Welcoming students and faculty of all faiths since its inception in 1897, The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law enters its 116th year of commitment to excellence in legal education.
With total enrollment in the range of 500-600 students, the law school is an academy composed of collegial and compassionate students, a supportive and academically distinguished faculty, and an accomplished and well-connected body of alumni who stand ready to help today’s students reach their goals.
Our students excel individually and collectively. They earn fellowships, externships, and scholarships; some have published in law journals. Our moot court and trials teams win accolades in competitions around the nation and the world.
The faculty-student ratio is small. Professors go the extra mile to assist students with recommendations and in making professional connections. Our full time and adjunct faculty members are professors, scholars, researchers, practitioners, and legal commentators of the first order. Some remain active in the courtroom. Others have authored benchmark texts in subjects such as torts and securities law. They present at conferences and on panels around the world.
The law school offers a remarkable range of courses responsive to the demand in today’s legal market for practitioners who can effectively serve as both generalists and specialists. Its comprehensive first-year curriculum covers all foundational areas of legal theory and practice, but is also highly customizable by upper division students who desire, through the pursuit either of practice-area concentrations or four Institute certification opportunities, to graduate with enhanced expertise in their chosen area of legal study.
The opportunities for clinical legal education at The Columbus School of Law are rich and varied, informed by the truth of the ancient maxim: I do and I understand. The law school has recently added four additional clinical opportunities for students: the Immigration Litigation Clinic, the Criminal Prosecution Clinic, the Virginia Criminal Defense Clinic, and the Ehrlich-CUA Law Clemency Clinic. The law school is the acknowledged pioneer in clinical legal instruction in Washington, D.C. The school’s Columbus Community Legal Services translates faith into action by meeting the needs of the elderly, the oppressed, and the least advantaged with dedication and compassion.
The law school takes full advantage of its strategic location just minutes from the U.S. Capitol and the Supreme Court, enlivening the law school experience with presentations by national and international decision makers who also frequently contribute to the ranks of its adjunct faculty and distinguished lecturers.
Our state-of-the-art building is located just minutes from the heart of Washington, D.C., the nation’s legal epicenter and the best city in America for the study of law. Completed in 1994, the law building is built around a magnificent atrium and offers 170,000 square feet of space.
The Columbus School of Law derives its name from a 1954 merger with the former law school of supported by the Roman Catholic fraternal organization, the Knights of Columbus. The law school has been accredited by the Association of American Law Schools since 1921 and the American Bar Association since 1925.