Why Law School?

Given the rising cost of attending law school and the state of the economy, you may be questioning the value of attending law school. That question deserves careful consideration by all prospective law students. The decision to attend law school should be based on careful self-analysis, accurate information about the lives of lawyers, and realistic expectations about what you will find challenging and rewarding in a career. If you enjoy analytical thinking and intellectual challenge, then law school may be the right choice for you. As a field of study, law offers a wide range of career options. Each career option involves, to varying degrees, skills developed in law school, including analytical thinking, problem solving, research, writing, counseling, communication, and negotiation. As you contemplate attending law school, I invite you to consider George Mason University School of Law.

Why Mason Law?

Mason is a dynamic, young law school that has gained recognition as a national law school—as measured by national magazines, surveys, and members of the profession—in a very short time. Highly educated in multiple disciplines, the Mason faculty infuses traditional law curriculum with elements of finance, economics, politics and jurisprudence; a perfect blend for today’s political and economic climate. As a student, you will receive a rigorous intellectual challenge, inspiring scholarly debate. For Mason students, opportunities abound in and around the Nation’s Capital. Our location—just across the Potomac River from downtown Washington, D.C.—provides a wide range of professional opportunities unequaled in other areas of the country. Through our field placement programs, you may gain practical experience with real cases and real clients by working for credit in judges’ chambers, state and federal government agencies, public interest groups, and law firms. Exposure to a variety of employment opportunities can aid you in solidifying career goals, goals that our Career, Academic and Alumni Services Office staff stands ready to help you achieve. Mason takes pride in its student body and is committed to excellence in legal education. We take seriously our obligation to prepare you for success in all areas of practice. Our faculty and adjunct faculty, which includes practicing attorneys, government officials and judges from the regional and local communities, will mentor you inside and outside the classroom.

Come Visit and Experience the George Mason Law Community for Yourself

I invite you to visit George Mason University School of Law. Come see why our newest students most frequently cite their “interaction with Mason staff, students, professors, and alumni” as their reason for selecting Mason Law. As one of the highest-value choices in professional education, George Mason University School of Law offers the finest in legal education and practical training in an unparalleled location. Visit us, and see for yourself.


Daniel D. Polsby
Dean and Professor of Law
George Mason University School of Law