Since 1960, GW has provided a rigorous curriculum spanning the inter-disciplinary reaches of government procurement education. Today, the federal government's annual acquisition of services, supplies, and construction accounts for more than $500 billion. State and local government procurement add significantly to the volume of government procurement and the associated legal practice opportunities. As the global marketplace becomes more fluid and integrated, knowledge of international and comparative public procurement becomes increasingly vital. The evolution of the World Trade Organization has sparked fresh dialogue about the role of public procurement for both developing and developed countries. Our diverse course offerings and expert full-time and adjunct faculty are empowering the future leaders and policy-makers in the acquisition community here and abroad.
GW Law is the birthplace of the government procurement law discipline. The distinguished members of our faculty are recognized as thought leaders in the field, producing scholarship that changes the way the world thinks and talks about public procurement. Our experiential, practice-based curriculum prepares students for the demands of a complex procurement law practice. We offer an unmatched variety of degrees, for attorneys in training, attorneys, and non-attorneys with experience in the government procurement field.
The courses in this practice area explore the body of rules regulating the process by which the federal government enters into contracts with private parties and oversees the performance of those contracts. Government Contracts is a one-semester survey course for students seeking a general overview of the law in this area; those preferring a more in-depth course of study may choose instead the Formation of Government Contracts and Performance of Government Contracts sequence. Advanced courses in this area include a series of seminars designed to provide students with a richer understanding of how procurement systems operate, both in the U.S. and abroad, and selected topics courses designed to provide students with varying perspectives on emerging issues in the law.
All LLM degree candidates specializing in Government Procurement Law must take the online, self-taught Government Contracts Overview course before taking the Formation of Government Contracts and Performance of Government Contracts courses. The LLM in Government Procurement Law degrees is offered through blended learning, meaning candidates may take some or all courses online.
A minimum of 14 credits from the following courses is required,* including 4 credits graded on the basis of the research paper. This typically entails the completion of a thesis or two research papers written in connection with two separate 2-credit courses. Any research paper used to satisfy the written work requirement must be at least 8,000 words in length, and U.S. law school graduates must achieve a minimum grade of B+. For students who choose to write a thesis, Thesis (6690-91) and a minimum of 10 credits from the following courses are required. U.S. law school graduates enrolled in the program are expected to complete a thesis. As an alternative to four credits of thesis, U.S. law school graduates may take Selected Topics in Government Procurement: Acquisition Policymaking (6513) as their capstone learning experience, but they must still complete two research papers written in connection with two separate 2-credit courses. Students must take the Government Contracts Overview course in their first semester.
- Formation of Government Contracts (6502)
- Performance of Government Contracts (6503)
- Government Contracts Advocacy (6505)
- Government Contracts Cost and Pricing (6506)
- Comparative Public Procurement (6508)
- Government Contracts Seminar (6509)**
- Graduate Government Contracts Placement (6510)
- Anti-Corruption and Compliance (6511)
- Government Procurement of Intellectual Property Seminar (6512)
- Selected Topics in Government Procurement (6513)**
- Federal Grants Law (6514)
- Government Contracts Moot Court (6515)
- Procurement in International Development (6516)
- Government Contracts Overview (6518)
*Contracts (6202) will be available; only students with a non-U.S. law degree who plan to take the New York bar examination may count these courses toward the 14 credits required in the field.
**For 2020-2021, Government Contracts Seminars may include Foreign Government Contracting, State and Local Procurement and Procurement Reform. When these courses are offered online they are restricted to LL.M. and M.S.L. candidates.
***For 2020-2021, Selected Topics in Government Procurement may include Suspension & Debarment in Government Procurement (Online), Introduction to Federal Appropriations Law, Acquisition Policymaking, and Negotiations in Government Procurement.
Courses Related to Government Procurement Law
Please note: The courses below do not count toward the 14-credit Government Procurement curriculum requirement.
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