American University Washington College of Law

American University Washington College of Law

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American University’s Washington College of Law is one of the top international law schools in the US, 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 2019, preLaw magazine gave it an A for overall diversity. 

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
Admission Profile Table: 
75th Percentile1623.65
25th Percentile1543.22
Financial Profile
Financial Profile Table: 
Tuition Part-time$41,191
Living Expenses
Median grant$30000
Percent receiving grants74.00%
Estimated net tuition[field_estimated_net_tuition]
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Employment & Bar Profile Table: 
Post-grad employment 80.30%
NJ Employment[field_nj_employment_rate]
Bar Passage62.83%
Academic Profile
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
Public Interest/Social Justice
Tax Law
Trial Advocacy
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW,
District Of Columbia