Program Highlights

George Mason University School of Law is located just a few miles from downtown Washington, D.C., the nexus for the creation of the world's most important legislation and jurisprudence.

During the past decade, the law school has been in the forefront of curricular innovation. Recognizing the rapid changes that are occurring in legal practice and the legal profession, George Mason has been a pioneer in providing its students with an unique curriculum that gives students correspondingly unique advantages in today's competitive employment market.

Intellectual Property Opportunities

 The Washington, D.C., metropolitan area is an established center for the practice of intellectual property (IP) law, with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (government headquarters for patents, trademarks, and copyright) and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (which has sole appellate jurisdiction over patent cases) located minutes away from the law school. Northern Virginia and suburban Maryland represent the technology hub of the United States East Coast, offering students a wealth of opportunities for study and employment throughout the region.

Mason Law's intellectual property classes are taught by full-time and adjunct law faculty members who are exceptionally well qualified in their practice areas. Our IP adjunct faculty boasts a sitting Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; the Solicitor of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), a former Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks, a former Register of Copyrights, a former Examiner-in-Chief and Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences Administrative Judge, a former WIPO Director of Industrial Property law, former chief counsels of the principal subcommittees on intellectual property in the United States Senate and House of Representatives, and prominent practitioners from most of the leading intellectual property law firms in the Washington metropolitan area.

Law and Economics Opportunities

George Mason has assembled a distinctive, interdisciplinary faculty, many of whom hold doctorates in economics, philosophy, political science or related fields. The law school's curriculum integrates economic and quantitative tools, stressing the application of the non-legal methods in legal contexts.

Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security (CIP)

The Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security seeks to fully integrate the disciplines of law, policy, and technology for enhancing the security of cyber-networks, physical systems, and economic processes supporting the nation's critical infrastructure.

Homeland and National Security Law Concentration

Our Homeland and National Security Law Concentration enables George Mason students who are interested in specializing in this field to present potential employers (both in government and in the private sector) with a credential that reflects a solid foundation in homeland and national security law. The Homeland and National Security Law Program is directed by Jamil N. Jaffer.

In addition, the law school's close relationship with the Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security (see above) offers opportunities to supplement in-house expertise with outside and affiliated experts in homeland and national security law. 

A Variety of Practical Experiences

The law school's location in Metropolitan Washington, D.C., gives Mason Law students unparalleled opportunities to gain substantial practical experience  while in law school. Students work outside the classroom under the supervision of an attorney, receive exposure to various areas of practice, build basic lawyering skills, and obtain valuable networking ties while receiving credit for working in such places as federal and state courts, the Recording Industry Association of America, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Justice, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Mason offers in-house field placement opportunities, as well:

Mason provides students an alternative opportunity to earn credit while working on real cases with real clients, applying classroom experience in a practical setting: