With more than 115 full-time faculty, Georgetown is able to offer the most comprehensive legal curriculum in the nation: more than 400 courses and seminars, in disciplines ranging from constitutional law to intellectual property to international and comparative law.
Small Class Settings
One of the benefits of Georgetown's sweeping curriculum and large faculty is that students have many opportunities to take small classes, permitting them to work closely with distinguished faculty members. All first-year students have a small section class of about 33 students, and an even smaller Legal Research and Writing seminar of about 25 students. In their upperclass years, students may choose each term from over 100 small seminars, most of which enroll 20 or fewer students. Many students also choose to pursue individual research and writing projects under the direct supervision of a faculty member.
An Innovative First-Year Curriculum
Unlike many other law schools, Georgetown offers first-year students welcome choices in their course of study. The first option, Curriculum "A," provides a thorough grounding in the foundational subjects — civil procedure, contracts, constitutional law, constitutional criminal procedure, property and torts — while enabling students in the spring semester to select from a diverse menu of six to seven elective courses drawn from two major areas of law: the legislative/administrative and international/comparative. The second option, Curriculum "B," covers the traditional subjects offered in Curriculum "A," but takes an interdisciplinary approach, placing emphasis on the public nature of law and the sources of law in economics, philosophy and other social sciences.
All first-year students have the opportunity to request a seat in the optional one-week, 1-credit course "First-Year Week One Simulations," which meets in January. In these Week One courses, students engage in scenarios that have been developed by Georgetown Law faculty to mirror situations that lawyers face in the real world, allowing students to practice critical legal skills such as conflict resolution, trial skills, interviewing, client counseling, legal document drafting, strategic planning, problem solving, teambuilding, stress management, presentation skills, professionalism, and emotional intelligence. Simulation courses are structured to permit for mistakes and provide opportunities for immediate feedback and reflection, giving students the supportive space to hone these legal skills before they need to rely on them in practice. For first-year students, the Week One courses are not only an introduction to experiential learning and the Law Center’s experiential education programming, but a first-hand view into lawyering competencies and law in practice.