Washington, D.C., is the ideal setting to study law. At the Columbus School of Law, you receive a strong legal education and are within easy reach of the enormously beneficial externship opportunities that only come with earning a J.D. in the nation’s capital.

The city is home to the nation’s pre-eminent lawmaking body, the United States Congress, the White House, the Supreme Court of the United States, federal agencies, trade associations, public interest groups, corporations, think tanks, national media, and hundreds of prominent and influential private law firms. Each of these institutions presents potential learning and career opportunities for law students.

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. 

The United States Supreme Court, as well as federal and local courts, provide insight into the American judicial system. Federal administrative agencies and executive departments permit students to observe at close range the processes of American political and legal systems. The Library of Congress and its affiliated branches offer the best research resources in the world.

Washington, D.C., is a wonderful place to live. Its cosmopolitan downtown teems with things to do, offering museums, galleries, theaters, parks, outdoor activities, and restaurants. The city’s young, multicultural, and highly diverse population allows for enriching cultural exchanges and social experiences.

With charm and countless career possibilities, more than half of Catholic Law graduates choose to settle and practice in the Greater D.C. area upon graduation. Their presence, connections, and willingness to help is an immeasurable advantage for current students, who benefit greatly from a supportive and accessible alumni network.

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