Catholic Law School

The Columbus School of Law is the law school of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1897. Today the school is home to hundreds of students from across the nation and from all walks of life. Its name comes from ties to The Knights of Columbus. Its location in the Nation's Capital provides students with academic and career advantages. The law school's ranking rose in 2008, placing it in the top 100 law schools. Professor Veryl Miles was elevated to dean of the law school in August 2005. The school also enjoys an exclusive exchange program with Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact Website (Website) http://www.law.edu
Admissions Dean (Admissions Dean) admissions@law.edu
Location (Location) Washington, DC
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Quick Facts

Founded : 1897
ABA Accredited : Yes
AALS Member : Yes

Rankings

US News Week : 107
Vault Top 25 : N/A
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Median LSAT : 157
Median GPA : 3.31
Acceptance Rate : 36%


Catholic Law School Admissions

Catholic Law School is considered a Competitive law school, which accepts only 36% of its applicants. Comparatively, Catholic is Higher than the average cost for law school.

  Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2018 2637 948 (35.95%) 141 (5.3%)
  25% Median 75%
GPA 3.06 3.31 3.52
LSAT 153 157 159

Tuition And Financial AID

  In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $43,245 $43,245
Part Time $32,920 $32,920
Living Expenses  
Living on-campus: $25,748
Living off-campus: $25,748
Living at home: $25,748

Important Dates

Early Decision 1 : N/A
Early Decision 2 : N/A
Regular Decision : 03/16
Application Fee : N/A

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Catholic Law School Community

Catholic Law School is considered to have a Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Below Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Catholic is Above Average.

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FACULTY STATISTICS

  • Full Time : 49
  • Part Time : 60

FACULTY

  • # Female Faculty : 23
  • # Minority Faculty : 7

RATIO

10.9 Students

1 Faculty

HOUSING OPTIONS

  • On Campus Housing : No
  • Graduate Housing : No
  • Law Specific Housing : No

Catholic Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Catholic University of America 1L section size is 35% smaller than law schools in Washington DC and 24% smaller than all Private law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Catholic Law School: 54
Washington DC Average: 73
Private School Average: 67
  • Positions Available in Advanced Courses
  • Simulation Courses : 474
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics : 149
  • Students Involved in Advanced Activities
  • Field Placements : 178
  • Law Journals : 190
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials : 22

Attrition Rates

  • First Year : 28.4%
  • Second Year : 3.0%
  • Third Year : 0.0%
  • Fourth Year : 0.0%

Catholic Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Catholic University of America class of 2013 had an employment rate of 81% with 1% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2013, 78.2%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

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Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 26.0%
  • Business: 31.0%
  • Government: 23.0%
  • Public Interest: 5.0%
  • Academia: 3.0%
  • District Of Columbia: 45%
  • Virginia: 23%
  • Maryland: 17%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 78.2%
  • First Time Takers: 262
  • Average School: 79.0%
  • Average State: 81.0%
  • Pass Difference: -2.0%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Maryland : 80.8%
  • Passed : 83 of 107 (77.6%)
  • State Average : 81.0%
  • Difference : -3.2%
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