The Catholic University of America
Admitted Students

Welcome and Congratulations on your acceptance to CUA Law!

We look forward to you joining us in Washington, D.C.

As an Admitted Student to CUA Law you are now part of a supportive community of students, faculty, alumni, and staff who want to see you succeed and challenge you to grow both academically and personally. 

Below is some information that will be helpful as you prepare for law school. Congratulaions again on your acceptance and we look forward to seeing you at the CUA Law Orientation.


Admitted Student Events

The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (CUA Law) will be hosting several Admitted Student events.

  • Washington, D.C., on Thursday, February 1: Join our Dechert CUA Law alumni hosts and their featured guests, Professor David A. Lipton and Carl B. Wilkerson, '78, Vice President and Chief Counsel for the American Council of Life Insurers, Securities and Litigation, for a conversation on evolving DOL, SEC and state insurance law standards governing financial advisors in retail recommendations. 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Dechert LLP. LOCATION: Dechert LLP, 1900 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006.
  • Baltimore, Maryland, on Thursday, February 22 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Venable LLP located near the Baltimore's Inner Harbor. LOCATION: Venable LLP, 750 E Pratt Street, Suite 900, Baltimore, MD 21202.
  • Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, February 27: Join the CUA Law community and Professor Cara Drinan for a discussion on juvenile justice reform. Professor Drinan will discuss her book on juvenile justice reform, The War on Kids: How American Juvenile Justice Lost Its Way. The reception will begin at 6 pm with remarks at 6:45 pm. LOCATION: The Westin Georgetown, 2350 M Street, NW, Washington, DC.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, March 1, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ballard Spahr LLP. LOCATION: Ballard Spahr LLP, 1735 Market Street, 51st Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
  • Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, March 6: This event is geared towards students interested in the Part-time/Evening program at CUA Law. This event will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP and will feature students, alumni, and faculty who are part of the Law School's Part-time/Evening program. LOCATION: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP, 1333 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036.

Click here to Register for the events listed above. 

March 24, 2018 will be CUA Law's Admitted Student Day. This event is a great way for admitted students to meet current students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as meet other students who will be starting in August 2018.  



Making a Deposit

Cardinal Students is the name of the CUA student-services portal, through which you may accomplish many tasks including making a tuition deposit your first year, working with your financial aid package, registering for classes (2nd Year), and checking your student account, just to name a few. Click here to learn more.


Registering for First Semester Classes and Faculty

Incoming first year students will be assigned to class sections and registered for classes automatically. Incoming first-year students need not register for classes. To learn more about our faculty visit:


Survival Guide for New Students

The Judge Kathryn J. DuFour Law Library welcomes our incoming J.D., M.L.S., and L.LM students! The library has created a guide for incoming students to help orient you to the library and its services. This guide includes information about getting ready for class, getting online, and getting the most out of the library resources during your first few days and weeks in law school. Click here to view the guide.


First Year Curriculum

Day Division

In the first semester, first-year full-time day students take 15 credits of required classes. Classes typically meet Monday through Thursday between 9:00 a.m. and 3:10 p.m. and Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. Students should also be prepared to attend programs on certain Friday afternoons.

In the spring semester Day Division students take 15 credits of required courses.

Evening Division

In the first semester, Evening Division students must take a minimum of 10 credits ion both Fall and Spring semesters. Classes begin at 6:15 p.m. and go no later than 8:35 p.m.


Section Assignments

Section assignments are typically announced in mid-July.



Until you receive your section assignment you will not be able to determine your course schedule or required books. Once you have received your section assignment in late summer, you can create your booklist.

Once your section assignment and class schedule is confirmed, you can purchase your books at the University Bookstore or any other source you choose.

If there are no materials identified for a course, the professor is still in the process of selecting materials for the semester. Some professors make some or all of the reading materials available at the Faculty Services copy room (4th floor) of the School of Law.


Assignments for First Classes

Many professors will reach out to their classes prior to orientation, so please be on the lookout for emails from your professors. You will receive a password for TWEN, the online syllabi managing system once you arrive for Orientation.   



Admissions Contact Information

Phone: 202-319-5151


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Columbus School of Law
Office of Admissions
Suite 340
3600 John McCormack Rd., NE

Washington, DC 20064

Mailing Address:

Columbus School of Law
Office of Admissions
The Catholic University of America
Cardinal Station

Washington, DC 20064

Assistant Dean for Admissions