J.D. Program

Your chance to make a difference

Imagine earning your Juris Doctor (J.D.) a short walk from the U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court and the countless global firms, think tanks and NGOs that call Washington home. At Georgetown Law, your study of the law will include seeing it in action at the nation’s highest levels. Our J.D. students are prepared to excel in fields touching on all aspects of domestic and international law — opening a future of limitless opportunities in public service and private practice.

Pursue your interest in any career path you already envision, or let us help you discover your passion. After completing your first-year J.D. requirements, you can choose from some 500 courses each year. Your second and third years will also be distinguished by experiential learning — through our prolific clinics, unique externships, and cutting-edge practicum and simulation courses.

At the center of legal debate in D.C.

Our campus is a bustling hub of legal debate and scholarship, where on any given day you may find world leaders and the nation’s top legal authorities giving talks and exchanging views at timely conferences and events.

As a Georgetown Law student, you’ll experience the law first-hand — whether assisting in the drafting of actual legislation, helping a professor prepare oral arguments for a Supreme Court hearing or guiding clients through real legal challenges — all while earning a degree respected around the world.

Program Options

Full-Time Program

The full-time program is six semesters (three academic years). After setting aside credits for the required courses, you will have a large number of elective credits to build your portfolio.

Evening Program

The evening program is designed to allow students the flexibility to complete a J.D. in four, three-and-a-half, or three academic years.

Joint & Dual Degree Programs

Students may combine their J.D. with an LL.M.; a degree in business, public health, public policy, government, philosophy; or one of many offered by the School of Foreign Service.