
I. Buying Law Books ..................................................................................................5
J. Technology at Georgetown Law ..............................................................................5
K. Class Recording .......................................................................................................7
III. THE FIRST YEAR ..............................................................................................................8
A. First Year Courses....................................................................................................8
B. The First Year Experience-Developing Good Study Habits....................................9
IV. BEYOND THE FIRST YEAR: THE UPPERCLASS CURRICULUM ...........................15
A. Registering for the Second Year ............................................................................15
B. Upperclass Graduation Requirements....................................................................15
C. Selecting Upperclass Electives ..............................................................................17
D. Some Frequently Asked Questions about Course Selection ..................................22
E. Summer Session .....................................................................................................25
F. Semester Abroad Programs During Regular School Year .....................................26
G. Taking Courses Outside the Part-Time Division ...................................................28
H. J.D./LL.M. Programs .............................................................................................30
I. Transferring Between Programs ............................................................................30
V. EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES .............................................................................31
A. Law Journals ..........................................................................................................31
B. Law Fellow ............................................................................................................35
C. Moot Court/Mock Trial/Alternative Dispute Resolution.......................................36
D. Section Tutors ........................................................................................................39
E. Part-Time Student Organizations and Student Governance ..................................39
VI. CAREER PLANNING ......................................................................................................40
A. Getting Legal Experience ......................................................................................41
B. Interviewing ...........................................................................................................41
C. Preparing a Writing Sample ...................................................................................42
D. Effect of Extracurricular Activities on Employment Opportunities ......................42
VII. FINANCIAL AID ..............................................................................................................43
A. Financial Aid Guidebook .......................................................................................43
B. Aid for Summer School .........................................................................................43
C. Federal Work-Study Program ................................................................................43
D. Money Saving Tips ................................................................................................44
VIII. BAR EXAMINATIONS ....................................................................................................44
A. Registering for the Bar .......................................................................................... 45
C. Registering for a Bar Review Course ....................................................................45
IX SURVIVAL TIPS ..............................................................................................................45
A. GOCard ..................................................................................................................45
B. Getting To and From Georgetown Law .................................................................46
C. Food Services .........................................................................................................48
D. Sport & Fitness Center ...........................................................................................49
E. Lockers ...................................................................................................................49
A. Georgetown Law Office Hours
B. First Year Part-Time Program Timeline
C. Georgetown University Law Center Policy for Audio-Recording of Classes
Georgetown Law has a long tradition of providing quality legal education to working
students. In fact, Georgetown Law was founded as an evening program. In 1870, the first
catalog announced that “[t]he exercises will be held in the evening in order to facilitate the
attendance of gentlemen who are engaged in the service of the Government.” Twenty-five
students attended the Law School’s first lecture. Now, 140 years later, this tradition continues.
Men and women employed full time by the federal government, law firms, trade associations,
and other organizations are able to attend one of the nations best law schools while working full
time. Former Senator George Mitchell is just one of many well known graduates of the part-time
division. Professor Mitt Regan, now a full-time faculty member, was a student in the part-time
The purpose of this handbook is to provide useful information on the first year
curriculum and managing your studies and to give you an overview of what to expect after your
first year, such as selecting your upperclass courses, looking for a job, and making decisions
about extracurricular activities. You may want to skim those sections of the handbook that
concern primarily upperclass issues in order to get a preview of future concerns - you can turn to
them with greater attention later. Throughout this handbook, we supplement our general advice
with more specific tips from former and current part-time students. These student notes reflect a
range of individual perspectives that you may find helpful as you develop your own ideas and
strategies for managing your studies.
II. GETTING STARTED
Orientation for part-time students is held in late August in the evenings, during the week
before classes start. The schedule for orientation typically includes information sessions on
academic and administrative matters, one or more faculty lectures and panel presentations, a
section service project, and several social events. There is a reception with the President of the
University and the Dean of Georgetown Law at the end of orientation week. This event is a
great chance to meet your full-time counterparts in the first year program. More detailed
information about Orientation will be sent to you from the Office of the Dean of Students
(ODOS) during the summer.
Each fall, ODOS and the J.D. Academic Services Office organize a continuing academic
orientation series called Maximizing Learning in Law School, which continues throughout the
first year. The sessions vary slightly from year to year, but typically focus on issues such as
outlining, note taking, and exam writing. Take advantage of these sessions. If you are unable
to attend, at least get the handouts and, if possible, watch the webcast of the program you
missed at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/students/continuingOrientation.html. A schedule of
the sessions will be included in the Orientation packet you receive in August.
B. Getting and Staying Connected
Georgetown Law makes it easy for part-time students to stay connected with the Law
Student Services Webpage - Most of the information that you need on academic
programs, course schedules, and student life can be found online via the Student Services
page of Georgetown Law’s Web site, which is located at
http://www.law.georgetown.edu/students.html. Information on student technology
orientation is located at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/ist/students/orientation.htm.
E-mail - The Georgetown Law e-mail system is called LawMail. All students are
provided with a LawMail account. Important notices regarding academic and
administrative matters are sent to students via LawMail, so it is important to check this
Many students forward their LawMail accounts. To arrange for e-mail forwarding,
please complete the Change E-mail Forwarding form, which is located at
http://www.law.georgetown.edu/system/account/forwarding. When completing the form,
please do not enable the Check To Leave A Copy Of Incoming Messages In Your Law
Center Mail Inbox field. Your LawMail inbox can fill up quickly, especially if you are
not checking it. Once it does, you can no longer send or receive LawMail. So, it is best
to leave that field disabled (without the checkmark), which is the default.
Course Management Web sites - All students have access to TWEN, Courseware, and
Blackboard. All three applications allow faculty to create class-related Web sites.
Instructions for using TWEN are located at
Instructions for using Courseware are located at
and Instructions for using Blackboard are located at
http://cndls.georgetown.edu/blackboard. Your professors will tell you which application
they are using.
My Access - This is a secure Web site that enables students to view their student account,
pay their tuition online or request a refund online, update personal information, view their
course schedules, and register for upperclass courses. To log into My Access, navigate to
You will be assigned a password by early July to access this program. If you lose your
password, want to change your password, or have problems with accessing this program,
please contact the Technology Reference Desk at (202) 662-9905.
HOYAlert Emergency Notification System –All Georgetown Law students are asked to
register their contact information in the event of an emergency. HOYAlert sends
notification of emergency information via e-mail, text messaging and/or voice. To log
into HOYAlert Emergency Notification System, navigate to
Georgetown Law’s Newsletter - Georgetown Law’s newsletter, What’s Happening!, is
published weekly during the academic year. Administrative offices (Dean of Students,
J.D. Academic Services, Registrar, Financial Aid, Career Services, Student Life, etc.)
highlight important events and deadlines in their entries. If you read this publication
regularly, you should not miss much. What’s Happening! is located online at
www.law.georgetown.edu/wh/ or you can pick up a printed copy on Monday evenings.
Administrative Contacts - Please remember that you can also get quick answers to your
questions by telephone from several academic advisors here at Georgetown Law. Please
Dean of Students Mitchell Bailin and his staff at (202) 662-4066;
Assistant Dean for Clinical Programs Nancy Cantalupo at (202) 662-9100;
Assistant Dean for J.D. Academic Services Sally McCarthy, Assistant Dean for
the J.D. Program Kimberly Owen or Sarah Hulsey, Director of J.D. Academic
Services, at (202) 662-9041;
Registrar Denise Sangster and her staff at (202) 662-9220 or by e-mail at
A list of telephone numbers and office hours for Georgetown Law offices is provided in
Appendix A. The Career Services, Registrar’s, Student Affairs and Public Interest and
Community Services Offices are open until 7:00 p.m. or 8:00 p.m. on Monday and/or
Tuesday evenings. Please consult Appendix A for individual office schedules. The Dean
of Students Office, the J.D. Academic Services Office, the Assistant Dean for Financial
Aid, and the Registrar are available after normal working hours by appointment.
C. Making Your Needs Known
You will find that the Georgetown Law community is an active, vibrant one with a busy
calendar of lectures, student events, and other interesting programs throughout the academic
year. As a part-time student, you may feel it is harder to participate as fully as your full-time
counterparts in the school’s extracurricular life given the demands of work and other
commitments. Both the administration and student organizations attempt to schedule events at
times when part-time students can attend, but this is not always possible. The most important
thing you can do is come forward and communicate your needs and concerns. The
administration is eager to understand the needs of its part-time students, but you must let those
needs be known in order for us to be able to address them. A good place to start is the Office of
the Dean of Students, 210 McDonough Hall. Dean of Students Mitch Bailin serves as an
advocate for student interests at Georgetown Law and as a primary liaison between students and
the faculty and administration.
D. Personal Advising and Counseling
In addition to addressing academic needs, Georgetown Law is also committed to
providing personal advising services to our students. You are invited to call on the following for
assistance with personal as well as academic matters:
Dean of Students Mitch Bailin at (202) 662-4066;
Assistant Dean for Clinical Programs Nancy Cantalupo at (202) 662-9100;
Assistant Dean for J.D. Academic Services Sally McCarthy at (202) 662-9041;
Assistant Dean for the J.D. Program Kimberly Owen at (202) 662-9041;
Director of J.D. Academic Services Sarah Hulsey at (202) 662-9041;
Registrar Denise Sangster at (202) 662-9220
Students are also encouraged to contact the Campus Ministry Office at (202) 662-9295,
the Office of the Dean of Students at (202) 662-4066, or the Office of Student Life at (202) 662-
9292 for help and advice.
Georgetown University’s Counseling and Psychiatric Service (CAPS) provides
professional confidential counseling by appointment throughout the school year. Call Patrick
Lillis, Intake Coordinator at (202) 687-6985 to schedule an appointment. The office for the
CAPS counselors is located in the lower level of the Gewirz Student Center (L-102) on the Law
Center campus. The Office of the Dean of Students provides a comprehensive guide to academic
and personal advising services at registration during Orientation week. Counseling resource
information is also published on Georgetown Law’s Web site at
E. Students with Disabilities
A number of students at Georgetown Law have been diagnosed with disabilities,
including physical disabilities, learning disabilities, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder,
chronic health conditions and psychological disabilities. In compliance with applicable federal
law, Georgetown Law provides reasonable accommodations to students who present appropriate
documentation to the Office of Disability Services. All accommodations and services provided
on the basis of disability must be provided by or in consultation with the Associate Director of
Disability Services in the Office of the Dean of Students. That office is located in the Office of
the Dean of Students at McDonough Hall, Room 210.
F. Peer Advisors
All part-time students are assigned a Peer Advisor for the first year of law school. The
Peer Advisors are upperclass students who introduce 1Es to Georgetown Law and the D.C. area
and serve as informal mentors throughout the first year. Entering part-time students will receive
a note from their Peer Advisor by e-mail about a month before the Fall semester begins. Peer
Advisors are great sources of information about the campus and its resources, life as a first year,
and D.C. neighborhoods and cultural opportunities. They also will connect you with recent
Georgetown Law alums who graduated from the part-time program.
G. Meeting With Faculty
At various points in your law school career, you will want to consult with a faculty
member outside the classroom. Many faculty who teach in the evening hold office hours just
before class. In addition, faculty typically suggest an alternative means of consulting with them.
Many will meet with you after class by appointment and/or consult by phone and e-mail.
Faculty members generally will announce how best to reach them at the first class and in their
H. First Class Reading Assignments
Professors often assign readings for the first day of class. First class assignments are
listed online at www.law.georgetown.edu/faculty/assignments. If you do not see one of your
classes listed, the professor has not submitted an assignment to the Office of Faculty Support.
Keep checking the site, Courseware, TWEN, and LawMail to ensure that your professor has not
sent information about reading assignments. You may also find the syllabus and reading
assignments on the course materials Web page, Article Works, at
http://www.law.georgetown.edu/CourseMaterials/. If you have any questions about the
assignment, feel free to contact the faculty member directly.
I. Buying Law Books
The Georgetown Law bookstore is contiguous to McDonough Hall and has a separate
entrance from F Street. You can order books online at www.georgetown-law.bkstr.com. For
current hours, please call the bookstore at (202) 662-9458.
J. Technology at Georgetown Law
1. Personal Computers
All first year students are required to have a laptop meeting the specifications listed at
http://www.law.georgetown.edu/ist/students/computerrecs/comrec.htm. Georgetown University
has formed strategic partnerships with both Dell and Apple to provide an academic discount for
our community members on computers and peripherals. You can access both Dell’s and Apple’s
discount pages from the above-mentioned Hardware and Software Recommendations page.
Most classrooms and public areas have wireless network connectivity. In addition, many
classrooms have electrical power at every seat.
2. Public Computers
Public computers are available throughout the Georgetown Law campus for student use.
The public computers located in the third floor lounge area of the Gewirz Student Center and the
third floor of McDonough Hall run Internet applications for web browsing and e-mail access.
The computers located in the E.B. Williams and the John Wolff Law Libraries are equipped with
the Microsoft Office Suite and have access to laser printers. Printing is 10¢ per page, which is
deducted from your GoCard (further information on the GoCard is at page 42 of this booklet).
3. Computer Recommendations
All Georgetown Law recommended bundled computers purchased through the
Georgetown University Apple store come equipped with a full 3-year warranty, which means
that you can contact Apple for repair facilitation. If you do not purchase a recommended bundle,
the IST Department advises that you purchase a full 3-year warranty with your computer.
Provided that the problem with your computer is covered under the terms of the warranty, all
parts and labor are provided by Apple at no additional charge. To take advantage of Georgetown
Law’s collaboration with Apple, please visit
All Georgetown Law recommended bundled computers purchased through the
Georgetown University Dell store come equipped with a full 3-year warranty that includes on-
site service. If you do not purchase a recommended bundle, the IST Department advises that you
purchase a full 3-year warranty with your computer. The full 3-year warranty guarantees next
business day service with any hardware problem. Provided that the problem with your computer
is covered under the terms of the warranty, all parts and labor are provided by Dell at no
additional charge. To take advantage of Georgetown Law’s collaboration with Dell, please visit
4. Computers in the Classroom
Most professors permit students to take notes in class on laptop computers. However,
professors may regulate the use of laptop computers in their classrooms in any manner that they
feel is necessary. To maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning and to avoid distracting
others, there should be no audible signals emanating from student computers while in use.
Professors may restrict or disallow laptop usage during an exam. In addition, use of a
cell phone is prohibited and Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) and other electronic storage
devices may also be restricted or disallowed. If you want to take your exams on a computer, you
will need to use your own laptop. Students are not permitted to share equipment or materials.
Be sure to bring your laptop power cord to the exam room. It is also a good idea to have a
second (backup) laptop battery, since not all of the exam rooms have electrical outlets. Most in-
class exams are submitted online. In order to submit your final in-class exam online, you will
need to be able to connect to the Georgetown Law’s wireless network. Instructions on how to
access the network are available online at
http://www.law.georgetown.edu/ist/wireless/connectwireless.cfm. If you have any questions
regarding the wireless network or experience difficulty connecting to the wireless network,
please contact the Technology Reference Desk at 202-662-9905 or
email@example.com. Georgetown Law is currently exploring a take-home exam
upload process whereby students may upload their take-home exams online instead of submitting
it in hard copy to the Office of the Registrar. Information regarding the status of the take-home
exam submission process will be communicated to students at the start of the fall semester.
K. Class Recording
Under the Policy for Audio-Recording of Classes, Georgetown Law will record a class
session and will release a recording to a student only with the affirmative agreement of the
relevant member of the faculty. Each semester faculty members provide their audio-recording
preferences to the Office of J.D. Academic Services and the Office of LL.M. Academic Services.
If you have questions about a particular professor’s audio-recording preference, please contact
the Office of J.D. Academic Services. Below are portions of the Policy. Please see Appendix C
for the entire Policy for Audio-Recording of Classes.
1. Recording By Students
Students are not permitted to record a class themselves by any means without prior
express authorization of the faculty member. If a student receives permission from a member of
the faculty to record a class using equipment not provided by the law school, downloading such a
recording to a computer or other electronic device, distributing such a recording to any other
person, or using the recording for any purpose other than the student’s own education is not
allowed without express permission of the relevant member of the faculty. Unauthorized
downloading or distributing of all or any portion of a permitted recording may be deemed a
violation of the Student Disciplinary Code.
2. Recording By Georgetown Law for Individual Students
Georgetown Law will record classes for individual students only under the following
circumstances and only with approval of the appropriate Georgetown Law administrator.
Recording for individual students will be authorized only in the following situations: (1) serious
medical situation or family emergency; (2) religious observance; (3) to provide reasonable
accommodation for a student with a disability, after consultation with the Office of Disability
Services; (4) sanctioned participation in a Georgetown Law approved moot court event held out
of town; (5) appearance in court in connection with a clinic in which the student is enrolled; (6)
rescheduled class; or (7) other comparably urgent reasons. Georgetown Law will not record
classes due to work conflicts, job interviews, vacation plans, or minor illness.
3. Recording By Georgetown Law for the Entire Class
On occasion, Georgetown Law will record a class or classes and make the recording
available to all students enrolled in that class. When classes are recorded for the entire class, the
recording will be made available to all students enrolled in the course in streaming audio format,
but students are prohibited from downloading the recording to a computer or other electronic
device, or distributing the recording or any portion thereof.
4. Requesting a Class Recording
Students submit requests for the audio-recording of classes through the online request
form located at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/ist/ (click on the link then select Audio
Recording of Classes on the left). These requests are directed to the office of J.D. Academic
Services or LL.M. Academic Services.
Recording that is done pursuant to an approved request of an individual student will be
made available only to that student in streaming audio format. Students who receive or are
provided access to a Georgetown Law recording of a class under this section are prohibited from
downloading the recording to a computer or other electronic device or distributing the recording
or any portion thereof to anyone.
The default rule is that class recordings made by the institution are only available to
authorized students for 28 days after the date of the original recording.
III. THE FIRST YEAR
A. First Year Courses
During the first year, part-time students pursue a 24-semester hour required program of
study. There are seven required courses: Civil Procedure (4 credits year-long), Constitutional
Law I (3 credits), Contracts (4 credits), Legal Research and Writing (4 credits year-long),
Property (4 credits), Torts (4 credits), and Week One: Law in a Global Context (1 credit).
During the first week of the spring semester, before regular classes begin, all first year
students engage in an intensive study of one or more complex problems that involve U.S. and
international or foreign law in a transnational legal setting known as “Week One: Law in a
Global Context.” Week One classes in the part-time program will meet Monday through Friday,
January 10-14, 2011 from 5:45 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. in a combination of large lectures and small
group settings. Some nights, classes may run as late as 9:45 p.m. Attendance at all class
sessions is mandatory. Students who are absent from one or more sessions will be withdrawn
from the Week One course and will be required to attend Week One in January 2012. The
withdrawal will be reflected as a “W” on a student’s transcript.
The four credit courses are offered two evenings a week to the full section of part-time
students (approximately 125 students). Civil Procedure is the exception; it meets one evening
per week for the full academic year. In the fall semester, Constitutional Law is offered in four
“small sections” (approximately 32 students) of the evening class. Legal Research and Writing
also meets twice a week, year-long. Classes meet from 7:45 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. or 7:55 p.m. to
9:55 p.m. on weekdays. For the two nights on which Legal Research and Writing is scheduled,
students are in class until 8:50 p.m.
After the first year, there are a few remaining required courses (see Section IV, B). The
first-year required course, Criminal Justice, must be taken in the second year. The first-year
“elective” must be completed before you graduate.
B. The First Year Experience - Developing Good Study Habits
Many students find the first year of the part-time program the most challenging. During
the first year, students acquire the tools for legal analysis while learning substantive law and
developing legal research and writing skills. As with any new endeavor, much of the challenge
lies in developing a routine that works for you. Although the demands of the classroom do not
decrease in later years, having an established routine and a solid educational foundation from the
first year make these years more manageable. What follows is some advice on developing good
study habits during the first year and beyond.
1. Finding Time to Do Your Reading
The amount of time students spend reading/taking notes and how they fit these hours into
their week varies dramatically. In the first year, it will be an important task to identify your
priorities and to try to maintain a balance between school and your other commitments. The
student notes below offer individual perspectives on managing the trade-offs between work and
school and finding the right balance.
1) I am usually too tired to study at night or in the morning, so I do most of my reading on the
weekends. I think it is important not to put life on hold for four years so I also commit a lot of
time to my job, my friends, going out, trying to exercise, etc. Law school is just one of the things
I do. While law school is important, I try to strike a balance. After first year, I learned how
much effort it took to make what I considered “acceptable” grades--good enough to get me on
journal, law fellow, a good job, etc. -- I don’t sweat the rest.
2) I use the early mornings and the weekends to do my reading and Legal Research and Writing
projects. If I’m diligent about studying an hour every morning before going to work, I am able
to have about half of my weekend free (except for first semester, when everything took longer).
On occasion, my lunch hour is committed to school stuff, but I try to use that hour to get some
exercise. This schedule allows me to have a late dinner with my husband and to have some free
time to play on the weekends.
3) I generally try to do most of my reading on the weekend if possible. I’ve discovered that I can
also get 10-15 pages read during my lunch hour, so I usually leave the last few pages for lunch
the day of the class. Sometimes I work in the evenings, depending on how much work is assigned
for that week, but after class I’m really only good for another 20 pages or so. I try to reserve
Saturday mornings for myself to sleep or do errands. Fortunately, I have a lot of friends in
class, so I don’t feel that I’ve been totally deprived of a social life. We often go out Fridays after
class but there’s not a whole lot of time for a social life. I’m fortunate in that I’m not married or
seeing someone seriously, because I would have had to really struggle with prioritizing my time.
It was hard enough just to work in a couple of trips to see my parents in Richmond.
2. Study Groups
Many students find it helpful to join a study group in order to have a structure for
reviewing course material and preparing for exams. Others find they study more efficiently on
their own. As with most aspects of law school, it is important to decide what works best for you
and your own priorities.
1) I found a study group helpful during the first year and in preparing for exams later on in law
school. Study groups should be small--no more than five people, three to four preferably. They
should be organized with a clear goal. Do you meet to help each other prepare for class? Do
you each take part of an outline? Are you meeting to go over practice exam questions? Make
sure the group is comfortable with one another and try to avoid conflicts. Start thinking about
forming a study group early on, but don’t act until midway through the first semester. This way,
you can figure out with whom youd really like to study. Oh, and don’t focus simply on the
“smartest” people in your class--try to hook up with smart people you can get along with. To
spend hours on end with a group that annoys you is a nightmare.
2) Study groups can be beneficial, or they can be a waste of time. Because time is precious to
part-time students, if your group is wasting your time, don’t hesitate to get out of it or to form a
smaller group with one or more people you can work with well. Sometimes it is best to study
alone first, and then get together with someone to talk through problems or old exam questions
after you have done them alone.
3) I made very limited use of study groups. In the fall of my first year, I got together with a few
classmates during the exam period. I was further along in my preparation than others in my
group and thus found it largely a waste of time. There is a social aspect to study groups that is
important to some students that I missed out on. I prefer to make my studying time as efficient as
possible so I have more time to spend with my spouse and non-law school friends. It’s important
to trust your instincts. I got my highest grades during the first year in courses that I never
discussed with anyone. A study group is NOT a necessity to good exam preparation and
4) I was in a study group for most of the year. I enjoyed it immensely, even when we got off on
tangents, which we were wont to do. Admittedly, it is not the most efficient way to study, but it is
a good place to discuss the material and work out any difficulties you had with it especially
before exams. It was very helpful when we all outlined a certain section of the material and then
got together and walked through it, because then you could make sure that you weren’t missing,
misinterpreting or misunderstanding anything. It is also a good way to get to know some of the
people in your class and to get varying opinions and interpretations of the law.
5) I found study groups most helpful as a way to minimize procrastination if I knew I had to
review certain material at a study group, I would prepare before hand. In classes where I didn’t
have a study group, I generally began reviewing much too late. In one class, I did my entire
review in one weekend, my grade reflected it, and I realized what a difference having a study
group made simply for that reason.
6) Study groups generally work better in small groups from 3-5 people. They are mostly useful
for briefing cases, reviewing material, and figuring out who you can work with until you get
through most of the semester. Towards the end of the semester you can start looking at old
exams and trying practice problems. Some projects towards the end of the semester or the end of
the year may call for larger groups (i.e., Professor Cohn’s Civil Procedure fact pattern). You
might not trust anyone in your first semester, so you may go it without a study group. I was in a
study group that reached twenty-two people, which is almost unmanageable, except that we did
almost all of our work in small groups. We first divided work in a small “steering committee,”
duplicated efforts in case someone missed something, and had a clear agenda and set of goals.
The larger the group gets, the more time and energy you spend keeping people from breaking off
into side discussions. Also, with a group with more than five people, have someone be a gentle
moderator so that you don’t get stuck having two people arguing over minutiae and wasting
other people’s time.
7) It is immensely important to keep the groups relatively small and consistent. I found my study
group was most helpful when we focused narrowly on issues that one or more people did not
understand rather than simply going through the material. Our discussions focused on simply
going through the material more as the group grew (generally as the exam date approached)
and included people who had not consistently worked in our group. Even if you feel like you are
ahead of others in your outlining, it’s extremely helpful to be forced to explain the material out
loud and on the spot.
8) I chose not to make use of study groups for any of my courses except when getting through
Professor Cohn’s Civil Procedure fact pattern. Having a study group allowed me to pick out
issues that I could never have found on my own and I also enjoyed the social aspect of studying
with a group of people. However, one member of our group always came unprepared and we
would spend hours trying to get her caught up to where the rest of us were. For that reason, I do
not regret my decision to study alone for the rest of my exams.
Outlining is a process of reviewing the material in a course and preparing a systematic
summary. Many students find that outlining a course helps them “own” the material. Some
students say they do not refer to the outline much during the exam, but the process of preparing
an outline or summary of the course is an important part of their preparation. Other students find
it too time consuming and prefer to work with commercial or “inherited” outlines. Still other
students prepare a joint outline with a study group. You should bear in mind that outlining is
simply a technique for learning the material. The outline itself is meaningless if it does not help
Commercial Outlines: There are dozens of study aids available for every first
year subject. Faculty have a low opinion of all of them. Student preferences vary
widely. Browse through them. The bottom line is you will have to experiment to
identify what -- if anything -- works best for you. The student notes below may
be of some help. Because the temptation is to buy too many study aids, we
suggest that, before purchasing, you browse through them at the bookstore and
review those available at the library, where the most current editions are on
1) I found outlining to be an extremely useful way of organizing and learning the information,
even though I did not use my outlines extensively during the exams. I found that I never really
had a good grip on the material until I outlined it. A useful method is to outline everything in
your class notes and notes from your reading in a fairly comprehensive manner, let it rest a day
or two and then go back and make a smaller outline of only the black letter law, leaving out all
of the cases, theories, etc. I would recommend having the large outline done on the last day of
class which then gives you enough time to condense it and do a practice exam (I would give
yourself a minimum of four weeks to work on it; most people start sooner.) I did not buy any of
the commercial outlines (law books are expensive enough as it is), and used them only in my
study group when we were having a serious disagreement about something.
2) Your book’s table of contents will often be an invaluable tool to give you a framework for
fitting a course together in your head, and it or your syllabus may provide a good structure for
an outline. An outline can be many things, but most people structure their outline to cover all of
the major topics of the course, giving a brief of each case covered within each topic, and listing
any exceptions to general rules of law. Each professor will want you to focus on different things,
so pay attention to what they emphasize-perhaps the historical development of an issue
contrasted with newer trends, or a formulaic “checklist” approach to each of the elements of an
issue. That will inform you how to structure your outline.
3) I typically use commercial outlines only at exam time to clarify issues I didn’t get during the
semester. On rare occasions, I use a commercial outline during the semester, when I haven’t
read. Outlining is part of the learning process--but if you get your hands on a good outline and
can learn it well, that’s sometimes beneficial.
4) Outlining doesn’t work for everyone, and many part-time students find they simply do not
have enough time to create an outline for every class. If you don’t have time to create your own
outline but like using an outline to study, often you can find a recent outline done for your course
and professor. Study aids can be very helpful, but they are best used as a supplement rather than
in place of your assigned reading and notes. Flash cards often work well for rule-based courses
such as Civil Procedure and Evidence. If you do not want to buy flash cards, try putting an ad
on the bulletin board outside the cafeteria. Some students sell them at low cost, or even lend
them to you for the semester.
5) Initially, I outlined every class on my own and discussed the material in a study group after I
had outlined each section. However, as I got further along, I started splitting up the outlining
with others in my study group, which I found to save time and be just as effective. This was
partially because I knew my study group partners well after working with them before and felt I
could rely on them. I also used a Casebriefs CD-ROM commercial product available in the
bookstore for many classes. I don’t find commercial outlines helpful, but the case briefs allow
me to outline much more quickly because they are already typed, and I don’t have to create a
new brief for every case.
6) As an evening student with limited time, it’s important to be strategic when deciding when to
outline on your own, when to use one that is handed down, and when it’s appropriate to use
commercial materials (and picking which materials to use). The majority of the handed-down
outlines were not useful, but there were a few excellent ones that I relied on extensively. Even if
you do use other students’ outlines or commercial materials, still go through the material very
carefully. Having an outline or commercial materials is not a substitute for studying. I thought
that the Freer hornbook was indispensable, the Chemerinsky hornbook was helpful for ConLaw,
and Emmanuel’s was somewhat helpful for Contracts. I didn’t use any commercial materials for
Torts or Property. One universal piece of advice: make sure you have a very short, checklist-
style outline by test day.
7) In spite of all the advice I heard before entering law school about not using commercial
outlines, I did purchase them and used them to help me get the general overview of a course
before I began my outline. I found this method to be exceptionally helpful because it allowed me
to put together all the pieces of the puzzle and to really understand what the course was about.
However, I never would use a commercial outline as a replacement for reviewing my personal
notes. There are always going to be issues discussed in class that you won’t find in a
4. Preparing for Exams
As the Fall semester proceeds, you will begin to think about preparing for your first law
school exams. In early November, the Office of the Dean of Students and the J.D. Academic
Services Office offer a program on “Preparing for and Taking Law School Exams” that provides
faculty and student perspectives on this important issue. The following information on practice
exams may also be helpful.
The library maintains past exams indexed by course and by faculty member. Hard copies
of exams are available in the first floor reading room. Exams from Spring 1998 and later can
also be accessed online at www.ll.georgetown.edu. Many faculty members file a “feedback”
memo with their exams. The feedback memos vary in format but provide some sort of
explanation of the exam questions and correct answers. Students make use of these exams in a
variety of ways:
1. Reviewing several years’ worth of your professor’s exams will highlight issues
that are likely to be tested.
2. Taking a few or more practice questions will give you a feel for how time-
intensive your professor’s exams are likely to be and provide some guidance as to
the depth of analysis he or she expects in answers.
3. Completing practice exams after finishing your outline provides you with a
guidepost against which to measure your level of preparedness and will identify
areas where your understanding may be weak. Of course, this is most helpful if
you have left yourself time for further preparation after taking the practice exam.
4. Completing old exams and discussing the answers with a study group.
5. Reading old exams and feedback memos, but not actually taking them as a “test.”
Student opinions differ vastly as to whether taking old exams is worth the time. Students
can search for past exams and feedback memos on the Library’s Web page under the tab for
1) This is a MUST DO. Old exams are the best study tool, but you have to save time at the end to
do them. You should outline first, try to learn the course pretty well, and THEN do the exam. I
like to do them in a group, with others. Many people actually take them timed as if they were for
real. Clearly, that would be the ideal thing to do, but I’m always strapped for time.
2) If possible, find time to take exams under “real” conditions. This is immeasurably helpful.
Reviewing questions can also give you a sense of the professor’s style, what s/he considers
3) Doing a practice exam, where I sat down and gave myself four hours and took the exam as if
it were the final, was helpful. Unfortunately, since I do not usually have four hours to spare in
the last week before exams, I was only able to do this once. I definitely recommend it, especially
before your first exam or two. If you (like me) do not have enough time to do this, I strongly
recommend that you at least read a couple of old exams from each professor and try to answer
some of the questions. The exams with feedback memos are the best because they show you not
only what type of questions the professor is likely to ask, but what kind of answers they are
looking for. I also found it helpful to get together with my study group after we had all outlined
and to go through the exams together, working out what we thought the answers should be.
4) If you have multiple past exams available, it’s a good idea to look at one before you start
outlining and discussing in study groupI found that it helped me focus my review. Then I
would still take one or two exams to practice before exams.
5) Making use of old exams is critical. You must spend as much time thinking about how you
will structure an answer on a test as you do learning the material. Translating the information
from the outline to a solid exam answer is more challenging than most people (including myself)
realized. Old tests are the best way to practice this, even if you’re not able to take them under
timed conditions. You should, however, take at least one exam timed before your first fall exam.
I was shocked by how poorly I paced myself.
6) Some people I know would take all the old exams before the course was even over. I do not
recommend this method. Personally, I liked waiting until I had finished preparing my outline
before I began taking old exams. That was how I got a true sense of how prepared I was for the
IV. BEYOND THE FIRST YEAR: THE UPPERCLASS CURRICULUM
A. Registering for the Second Year
In the spring of your first year, the Course Schedule for the following academic year will
be published online, and registration materials will be made available by the Registrar’s Office.
During the second year of the part-time program, students take Criminal Justice (4 credits)
together with upperclass elective courses. Before graduation, part-time students must also take a
course that meets the first-year elective requirement, a course that meets the Professional
Responsibility requirement, and a course that meets the upperclass legal writing requirement.
Registration is conducted online (using MyAccess). Printed schedules and directions are
available to all students, but all the information students need to register is available online via
the Registrar’s Office Web page (www.law.georgetown.edu/registrar).
The major three and four credit courses offered in the part-time division generally remain
the same every year. If you are concerned about whether a particular course will be offered in a
particular year, or if there are courses that are not offered in the evening that you believe should
be, please contact the J.D. Academic Services Office at (202) 662-9041. The schedule is
prepared annually between January and March for the following academic year, and we often
can forecast whether a specific course will be offered in the next one to two years.
B. Upperclass Graduation Requirements
Criminal Justice: This required course is taken in the second year of the evening
program. The course introduces the administration of the criminal justice system and
serves as a foundation for the advanced courses offered in upperclass years.
The “First-Year” Elective: Part-time students must select one of several courses
that are designated as meeting the “first-year” elective requirement before graduation.
These courses are focused either on international, comparative, and/or transnational
law or on statutory or regulatory law. Part-time students may also enroll in day first-
year electives on a space available basis during the January add/drop period. The day
sections are offered only in the spring semester.
Professional Responsibility: All students must take a course in Professional
Responsibility to fulfill the professional responsibility requirement. In determining
when to take Professional Responsibility (PR), students should consider the
following: (1) there is generally only one evening section of PR every semester; (2)
some students like to take this course early in the upperclass years to get it out of the
way; (3) taking PR just prior to taking the Multistate Professional Responsibility
Exam (MPRE - required by most state bars) will get you thinking about the issues
tested (although, since most students take a brief preparatory class for the MPRE to
prepare for the multiple choice test, this approach is not critical). Information about
MPRE test dates is available at the Office of the Registrar and through the National
Conference of Bar Examiners’ Web site at http://www.ncbex.org/multistate-
Upperclass Legal Writing Requirement: The upperclass writing requirement is
described in detail in the Georgetown Law Bulletin (available online at
Seminars fulfilling the requirement provide an opportunity to work closely with a
faculty member and receive extensive feedback on your writing. These seminars are
noted with a “WR” in the course schedule. If you plan to apply for a clerkship, you
may consider registering for a WR seminar in your 2E or 3E year. Doing so enables
you to complete a piece of legal scholarship that can be used as a writing sample and
to work closely with a faculty member who can provide a letter of recommendation.
The writing requirement is intended to provide students with the opportunity to refine
research and writing skills learned in the first year and to develop the skills necessary
to undertake writing projects on their own following graduation from law school.
Students choose topics, submit outlines, prepare and submit a first draft, and complete
the final paper in consultation with faculty members in approved seminars, clinics,
and supervised research projects.
o Supervised Research
Supervised Research provides faculty guidance to students in areas where
there is no curricular offering or where a student wishes to explore a subject
in greater depth than would be possible in an existing course or seminar.
Papers produced for a two credit Supervised Research Project satisfy the
upperclass legal writing requirement.
To apply for permission to enroll in a Supervised Research project, students
must complete an application form (available from the Office of the
Registrar, 315 McDonough Hall, or online) and submit it to the Office of the
Registrar by the deadline for the relevant semester (for further information,
please review the Registrar’s webpage at
Residency Requirement: See the Georgetown Law Bulletin for a detailed discussion
of the residency requirement and contact the Office of the Registrar if you have
specific questions regarding this requirement. For students who complete all their
coursework at Georgetown Law, residency only becomes an issue if a student drops
below eight credits in any semester, wants to graduate in seven semesters and two
summers, or transfers between part-time and full-time divisions.
Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average at Graduation: 2.00 (on a 4.0 scale).
85 Total Academic Credits
Financial Obligations and Disciplinary Issues: Graduating students must have a
zero account balance and no pending honors charges.
C. Selecting Upperclass Electives
Students usually adopt one of two general approaches to planning their academic careers.
Under the “liberal arts” approach, students take a wide variety of courses and thus are exposed to
an array of potential practice areas. Other students want to graduate from law school with a
strong background in a particular legal specialization.
These two approaches are not mutually exclusive. For example, if you are fairly sure that
you would like to work in the securities area, you would take Corporations, Securities
Regulation, Tax I, and Tax II, and perhaps a securities or taxation seminar such as Business
Planning. You still have time, however, to take some courses in other areas that interest you.
But before diving in to the resources described below, it is helpful to ask yourself a few
What are your goals for the next two or three years of law school, and how would you
prioritize them? For example, how important is it to you to develop specific legal
skills, such as drafting legal documents, public speaking, or managing client
relationships? To produce a publishable academic paper? To have significant time
for personal commitments or pursuits outside the law? To maximize your GPA? To
assume leadership roles in student organizations, moot court, or journals? To take a
few courses just for fun? To develop deep expertise in a specific field of law? To
develop mentoring relationships with faculty?
What classes have you particularly enjoyed in your first year or in other educational
settings, and why? (Think about teaching style, substantive material, size of class,
nature of graded exercises, the reading material, etc.)
Do you already have a clear idea of what you want to do after law school? (Many
first- and second-years do not.) Are there several areas of law you hope to explore?
Are there experiences you are considering that will occupy all or substantially all of
one of your remaining semesters (e.g., a semester abroad, a clinic, a joint degree)?
Important considerations in planning your upperclass curriculum are explained below.
1. Getting Good Advice on Course Selection
During the spring registration period, you should consider attending the Schedule Advice
Program which will be held for 1Es in April 2011 (the date and location will be announced in the
course schedule registration materials provided by the Registrar’s Office). At this program, the
faculty members provide general advice on the upperclass curriculum.
Another resource for researching course selections is Georgetown Law’s Curriculum
Guide, available online at www.law.georgetown.edu/curriculum. The Guide contains brief
essays describing Georgetown Law’s curriculum in 26 popular fields of study. The Guide
identifies courses, seminars, and faculty associated with each field of study and in many areas
recommends a sequence of courses. The online format enables students to search the law school
course descriptions by professor, course cluster, and key word. The course schedule for those
courses that will be offered in the upcoming academic year is displayed with the course
description in Spring 2011. This is an effective tool to identify courses and seminars that interest
you. Students may also “bookmark” course descriptions of interest so that they can easily refer
to them at a later date. Reading the online Curriculum Guide essays in your area(s) of interest
will help you to begin to develop a plan for your upperclass years.
First year faculty are also an important resource. Many discuss course selection with
their sections, and students should ask faculty members they know to comment on their proposed
upperclass curriculum plan. Students should also feel free to contact faculty in whose courses
they are interested with questions. Contact information for adjunct faculty are available through
the J.D. Academic Services Office ((202) 662-9041). Students also are welcome to make an
appointment to meet individually with any of the academic advisors in the J.D. Academic
Services Office, the Office of the Dean of Students ((202) 662-4066), or the Registrar’s Office
Other students are good sources of information about courses, but it is important to
remember that different students may have different experiences with the same professor. It is
most helpful to talk with several upperclass students about good professors and courses. In
addition, numerical course evaluations of full-time and adjunct faculty from prior years are
available on the web at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/curriculum/evaluations.
2. Foundational or Survey Courses
Other than a course in professional responsibility and a seminar meeting the
WritingRequirement, there are no courses that every Georgetown Law student must take. In
addition, there is no prescribed set of courses that every law student “should” take. However,
there are some foundational or survey courses that you may find interesting and that may help
you in determining an area of the law in which you may want to focus or specialize. Be open-
minded and adventurous in your course selection. Take courses that allow you to develop a
wider range of skills. For example, you can develop statutory interpretation skills (in
Legislation) in the same semester in which you hone your negotiations skills (in Negotiations)
and develop your professional skills (in an externship). As you think broadly about your course
options, consider some of these courses often deemed to be foundational:
Constitutional Law II
A course in international or comparative law
A course in legislation and statutory interpretation
A course on negotiations, mediation or other form of ADR (alternative dispute
An experiential course (“skills,” externship, experiential learning and/or clinical
3. Sequencing Your Course Selection
In building your course schedule for your second year, think about the courses and
seminars you hope to take in your third and fourth years, and pay attention to the prerequisite and
recommended courses listed for those courses/seminars. If you plan to apply to a clinic, make
sure that you take the necessary prerequisite(s) or related courses. And, note the difference
between a course that must be taken as a prerequisite and that can be taken concurrently.
The following courses frequently are prerequisites for other courses:
Constitutional Law II
International Law I
Finally, note that the sequence in which you take certain courses can make a difference.
For example, trial clinics restrict students from taking Trial Practice after taking the clinic, but
the students may take Trial Practice in a semester prior to enrolling in a trial clinic.
4. Balancing Seminars with Exam Classes
Some upperclass students like to take a seminar nearly every semester; others enroll in no
more than needed to fulfill the upperclass legal writing requirement. Proponents of seminars
note that they allow deeper learning in an area of specific interest to the student, more selective
reading, a smaller class size, no exam, and valuable practice in legal writing and public speaking.
In addition, working on a seminar paper provides an opportunity to work much more closely
with faculty and thus possibly to obtain a favorable reference. Finally, producing high quality
seminar papers -- and perhaps even publishing them -- is an excellent way to demonstrate your
legal analysis and writing skills to potential employers. See discussion of alternatives to journal
membership in Section V below.
The clinic application process takes place in the spring semester. You are welcome to
apply to a clinic, and there are some summer clinics with class schedules designed more for part-
time students. However, you must be able to alter your daytime schedule to fulfill the time
commitment demanded by clinics and ethical service to clients. Students in clinics devote an
average of 15 to 35 hours per week to their clinic activities. Some clinics have a steady flow of
work throughout the course of the semester or year, while others may have periods of several
weeks of intense activity interspersed with periods during which students have fewer
responsibilities. Thus, certain clinics may be more suitable for part-time students. All clinics,
however, will require at least some work during daytime hours. With the exception of the
summer clinics, which give preference to part-time students, clinic classes are all held during the
If you are interested in taking a clinic, but are concerned about fitting one into your
schedule, you are strongly advised to consult early with the Assistant Dean for Clinical
Programs, Nancy Cantalupo, at (202) 662-9100. She can discuss with you strategies for
structuring your job, clinic choices and course schedules to better enable your participation in a
clinic. Since fitting a clinic into a part-time student’s curriculum often requires planning at least
a year in advance, it is best to consult with Dean Cantalupo earlier rather than later in your law
school career. Dean Cantalupo also generally holds at least one program per year for part-time
students to discuss their clinic options. This program usually collects a panel of part-time
students who have done a clinic together to speak about how they made a clinic work and what
kinds of benefits it had for their legal education. Finally, you may also contact individual clinic
directors to discuss whether participation in their clinics would be feasible for you.
Assuming that they meet all other eligibility guidelines and course prerequisites, fourth
year part-time students are eligible for any clinic. In addition, some clinics will accept part-time
students who will have completed a minimum of 28 credits before the beginning of the semester
in which they are enrolled in a clinic. Street Law will also accept part-time students who have
completed the required 24 credits of the first year evening program. Second year part-time
students however, may not defer taking their required second year courses (Criminal Justice and
the first-year elective) in order to participate in a clinic.
Because of conflict-of-interest statutes, (see 18 U.S.C. 205), students with part-time or
full-time jobs with the Federal government may not be eligible to participate in the Appellate
Litigation Clinic, the Criminal Defense and Prisoner Advocacy Clinic, the Criminal Justice
Clinic, the Center for Applied Legal Studies, the Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic,
the Harrison Institute, the Institute for Public Representation, or Law Students in Court.
Students with part-time or full-time jobs with the District of Columbia government or the U.S.
Attorneys Office for the District of Columbia may not be eligible to participate in the Juvenile
Justice Clinic, the Harrison Institute, the Institute for Public Representation, or Law Students in
Court. If you are uncertain about the application of these restrictions to your situation, you
should consult Dean Cantalupo before applying.
Further information about the clinical program is available at
www.law.georgetown.edu/clinics, and in the J.D. Academic Services Office (352 McDonough
6. Other Experiential and Professional Skills Offerings
A number of Georgetown Law courses provide other experiential and professional skills
building educational opportunities. These include simulation courses, where the work includes
practice at such skills as how to deliver opening statements and closing arguments, how to
conduct direct and cross examination, how to solve problems and advocate outside a litigation
setting, and how to draft a contract. In addition, Georgetown Law offers an externship course
and has been experimenting with a series of other experiential learning courses, which combine
an externship-like experience with a seminar in particular substantive practice areas. Part-time
students unable to take advantage of Georgetown Law’s clinical program may consider taking
one of these courses.
The simulation courses most focused on providing intensive litigation experience are:
Civil Litigation Practice, Intellectual Property Litigation: Pretrial Skills, Patent Trial Practice,
Trial Practice, Trial Practice and Applied Evidence, and Trial Practice: Working with Expert
Witnesses. Sections of these courses are offered in the evening. In addition, students can hone
their problem-solving skills, advocacy, and listening skills by taking a course or seminar in
alternative dispute resolution. Alternative Dispute Resolution (offered as a course and seminar),
the Negotiations Seminar, the Mediation Seminar, and the Multi-Party Dispute Resolution
Seminar all provide an opportunity to develop these skills. Generally, two to three courses in the
ADR area are offered in the summer session. Finally, a number of other courses and seminars
offer an opportunity to develop professional skills. These include: Appellate Practice Seminar,
Business Planning Seminar, Electronic Discovery Seminar, Drafting and Negotiating
Commercial Real Estate Documents, Drafting and Negotiating Commercial Transactional
Documents, Estate Planning Seminar, Introduction to Electronic Discovery and Evidence,
Presentation Skills for Lawyers, and Supreme Court Litigation Seminar.
While externships and experiential learning courses may require work during the daytime
hours, it may be easier for part-time students to meet these requirements than it is in the case of a
clinic. Externships allow students to receive two credits that will be graded on a pass/fail basis.
Students enrolled in an externship must work at their placements at least 10 hours a week for 11
weeks, complete weekly time sheets and submit them to the program coordinator, attend the
orientation class on Saturday, September 11, 2010 (Fall) at 11:30 a.m. or Saturday, January 29,
2011 (Spring) at 11:30 a.m., meet with the program coordinator midway through the semester,
and submit a 5 to 10 page memo reflecting upon their externship experience. To be eligible to
participate in the externship program, the student must have completed 29 credits of law school,
have completed or be currently enrolled in an elective or upper-class course that directly relates
to the area of law of the externship, and not be participating in a clinic (except Street Law) or
certain experiential learning courses concurrently with the externship. The program is
coordinated by Professor Michael Frisch, Ethics Counsel.
Experiential learning courses combine an externship-like experience with a seminar in
particular substantive practice areas, where the seminar and the supervision of students’ legal
work is done by the same faculty member(s). Experiential learning courses being offered in the
2010-11 academic year include:
Animal Protection Litigation Seminar
Community Lawyering Seminar: Dismantling Structural Racism and Creating Social
Cosmetic Safety Regulation: Lawyering in the Public Interest
Dietary Supplements Regulation: Lawyering in the Public Interest
Human Rights Fact-Finding Seminar: Repatriation of Persons with Mental Disabilities
Rule of Law Promotion and Civil Society in China: Implications for Women and Girls
U.S. Voting Rights: A Practical Perspective
One course, Rule of Law Promotion and Civil Society in China: Implications for Women
and Girls, is now offered in Summer 2010 and involves a trip to China. Priority for this
experiential learning course is given to part-time students. While the seminars for most of the
experiential learning courses offered in the fall and spring semesters meet during the day, the
seminar for Rule of Law Promotion and Civil Society in China: Implications for Women and
Girls is held in the evenings and on weekends. In addition, Georgetown Law is developing more
courses, including others in the summer and with evening seminars, so part-time students should
pay attention to announcements of new courses. All of the courses are subject to some mutual
exclusivity rules and some are graded in full, whereas the two-credit experiential component of
some is mandatory pass/fail. The two credits count toward the six credit pass/fail limit, but
students may take another course pass/fail in the same semester as they are taking any one of
For advice on maximizing your opportunities in the experiential learning curriculum as a
whole, you are advised to consult with Dean Cantalupo at (202) 662-9100.
D. Some Frequently Asked Questions about Course Selection
How Many Credits Do I Have to Take Per Semester?
Part-time students enroll in 8-11 credits per semester, unless they receive permission to
enroll in fewer credits or to enroll in exactly 12 credits (for one of the reasons listed below). To
graduate in four years, part-time students must average a little more than 10 credits in their
upperclass semesters and must carry 11 credits in at least one semester to avoid summer sessions.
Many part-time students attend at least one summer session to decrease their course loads during
the academic year. NOTE: A minimum of 6 credits each semester is required to be eligible for
federal student loans, and a minimum of 16 credits each academic year is required to qualify for
Dean’s List honors.
Permission to enroll in 12 credits will only be given under the following circumstances:
(1) a student registers in a 12-credit clinic; (2) a student registers in a seminar meeting the
upperclass legal writing requirement and he or she has not previously fulfilled that writing
requirement; (3) a student may take 12 credits in either the fall or spring semester of his or her
final year (but not in both semesters) in order to meet the graduation requirements; (4) a student
is accepted as a Law Fellow in either the Legal Research and Writing program or the U.S. Legal
Discourse program; or (5) a student in the Spring semester wishes to take a one credit course
during Week One.
How Many Nights a Week Will I Be in Class?
Typical class schedules of 8-11 credits will consist of class meetings four or five
evenings per week. The typical courses offered in the part-time program meet as follows:
Two credit seminars: meet two hours on a single evening.
Three credit courses: meet on three possible schedules: (1) once a week for three
hours, 5:45-8:50 p.m.; (2) two hours every Monday and two hours on alternate
(“A” week) Thursdays; or (3) two hours every Tuesday and two hours on
alternate (“B” week) Thursdays. Because “A” week and “B” week courses meet
on alternating Thursdays – never on the same Thursday – students often take an
“A” and “B” week course in the same term in order to help accumulate 10 or 11
credits. Note that the final “B” week session generally meets on a
Saturday at the end of the semester.
Three credit upperclass requirement writing seminars: meet two hours on a single
evening. An additional credit is awarded for the research paper, which requires
the submission of an outline and first and final drafts.
Four credit courses: meet two hours on two evenings per week (the second
weekly meeting may be on Saturday).
When Should I Take a Heavy Course Load?
Many students prefer to take a heavier load up front, preserving the option to have a light
load in the 4th year, or to graduate after seven semesters and two summers. Others find they
need a lighter load their second year to restore balance to their life after the rigors of the first
year. This is an individual decision. One approach is to keep up the pace of the first year - 10 or
11 credit hours per semester - if you are not completely burned out. In other words, enroll in as
much as you can handle in your second year because you may feel even more burned out later.
If you are unsure how heavy a load you want to take in the coming year, you will protect
your options if you schedule a full course load. You can drop classes easily during add/drop, but
some classes will fill before the semester begins, limiting your opportunity to add them to your
You also should consider your own commitments and goals for each semester in devising
a course and credit load. Considerations may include:
Are you taking an intensive clinic in one of the semesters?
Will you have significant journal, Barrister’s Council or student organization
commitments in the fall or spring (e.g., a student note, competition or symposium)?
Will your job be more demanding in the fall or spring?
Are you doing an externship? If so, that can involve as much as 20 hours per week on
When are you planning to complete your upperclass writing requirement (the “WR”)?
Do you have significant outside family or personal commitments that will be heavier in
Remember, the timing and nature of the workload is much more important than the
number of credits. A course-load of three to four exam classes will demand intense focus at the
end of the semester when you need to do outlines and study for exams, but may leave more room
earlier in the semester for other commitments. By contrast, the deadlines and “deliverables”
tend to spread out more evenly in a schedule that includes an experiential learning course (e.g., a
negotiations seminar or an externship), a few exam classes, and one or two paper seminars.
Should I take a course because it is on the Bar exam?
In general, you should not take a course merely because it is a topic that will be tested on
the bar exam. The multistate bar exam covers Contracts, Torts, Constitutional Law, Real
Property, Evidence, and Criminal Law and Procedure. Most state exams also include essay
questions that focus on jurisdiction-specific topics, such as rules of inheritance. Although
familiarity with such topics gained through course work is helpful, the vast majority of
preparation for the bar occurs in bar review courses. With all of that said, it is perfectly fine to
take courses that happen to be tested on the bar exam because you want to learn the material.
While law school courses provide you with a basic understanding of an area of law,
jurisdiction-specific components of a bar exam test substantive local law. Preparation for the
bar examination is best accomplished by taking a commercial preparation course after
graduation. More information on bar examinations is provided in Section VIII below.
May I accelerate my graduation?
To fulfill Georgetown Law’s residency requirement in fewer than eight semesters, part-time
students must take a minimum of eight credits per semester for seven semesters and take a total
of 8 or more credits in two (2) summer sessions See the next section for more information on the
Keep in mind that, traditionally, most law firm recruiting programs are structured to hire
associates to begin in the fall. Part-time students do succeed in finding opportunities in January,
but you should talk with the Section 7 Career Counselor about this issue if you intend to graduate
in seven semesters.
Part-time students may also accelerate their graduation by transferring to the full-time
program after the first year. For more information on the requirements and processes related to
such a transfer, see Section I, “Transferring Between Programs”.
E. Summer Sessions
1. At Georgetown Law (DC)
The on-campus summer session runs for seven weeks, from the week following
Commencement through the end of July. It is run primarily for the convenience of part-time
Georgetown Law’s summer session schedule is similar from year to year. Typical
summer offerings include: one or more four credit courses (e.g., Constitutional Law II,
Decedents’ Estates); two or more three credit courses (e.g., Criminal Law, Antitrust Law,
Evidence); Trial Practice; and several upperclass writing requirement and two credit paper
seminars. The actual courses offered from year to year vary depending on faculty availability.
In addition, at least one summer clinic is offered each year.
Most students take only one course during any given summer session. Some students
take two courses (up to seven credits). Students who want to preserve the ability to graduate in
seven semesters and two summer sessions typically take one four-credit course each of two
summer sessions. Georgetown Law will accept up to seven credits during the summer session at
the Law Center.
A tentative summer schedule is distributed to part-time students before the add/drop
period in January so that students can coordinate their spring and summer schedules.
2. At Georgetown Law (London)
Georgetown Law offers a four-and-a-half-week summer law program in London,
England. The program offers six courses taught by distinguished professors from Georgetown
Law and other world-class law schools and is organized in cooperation with King's College
London. The program includes a speaker series and organized visits to legal landmarks such as
the Royal Courts of Justice, the Central Criminal Court, and The Inns of Court. Enrollment is
limited to ensure small class sizes. In 2009, seventy students participated in the program,
including five students from other law schools. Students interested in studying abroad during the
summer at Georgetown Law’s London Summer Program should contact Cara Morris, Director,
Office of Transnational Programs at (202) 662-9860 for more information.
3. At Another Institution
With approval, students may transfer up to seven credits at an ABA-approved domestic
summer law school program or up to four credits for study at an ABA-approved program outside
of the United States.
Procedure: Submit a written request indicating: (1) which institution you plan to attend;
and (2) which courses you plan to take and for how many credits. Most institutions will
require a letter of good standing from your home institution to admit you for summer
study. Requests for programs within the United States should be submitted to Assistant
Dean and Executive Director of Transnational Programs Adam Kolker.
Requests to study at an institution outside the United States should be submitted to the
Office of Transnational Programs. See
http://www.law.georgetown.edu/otp/AdHocStudyAbroadPrograms.htm for more
information. Students who wish to take a course at an area law school during the summer
must have a compelling reason (e.g., Evidence is not offered at Georgetown Law and is a
prerequisite for a course or clinic you have preregistered for in the fall).
Transcripts for students who study at other domestic ABA-approved law schools will
show only the number of credits transferred and a notation that the credits were earned in an off-
campus program. The grades are not shown on the transcript and are not factored into the
Georgetown Law GPA. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that the official transcript
of grades is submitted to the Georgetown Law Registrar’s Office by the grading deadline.
F. Semester Abroad Programs During Regular School Year
1. With Georgetown Law
Georgetown Law’s Semester Abroad Program arranges for students to study overseas at
one of several outstanding law schools. Participating students will be registered at Georgetown
Law so that they are eligible for financial aid and other assistance, but will also enroll and attend
classes at the host school in Europe, Latin America, Asia, or the Middle East.
The courses available vary by the foreign law school, but they generally include
international law, international business and trade, human rights, and (in Europe) European
Union subjects. Interested students should visit Georgetown Law’s semester abroad Web site at
In Fall 2008, Georgetown Law opened the Center for Transnational Legal Studies
(“CTLS”) in London. The Center is a collaborative project that brings together students and
faculty from law schools around the world to study complex transnational legal issues from
different perspectives. Collaborating schools include world-class institutions from Australia,
Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Israel, Italy, Singapore, Spain, and
Switzerland. During academic year 2010-2011, upperclass Georgetown Law students will be
able to spend a semester with their counterparts from the other law schools in courses taught and
co-taught by distinguished faculty from both the common law and civil law traditions. Materials
are online at http://ctls.georgetown.edu/.
For more information about this program contact Scott Foster, Assistant Dean and
Administrative Director for the Center for Transnational Legal Studies, at
Students also can apply for the year-long program in Paris at the Institute des Etudes
Politiques (Sciences Po) and Paris I. This program awards a Master’s in Global Business Law.
Fourteen of the credits earned through this program will also transfer to the J.D. degree. This
program requires that the student take an additional semester here at Georgetown Law (though
without any additional tuition requirement). Half of the courses are in French and half in
English; proficiency in French is required. Five spaces were available in the 2010-2011
academic year. Materials can be found online at
http://www.law.georgetown.edu/otp/semesterabroad.htm. For more information, contact
Cara Morris, Director, Transnational Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students may transfer up to a total of fourteen credits from a Georgetown Law Semester
Abroad Program toward their J.D. degree. Students may participate in a non-Georgetown Law
study abroad program and a semester abroad through a Georgetown Law Semester Abroad
Program (including the CTLS), but may transfer only a total of fourteen credits. For example, if
a student already has taken four credits at a non-Georgetown Law summer study abroad
program, the student may transfer only ten credits from any Georgetown Law Semester Abroad
Students may participate in either a semester at CTLS or another Georgetown Law Semester
Abroad Program, but not both programs. Inter-divisional transfer students (see Section I,
“Transferring Between Programs”) must complete all first-year courses, including criminal
justice before becoming eligible to study at CTLS.
All students must complete 54 credits at Georgetown Law. Courses taken at Georgetown
Law study abroad programs (with the exception of CTLS and the London Summer Program) do
not count toward the 54 credit requirement.
2. Ad Hoc Semester Abroad
Georgetown Law also permits students to apply to study abroad for a semester on an “ad
hoc” basis by enrolling directly in an overseas law program approved by the Office of
Transnational Programs. Such ad hoc programs are generally not permitted in countries where
the Law Center has already established a study abroad program. Ad hoc study abroad is
permitted during either semester, but students who do so during the semester immediately prior
to their scheduled graduation must assume the risk that scheduling conflicts or unforeseen
administrative delays at the host school will prevent them participating in Commencement,
graduating with their class, and/or being able to meet certain bar registration deadlines. For
further information, please contact the Office of Transnational Programs at
For other special procedures, rules and credit limits apply as described below. please see
Individual courses taken abroad and the grades received at foreign schools will not
appear on the Georgetown Law transcript and the grades will not be factored into the
Georgetown Law grade point average (GPA). Students’ transcripts will reflect the number of
credits earned and the name of the host institution. This applies to Georgetown Law-sponsored
programs with the exception of Georgetown Law’s own London Summer Program and the
Center for Transnational Legal Studies. London Summer Program grades are factored into the
student’s GPA and appear on the Georgetown Law transcript. Grades earned at the Center for
Transnational Legal Studies appear on the Georgetown Law transcript, but are not factored into
the Georgetown Law GPA. Transcripts for students who study through non-Georgetown Law-
sponsored study abroad programs will show only the number of credits transferred and a notation
that the credits were earned in an off-campus program. The grades are not shown on the
transcript and are not factored into the Georgetown Law GPA. Students who study at a foreign
institution can request transcripts from their host school that show the courses taken and the
actual grades received.
G. Taking Courses Outside the Part-Time Division
1. Day Courses
Part-time students may enroll in as many day courses as they like. Full-time students
have priority for seats in some courses offered during the day, but most courses are open equally
to full-time and part-time students. The last two numbers of a course number indicate the
Sections 01-04: Courses with priority for J.D. full-time students.
Sections 05, 06, 09: Courses open to full-time and part-time students on an equal basis.
Section 08: Courses cross-listed with the Graduate Program. The J.D. seats are open to
full-time and part-time students on an equal basis.
Sections 07, 97: Courses with priority for J.D. part-time students.
2. LL.M. (LAWG) Courses
J.D. students may take up to six credits in non-cross-listed courses in Georgetown Law’s
Graduate program without permission and on a space available basis. Students must petition an
Assistant Dean for the J.D. Program or the Director of J.D. Academic Services if they wish to
exceed this limit.
3. Main Campus Courses
J.D. students may take other graduate-level courses at the university, up to a maximum of
6 credits, with the permission of the J.D. Academic Services Office. Grades for courses taken on
the main campus appear on students’ Georgetown Law transcripts and count toward the J.D.
degree, but are not included in the calculation of Georgetown Law GPAs. NOTE: Language
courses and undergraduate courses cannot be taken for J.D. credit; however, grades received in
the courses do appear on students’ transcripts.
Registration Procedure: During main campus add/drop (dates may differ from
Georgetown Law add/drop period): (1) obtain written permission from the
professor; (2) forward the written permission to the J.D. Academic Services
Office; (3) upon approval, the Registrar’s Office will seek approval from the
relevant department on the main campus, and upon receipt of such approval, will
register the student only during the main campus Add/Drop period for the
appropriate semester. NOTE: Law students register for main campus courses on a
seat available basis. Main campus students have priority for these courses.
Georgetown Law students are not permitted to register for the main campus side
of cross-listed courses. Georgetown Law students who wish to be enrolled in a
main campus cross-listed course must follow the Georgetown Law’s
add/drop/waitlist process. Classes on the main university campus begin in the
Fall on Wednesday, September 1, 2010, and in the Spring on Wednesday, January
Tuition: Part-time students pay for all Graduate School courses at the applicable
Georgetown Law credit-hour rate, except for summer courses, which are billed at
the applicable main campus tuition rate.
4. Courses at Other Local Law Schools
There is no consortium agreement among J.D. programs in the D.C. area. Students may,
however, submit a request to the J.D. Academic Services Office to take a course at another
institution. Such requests are granted only if there is no similar course offered at Georgetown
Law. Students who take a course at another D.C. area law school pay tuition to the other
5. Visiting Away at Other Domestic Law Schools
In extraordinary circumstances, a student may be granted permission to attend another
ABA-approved law school for one or two semesters in a student’s final year of law school, while
still earning the Georgetown Law degree. Before applying to the other law school, students must
obtain permission from the J.D. Academic Services Office.
The number of students approved to visit away at another domestic ABA-approved law
school during the academic year is limited by the number of students who apply and are admitted
to visit at Georgetown Law. Georgetown Law reviews and typically grants those requests that
are based on a compelling need to visit away (i.e., marriage in which the couple resides in
another state or serious illness of a parent in another state). Unlike students participating in
semester abroad programs arranged by Georgetown Law, “visiting away” students are not
enrolled at Georgetown Law while they are studying abroad and therefore do not pay
Georgetown Law tuition. As a result, financial aid is limited to federal Stafford and GradPLUS
loans and commercial loans. Interested students should consult with the Financial Aid Office.
H. J.D./LL.M. Programs
An LL.M. is a Master’s degree in law that allows students to acquire specialized
expertise. Ordinarily an LL.M. degree requires an additional year (two semesters) of full-time
study following completion of the J.D. degree. The joint degree program enables students who
take the necessary courses during their J.D. program to complete an LL.M. degree in only one
additional semester of full-time study, or in two or more semesters of part-time study.
Georgetown offers J.D./LL.M. degrees in Taxation, Securities & Financial Regulation,
and International Business & Economic Law (IBEL). Students interested in pursuing a
J.D./LL.M. degree should apply in the summer following their third (3E) year.
If you are considering a J.D./LL.M., you will want to take this into account as you plan
your upper class course schedule. Students should try to take the foundational courses for the
LL.M. early in their upper class years. Because these foundational courses are pre-requisites for
most other courses in these specialized curricula, this will assure maximum flexibility in getting
the more advanced courses that are necessary to complete the joint degree. Taxation I is a
foundational course for the Taxation LL.M. Corporations is a foundational course for both the
IBEL and the Securities & Financial Regulation degrees. Securities Regulation, which has
Corporations as a pre-requisite, is another foundational course for the degree in Securities &
Financial regulation. Students can review the specific degree requirements for these degree
programs on the Graduate Programs’ website:
I. Transferring Between Programs
Part-time students who wish to transfer to the full-time program should apply to the
Registrar in March of their first full year at Georgetown Law. (At the beginning of the spring
semester, part-time students will receive information from the Office of the Registrar about the
process for applying to transfer). Georgetown Law may limit the number of interdivisional
transfers. Students must complete all first year courses, including those normally taken in the
second year by part-time students, in the program in which they began. (For example, students
who transfer to the full-time program after the first year must take Criminal Justice in the
evening of the Spring semester in their second year.)
Students who transfer to the full-time program and who wish to graduate in three
years must complete six (6) credits during the summer. This requirement is in addition to all
Students who transfer to the full-time program at the end of their first year must pay a
tuition equalization fee. This tuition equalization fee amounts to the difference between the
tuition charge for full-time first-year J.D. students and the tuition charge for first-year part-time
J.D. students. The net result of this charge is that at the end of three years, part-time students
who transfer will have paid the same total tuition as other full-time students. The tuition
equalization fee is assessed in two equal installments–one on the first day of the summer session
immediately following the end of the first year in the part-time program and the other on the
following spring tuition due date. Part-time students who transfer to the full-time program and
pay the tuition equalization charge are entitled to take up to seven credits in any Georgetown
Law summer program at Georgetown Law’s Washington, D.C. campus or at the Georgetown
Law London Summer program without paying any additional tuition. Summer classes taken at
another law school or at a non-Georgetown Law summer abroad program are not covered by the
tuition equalization fee.
Students seeking to transfer at times other than the end of the first year must submit a
request in writing to the Office of the Registrar. The request must include a statement of the
student’s personal need to transfer. Any student seeking to transfer at times other than after the
first year must speak with an Academic Advisor or the Registrar regarding his/her plan to meet
the remaining graduation requirements, including the required time in residence. NOTE: Part-
time students who are approved to transfer to the Full-Time Program after their second year will
continue to pay tuition on a per credit basis. To obtain more information on transferring please
visit http://www.law.georgetown.edu/registrar/bulletin/jd_program/policies.cfm. The Office of
the Dean of Students (ODOS) also will host an evening program for first-year part-time JD
students in February 2011 to discuss the pros and cons of transferring to the full-time program.
V. EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
In the spring of their first year, part-time students also make important decisions about
the kinds of activities they will pursue in their upperclass years, such as competing for a position
on law journals, moot court teams, and as a law fellow. These activities are explained in further
A. Law Journals
There are eleven student-run journals at Georgetown Law: the American Criminal Law Review,
Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, Georgetown International Environmental Law Review,
The Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law, The Georgetown Journal of International Law,
Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy, Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Georgetown
Journal on Poverty Law & Policy, Georgetown Law Journal, The Tax Lawyer, and a new journal
called The Georgetown Journal of Law and Modern Critical Race Perspectives. A brief
description of each of the journals can be found online at
http://www.law.georgetown.edu/journals. Each journal has an office on campus. Staff members
are typically happy to talk to students about their experience.
1. Write On Competition
First year part-time students have the opportunity to compete in the Write On competition
for staff positions on one of Georgetown Law’s eleven journals. The Write On competition is
the primary way to become a member of a journal staff, and students may compete only once, in
the spring following their first year.
In April of each year, generally following one of the large section classes, a combined
Town Meeting/Social is hosted by the Office of Journal Administration and the journal editors to
explain the Write On process and each journal’s admissions criteria. Students who decide to
participate purchase the “packet.” The packet is “closed.” It contains all of the information you
may use to write a case comment on the central case at issue. In addition to the case comment,
students take an online Bluebook exam and may also need to prepare personal statements for
journals that request them.
The packet is available for advance purchase online in early May. Students who have
purchased the packet may access the materials once the competition starts, usually the Friday
after the conclusion of their last exam. Students then have approximately 12 days to complete
the competition. Students do not need to be on campus to compete, since all materials can be
downloaded – and completed materials uploaded – to the competition web site. NOTE: The
competition dates change from year to year, so please check with the Office of Journal
Administration early if you wish to compete and would like to take the dates into account in your
summer travel plans.
Completed papers are graded by three randomly-selected judges from a pool comprised
of members from each law journal. Each journal then applies its own formula to the Write On
score, first-year grades, and (for some journals) personal statements. Invitations are extended to
those Write On participants who best meet the journal’s qualifications. The specific formula
each journal applies is subject to change annually and will be described both in the Town
Meeting and in journal “introduction letters,” which are posted online with the other packet
2. Journal Work
Journals are student-run, sometimes with the help of a faculty advisor. They publish
articles, essays, book reviews, and student work (notes). Some also sponsor academic symposia
during the school year at which professors and practitioners exchange views. Students normally
serve two years on the staff of a journal. The tasks assigned to journal members vary among the
eleven journals. Most staff members are assigned office hour(s) to help with the clerical tasks
needed to run a publication. First-year members help to “blue book” the footnotes in articles that
are being prepared for publication. This entails checking the cited sources to ensure they support
assertions made in the article and putting the citation in the form found in The Bluebook.
Journal members may apply in the spring of their first year of journal membership to
become a journal editor. Depending on the editorial position, responsibilities may include
selecting work for publication, leading editorial teams, organizing symposia or special events, or
assisting in the administration of the journal.
3. Part-Time Student Editors
Over the years, part-time students have served in every type of editorial position on
journal staffs. The time commitment required by various positions on the eleven journals varies.
However, the work of many editors can largely be done in the evening or over the weekend, and
thus working part-time students can fulfill these responsibilities as their other time commitments
4. Journal Note
Part of the journal experience is writing a student note. Journals should provide a
substantial research and writing experience for their student members. In turn, all journal staff
members are expected to spend considerable time writing, re-writing, and editing. Most journals
require students to submit individual student notes, while others have students working together
on longer projects. In addition to their note projects, students on some journals assist in
preparing “annual review” volumes on substantive areas of law.
5. Deferral of Service
Journal members serve two years. Some journals allow part-time students to defer their
service to begin in their third year instead of their second. The Editor-In-Chief of each journal
has the discretion to approve or deny requests for deferrals. NOTE: Part-time students report
that beginning your service in your second year assures that any editorial board role you assume
would be in your third year while you are applying for jobs. This is an advantage because
students in a three-year law school program typically apply for permanent jobs before they
assume any board position.
6. The Pros and Cons of Journal Membership
The obvious reason to join a journal is that it is viewed as an honor both within the law
school and by the profession at large. A journal affiliation is a good addition to your resume and
considered important by law firms and other employers.
The substantive reason for joining a law journal is that it provides additional experience
in legal writing and, for those who hold editorial positions, valuable exposure to current legal
thinking and experience in legal writing and editing. Student editors also gain valuable
management and planning experience and can work on interesting projects with their colleagues
on the journal and with Georgetown Law faculty.
One big question about journal membership is, of course, whether you have enough free
time to do it. The answer is an individual one. Some part-time students have chosen to pursue
only one “big” extracurricular activity – for example, law journal, law fellow, or moot court. If
you choose not to join a journal, you may be interested in ways to address this issue with
employers; see the discussion in the career services section below.
1) I did the Write On and then the following year became one of the senior editors of my journal
not just so I could put it on my resume but because I believed work on the journal would provide
me with one of the best educational opportunities available in law school. As a part-time
student, this has required some sacrifices. In the end, it has been more than worth it not only for
what I have learned by being exposed to some of the most important legal debates of our day, but
also for the friends I have made and the sense of accomplishment in watching an issue that I
worked on come off the press.
2) The journal experience has its pros and cons. Much of the work first year staff members do is
tedious and not particularly intellectually stimulating. However, my work on the journal
definitely strengthened my legal research skills and I did master the Bluebook. I also really
enjoyed working collaboratively with other journal members. The part-time student experience
can be somewhat isolating because so many of us don’t have much time to interact with our
peers. Being on a journal provides an opportunity to be a part of a team. If you choose to work
as an editor in your third or fourth year, you will have additional opportunities to do more
interesting work with the scholarly articles published by the journals.
3) I did the Write On and participated in journal because I thought it was “the thing to do.” I
heard that employers really look for journal membership, regardless of which one and I think
this is true. Unless you are going to be a law fellow or do moot court, you should definitely be
on a journal. I was pleasantly surprised by the journal experience. While the detailed work first
year staff members do is not always thrilling, I found the systematic cite-checking process really
helped me master the blue book and enhanced my research skills. Frankly, it also doesn’t hurt
to learn a little about academic writing. It’s critical to do journal if you think that you might
want to be a professor at some point in the future, or if you plan to apply for a clerkship.
4) I did not do journal for several reasons. A.) I was too tired to do Write On at the end of first
year; I got the packet but ended up not writing anything. B.) As someone with several years of
complex professional work experience, I questioned how important having journal would be for
attaining future employment (note, however, that I did/do not aspire to clerk or become an
academic). C.) I couldn’t really justify taking more time away from my personal life (especially
my partner); they were suffering enough through my working full-time and going to school.
While I have slight regrets whenever I open my Bluebook and acknowledge that doing journal
would have made working in a legal job a little easier initially, overall, I would make the same
decision again. I did not have any trouble getting a summer associate position because my
grades were good (and they might not have been so good had I overextended myself doing
journal), and because of my professional experience. Not only was working full time an
adequate excuse for not doing journal, but most interviewers did not even bother to ask me the
question, since it was so obviously the answer. I actually have not done any extracurricular
activities, not law fellow, moot court or mock trial, and my comments here apply equally to
those. On one level, I wish I could have done them because I would have learned from them, but
I knew that I would have to give up certain things to survive as a part-time student, and I felt that
I had other priorities. It was hard, at the end of first year, to walk away from all of that the
subtle pressure to do extracurriculars can feel pretty intense, but I am glad that I resisted, and,
so far, haven’t faced serious problems for choosing not to participate.
B. Law Fellow
The law fellow program offers upperclass students the unique opportunity to work with
professors and students in the first-year Legal Research and Writing Program. For their
participation in the year-long seminar and program, law fellows earn five credits and receive
credit for the upperclass writing requirement. The seminar is a graded course.
The responsibilities of a law fellow include the following: (1) attending Legal Writing
Seminar: Theory and Practice for Law Fellows; (2) attending the first-year Legal Research and
Writing classes; (3) responding to student papers through written comments and individual
conferences; (4) writing a substantial paper; and (5) working closely with their professors. In
addition, most law fellows hold office hours for at least one hour each week throughout the fall
and spring semesters.
The Legal Writing Seminar: Theory and Practice for Law Fellows explores substantive
law, learning theory, and rhetoric as applied to legal analysis. In the seminar, law fellows work
closely with a professor of legal research and writing to prepare for the first-year class. Law
fellows are required to research the legal issues assigned to their students, critique students’
papers, and provide written and oral comments on students’ drafts. On average, law fellows may
spend approximately ten hours per week fulfilling their out-of-class responsibilities. During
weeks when law fellows are required to provide written comments on students’ papers, the time
commitment may reach as many as 40 hours.
Applications for the law fellow program are usually due at the end of March. The law
fellow application process occurs each year. Students may not defer their acceptance. To be
eligible for the program, students must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 at the beginning
of the academic year of their appointment. In addition, students are not eligible to be law fellows
during any year in which they will be attending more than 20% of their classes off campus.
Finally, all law fellows must be available to attend a mandatory training program two weeks
before fall semester classes begin.
Special Considerations for Part-Time Students: Law fellows in the part-time
division have similar responsibilities as law fellows in the full-time division. The
law fellow program offers part-time division students the academic benefit of a
second year of legal research and writing instruction as well as an outstanding
opportunity to work closely with a professor and to become more involved in the
law school community. Many part-time division students who work full time
have participated in the law fellow program with great success. Most have found
the workload to be manageable, even considering the time spent commenting on
1) I thoroughly enjoyed being a law fellow. I like “hands-on” learning, and law fellow provides
an opportunity to get away from the lecture courses and into something real and practical. You
always learn more from teaching, and I wanted to improve my legal research and writing skills
(the most important skills you learn in law school). I was a law clerk at a firm this year and the
law fellow experience helped me a lot. My employers were very impressed with my writing
skills, and I firmly believe it enhanced my employability. Also, I enjoyed working with first year
students; its so nice to meet new people and have a chance to enhance their 1E experience.
Being a law fellow is very time consuming. Some weeks it takes about 10 hours. When
commenting, it can require 20-30 hours a week. I had to take off work, or use entire weekends
from Friday night to late Sunday night to get the comments written. Nonetheless, I would
encourage anyone to do it. It has been my favorite law school experience.
2) The law fellow experience is extremely time consuming, but extremely rewarding. Not only do
you hone the skills you learned in your first year by teaching them to others, but you have the
opportunity to form a bond with a group of talented and interesting students. Helping them grow
intellectually during the year is very satisfying, and it helps you to grow as well. Should you
choose to pursue this experience, however, it is very important to plan a light schedule that year.
C. Moot Court/Mock Trial/Alternative Dispute Resolution
Participating in Georgetown Law’s moot court or mock trial competition is an excellent
way to develop real world litigation skills. This is a particularly valuable opportunity for part-
time students, many of whom are unable to participate in a clinic. The Barristers’ Council
oversees the mock trial, moot court, and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) programs at
1. Mock Trial
Mock trials involve trial advocacy. Competitors are lawyers in hypothetical cases held
before judges and juries who score advocates based on their skills. The trials are simulated to be
as realistic as possible. Participants present evidence, examine witnesses, and give opening and
The William H. Greenhalgh Mock Trial Competition: The Greenhalgh
Competition is held in the spring for all students who will return to Georgetown
Law as students the following year. Started in 1991 to give students at
Georgetown Law an opportunity to gain trial experience, it is named in honor of
the late Director of the Criminal Justice Clinic who distinguished himself as an
advocate and teacher. The competition involves opening and closing statements,
direct and cross examination, and full trials in the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and
finals. Competitors who reach the quarter-finals, typically between 16 and 20
students, are offered positions on Georgetown Law’s national mock trial teams.
2. Moot Court
Moot court involves appellate advocacy. Competitors write a brief and argue their case
before a panel of judges, who score them based on their skills. It is similar to the oral advocacy
exercise completed in all first year legal research and writing courses.
Robert J. Beaudry Moot Court Competition: This competition is only open to
first-year students, and is generally held from mid-March through mid-April
(including spring break). As a “closed packet” competition, students are provided
all materials necessary to submit a brief and argue the case. Competitors are
assigned one side in the case--either respondent or petitioner. Competitors
advance to subsequent rounds based on a combination of brief and oral argument
scores, and must be prepared to argue both “on” and “off” brief (for and against
the side for which you wrote your brief). The final round is scored based solely
on oral argument.
All semifinalists are guaranteed a spot as an advocate on one of Georgetown
Law’s moot court teams (which will compete the following academic year). A
few of the competitors who advance but are not offered advocate positions will be
chosen for alternate or assistant coaching positions. The winner’s name is
inscribed on the Beaudry Cup, which is on display outside the moot court room
(Hart Auditorium Lobby).
The William E. Leahy Moot Court Competition: The Leahy Moot Court
Competition takes place in the fall semester in early October. Leahy is open to all
upperclass law students. The competition rules are similar to those of Beaudry.
Semi-finalists and competitors who advance far enough will compete on national
moot court teams that same academic year. The name of the Leahy Competition
winner is inscribed permanently on the Roll of Best Advocates on the wall outside
the moot court room (Hart Auditorium Lobby).
3. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
The ADR division of the Barristers’ Council runs Georgetown Law’s negotiation,
arbitration, mediation, and client counseling programs. One competition is organized each year.
Held in the spring, the competition is open to all Georgetown Law students. Competitors are
asked to negotiate a problem in teams, based on a closed packet. Those who advance to a certain
level are invited to join the Barristers’ Council and represent Georgetown Law in a national or
international ADR competition. Finalists argue before well-known practitioners of alternative
The Barristers’ Council is also the host of the National ABA Negotiation Competition,
held each fall.
Part-Time Student Participation
Part-time students are members of moot court, mock trial, and ADR teams every year.
Students report that the time required as a team member is fairly concentrated. For a good part
of the year, team members have no obligations, but they spend a lot of time preparing during the
two months prior to their competition. Practices are often scheduled in the evening and on
weekends not only to accommodate part-time student participation but because many coaches are
practicing attorneys and are not available during the work day. The amount of time spent
practicing varies from team to team. Some competitions may require out of town travel for up to
In addition, members of the Barristers’ Council are expected to assist with the
administration of Georgetown Law’s intramural competitions.
1) Competing in the Beaudry Cup Moot Court competition was a good experience because it
afforded me the opportunity to “hone” the skills that I had recently acquired via legal research
and writing. If a student wants to take a dry run through of a brief before turning in a final
version of the class-assigned brief, moot court is an excellent opportunity to practice. It is also
an ideal chance to learn about an unsettled area of law and weigh in on competing legal
2) Competing with Georgetown’s trial team has been one of the most fulfilling aspects of law
school! Preparing for a trial competition involves countless hours developing opening
statements, cross-examinations, etc., with other team members and coaches, but that
investment of time and energy pays off by helping develop valuable trial techniques. Since our
coaches are successful trial attorneys in the D.C. area, being on a trial team also gives you the
opportunity to build a network of mentors who can offer career advice and introduce you to
3) I did the Beaudry Competition (for moot court) and probably would have been better off if I
hadn’t done it. I spent my entire Spring Break doing it, and then another week preparing for the
orals. Since I work full time, this meant that I fell two weeks behind in my schoolwork, which
was a bad situation to be in, especially since there wasn’t much time left in the semester to make
it up. I then topped it off by bombing my oral argument. I had had a rough day at work and was
assigned to argue at 9:45 that night, which meant I had to hang around for another hour after
my two hours of class. By the time I finally got up to argue, I was so worn out that I just wasn’t
functioning on all four cylinders. The up side was that it was excellent practice for Journal
Write On and left me feeling much less intimidated about that competition. It was a worthwhile
writing exercise in and of itself, and I would recommend it if you have the spare time for it, but it
was more of a time commitment than I should have taken on.
4) I competed for a position on the Alternative Dispute Resolution team in my first year. The only
problem was that I failed to factor in the amount of time I would need to be truly prepared given
the tight five day window between distribution of the packet and the competition. I received the
packet on a Sunday night at 10:00 p.m. and had to compete the following Saturday morning.
Working full time and attending classes every night did not leave much time to prepare. If you
are working full time, I suggest waiting and competing in a year when you will have sufficient
time to juggle this competition and your other commitments or trying another competition that
might be more accommodating to your schedule. I highly recommend checking with the ADR
Division for details on the timeline for Spring.
D. Section Tutors
Each year, Dean Bailin hires upperclass tutors for each first year section to work
individually and in small groups with first year students. Dean Bailin prefers to hire part-time
students for section 7. Tutors are paid the student wage of $16.00/hour. Interested students
should contact Dean Bailin’s office at (202) 662-4066.
E. Part-Time Student Organizations and Student Governance
1. Student Organizations
The Student Life homepage on the Georgetown Law’s Web site contains a list of the
more than 90 existing student organizations at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/stuaff/orgs.cfm.
Organizations are encouraged to schedule evening meetings and events to permit part-time
students to participate. This is not always possible because part-time students do not have a lot
of free blocks of time during which these events can be scheduled. However, you should contact
the leadership of any group that interests you because most student organizations will make a
concerted effort to accommodate part-time students who want to be active participants. For
more information, please contact the Office of Student Life at (202) 662-9292.
2. The Student Bar Association
The Student Bar Association (SBA) is the student government of Georgetown Law. All
students are voting members and elect the officers and delegates annually. Evening students
have delegates in the SBA for each year as well as an Evening Vice President who is on the SBA
E-Board. The SBA allocates money to be used solely for part-time students. This money is
administered by the Evening Student Affairs Committee of SBA. Please note, most SBA
meetings are scheduled at 9:00 p.m., after evening classes.
Committee Service: The Student Bar Association appoints student members to
faculty-student committees. Committee service is an excellent opportunity to
influence Georgetown Law’s decision-making process and to assure that a part-
time division perspective is heard. The SBA office can provide you with a list of
committees. The SBA will accept applications early in the fall semester. Watch
for notices or contact the SBA Office at (202) 662-9268 or at
3. The Evening Student Association
The Evening Student Association is a student group that serves the special needs of part-
time students and sponsors seminars, social events, and speakers scheduled with part-time
students in mind.
4. Part-Time Student Socials
The Office of the Dean of Students (ODOS), sometimes in conjunction with the Evening
Student Association, hosts after-class socials each semester. Watch What’s Happening! and the
Student Life Office bulletin board for dates. The SBA also will send out emails regarding
evening student activities and receptions. These events are a great opportunity to get to know
your classmates and faculty.
1) Georgetown Law will make an impact on me; I wanted to make an impact on it. Serving as
officer in the Student Bar Association has allowed me to meet a lot of people from all over the
country and the world. I’ve also gotten to know full-time students, and to understand what life is
like from their perspective. This not only broadened my perspective, but also my social circle.
The most satisfying aspect of my work with SBA is knowing I’m representing and serving other
part-time students. I think it’s important for part-time students to make some noise and to plan
and organize. I’m really proud of being a part-time student because we juggle work, school,
family, personal life and spiritual life. For these reasons, I love planning an event and
celebrating it with my fellow part-time students. We as part-time students need to give ourselves
these opportunities to get together and laugh because if we lose our perspective and focus only
on the seriousness of it all, we’ll never make it through. All this said, there are some challenges.
I am unable to commit to things other SBA members can. I know they don’t understand my time
constraints and think I’m just being lazy. It is a challenge not to alienate full-time
representatives and instead gain their support for the “part-time student cause.” It is nearly
impossible for a part-time student to become the driving force behind the SBA because we’re
simply at a disadvantage due to constraints on our time.
2) I met my first friends at a social event planned for evening students. These events have helped
me reconnect with friends who I no longer take classes with. As an evening student, my time is
limited so I normally cannot go out for long meals at places off-campus. The social events have
been very accommodating of difficult schedules. I found the SBA to be very active and involved
with students concerns, so I became an evening delegate. As part of the SBA, I have gotten to
speak with different administrators and plan various events that are specifically geared toward
evening students’ needs and schedules.
VI. CAREER PLANNING
Many part-time students face unique challenges with respect to their career planning.
One of the biggest challenges is a lack of time to pursue opportunities that could enhance their
competitiveness in the legal employment market. Below are some general guidelines and
suggestions about career planning that are of particular relevance to part-time students. No
specific path is right for everyone, however.
One of the best and earliest steps you can take in your career planning is to meet with an
Office of Career Services (OCS) or Office of Public Interest and Community Service (OPICS)
advisor to discuss your particular situation and career goals. OCS and OPICS are open until 8:00
p.m. on Tuesday evenings during the academic year and, when possible, try to schedule
appointments outside of business hours to accommodate your schedule. The two offices also
record many of their programs, allowing you to watch the programs on video or webcast at your
A. Getting Legal Experience
If at all possible, you should try to obtain legal experience while in law school. The
degree to which such experience is valued varies greatly by employer, but most employers will
expect that you have worked in some type of law-related capacity during your law school years.
Although many graduates of the part-time division have found rewarding post-graduate legal
jobs without gaining legal experience during law school, you will be more competitive for more
positions if you are able to spend some time with a legal employer while you are at Georgetown
With some long-range planning, many part-time students have found creative ways to
gain legal experience without giving up their regular jobs. Some possibilities include taking a
leave of absence, using accumulated vacation time, or temporarily going part-time. If your job
or other demands are such that you simply cannot pursue a legal position, consider other ways to
make yourself more marketable to future potential legal employers. Possible options include
working on a legal project in your current job, participating in a clinic, joining a law journal
(especially if its subject matter is relevant to your career goals), writing a publishable paper on a
relevant topic, participating in moot court, getting involved in your local bar association, joining
organizations such as the American Inns of Court that may be helpful in developing contacts, or
working as a research assistant for a professor who teaches in your areas of interest. OCS and
OPICS also receive many inquiries from legal employers seeking evening students to work full-
time. Please check Symplicity for these job postings, or consult your OCS or OPICS advisor.
Various kinds of legal employers will interview and hire law students for summer and
permanent positions along timelines that are often predictable. Detailed information on job
search timelines and patterns for a range of legal employers can be found in the Career Planning
Manual, available on the OCS web page and the OPICS Public Sector Manual, available on the
OPICS web page. We also encourage you to discuss various recruitment programs and job fairs
with your section counselors in OCS and OPICS.
Students in the part-time program have some unique opportunities when interviewing for
legal positions, as they have three summers in which to explore legal work settings. If your non-
legal work obligations make it impossible to devote all of your summers to gaining legal
experience, try to find other opportunities, such as academic year internships or moot court, to
demonstrate an interest in a particular practice area or setting.
Small law firms, government agencies and nonprofit organizations put great emphasis on
relevant experience. To be competitive with these employers, you should try to obtain as much
relevant substantive legal experience as possible while in law school. All other things being
equal, part-time students who decide to pursue legal experience only one summer during their
law school career typically do so for the summer following their third year. Please consult with
an OCS or OPICS advisor to explore pathways to particular employers that interest you.
If you are interested in working for a large law firm after graduation, it is particularly
important to work for a large law firm during your third summer. The model that most large
firms traditionally employ is to hire summer associates who are one summer away from
graduating, and at the end of the summer, extend an offer of an associate position to members of
their program. As a result, only a very small minority of the large law firms will have additional
openings for new associates that are not filled by summer associates at that firm, so students who
wait until their last year of law school to interview with large law firms greatly reduce their
chances of obtaining associate positions with such firms.
C. Preparing a Writing Sample
Employers frequently ask to see a writing sample prior to making a decision on your
candidacy. Your writing sample should be an example of legal writing, not another type of
professional writing. Always submit the best possible example of your legal writing when an
employer requests a writing sample and indicate that permission was given on the writing
sample. If you have questions about your writing sample, you should schedule a consultation at
Georgetown Law’s Writing Center.
Many students use writing samples prepared for the Legal Research and Writing class. If
you believe your written work from this class is not an accurate reflection of your writing ability
and have no other written legal work to submit, consider taking a paper from your Legal
Research and Writing class to the Writing Center to work on improving it. If you wrote
something at your previous summer job or in another position that you would like to use as your
writing sample, be sure to get permission from your employer before using it. You will probably
have to redact names and other identifying information in the document. Regardless of the
source of your writing sample, it should be something that shows your ability to research and
write about legal issues. It should not contain any typographical or grammatical errors. The
sample you submit should demonstrate both your competence and your care as a legal writer.
D. Effect of Extracurricular Activities on Employment Opportunities
Employers often value extracurricular activities such as moot court, involvement in
student groups, and law journal. As with legal experience, the degree to which they value such
activities varies greatly by employer. You should discuss with your OCS or OPICS advisor the
importance placed on each of these activities by employers in whom you are interested.
Part-time students often wonder particularly about the importance of law journal
membership. Some employers value such membership highly and journal membership may be
particularly important for those who seek certain judicial clerkships. Other employers give it
little weight. If you are not on a law journal, some employers may ask why; be prepared to give
an explanation and discuss other ways you have developed your writing skills (e.g., publishing
an article, being a law fellow, entering a writing competition, taking numerous writing seminars).
VII. FINANCIAL AID
A. Financial Aid Guidebook
The Financial Aid Guidebook is a comprehensive guide to Georgetown Law’s financial
aid policies. The Guidebook also describes aid application procedures, provides tools for
financial management, and explains federal and institutional aid requirements. The Guidebook is
available online at www.law.georgetown.edu/finaid. Remember, you must apply for aid every
year (including a renewal FAFSA, online Georgetown Law Application, and applicable loan
B. Aid for Summer School
A large percentage of students enrolled in summer school are part-time students. Thus
the financial aid policies that affect summer study are of particular interest to part-time students.
Keep these details in mind:
Federal Regulations dictate that federal funds for summer study are available only to
students taking three or more credits. Thus, if you take a two-credit summer seminar
or course, you will have to borrow from the few private lenders that lend to students
enrolled less than half-time. (All of the commonly available commercial loans
require half-time enrollment.)
If you are thinking about applying for loans to cover the costs of summer school,
contact the Financial Aid Office in early March for details and deadlines.
C. Federal Work-Study Program
Part-time students may be eligible for Federal Work-Study funds. However, the
maximum number of hours a student can work during the academic year is 15 per week unless
approved for a higher amount by the Associate Dean for Research. Thus work-study income will
not replace income you may have earned from a regular job. Part-time students can work up to
40 hours per week on campus during the summer. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more
D. Money Saving Tips
1. Only Borrow What You Need To Meet School-Related Expenses
Most part-time students, even those who are working, can qualify for loans in excess of
tuition and books. Because these loans are readily available, part-time students sometimes use
them to enhance their lifestyles and provide more “creature comforts” while in school. Using
historical commercial loan interest rates, every $1 borrowed will cost over $2 in repayment.
Don’t borrow just because it’s available.
Financial aid counselors are available to review your borrowing and general spending
plans for four years so you know what your overall debt and repayment is likely to be. This way,
you will avoid being surprised by your loan debt at graduation.
2. Bargain Books
Shop around for the best price on new and used texts and consider selling your books
back at the end of the semester. Purchasing new and used books online has become more
prevalent and can save you a significant sum, but make sure that you plan for the delivery time
required. Most practicing attorneys will tell you that they did not use their casebooks to prepare
for the bar or in their practice.
The bookstore buys back used books on an ongoing basis. This works much like it did in
undergraduate school. You get the most money for books that a faculty member has committed
to using the following semester. Thus, if you think the book is a relatively new edition and yet
no faculty member has ordered it for the following semester yet, it may be to your benefit to hold
onto it and try again the following semester. In addition, student-initiated book exchanges have
occurred in prior years, so watch for information regarding this possibility.
3. Take Advantage of Student Discounts
Don’t forget that you are once again a student. Your student ID can save you money at
the movies, hair salons, when you purchase computer hardware and software, and many other
places. Student Advantage, available with your GOCard, provides pre-negotiated discounts with
companies such as Amtrak, National Car Rental and drugstore.com. If you use your GOCard to
purchase food or beverage items in any of our three food service areas then your purchase is tax
free – a 10% discount. In addition, Student Bar Association membership also includes some
valuable savings opportunities.
VIII. BAR EXAMINATIONS
Georgetown Law’s Ethics Counsel, Professor Michael Frisch, produces a booklet entitled
What You Need to Know about the Bar Admissions Process. This booklet is available online
(http://www.law.georgetown.edu/registrar/bar.html) and in the Office of the Registrar. A video
presentation on the bar admission process facilitated by Professor Frisch is also available online
on the Registrar’s web page at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/registrar/. The video provides
comprehensive information about how to access what you need to know for bar admission. The
best source of current information about bar admissions and requirements is the Web site of the
National Conference of Bar Examiners: www.ncbex.org. In addition, Professor Frisch is
available to assist students on an individual and confidential basis with questions relating to the
bar admission process.
A. Registering for the Bar
Certain state Bars have lower fees for students who register during the first year of law
school. In general, there is usually a financial penalty for failing to register as a student by a
particular states deadline. It is your responsibility to check with the pertinent state Bar to
ensure you meet all of its requirements and deadlines. Georgetown Law cannot advise as
to the requirements and applicable deadlines of each state’s bar and bar admissions
criteria. You should check the requirements early in your law school career of all the state
Bars to which you may apply (see National Conference of Bar Examiners Web site at
Most states require the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) in addition
to their state bar exam. Students typically take this exam during their final year of law school
and after they have taken a course in Professional Responsibility. The exam is usually given in
March, August, and November. Applications can be found online at www.ncbex.org.
C. Registering for a Bar Review Course
There are several benefits to registering for a bar review course well before you graduate
and sit for the bar exam. For instance, Bar/Bri, one of the largest Bar Review companies locks in
your tuition rate for your Bar Review Course when you put down a deposit. Once registered,
Bar/Bri provides outlines and review lectures for some law school courses. If you are unsure
which bar exam you will ultimately take, pick one, and the deposit and the “tuition lock” can be
applied towards the tuition of any bar review course you ultimately take. Bar/Bri representatives
are on campus often. You can find them outside the Chapel on the first floor of McDonough
Hall. NOTE: Many law firms pay tuition for bar review courses for newly hired associates.
IX. SURVIVAL TIPS
The Georgetown One Card (GOCard) is the official identification card of Georgetown
Law. All students, faculty, and staff affiliated with Georgetown Law need to carry the GOCard
for identification as well as for accessing buildings on campus. In addition, it can be used to pay
for your campus purchases and it allows you to take advantage of the D.C. law exempting
students from the 10% prepared food tax at on-campus food service facilities. You can use it to
purchase items in the bookstore and in vending machines, and use it to purchase your locker,
course materials, event tickets, photocopying, and parking tickets as well as purchases at several
off-campus merchants (see Web site for current list).
If your GOCard is lost or stolen, it should be deactivated as soon as possible. You can
deactivate your GOCard online at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/gocard, or you may report the
lost or stolen card at the GOCard Satellite Office in 101A McDonough Hall or by calling (202)
662-9915. To receive a replacement card, you will need to go to the Satellite Office.
Replacement cards cost $25.
There are three ways to add money to the GOCard. The Satellite Office accepts deposits
of cash, checks and credit cards. The Deposit Stations can be used to add cash to your debit
account, and there are five located around campus. There is one station on the first floor of
McDonough Hall, first floor of Gewirz, second floor of the Sport and Fitness Center Building,
3rd floor Wolff Library and the 3rd floor station in the E.B. Williams Law Library. Finally, credit
card deposits can be made directly to your account through the Web site,
B. Getting To and From Georgetown Law
Georgetown Law has very limited on-campus parking. Daily student spaces are on the P2
level of McDonough garage. The garage is entered from the corner of 1st and F Street. Student
spaces are often full by 9:00 AM with modest relief after 5:00 p.m. when students can park in the
staff areas on P1 as well. Parking in the garage is free weekdays after 6:00 p.m. and all-day on
the weekends by using your GOCard. You must obtain special permission to leave your car
Students pay for their daily parking through their GOCard account. When you arrive at
the parking booth, have your GOCard easily accessible and out of any protective badge holder,
wallet, case, purse, book bag, etc. Swipe your GOCard (with the magnetic strip to the right) on
the DAILY card reader by the parking booth and the gate arm will lift up once payment has been
All student vehicles parking in the garage must be registered with the parking office and
have Georgetown Law-issued hangtags visible at all times. This will avoid any unnecessary
tickets. Students may register their vehicle and receive their hang tag during Orientation and
Registration at the Parking and Locker registration desk in the Hart Lobby, August 23-
September 10, 2010. Check the Orientation schedule for dates and times.
Students may also park at meters on the streets surrounding Georgetown Law. Be sure to
pay the meter. Enforcement officers ticket heavily in the area surrounding Georgetown Law
right up until 6:30 p.m. after which you don’t have to pay the meter.
2. Metro/Shuttle Bus
Many part-time students travel to and from Georgetown Law by Metro. Georgetown
Law is between the Judiciary Square and Union Station stops on the Red Line. You should not
walk to the Metro alone after class. Arrange to walk to the Metro with classmates.
Alternatively, Georgetown Law runs a free daily shuttle to and from Union Station and
Capitol Hill/NE D.C. in the evenings between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. (with the
exception of a 30 minute driver break from 9:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.), is the safest and best way to
travel to and from Union Station and Capitol Hill/NE D.C., especially at night. On weeknights,
the shuttle leaves from the McDonough Hall 2nd Street driveway at 9:10 p.m. and 10:10 p.m. to
accommodate students getting out of evening classes. At other times, the shuttle bus departs
from the McDonough Hall 2nd Street driveway every 30 minutes and picks-up and drops-off
passengers at the following locations:
Union Station, near the stop sign on Columbus Circle, near the escalators leading to
the Metro station, and makes drop-offs before returning to Georgetown Law at:
Third and F Streets, NE (in front of Martin’s Mini-Market);
The corner of Sixth and F Streets, NE, and;
Sixth Street and Maryland Avenue, NE (across from the Imani Temple).
Union Station shuttle schedules are available at the 2nd Street Security Desk in
McDonough Hall and on the bus.
During hours of darkness, DPS officers are happy to escort members of Georgetown Law
community to any area(s) on campus, to their cars parked in the immediate vicinity of the
campus, and to the taxi stand located in front of the Washington Court Hotel. Simply call the
DPS Command Center at (202) 662-9325 or make your request known to the officer at the DPS
2nd Street Security Desk, McDonough Hall ((202) 662-5079). An officer on patrol will be
summoned to your location to provide the requested escort.
Bike racks are located on the Quad between the Library and McDonough Hall, as well as
in the Tower Green between McDonough Hall and the Sport and Fitness Center Building.
Students may also register their bikes with Campus Security and gain access to a secure bike
cage in the parking garage below Gewirz. Bikes should be well secured with a “U” lock, and
quick release wheels and seats should be removed or locked to the frame.
C. Food Services
1. Market Café
Bon Appetit Management Company operates the food services program at Georgetown
Law. The Market Café is located on the first floor of McDonough Hall. It features a variety of
menu selections, including hot entrees, pizza, a full salad selection, grab-and-go, sandwiches and
salads, a deli bar, sushi, and a full grill. A variety of beverages are offered, including gourmet-
flavored coffees and an assortment of bottled beverages and juices. Hours of operation are
posted at the entrance to the Café. Online menu posted weekly:
Students who use the GOCard for purchases at on campus dining facilities will be exempt
from the 10% prepared food tax. For more details on how to deposit money to your GOCard
debit account, please visit the GOCard Web page at www.law.georgetown.edu/gocard.
2. Courtside Café
Bon Appetit manages a satellite food service operation in the Georgetown Law Sport and
Fitness Center. Courtside Café features a small servery complimented by a bar. A variety of
food offerings include deli sandwiches, pizza and a variety of grill items. Assorted beverages
include a variety of coffee bar offerings and an assortment of bottled beverages and juices. Beer
and wine are served after 5:00 p.m.
3. Peets Coffee & Tea
Just outside of the Market Café in McDonough Hall is an espresso bar featuring
cappuccinos, mochas, coffees, teas, pastry items and more.
The catering office provides a variety of services at Georgetown Law, from coffee breaks
to formal dinners. Contact the Catering Director, at (202) 662-9046, to place a catering order or
stop by the food service office (located in the main dining area in McDonough Hall) to discuss
catering needs. Student pricing is available on select items. For more information, please visit
The vending service is open 24 hours and offers beverage, cold food, and snack machines
in several locations: the Market Café seating area, in the kitchen next to the Faculty Lounge on
the fifth floor of McDonough Hall, on the first floor of the E.B. Williams Law Library, and in the
TV lounge located in the Gewirz Student Center. Additional vending is located in the Sport and
Fitness Center Building, on the third & fourth floors and in the Hotung International Building on
the first and sixth floors.
D. Sport & Fitness Center
This 84,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility features a lap pool, fitness area with
cardiovascular and strength training equipment, 8,400 square feet of multi-purpose court space
for basketball and volleyball, two group exercise studios, and a spinning studio, two racquet ball
courts, massage rooms, and locker rooms with whirlpools. A variety of programs and classes are
offered as well as personal training and massage packages. Group exercise classes and day use
lockers in the fitness center are included with your student membership, but long-term locker
rentals (inside the facility), specialty classes, personal training, and massages are available at an
extra charge. Student spouse memberships are also available for purchase by semester. You
must complete a membership agreement before using the facility. Visit
www.law.georgetown.edu/fitness for additional information, including hours of operation,
programs and services offered and membership eligibility.
Students will be able to obtain a locker in either McDonough Hall or the
Hotung/Fitness* building. *These new, large lockers are not in the Fitness Center, but are just
outside the locker rooms on the 1st floor, north corridor.
Locker Registration is held Monday through Friday in the Hart Auditorium Lobby,
August 23 - September 10, 2010. Students who pre-registered for a locker in May 2010, will
also pick-up their locker assignment, key or combination in the Hart Auditorium Lobby as well.
There are limited lockers available for year-long rental at the Sport and Fitness Center.
Students who would like to obtain a locker at the fitness center can do so by going to the front
desk as early on in the semester as possible. These lockers are assigned very quickly so don’t
delay. If you miss out, there are other lockers available for daily use inside the locker rooms.
With these daily lockers be sure to remove all your items before the fitness center closes – the
Center will cut locks on any daily use locker that are left overnight, and the cost of the lock will
not be reimbursed.
GEORGETOWN LAW OFFICE HOURS
Hours may vary when classes are not in session.
Bookstore Career Services, Room 328
(202) 662-9458 Assistant Dean Gihan Fernando
Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Mon/Wed/Thu 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Tuesday 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Saturday 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Note: Bookstore hours are typically extended one
hour daily during the first two weeks of class.
Summer hours are abbreviated.
Clinical Programs, Room 352 Office of the Dean of Students(ODOS),
Assistant Dean Nancy Cantalupo Room 210
(202) 626-9100 Dean of Students Mitchell Bailin
Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Other times by appointment
Financial Aid, Room 335 Gewirz Front Desk
(202) 662-9210 (202) 662-9290
(off campus housing information available here.)
Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
Other times by appointment. Weekends 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
J.D. Academic Services, Room 352 Office of Public Interest
Assistant Dean Nancy Cantalupo (202) 662-9100 and Community Service, Room 212
Assistant Dean Sally McCarthy (202) 662-9041 Assistant Dean Barbara Moulton
Assistant Dean Kim Owen (202) 662-9041 (202) 662-9655
Director, Sarah Hulsey (202) 662-9041
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Mon/Wed/Thu/Fri 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Registrar, Room 315 Satellite GoCard Office, Room 101A
Registrar Denise Sangster (202) 662-9915
Monday 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Tuesday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Friday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
and 5:00 -6:00 p.m.
Sport and Fitness Center Student Accounts, Room 581
(202) 662-9294 (202) 662-9057
Monday-Thursday 6:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Friday 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Student Life, Room 171 Technology Reference Desk, EBW Library
Director of Student Life Dana Onorato Room 304
(202) 662-9292 (202) 662-9284
Monday-Tuesday 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Wednesday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
FIRST YEAR PART-TIME PROGRAM TIMELINE
The following schedule is for the Fall 2010 semester only. A Spring 2011 timeline of
important events will be distributed early in the spring semester to all first year students. You
will want to integrate the due dates from your Legal Research and Writing Syllabus into this
overview. You should also consult the job search timetable in the Career Planning Manual on
the OCS website.
1E: FALL 2010
Mid September Continuing Academic Orientation Program, 8:00-9:00 p.m.: Understanding
the Law School Classroom: Preparation, Note Taking, and Class Participation
Early October Continuing Academic Orientation Program, 3:30-5:00 p.m.: First Monday in
October: A Preview of the Supreme Court’s Upcoming Term
Mid October Continuing Academic Orientation Program, 8:00-9:00 p.m.: Outlining First
OCS and OPICS Orientations by Section – Dates and Times TBD
Career Orientation Program, 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.: World Of Choices:
Forum on Careers in the Law (This program will take place on a Saturday.)
End of October Some state bars have reduced registration fees for students who register
within the first 60 or 90 days of their program.
Early November Apply for Spring Financial Aid if you did not apply previously for the
Orientation Program, 8:00-9:00 p.m.: Preparing for and Taking Law School
November TBD LRW in-class exam; students pick up take-home exam.
November TBD LRW take home exam DUE.
Thanksgiving This is a crucial study time. Exams start a week to 10 days after
December 7 Contracts Exam
December 13 Constitutional Law I Exam
GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY LAW CENTER
POLICY FOR AUDIO-RECORDING OF CLASSES
ADOPTED BY THE FACULTY, APRIL 25, 2008
A. STANDARDS FOR STUDENTS
1. Recording by Students: Consistent with our mission of training lawyers who act with the
highest standards of honesty, integrity and trustworthiness, and with respect for the legitimate
interests of others, students are not permitted to record a class themselves by any means without
prior express authorization of the faculty member. Violation of this rule may be deemed a
violation of the Student Disciplinary Code.
2. Recording by Georgetown Law: Georgetown Law will record classes and make those
recordings available to students only under the following circumstances and only if permitted by
the faculty member:
a. Recording by Georgetown Law for Individual Students: All students are expected to
attend class regularly and to miss class only in exceptional circumstances. Therefore,
Georgetown Law will record classes for individual students only for the reasons set forth
below and only with the approval of the appropriate Georgetown Law administrator.
Recording for individual students will be authorized only in the following situations:
(1) serious medical situation or family emergency;
(2) religious observance;
(3) to provide reasonable accommodation for a student with a disability, after
consultation with the Coordinator of Disability Services;1
(4) sanctioned participation in a Georgetown Law approved moot court event held out of
(5) appearance in court in connection with a clinic in which the student is enrolled;
(6) rescheduled class;
(7) other comparably urgent reasons, and not including job interviews, vacation plans,
minor illness, or work conflicts.
Students submit requests for the audio-recording of classes through the online request
form located at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/ist/ (click on the link then select Audio
Recording of Classes on the left). These requests are directed to the office of J.D.
Academic Services or LL.M. Academic Services, as the case may be. Recording that is
1. Notwithstanding the Standards for Faculty set forth in the next section, the Law Center will audio-record even
without faculty permission, with prior notice to the faculty member, where audio-recording is required by law as a
reasonable accommodation for those with disabilities. Due to concerns about client confidentiality and attorney-
client privilege, the recording of clinical classes will be handled slightly differently. Clinic classes will be recorded
through the use of either video tape or MP3 technology in the classroom, rather than through a centralized computer
recording system. Clinical faculty will handle the distribution of any recordings to students and will supervise the
storage and “shredding” of any recordings containing privileged information.
done pursuant to an approved request of an individual student will be made available only
to that student in streaming audio format. Students who receive or are provided access to
a Georgetown Law recording of a class under this section are prohibited from
downloading2 the recording to a computer or other electronic device, or distributing the
recording or any portion thereof to anyone.
b. Recording by Georgetown Law for the Entire Class: On occasion, Georgetown Law
will record a class or classes and make the recording available to all students enrolled in that
class. Such recording may be done at the request of an appropriate Georgetown Law
administrator on occasions when severe weather or similar conditions make it difficult for
large numbers of students safely to come to Georgetown Law. Such recording may also be
done at the request of the faculty. When classes are recorded under this provision, the
recording will be made available to all students enrolled in the course in streaming audio
format, but students are prohibited from downloading the recording to a computer or other
electronic device, or distributing the recording or any portion thereof.
3. Distribution of Recordings Made by Students—Permission, Downloading and
Distribution: If a student receives permission from a member of the faculty to record a class
using equipment not provided by the law school, downloading such a recording to a computer or
other electronic device, distributing such a recording to any other person or using the recording
for any purpose other than the student’s own education is not allowed without express
permission of the relevant member of the faculty. Unauthorized downloading or distribution of
all or any portion of a permitted recording may be deemed a violation of the Student Disciplinary
4. Retention of Recordings Made by Georgetown Law: The default rule is that class
recordings made by the institution are only available to authorized students for 28 days after the
date of the original recording. Recording will be retained for longer periods:
a. if a faculty member requests that a recording or recordings not be destroyed for some
period of time; or
b. if the original circumstance for recording the class continues to exist AND the student asks
the appropriate administrator at least three days before the recording would normally be
destroyed to retain the recording. Retention under this provision may be allowed for no more
than 14 additional days.
5. Recordings Authorized by a Member of the Faculty: Nothing in this policy bars a member
of the faculty from authorizing any of her or his classes to be recorded either by students or by
Georgetown Law, streamed to students, downloaded or distributed. If a member of the faculty
authorizes any such actions, she or he may impose restrictions on the classes to be recorded, the
students given access to the recordings, the extent of downloading and distribution allowed and
the length of time the recordings will be retained. In the absence of any express limitation
imposed by a member of the faculty, no recording of a class may ever be made available to any
person not registered in the course.
2. Throughout this policy, “downloading” means “receiving and saving” the recording instead of receiving the
recording via audio format for the purposes of listening.
Caveats: Recording may be limited by available technology or demand, by equipment failure or
human error; this policy is not a guarantee of successful recording. Recordings will be provided
or made available under the circumstances, in the manner and for the time period to be specified
by Georgetown Law.
B. STANDARDS FOR FACULTY
1. Default Rule for Recordings Made by Georgetown Law: This policy limits unauthorized
student recording, downloading and distribution of class recordings. Under the policy, IST will
audio record a class when authorized and students will be provided with a recording of a class
session(s) in streaming audio format only under certain limited circumstances. The policy is an
“OPT-IN” system for faculty. That is, classes are recorded by Georgetown Law and the
recording is released to a student only with the affirmative agreement of the relevant member of
the faculty. In the absence of a statement allowing recording of classes, the default position is
that classes will not be recorded.3
2. Online Implementation: Unless a member of the faculty has requested that a class or a series
of classes be recorded, the policy for institutional recording of classes at the request of a student
will be implemented online. As noted above, students go online to request that a particular class
be recorded. If permission is granted the student is notified and given authority to access a
Similarly every member of the faculty will be asked to fill out a recording preference form online
each semester. The online faculty preference form will contain these options:
1. All the class meetings of your course(s) will be recorded, but Georgetown Law will only
approve the release of a recording(s) to enrolled students meeting one of the limited
circumstances set forth in the Recording Policy for Students (e.g., serious medical situation,
religious observance or family emergency).
2. Georgetown Law will only record class meetings of your course(s) in response to a student
request which Georgetown Law has determined meets one of the limited circumstances set
forth in the Recording Policy for Students.
3. All the class meetings of your course(s) will be recorded and your students will have
access without needing to seek approval from Georgetown Law.
4. No class recordings will be made, except for those class meetings that conflict with a
3. Notwithstanding the Standards for Faculty set forth in this section, the Law Center will audio-record even
without faculty permission, with prior notice to the faculty member, where audio-recording is required by law as a
reasonable accommodation for those with disabilities. As noted above, due to concerns about client confidentiality
and attorney-client privilege, the recording of clinical classes will be handled slightly differently. Clinic classes will
be recorded through the use of either video tape or MP3 technology in the classroom, rather than through a
centralized computer recording system. Clinical faculty will handle the distribution of any recordings to students
and will supervise the storage and “shredding” of any recordings containing privileged information.
5. NO class recordings will be made for any reason. No recordings will be made for classes
that conflict with a religious observance or for any of the other reasons for which students
may request access under this policy.
3. Recording at Request of or With the Permission of a Member of the Faculty: Nothing in
this policy bars a member of the faculty from authorizing any of her or his classes to be recorded
by either students or Georgetown Law, provided to students in streaming audio format,
downloaded or distributed in accordance with paragraph 5 of the student policy described above.