American University Washington College of Law

American University Washington College of Law

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Basic Information
Type: 
Private
Enrollment: 
1266

American University’s Washington College of Law is one of the top international law schools in the country, with one of the largest programs for foreign attorneys, and the nation’s largest study abroad program. It also excels in human rights and other practice areas, and is one of the most diverse schools in the nation. 

It was one of only two law schools to be ranked by preLaw magazine as one of the best for black, Asian and Hispanic law students. Its Office of Diverity Services offers a wide range of assistance, which includes supporting and advising the school's many minoirty student associations. In 2017, preLaw magazine gave it an A for overall diversity. 

To back up its commitment to diversity, 60 percent of the school’s scholarships are need-based, targeting minorities. That makes the school affordable when it otherwise might not be. But the school has struggled with both employment and bar pass rates in recent years. For the Class of 2015, only 74.94 percent passed the bar exam within two years. That placed it as one of the lowest pass rates in the region. 

American University has several areas of strength. Its Center for International Commercial Arbitration and Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law are considered tops in the nation, and helped it rank high for international law and human rights. Other strong areas include intellectual property and criminal law. It ranked 15th in the nation for public defender/prosecution in 2017. 

It offers a total of 12 areas of concentrations, including law and government, business, environmental law and tax.  

The law school moved to a new building in 2016, which is located adjacent to Washington, D.C.'s metro system. The new building earned an A+ from preLaw, ranking it as the 7th best facility in the nation, and the best in the D.C. region. 

 

 

Admission Profile
Application Deadline: 
3/1
Application Fee: 

$70

Financial Aid Deadline: 

3/1

 LSATGPA
75th Percentile1593.59
Median1563.41
25th Percentile1523.1
Financial Profile
 ResidentNon-Resident
Tuition$54,832$54,832
Tuition Part-time$37,011$37,011
Living Expenses
Median grant$17500
Percent receiving grants64.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
 Rate
Post-grad employment 79.20%
NJ Employment71.12%
Bar Passage62.83%
State74.89%
Academic Profile
Concentrations: 
Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Family Law/Child & Family
Governmental Affairs and Regulations
Health Law
Human Rights
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Litigation
Public Interest/Social Justice
Tax Law
Trial Advocacy
Website: 
www.wcl.american.edu