The Catholic University of America
JD Admissions

The decision to attend law school remains a sound, smart, and fulfilling investment in yourself and your future. In a complex world facing many serious challenges, the need for competent, ethical, and compassionate legal practitioners is stronger than ever.

Located near the heart of Washington, D.C., a city like no other and the center of our nation’s legal system, The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (CUA Law) is among the best choices you can make if your goal is to graduate with the skills — such as critical legal analysis, legal writing, and effective oral advocacy—that are essential to successful legal practice in the 21st century.
 
At every turn, our approach to legal education can be summarized with three words: practical, focused, and connected. Practical means you will learn by doing; focused offers the chance to choose among many different areas of legal study for academic emphasis; connected describes professors who take a personal interest in you, students who treat each other like family, and a supportive alumni network.

 

Student Perspectives

Nothing can take the place of visiting in person, but here’s the next best thing. Let some of our current students tell you in their own words what makes CUA Law so great! 

Debbi Chu, Class of 2017, on how to prioritize your time in law school, the mentorship of Professor Breger, and what sets CUA Law apart from other law schools.
Nicole A. Chauriye, Class of 2016, on why rankings mean little, the approachable faculty, and the pleasure of providing pro bono service to others. 
Kwambina Coker, Class of 2018, on the practical learning experience, the sense of community, and the internship/externship fair. 
Sydny Bryan, Class of 2018, on Clinical experiences, meeting guest speakers at networking events, and the benefits of small class sizes.

 
Benefits of CUA Law's location in Washington, DC


Washington, D.C., is the ideal setting for the study of law. As a student at the Columbus School of Law, you are within easy reach of the enormously beneficial study, externship, and networking opportunities that come with earning a J.D. in the nation’s capital.
 
Studying law in the nation’s capital affords students the chance to experience numerous aspects of the legal profession. Students can observe Capitol Hill in action, or earn class credit via externships with vital regulatory agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Communications Commission and the National Labor Relations Board, to name just a few. Click here to learn more.
 
 
 
 

Explore CUA Law ...

 
Schedule a tour of the law school
and sit in on a class.

Discover a supportive Part-time Evening Program

Learn more about CUA Law in our 2016-17 Law School Viewbook

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page

View a photo gallery of the law school and campus.

View a selection of various Accolades about CUA Law.

You can also sign up to receive further information about CUA Law in the mail.
 

Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions are determined primarily on the basis of the applicant’s undergraduate GPA and performance on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). In addition, applicants may be judged on the basis of special leadership qualities, performance in particular courses, evidence of improving performance, relevant work experience, evidence of strong motivation, potential for contributing to the diversity of the law school, performance in graduate school, strong letters of recommendation from those who have a basis for judging the applicant’s ability to succeed in law school, and the academic standards of the student’s undergraduate school.

 

Financial Aid Links

CUA Law is a proud participant of the Yellow Ribbon Program

Admissions Contact Information

Phone: 202-319-5151

Email: murfin@law.edu

Schedule a Tour & Visit

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

SHANI J.P. BUTTS
Assistant Dean for Admissions