Overview

Applicants
4,058
Acceptance Rate
50%
Median Undergrad GPA
3.45
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
397

Test Scores

LSAT
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
155 - 160

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
March 1

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$70

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
No

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors

Academic

LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement

Selectivity Rating

Faculty Information

46.1
Female
18.5
Underrepresented Minorities


Students Say

Located in Washington D.C., American University's Washington College of Law is housed in new, "breathtaking" and "LEED-approved" facilities a block from the Tenleytown Metro Station. AUWCL students praise the "impressive faculty" and name the emphasis on human rights law, the Hague summer program on international terrorism and international criminal law, and the connection with the Public International Law and Policy Group as just a few of the top-rated offerings. Washington D.C. offers "ample opportunities for internships and externships in all areas of the legal profession (government, courts, and law firms)." The "highly sought after" clinical program gives students experience working on real cases with their own clients in many areas of law, including immigration, community and economic development, intellectual property, tax, domestic violence, civil advocacy, and disability rights. Students also stress the benefits of being taught not only by legal scholars and top-notch tenured faculty but also by adjunct professionals including "seasoned prosecutor[s]" from the Montgomery County States Attorneys' Office and the U.S. Attorneys' Office, and state and federal defense attorneys. Most professors are praised for "going out of their way to be accessible to students and to assist…in finding internships and jobs…and…mentor[ing]." Other highly respected professors that have taught or continue to teach at the college include Angela Y. Davis, Jamie Raskin, and Jon Santamauro. While the International Law program is highly ranked, students say that other excellent programs are often overlooked. "The trial advocacy program is phenomenal and provides students with tons of hands on experience," said one student, "and the intellectual property program is one of the best in the country." There has been a recent change on the upper levels of administration, and many students see a change. "They appear…to be ushering in welcome changes to the prior status quo. Among these were lack of concern or plan to remedy declining bar passage rates and unemployment or non-legal employment statistics, stagnant firm recruitment process, and [an] overall plummet in the rankings. Dean Nelson's early statements indicate a willingness to take these issues head-on." There are still concerns among some students that the school is not offering enough academic advising, and that "there needs to me much more emphasis placed on the bar exam and how to succeed on it post-graduation."

Career overview

Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
62%
Median Starting Salary
$68,000
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
82%
% of job accepting graduates providing useable salary information
48%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year
189

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Bloomberg BNA; Buckley LLP; CACI International, Inc.; Circuit Court for Montgomery County; Circuit Court for the City of Baltimore; Covington & Burling LLP; D.C. Court of Appeals; D.C. Office of the Attorney General; District Attorney's Office, Bronx County; District Court of Maryland for Montgomery County; Erickson Immigration Group; Ernst & Young; Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP; Miami-Dade Office of the State Attorney; Office of the State Public Defender, Colorado; Ropes & Gray LLP; Shearman & Sterling LLP; Steptoe & Johnson LLP; Superior Court of the District of Columbia; New York County District Attorney's Office; U.S. Army JAG Corps; U.S. Department of Labor; U.S. Navy JAG Corps; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; Venable LLP; White & Case LLP

Prominent Alumni

David Julius King, III
Head of Employee Experience, Diversity and Belonging at Shopify

Honorable Reggie Walton
Senior Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Gal Kaufman
Senior Counsel, Holland & Knight

Jamie Underwood
Partner and Global IP Strategist, Latham & Watkins LLP

Claudia Lewis
Partner, Venable LLP

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Mar 1
Application Deadlines
Apr 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$62,223

% Students Receiving Some Aid
91%

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$55,572
Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$18,360
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$18,360
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$6,838
Fees
$1,140

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
1,315
Parent Institution Enrollement
13,347

Number of Foreign Countries Represented
30
Average Age at Entry
24

% International
4%

Demographics

33.36%
% Under-represented Minorities

83% are full time
17% are part time
63% female
37% male

Campus Life

Students Say

AUWCL students love being in the D.C. area, which offers "many opportunities for legal internships that any other school outside of D.C. just cannot offer during the school year," and which prepare students for the job market with "real world experience in [their] areas of interest before graduation." The new facilities are "pristine" and centrally located—within a five-minute walk off the Metro and a number of bus stops. The school has also partnered with Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to provide unlimited metro/bus travel to students for a charge under $150 (added directly to tuition and fees). There's also a parking garage. The library is "beautiful," and all of the classrooms are equipped with technology to help us learn from different medias. Claudio Grossman Hall regularly hosts events and students are always welcome to attend for free, events that "have been invaluable for meeting and have meaningful conversations with leaders in the legal field." There is "a beautiful moot courtroom in a restored chapel, a spacious quad that allows for studying and eating outside, a very popular commons area, [and] spacious journal offices…." The student body is "generally friendly and form natural cliques based on interest areas and journal affiliation, but there is no animosity amongst groups or journals."

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Akira Shiroma
Assisistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Address
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016

Phone
202-274-4101

Email
wcladmit@wcl.american.edu