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The George Mason University School of Law is a Virginia state law school. It is located directly across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., in the city of Arlington. George Mason is nationally known for its law and economics curriculum. It pioneered the concept of specialized J.D. programs in areas of concentration: Intellectual Property Law; Regulatory Law; Corporate and Securities Law; International Business; Litigation Law; Technology Law; and Legal and Economic Theory. Although George Mason is among the nation’s youngest accredited law schools, consistently it is ranked among the nation’s finest.


George Mason graduates are selected for clerkships with federal and state judges and are recruited and hired by the U.S. Department of Justice, by other government agencies, and by the most prominent law firms in the nation. George Mason’s faculty is dedicated to research, publication, and teaching and ranks in the top 25 of all law faculties in terms of scholarly productivity and influence (according to a recent study in the Journal of Legal Studies).


George Mason puts special emphasis on teaching its students to write clearly and succinctly, skills essential to success in the legal profession. In many courses, students receive a writing grade separate from and in addition to the usual grade for substantive knowledge.


The Founder’s Constitution course requires students to read a large number of important original legal sources familiar to the founding generation, ranging from Magna Carta and the English Bill of Rights to the Federalist (and Anti-Federalist) Papers, along with constitutional debates at the Philadelphia Convention and in the First Congress. While a few law schools offer narrowly-focused elective classes dealing with constitutional history, none has a comprehensive required course comparable to The Founders’ Constitution. The course, offered for the first time in spring 2008, is a prerequisite to Constitutional Law.


Although students may pursue George Mason’s general law program if they so choose, many prefer to focus their studies in a particular substantive area of the law. The Technology Law Program combines course work in the fields of technology law, intellectual property law, and business law. It provides J.D. students with the skills necessary to succeed in today’s rapidly changing legal environment. The Regulatory Law Track prepares students to work in or practice before federal and state regulatory agencies. The Intellectual Property Law Track is designed for students with scientific or engineering backgrounds who plan to enter the burgeoning field of intellectual property law. The Litigation Law Track provides an academic program meant to develop a sound understanding of the theory and institutions underlying dispute resolution.


In 2003, George Mason launched two Master of Laws (LL.M.) Degrees, one in the area of Law and Economics and the other in Intellectual Property. In addition, George Mason now offers six joint degree programs with other academic departments in the university. As one of the nation’s leading centers for the study of law and economics, George Mason has assembled a distinctive, interdisciplinary faculty, many of whom hold doctorates in economics, philosophy, political science, or related fields. The LL.M. in Law and Economics provides an opportunity to develop expertise in the skills of economic analysis as they are applied to a variety of legal problems.


The LL.M. in Intellectual Property is designed for attorneys who intend to practice in the fields of patent, copyright, and trademark law. The curriculum in this program includes courses covering every aspect of intellectual property law, from basic courses in patent, copyright, and trademark law to more specialized courses in enforcement, litigation and dispute resolution. George Mason’s six joint degrees allow students to leverage the strengths of the broader university community. George Mason University is internationally recognized as a leading center of research in law and economics, constitutional political economy, and public choice theory. George Mason University has a distinguished record in the field of law and economics, being the academic home of one third of the scholars who have been recognized as 9 founding fathers 9 of law and economics (Palgrave, 1998). In addition, the university boasts two Nobel Prize economists: James M. Buchanan (1986) and Vernon L. Smith (2002).


George Mason has approximately 800 students in its J.D. and LL.M. programs. The median LSAT score among those matriculating in the Fall 2007 entering full-time J.D. class was 164, and the median GPA was 3.62.


The law library’s collection consists of more than 453,000 volumes. The law and economics, intellectual property, financial services, international law, litigation, and corporate portions of the collection are of special distinction. Lexis and Westlaw provide each student with individual accounts, which allow access to research databases both at home and at school. Computer technology resources of George Mason, including computer-assisted instruction, are widely used by law students.


George Mason has been home to the Law & Economics Center (LEC) since 1986. The LEC is best known for its programs for federal and state judges from all over the nation. The LEC offers programs for judges in law and economics, history, and political philosophy, taught by leading scholars. More than 4,000 judges have taken one of its programs or attended a program where it supplied the academic content, including half of the Article III federal bench and more than 2000 state court judges.


George Mason provides many programs and services to enhance the student experience. The Career, Academic and Alumni Services Office, for example, offers individual counseling, career planning, and job placement sessions and also maintains a resource file on firms, corporations, government agencies, courts, and graduate programs. George Mason is an active member of the National Association for Law Placement. At least 30 student organizations provide students with the opportunity to become involved in activities of special interest.


In 1999, George Mason established the National Center for Technology & Law (The Tech Center). The Tech Center is a law school think tank that examines the relationship of existing legal framework to the rapidly evolving information-based economy. The Tech Center works with business and government leaders to remove legal barriers to innovation, streamline the regulatory process, and ensure that the law evolves to keep pace with changes in technology. The Tech Center uses its location -just a few miles from Washington, D.C., and from the technology community in Northern Virginia - to attract government, business, and academic leaders from around the world to participate in its programs, which include the Networked Economy Summit, a distinguished speaker series, conferences on pressing issues in information technology and biotechnology policy, and the sponsorship of academic research.


In 2001, George Mason established the Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Project, a federally supported research center charged with integrating the scholarship of the legal, technology, economic, and public policy communities to provide concrete solutions to the nation’s critical infrastructure vulnerabilities. The CIP Project integrates legal research and research in a dozen other learned professions and disciplines. Professors and students participate in the CIP Project’s activities by conducting research, participating in conferences, and working with colleagues from other departments and universities to share insights and perspectives on critical infrastructure protection.


Dean and Foundation Professor of Law: Daniel D. Polsby

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law: Craig S. Lerner

Assistant Dean for Student Academic Affairs: Annamaria Nields

Associate Dean and Director of the Law Library: Deborah Keene

Sr. Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions: Alison Price

Associate Dean & Dir. Career, Academic & Alumni Services: Victoria Huber

Director, Law & Economics Center & Professor of Law: F.H. Buckley




DANIEL D. POLSBY, (Law Professor), born Norwich, Connecticut, March 14, 1945; admitted to bar, 1971, Minnesota; 1972, District of Columbia; 1976, Illinois; 1981, New York. Education: Oakland University (B.A., 1964); University of Minnesota (J.D., 1971). COURSES:Criminal Law.


HELEN M. ALVARÉ, (Law Professor), born Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, October 8, 1960; admitted to bar, 1984, Pennsylvania; 1987, District of Columbia. Education: Villanova University (B.S., 1981); Catholic University of America (M.A., 1989); Cornell University (J.D., 1984). COURSES:Property, Domestic Relations.


ROBERT A. ANTHONY, (Law Professor), born Washington, D.C., December 28, 1931; admitted to bar, 1957, California; 1971, New York; 1972, District of Columbia. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1953); Oxford University (B.A., Juris, 1955); Stanford Law School (J.D., 1957). COURSES:Administrative Law, Federal Courts.


DAVID E. BERNSTEIN, (Law Professor), born New York, New York, July 4, 1967; admitted to bar, 1992, Pennsylvania and District of Columbia. Education: Brandeis University (B.A., 1988); Yale Law School (J.D., 1991). COURSES: Products Liability, Torts, Advanced Evidence, Constitutional Law.


MICHELLE BOARDMAN, (Law Professor), born Sacramento, California, March 28, 1972; admitted to bar, 1999, Virginia and District of Columbia. Education: Brown University (B.A., 1994); University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 1998). COURSES:Insurance, Contracts. Email:mboardma @


LAURA BRADFORD, (Law Professor), born Boothbay Harbor, Maine, November 19, 1969; admitted to bar, 1998, New York. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1992); Stanford Law School (J.D., 1997). COURSES:Intellectual Property, Business Associations. Email:lbradfor @


F.H. BUCKLEY, (Law Professor), born Canada, 1948; admitted to bar, 1982, Ontario. Education: McGill University (B.A., 1969; LL.B., 1974); Harvard University (M.A., 1975). COURSES:Bankruptcy, Corporate Law, Jurisprudence, Secured Lending.


JAMES E. BYRNE, (Law Professor), born Detroit. Michigan, December 6, 1945; admitted to bar, 1977, Florida; 1983, Maryland. Education: University of Notre Dame (B.A., 1968); Stetson University (J.D., 1977); University of Pennsylvania (LL.M., 1978). COURSES: Commercial Paper, Electronic Commerce, Contracts, International Commercial Transactions, Commercial Fraud.


TUN-JEN CHIANG, (Law Professor), born Taipei, Taiwan, July 3, 1979; admitted to bar, 2004, California. Education: University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 2004). COURSES:Patent Law, Copyright Law.


TERRENCE CHORVAT, (Law Professor), born Chicago, Illinois, November 20, 1964; Education: Northwestern University (B.A., 1986); University of Chicago, School of Law (J.D., 1989); New York University (LL.M., 1992). COURSES:Income Tax, International Tax, Partnership Tax.


ERIC R. CLAEYS, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1996, California; 1997, District of Columbia. Education: Princeton University (B.A., 1989); University of Southern California School of Law (J.D., 1994). COURSES:Administrative Law, Food & Drug Law, Land Use Planning, Property Law, Torts, Trusts & Estates.


LLOYD R. COHEN, (Law Professor), born New York, New York, February 12, 1947; admitted to bar, 1983, Georgia. Education: Harvard University (B.A., 1968); State University of New York at Binghamton (M.A., 1973; Ph.D., 1976); Emory University (J.D., 1983). COURSES:Quantitative Methods for Lawyers, Trusts & Estates, International Economics, Antitrust, Corporate Finance, Jurisprudence.


JOHN L. COSTELLO, (Law Professor), born Carlisle, Pennsylvania, June 13, 1930; admitted to bar, 1956, Pennsylvania; 1978, Virginia. Education: Dickinson College (A.B., 1952); Dickinson School of Law (J.D., 1955); Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (M.A., 1964); University of Virginia (LL.M., 1975). COURSES:Professional Responsibility, Practice, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedures.


ROSS DAVIES, (Law Professor), born Worcester, Massachusetts, June 21, 1962; admitted to bar, 1998, Ohio; 2000, District of Columbia. Education: Washington University (B.A., 1984); University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 1997). COURSES:Employment Discrimination, Legal History, Contracts. Email:rdavies @


STEVEN J. EAGLE, (Law Professor), born New York, N.Y., February 20, 1945; admitted to bar, 1976, Ohio. Education: City College of the City University of New York (B.B.A., 1965); Yale Law School (LL.B., 1970). COURSES:Property, Constitutional Law, Land Use Planning, Law & Economics, Federal Taxation, Real Estate Transactions.


ALLISON HAYWARD, (Law Professor), born Las Vegas, Nevada, November 17, 1963; admitted to bar, 1994, California; 1996, District of Columbia. Education: Stanford University (B.A., 1985); University of California at Davis (J.D., 1994). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility. Email:ahayward @


THOMAS W. HAZLETT, (Law Professor), Education: University of California at Los Angeles (PhD).


RACHELLE YVETTE HOLMES, (Law Professor), born Poughkeepsie, New York, December 27, 1975; admitted to bar, 2003, New York; 2005, District of Columbia. Education: University of North Carolina (B.S., 1997); Columbia Law School (J.D., 2002). COURSES:Federal Income Tax, Corporate Tax, Tax Policy, International Tax, Taxation of Financial Instruments. Email:ryh5 @


VICTORIA M. HUBER, (Law Professor), born Baltimore, Maryland, October 17, 1967; admitted to bar, 1993, Maryland; 1994, Washington, D.C.. Education: Dartmouth College (B.A., 1990); University of Virginia (J.D., 1992). COURSES:Advanced Legal Research & Writing.


HARRY G. HUTCHISON, (Law Professor), Education: Wayne State University (M.A., J.D.); University of Michigan (M.B.A.). COURSES: Corporation Law, Labor Law, Law and Economics, Securities, Business Associations, Constitutional Law, Employment.


D. BRUCE JOHNSEN, (Law Professor), born Oakland, California, November 3, 1954; Education: University of Washington (B.A., Economics, 1977; M.S., Economics, 1980; Ph.D., Economics, 1987); Emory University (J.D., 1985). COURSES:Securities Regulation, Business Associations, Law of Investment Management, Law and Economics.


DEBORAH M. KEENE, (Law Professor), born Nashville, Tennessee, September 29, 1952; Education: Vanderbilt University (B.A., 1974; M.L.S., 1975); University of Tennessee (J.D., 1980).


BRUCE H. KOBAYASHI, (Law Professor), born Los Angeles, California, May 24, 1959; Education: University of California at Los Angeles (B.S., 1981; M.A., 1982; Ph.D., 1986). COURSES:Intellectual Property, Law & Economics, Evidence.


MICHAEL I. KRAUSS, (Law Professor), born New York, New York, April 21, 1951; admitted to bar, 1978, Quebec; 1991, Virginia. Education: Carleton University (B.A., cum laude, 1973); Sherbrooke University (LL.L., 1976); Yale Law School (LL.M., 1977); Columbia University. COURSES:Torts, Products Liability, Jurisprudence, Legal Ethics.


CRAIG S. LERNER, (Law Professor), born New York, New York, March 29, 1966; admitted to bar, 1995, Massachusetts; 1996, New York; 1997, District of Columbia. Education: Harvard University (A.B., 1987; J.D., 1994); University of Chicago (M.A., 1990). COURSES:Criminal Procedure, Conflicts of Law, Business Associations.


NELSON LUND, (Law Professor), born Chicago, Illinois, September 2, 1951; admitted to bar, 1986, Texas. Education: St. John’s College (B.A., 1974); Catholic University of America (M.A., 1978); Harvard University (Ph.D., 1981); University of Chicago (J.D., 1985). COURSES:Legislation, Constitutional Law, Second Amendment, Jurisprudence, Federal Election Law.


JOYCE LEE MALCOLM, (Law Professor), Education: Barnard College (B.A., 1963; M.A., 1972); Brandeis University (Ph.D., 1977). COURSES:Constitutional Law, Legal History, War & Law, Founders’ Constitution. Email:jmalcolm @


KEVIN MCCABE, (Law Professor), Education: Villanova University (B.S., 1976); University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D., 1985). COURSES:Neuroeconomics and Law, Design Patent Law & Prosecution. Email:kmccabe @


JONATHAN MITCHELL, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 2003, Pennsylvania; 2006, District of Columbia. COURSES:Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Habeas Corpus, National Security Law.


WINSTON S. MOORE, (Law Professor), born Durham, North Carolina, February 13, 1942; admitted to bar, 1970, District of Columbia. Education: Davidson College (A.B., 1964); University of Michigan (J.D., 1970).


ADAM MOSSOFF, (Law Professor), Education: Columbia University (M.A., 1998); University of Michigan (B.A., 1993); University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 2001); Boston University School of Law (1999). COURSES:Property, Internet & Online Law, Patent Law.


TIMOTHY J. MURIS, (Law Professor), born Massillion, Ohio, November 18, 1949; admitted to bar, 1974, California; 1983, U.S. Supreme Court. Education: San Diego State University (B.A., 1971); University of California at Los Angeles (J.D., 1974). COURSES:International Trade, Antitrust, Administrative and Regulatory Law, Contracts, Federal Budget Law.


CHRISTOPHER NEWMAN, (Law Professor), born Oceanside, California, February 2, 1969; admitted to bar, 2000, California; 2003, U.S. Court Appeals, Fourth Circuit; 2004, U.S. Supreme Court. Education: St. John’s College (B.A., 1991); University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1999). COURSES:Copyright Law, Civil Procedure.


MICHAEL O’ NEILL, (Law Professor), born Baldwin, Wisconsin, March 5, 1962; admitted to bar, District of Columbia, Wisconsin. Education: Brigham Young University (B.A., 1987); Yale Law School (J.D., 1990). COURSES:Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Cyber Crime.


JEFFREY S. PARKER, (Law Professor), born Alexandria, Virginia, September 6, 1952; admitted to bar, 1979, New York. Education: Georgia Institute of Technology (B.I.E., 1975); University of Virginia (J.D., 1978). COURSES:Litigation Theory, Civil Procedure, Evidence, Criminal Law, Federal Sentencing Law. Email: jparke3 @


ALISON HUBER PRICE, (Law Professor), born Baltimore, Maryland, July 26, 1964; admitted to bar, 1989, Georgia. Education: Dickinson College (B.A., 1986); University of Georgia (J.D., 1989). COURSES:Legal Research, Writing and Analysis.


JEREMY A. RABKIN, (Law Professor), Education: Cornell University (B.A., 1974); Harvard University (Ph.D., 1983). COURSES:International Law, Constitutional Law.


NEOMI RAO, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 2001, Virginia. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1995); University of Chicago (J.D., 1999). COURSES:Comparative Law, Constitutional Law. Email:nrao @


CHARLES S. ROBB, (Law Professor), born Phoenix, Arizona, June 26, 1939; admitted to bar, 1973, Virginia; 1973, District of Columbia. Education: University of Virginia (J.D., 1973). COURSES:National Security, State-Federal Relations, Anti-Discrimination Policy, Fiscal Policy.


NATHAN A. SALES, (Law Professor), born 1974; admitted to bar, 2000, Virginia; 2004, District of Columbia. Education: Miami University (A.B., 1997); Duke University School of Law (J.D., 2000). COURSES:Administrative Law, National Security Law.


DAVID SCHLEICHER, (Law Professor), born New York, New York, November 13, 1977; admitted to bar, 2005, New York. Education: Dartmouth College (A.B., 2000); London School of Economics and Political Science (M.Sc., Economics, 2001); Harvard Law School (J.D., 2004). COURSES:Local Government Law, Civil Procedure, Election Law.


FERDINAND P. SCHOETTLE, (Law Professor), Education: Princeton University (A.B.); Harvard Law School (J.D.), Harvard University (PhD). COURSES: Federal Taxation, State and Local Taxation.


DAVID A. SCHUM, (Law Professor), born Chicago, Illinois, February 20, 1932; Education: Southern Methodist University (B.A., 1956; M.A., 1960); Ohio State University (Ph.D., 1964). COURSES:Evidence and Proof.


LINDA A. SCHWARTZSTEIN, (Law Professor), born Orange, New Jersey, June 27, 1952; admitted to bar, 1976, New Jersey; 1977, New York and District of Columbia; 1981, Maryland. Education: Brandeis University (A.B., 1973); University of Michigan (J.D., 1976); New York University School of Law (LL.M., Taxation, 1977); George Mason University (M.A., Economics, 1992; Ph.D., 1994). COURSES:Income Tax, Corporate Tax, Tax Policy, International Taxation, Business Associations.


ILYA SOMIN, (Law Professor), born St. Petersburg, Russia, June 7, 1973; admitted to bar, 2001, Massachusetts. Education: Amherst College (B.A., 1995); Harvard University (M.A., 1997); Yale Law School (J.D., 2001). COURSES:Constitutional Law, Legislation, Property.


GORDON TULLOCK, (Law Professor), born Rockford, Illinois, February 13, 1922; Education: Yale University (Chinese, 1951); Cornell University (Chinese, 1952); University of Chicago (J.D., 1947). COURSES:Public Choice, Law & Economics.


SAMSON VERMONT, (Law Professor), born Santa Fe, New Mexico, September 11, 1968; admitted to bar, 1995, Georgia. Education: Rhodes College (B.A., 1990); University of Georgia School of Law (J.D., 1994); University of Virginia School of Law (LL.M., 2005). COURSES:Torts, Patent Laws. Email:svermont @


J.W. VERRET, (Law Professor), born Lafayette, Louisiana, December 4, 1979; admitted to bar, 2007, Massachusetts; pending, District of Columbia. Education: Louisiana State University (B.S., 2002); Harvard Kennedy School of Government (M.P.P., 2006); Harvard Law School (J.D., 2006). COURSES:Securities Law & Regulation, Business Associations.


ROBERT W. WOOLDRIDGE, JR., (Law Professor), born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 12, 1949; Education: William and Mary School of Law (J.D., 1979). COURSES:Virginia Practice, Virginia Remedies.


JOSHUA WRIGHT, (Law Professor), Education: University of California, San Diego (B.A., 1998); University of California at Los Angeles (M.S., 2000; J.D., 2002; PhD, 2003). COURSES: Antitrust, Law & Economics, Contracts, Business Associations. Email:jwright @


JOSEPH ZENGERLE, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1973, District of Columbia. Education: U.S. Military Academy (B.S., 1964); University of Michigan (J.D., 1972). COURSES: Homeland Security, National Security, Solomon Amendment. Email: jzengerl @


TODD ZYWICKI, (Law Professor), born McKeesport, Pennsylvania, January 28, 1966; admitted to bar, 1994, Georgia. Education: Clemson University (M.A., 1990); University of Virginia (J.D., 1993). COURSES: Contracts, Creditors’ & Debtors’ Rights, Law & Economics, Bankruptcy.