On March 2, 1979, the Virginia General Assembly approved “An Act to authorize the establishment of a Law School at George Mason University”:
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
§ 1. . . . . [T]he Board of Visitors of George Mason University is authorized to establish a school of law in the University and to confer the Juris Doctor degree from such school.
§ 2. The authorization for the establishment of such school of law shall be contingent upon the conveyance to the Rector and Visitors of George Mason University the building situated on property owned by the George Mason University Foundation Inc., located at 3401 North Fairfax Drive, in the county of Arlington . . . .
1979 Va. Acts 182, 191.