Important Information for New Grads


May 21, 2011

Dear Friends,

Congratulations on your graduation from American University Washington College of Law and welcome to the Alumni group. We are looking forward to continuing our relationship with you.

As a graduate, you will have multiple opportunities to network, socialize, and create business relationships through specially designed alumni programs.  In addition, you are invited to Founders’ Events and other conferences hosted at WCL throughout the year. Visit our website and the online calendar at www.wcl.american.edu/calendar (alumni) as new events are continuously added!

Also, WCL offers alumni benefits that include use of the Pence Law Library (see second side of this letter), class auditing, career counseling services, program podcasts and webcasts, CLE opportunities, and much more. Additional information can be found on the alumni relations website at www.wcl.american.edu/alumni and click on “What WCL Can Do For You – As An Alum” to find out what other benefits are available to you.

Looking to network with other alumni? Searching for a job? Join our alumni online community at wcl.affinitycircles.com. All you need is your name/alumni ID number (same as your student ID number). This will be available to you in August, 2011.

There is so much more to share with you, all of which can be found online, in our bi-monthly e-newsletter the Legal Eagle, and in our print publication The Advocate. Please make sure we have your updated contact (mail and email) information so you can continue to stay up-to-date. Better yet, fill out your new contact information on the link on the alumni web site, on InCircle, or send us your updated contact information at alumni@wcl.american.edu.

Again, welcome to the Alumni group. Please don’t hesitate to contact our Alumni Relations Office at 202-274-4163 or by email at alumni@wcl.american.edu (JD) or gevers@wcl.american.edu (ILSP LLM) or lawandgov@wcl.american.edu (Law and Government LLM and SJD) with any questions, comments or concerns. Consider the Alumni Relations Offices your WCL liaison.

Shelly Horn, Director of Alumni Relations

Additional Information:

Communication:

Your  @students.american.edu Gmail email address will remain active. You can use it for correspondence with WCL, as well as have it forwarded to another email account.

Your myau.american.edu access continues indefinitely also. If you receive emails that you would prefer not to receive (@AU Today), please reply to those emails directly with your concerns.

Your MyWCL account and printing privileges continue until August 1. You can take advantage of these opportunities while studying for the bar. After August 1, you can audit a class (see WCL alumni web pages at www.wcl.american.edu/alumni, click on audit) or take a class for credit to continue these privileges.

Online Access:

Westlaw and Lexus will be in touch with you directly with information regarding online access after graduation.

The Office of Career and Professional Development has several online forums for your use as a graduate. Visit their web pages at www.wcl.american.edu/OCPD for more information.

The Office of Alumni Relations has a web site (www.wcl.american.edu/alumni) which includes upcoming events locally and across the US, news of interest to alumni and much more. In addition, Alumni can join the exclusive alumni online community InCircle at wcl.affinitycircles.com, and there are many social networking groups on Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter and much more.

Pence Law Library

You have unlimited access to the WCL building and facilities until August 1. After August 1, you will need to sign in at the front desk (as an alumnus) with a photo ID. And you will need an alumni card to take out books. The alumni card is available in person in suite 376 (9:30 – 5:30 weekdays) or by mail – email alumni@wcl.american.edu if you would like one.

Westlaw is available at the “public work station” in the library. The University license includes HeinOnline and Lexis Academic

Miscellaneous:

You may use the AU fitness center until the end of July for a $50 fee.