Getting to Events to WCL

The American University Washington College of Law is located in Washington, DC, in the upper-northwest region. All travel to and from the Atlantic Regional is the responsibility of the participants. Below is information that may assist you in getting to the Washington College of Law.

The following are useful Maps of WCL (4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016) and of the WCL area:

Washington College of Law's location in Washington, DC
Washington College of Law neighborhood
Shuttle Stop location at Tenleytown Metro 
Washington, DC

By Plane
Three major airports serve the Washington, DC area:

  • Washington National Airport (DCA) - approx. 20-25 minutes from WCL
  • Washington-Dulles (IAD) - approx. 40-45 minutes from WCL
  • Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) - approx. 50-60 minutes from WCL

All three airports can be accessed by public transportation, taxi cab, or Supershuttle. Washington-Dulles has a taxi service (Washington Flyer) that can be reserved ahead of time and who will pick you up at your location.

By Train
Washington, DC is serviced by Amtrak and two regional railways, the MARC Train (in Maryland) and the Virginia Railway Express (VRE). Note: Both the MARC Train and VRE only run Monday through Friday.

Metro
The Washington College of Law is located in Tenleytown and the closest Metro stop is Tenleytown/AU (also called Tenley Circle) on the Red Line. The DC Metro system is very clean and efficient. Additionally, the Metro employees are used to helping Washington visitors. Metro's website www.wmata.com is very useful, and has bus and train schedules, bus and train route maps, hours of operation, information about the next metro arrival at each station, etc.

Public Metro buses run on regular schedules from Tenley Circle to WCL. From the exit marked Tenleytown/AU, continue on foot past the Sears Home Appliance Showroom on your left.  Past the Sears store you will come to a Metro bus stop, next to the AU bus stop. Take the N8 bus marked Wesley Heights which will take you directly to the WCL, at 4801 Massachusetts Avenue. Travel time is approximately 10 minutes. Buses depart from the stop every 20 minutes in the morning until 10:00 a.m. Thereafter, the bus departs every 30 minutes. For return trips, you may access the bus from the bus stop across the street from WCL.

Regular Metrorail fare during peak periods (weekdays: opening to 9:30 am and 3-7pm; weekends: 2 am-closing) is between $2.10 and $5.75.  Reduced fares are in place at all other times and are between $1.70 and $3.50. Additionally, there is now a paper farecard surcharge of $1.00.  Farecard machines are located in every station and small bills are recommended.  There are no change machines in stations and farecard machines provide only up to $5 in change (in coins). 

Metrobus fares are $1.80 for regular buses and $4.00 for express buses.  Bus drivers do not carry money.  Please have your transfer or exact fare ready when you board.  Transfers can be obtained from the machines inside the Metro stations.

Shuttle from the Metro to WCL
From the Tenleytown/AU Metro stop you can pick up the Law School Shuttle (WCL Direct Shuttle), which is located across the street from the station, at the corner of Albemarle Street and Fort Drive.  If coming from the Metro station, take the east side exit, marked “Tenleytown/AU.”  From there, continue straight ahead and walk past a Sears Home Appliance Showroom, which will be on your left.  You will see an American University main campus Shuttle stop.  The WCL Shuttle stop is located directly across the street from the main campus shuttle.  The shuttle to WCL (the Red Route) is free and runs every 15 minutes between 7:00am and 8:00pm on weekdays.  This Shuttle will take you directly to the law school.  On evenings and weekends, the White Route will take you to WCL with stops at American University’s main campus.  This shuttle runs every 10 minutes from 8:00am to 3:30 am on Saturdays and from 8am to 1am on Sundays. 

For return trips, the Shuttle departs from the South side of the law school at the same location where it drops you off when you take it from the Metro.  When walking to the bus stop from the law school, exit the front of the school, and turn left towards the stairs.  Take your first left, on 48th Street, and walk to the Shuttle Stop located on the corner of 48th and Warren Streets. 

Shuttle bus information is available at 202-885-3111 or at www.wcl.american.edu/shuttle.cfm#metro.

Walking from the Metro to WCL
The Law School building at 4801 Massachusetts Avenue NW is about a one mile (1.6 kilometers) walk, through a residential area, from the Tenleytown/AU Metrorail Station. If walking: exit the Station and proceed to Albemarle Street. Turn right on to Albemarle Street. Follow Albemarle Street to 48th Street, NW. Turn left on 48th and proceed about four blocks to Massachusetts Avenue, NW. The Law School is situated on your right. Enter it from the Massachusetts Avenue side.

Driving
Limited parking is available at WCL (4801 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016). Participants will be able to park in the WCL garage, the entrance to which is just past the front entrance of the law school on the right. The maps above may be useful in driving to WCL and the address above can also be used to use an online map service to determine exact driving directions. If you want more information, please email Erika Lennon.

Taxi
When using a taxi service be sure to instruct the driver to take you to 4801 Massachusetts Ave, NW, rather than just to American University. The Washington College of Law is not located on the main AU campus. If you need a taxicab, please call: Diamond Cab: 202-387-6200 or Yellow Cab: 202-544-1212.

Questions? Email Erika Lennon