The Catholic University of America

The Columbus School of Law - American Law Program


The Catholic University of America

The Catholic University of America was founded in the name of the Catholic Church in the United States by Pope Leo XIII and the U.S. bishops as a national institution of learning. Founded as a graduate institution, the University has expanded its mission to also provide undergraduate and professional education in service to the Roman Catholic Church, the Catholic community of the United States, and the nation. The University's Columbus School of Law celebrated its hundredth anniversary. The law school reflects well the University's mission by providing the highest quality legal education with a pervasive emphasis on the ethical aspirations of the profession. The University's commitment to research and scholarship as essential foundations for professional education, as well as traditionally academic graduate studies, is also embodied in the law school faculty.

As a uniquely Catholic and American institution of legal education located in the U.S. capital, the Columbus School of Law has developed a strong international program. The Comparative and International Law Institute provides students with a certificate attesting to their successful completion of several courses and externships related to international law. A summer program has been offered by the school to American and Polish law students in Cracow since 1991. Many members of the faculty, including several Fulbright scholars, have conducted research or taught at foreign universities and produced significant scholarship on international topics. The American Law Program with the Jagiellonian University reflects a reaffirmation and deepening of CUA's international commitment.