By and large, most lawyers end up specializing in one specific area of law, though very few American law schools prepare students for this fact of professional life. That is, of course, except for Mason’s School of Law.
The School of Law has set itself apart by offering areas of specialization to its students. Dean Emeritus Henry Manne compares this practice to the world of modern medicine, in which doctors are trained for specialized fields instead of the general practitioners of yore.
While the school’s initial specialization concentrated on economics, students can now choose from tracks in intellectual property and homeland and national security law. Economics has retained a major emphasis, however, because the law school’s curriculum integrates economic and quantitative tools throughout its required courses. Approximately one-third of full-time faculty members hold degrees in economics in addition to a juris doctor.