Washington, D.C., is the ideal setting for the study of law. As a student at the Columbus School of Law, you are within easy reach of the enormously beneficial study and externship opportunities that come with earning a J.D. in the nation’s capital.

The city is the home of the nation’s pre-eminent lawmaking body, the United States Congress. It hosts the White House, the Supreme Court of the United States, federal agencies, trade associations, public interest groups, corporations, think tanks, national media, and hundreds of prominent and influential private law firms, all of which present potential learning and career opportunities for law students.

Studying law in the nation's capital affords students the chance to experience numerous aspects of the legal profession. Students can observe Capitol Hill in action, or earn class credit via externships with vital regulatory agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Communications Commission and the National Labor Relations Board, to name just a few.

The United States Supreme Court and other federal and local courts provide insight into the judicial system. Federal administrative agencies and executive departments permit students to observe at close range the processes of American political and legal systems. The Library of Congress and its affiliated branches offer the best research resources in the world.

For residents, Washington, D.C. is a delightful place to live. Its cosmopolitan downtown teems with things to do, offering museums, galleries, theaters, parks, outdoor activities and restaurants. The city’s young, multicultural and highly diverse population points to enriching cultural exchanges and social experiences.

The city’s charms and career possibilities are not lost on Catholic University law students. More than half choose to settle and practice in the Greater D.C. region upon graduation. Their presence, connections, and willingness to help are an immeasurable plus for current students, who benefit greatly from a supportive and accessible alumni network.

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  • 9:30 Club
  • The Anthem
  • Birchmere
  • Echo Stage
  • The Fillmore
  • Rock & Roll Hotel
  • Warner Theatre



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