Acceptance Rate
Accepted Applicants Who Attend

Test Scores

152 - 159


Application Deadlines
March 1

Application Process

Rolling Admissions

Application Fee

LSDAS Service Used

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall

Transfer Applicants Accepted

Deferred Admission

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LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
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Faculty Information

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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."

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Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Arent Fox PLLC; Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; Circuit Court for Montgomery County; DLA Piper; Federal Communications Commission; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Federal Trade Commission; Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP ; Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP; Hogan Lovells US LLP; IRS, Office of Chief Counsel; Jones Day; Latham & Watkins LLP; Mayer Brown LLP; Dentons; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates; Shearman & Sterling LLP; Steptoe & Johnson LLP; Superior Court of the District of Columbia; U.S. Department of Commerce; U.S. Department of Justice; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; U.S. Patent Trademark Office; U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; Venable LLP; White & Case LLP and Wiley Rein LLP.

Prominent Alumni

Andrew Gumpert
Chief Operating Officer at Paramount Pictures

Alison Lundergan Grimes
Kentucky Secretary of State

Lisa A. Rickard
President at U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform

Hon. Reggie Walton
Senior Federal Judge of the United States District Court of the District of Columbia

Robert Novick
Co-managing Partner at WilmerHale


Financial Aid Rating
Mar 1
Application Deadlines
Apr 1

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Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
Parent Institution Enrollement

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% International


% Under-represented Minorities

82% are full time
18% are part time
61% female
39% 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

Admissions Office Contact

Akira Shiroma
Assisistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016