George Mason University School of Law is a dynamic intellectual community and the fastest rising law school in the country. Established in 1979, the law school is the youngest law school in the first tier of the US News & World Report ranking of law schools. In April 2003, the law school ranked 40th out of 177 ABA accredited law schools in the country. The Law School offers a Juris Doctor degree along with a Juris Master in Public Policy Analysis and an LL.M in Law & Economics and an LL.M in Intellectual Property. With an acceptance rate of 16%, the Law school has become one of the most selective law schools in the country. Over the past 17 years the Law & Economics Center has educated hundreds of federal judges in the analysis of law and legal institutions.
The Tech Center (National Center for Technology & Law), a forward looking research center and think tank, examines the relationship of the existing legal framework to the evolving information-based economy. A million dollar federal grant helps the Tech Center host the annual Networked Economy Summit which brings government and industry together to focus on current issues in information technology. In collaboration with the Tech Center, the faculty has created a new Technology Law Program that combines course work in the fields of technology law, intellectual property and business law.
In 2002, The U.S. Congress appropriated $6.5 million to the School of Law to develop a new program that focuses on defending the nation’s basic infrastructure against cyber terrorism. Known as the Critical Infrastructure Protection Program (CIP Project), the CIP Project seeks to integrate fully the fields of law, policy and technology for enhancing the security of cyber networks and the economic processes supporting the nation’s critical infrastructures. The CIP project has allowed for collaboration on projects between the law school, the School of Public Policy and the School of Information Technology & Engineering.