Catholic Law School

General Info

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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.

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Catholic Law School Admissions

Catholic Law School is considered a Somewhat Competitive law school, which accepts only 56% of its applicants. Comparatively, Catholic is Significantly Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2027 1284 709 (55.22%) 127 (9.9%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 2.93 3.28 3.45
LSAT 150 153 156

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $46,815 $46,815
Part Time $35,655 $35,655

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $19,424
  • Living off-campus: $23,814
  • Living at home: $10,530

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: 12/01
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: N/A
  • 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 Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Catholic is Above Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 35
  • Part Time: 51


  • # Female Faculty: 31
  • # Minority Faculty: 8


12.0 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 Law School 1L section size is 34% smaller than law schools in Washington DC and 15% smaller than all PRIVATE law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Catholic Law School: 127
Washington DC Average: 170
PRIVATE School Average: 146

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 353
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 152

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 120
  • Law Journals: 128
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 17.9%
  • Second Year: 4.6%
  • Third Year: 0.0%
  • Fourth Year: 4.4%

Catholic Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Catholic Law School class of 2022 had an employment rate of 86% with 1% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2022, 85.1%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 19.0%
  • Business: 25.0%
  • Government: 35.0%
  • Public Interest: 9.0%
  • Academia: 1.0%
  • District of Columbia: 39%
  • Virginia: 25%
  • Maryland: 16%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 85.1%
  • First Time Takers: 175
  • Average School: 71.1%
  • Average State: 75.8%
  • Pass Difference: -4.6%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Maryland: 76.5%
  • Passed: 62 of 89 (69.7%)
  • State Average: 75.8%
  • Difference: -6.8%