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American University Washington College of Law

At the Washington College of Law, you meet the world where you will practice your profession. The world has become essentially borderless, where economic, political, and social changes require innovative legal analysis and solutions. The Washington College of Law (WCL) equips students in unique ways to navigate this new reality. A top law school that provides an excellent legal education in all areas of the law, WCL has renowned programs in experiential learning (clinics and externships), international law, law and government, intellectual property, business, and gender. These vital programs create an environment rich with opportunities for you.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 1522
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 156 - 162
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.18 - 3.58
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 79.68%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 76.2%
Tuition $46,794

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About American University Washington College of Law

At the Washington College of Law, you meet the world where you will practice your profession. The world has become essentially borderless, where economic, political, and social changes require innovative legal analysis and solutions. The Washington College of Law (WCL) equips students in unique ways to navigate this new reality. A top law school that provides an excellent legal education in all areas of the law, WCL has renowned programs in experiential learning (clinics and externships), international law, law and government, intellectual property, business, and gender. These vital programs create an environment rich with opportunities for you.

Reviews

Boasting some of the country’s top international law programs, American University’s Washington College of Law takes a student-centered approach in which students internal­ize material and gain working knowledge of the law. Professors are “less interested in embarrassing students and cold-calling on them, and more interested in helping students work through nuance in legal theory and practice,” and there is an “abundance of oppor­tunities for practical, experiential programs.” The centers and offices (such as the War Crimes Research Office and the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law) at WCL “provide students with practical experience all without leaving the school.”The atmosphere at WCL is “encouraging and developmentally oriented, while simulta­neously being highly rigorous and constantly challenging.” The professors are “experts in their fields,” “easily accessible,” and “do everything they can to help their students find internships and jobs.” Every professor has “a true open door policy” and “is willing to provide assistance with class materials and general advice concerning choosing a law as a career.” The school offers “a broad array of classes” taught by a list of well-respected legal experts, and there is a great breadth of international exchange and dual-degree pro­grams, including “a rich curriculum of courses” in private and public international law. A prime location in the nation’s capital creates fertile career ground—DC is where “basically every heavy-hitting law firm has an office”—and “the adjunct faculty is essen­tially composed of partners at these firms.” For example, the higher-level electives are taught by “former ambassadors and government employees, all [of whom] teach wonder­ful courses.” “I cannot imagine wanting to be an international lawyer and attending school anywhere else,” says a student.WCL also makes “excellent use” of the resources that K Street and the federal govern­ment provides in regards to hiring faculty and providing internship/externship/clinical opportunities. The “great legal writing program” helps to imbue the American law degree with a good deal of cache when starting out, but many say that “the Office of Career and Professional Development could be more accessible and energetic,” particularly to those students who are interested in niche areas of the law. The school also has a “growing” business law program, and the American University Business Law Review is the first business-focused journal in DC.

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 507

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Graduates Last Year: 30

Description: An advanced, professional program of the U.S. legal system, Constitution law, and jurisprudence. Includes instruction in legal history, legal sociology, philosophy of law, Constitutional law, legal procedure, and related topics.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 4

Description: An advanced, professional program of the U.S. legal system, Constitution law, and jurisprudence. Includes instruction in legal history, legal sociology, philosophy of law, Constitutional law, legal procedure, and related topics.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MA International Affairs, JD/MS Justice, JD/MPA, JD/MPP: all 3 1/2 to 4 year programs. LLM/MBA, LLM/MPA, LLM/MPP 2-3 years;

Specialty Law Programs

  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Government Services
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor
  • Legal History
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 276
Full-Time Faculty 126
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 1
Part-Time Faculty 149
Faculty Gender 56% Male
39% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 11 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 43% Male
57% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 62%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 3%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 15%
Ethnicity Unknown 2%
Black or African American 8%
Asian 9%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $46,794 Same as On-Campus
Housing $15,263 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $62,057 $46,794

Financial Aid

87% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$61,900 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 1

Average Age Admitted: 24

Application Fee: $70

Incoming Class

American University Washington College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 156 - 162
LSAT Part-Time 153 - 159
LSAT Total 156 - 162

American University Washington College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.19 - 3.58
Part-Time 3.11 - 3.55
Total 3.18 - 3.58

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#3 Most Liberal Students

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 73%
First Time Pass Rate 80%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 83%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 70
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 76%
Average Starting Salary $60,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 39 11%
Firm Sized 11-25 6 2%
Firm Sized 26-50 7 2%
Firm Sized 51-100 2 1%
Firm Sized 101-250 5 1%
Firm Sized 251-500 13 4%
Firm Sized 501+ 33 9%
Business Industry 73 21%
Government 64 18%
Public Interest 49 14%
Federal Clerkship 11 3%
State Clerkship 24 7%
Academia 18 5%
Unknown Employer Type 3 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 17 4%
Unemployed, Seeking 71 15%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 17 4%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
VA 9%
MD 13%
DC 48%
International 4%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of American University Washington College of Law include:

  • Peter L. Scher - Executive VP for Global Government Relations and Public Policy, JPMorgan Chase
  • Robert Pence - Founder/CEO The Pence Group, Inc.
  • Benjamin R. Jacobs - Managing Partner, The JBG Companies
  • Kenneth G. Lore - Partner and Co-Chair of Real Estate Practice Group, Bingham McCutchen
  • Hon. Gerald B. Lee - US Dist Court Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia

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