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John L. Costello

John L. Costello

An instrumental role in development of George Mason’s law school through teaching and through mentoring students who seek internships and placement assistance

George Mason University School of Law
3301 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 360-5586


AB, Dickenson College
JD, Pennsylvania State University
MA, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
LL.M, University of Virginia

Who was your most important mentor and how did he/she impact your career?

Ralph Norvell, who was dean of the International School of Law/George Mason University School of Law, taught me how to be a law professor.

What do you consider your biggest personal accomplishment and why?

Two law books: Virginia Criminal Law and Procedure (4th Edition) and Virginia Remedies (3rd Edition)

What is the best bit of advice you ever received?

The choice was either drive a taxi cab or go to law school. I went to law school.

How do you achieve a balance between your professional life and your personal life?

It’s not a problem for me anymore – I’m 80 years old and semi-retired.

If you hadn’t become a lawyer, what field would you have entered?


What is your favorite book or movie and why?

James Clavell’s Shogun. It took lots more than a day to read and it led to two other fine works: Tai-Pan and Gai-Jin.

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