A Supportive Law School

The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law is located in Washington, D.C., the heart of America’s legal, political, and judicial system. The University’s verdant 176-acre campus, located just north of Capitol Hill, allows students easy access to the wide range of educational, cultural, and political opportunities that Washington, D.C., has to offer.

Where else can you benefit from a superbly crafted legal curriculum, a supportive and community-oriented learning environment, and also enjoy access to an astonishing range of externships that will provide a competitive edge in your future career?

Catholic University law students supplement rigorous classroom learning with opportunities to observe and experience firsthand the formation and application of law in a variety of settings: in Congress, at the Supreme Court, at the White House, at federal government agencies and courts, at some of the nation’s best-known law firms, and at corporations and nonprofit organizations.

Our students graduate practice-ready. The law school will help you to obtain the kind of experiential opportunities that will allow you to respond to a prospective employer’s question, “Can you develop the skills to handle this job?” with the honest answer, “I already have.”

Our network of accomplished alumni — many of whom live and practice in the greater Washington, D.C., region — stands ready to assist newer members of the Catholic Law community when the time comes to establish their careers.

As a student here, you will become a part of more than 100 years of a proud tradition of excellence in legal education. You will leave equipped with practice skills, friendships, and memories that will last a lifetime.


National Jurist rated Washington, D.C., 1st as the Best City for Young Attorneys

Catholic Law ranked a top five producer of lawyers who work in congress by LegBranch.org

2019 National Trial Competition Champions were Catholic Law evening students, Vania Smith (3E) and Jennifer Brooker (3E).

American Bar Association ranks Catholic Law #6 for Highest Percent Of 2018 Graduates in Government and Public Interest Jobs.

National Jurist selected Veda Rasheed (3E) as the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Law Student of the Year.

American Lawyer survey of midlevel associates ranks Catholic Law in the top 15 for preparation for firm practice.

PreLaw magazine lauds Catholic Law's building as #16 for beauty, convenience, and amenities.

Study ranks Catholic Law 26th nationally as one of the best schools for associates obtaining Big Law jobs.

American Bar Association ranks Catholic Law #20 for Highest Percent Of 2018 Graduates in state and local clerkships and #29 in federal clerkships.

Forbes ranks Catholic Law in the top 30 for recent graduates who earn the biggest paychecks.

U.S. News ranks Catholic Law #94 and ranks it's part-time program #38 among law schools offering a part-time division program.

LAW.COM ranks Catholic Law #38 for associate jobs at the top 100 firms in the country.

National Jurist rated Catholic Laws' International Business and Trade Summer Law Program as a top externship.

SuperLawyers rates over 700 Catholic Law graduates as SuperLawyers or Rising Stars.