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. Below are three upcoming events and a link to register for them. 

  • Miamia, Florida, on February 20: Join Regina T. Jefferson, Dean and Professor of Law, and Miami area alumni at a reception hosted and sponsored by Member of the Board of Visitors Luis J. Perez '83 and Linda Orth Perez '83. LOCATION: Hogan Lovells US LLP, 600 Brickell Avenue, Suite 2700, Miami, FL 33131. 
     
  • Los Angeles, California, on March 12: Reception hosted and sponsored by Robin M. Schachter '77. LOCATION: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP, 1999 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 600, Los Angeles, CA.
     
  • Washington, D.C., on March 13: 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 these events.

If you haven't toured the law school yet, take this opportunity to schedule a tour of the law school. Click here for more information.

– – Experience CUA Law (March 30, 2019) – –

The Columbus School of Law will be hosting Experience CUA Law on Saturday, March 30, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Registration and continental breakfast will begin at 9:30 a.m. Then at 10:00 a.m. the program opens with a welcome from Dean Regina T. Jefferson. Click here to register.

  

Scholarships

Law Preview Scholarships Sponsored by LexisNexis 
Law Preview (the nation's largest law school prep course) has teamed up with LexisNexis, one of the world’s leading online research providers, to provide Law Preview Scholarships to select members of our entering class. Lexis Nexis has generously agreed to help entering students prepare for the unique challenges they will face during their 1L year at Catholic Law by paying the cost of tuition for a law school prep course. Visit the following URL to see if you meet the scholarship criteria: http://lawpreview.barbri.com/scholarships/.

Law Preview’s “One Lawyer Can Change the World” $10k Scholarship
Do you think one lawyer can change the world? BARBRI Law Preview does. They will be awarding one hard-working incoming law student $10,000 towards their 1L year. The application deadline is April 15th and you can review scholarship details here: https://lawpreview.barbri.com/10000-get-information/.

Pipeline to Practice Foundation
The Pipeline To Practice Foundation (www.pipelinetopractice.org) is a non-profit organization committed to supporting and nurturing diverse law students at key stages in their academic development. The Foundation provides diverse students with access to free programming and coaching throughout law school to help them achieve academic excellence, develop the skills necessary to be successful attorneys, create pathways to leadership positions, and ultimately, to become role models to the next generation of diverse law students.

The Pipeline to Practice Foundation seeks to support members of groups that are historically underrepresented in the legal profession and believes that diversity can be defined along many dimensions, including: race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic status, first generation graduate, physical abilities and military service.

If you meet the scholarship criteria and wish to be considered for sponsorship, then complete the scholarship application prior to the May 1, 2019 deadline.

More scholarship information can be found here.

 

Using Cardinal Students and 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: http://www.law.edu/fac-staff/lawfaculty.cfm

 

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.

  

Books

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

Email: admissions@law.edu

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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

SHANI J.P. BUTTS
Assistant Dean for Admissions

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