JD Orientation 2014

Students chatting

We look forward to you joining our law school community and pursuing your legal studies at American University Washington College of Law. Compiled on this page is information regarding Orientation activities and other helpful tips to better prepare for the start of classes.

Orientation Week Schedules and Activities

Business casual attire for Orientation, except casual attire encouraged for the Friday BBQ.

Here are the dates for the required activities:

  • First-year Part-time students: required activities in the evenings of Wednesday, 8/20 and Thursday 8/21 and Saturday, 8/23. Optional BBQ and Student Organization Fair on Friday evening 8/22.
  • First-year Full-time Students: required activities during the day on Thursday 8/21 and Friday 8/22. Optional BBQ and Student Organization Fair on Friday evening of 8/22.
  • Transfer and Visiting Students: required activities on Thursday 8/21 (5:30-9:00 pm) and Friday 8/22 (10-11 am). Optional BBQ and Student Organization Fair on Friday evening of 8/22.

D.C. Monuments and U.S. CapitolOptional Orientation Week Activities

Law & Government Event/Monuments Tour for Incoming Students
Monday, 8/18; 11:00 am-4pm
The Law & Government Society and the Program on Law & Government typically hosts this event on the Monday of Orientation week. Event registration will be emailed over the summer.


    IMBY group

    IMBY (In My Back Yard)
    Public Service Day

    Tuesday, 8/19
    IMBY is a day-long, community-wide service event that sets the tone for the spirit of public service and community involvement that pervades WCL. Students, faculty & staff gather to give back to our community, explore our city, and get to know one another by visiting service agencies throughout the D.C. area. Event registration will be emailed over the summer.



First-Year Diversity Day- Wednesday, 8/20; 4:00-7pm
This event is sponsored by the Office of Diversity Services and the diversity student organizations. Details will be posted in early August.

WCL Shuttle BusGeneral Information

Academic Calendar

Pence Law Library

Laptop Wireless Configuration

AU ID Cards (Online Photo Submission)

EagleBuck$ (store money on your ID card for use on and off campus)

News and Information Feeds (RSS/Atom)

Course/Emergency Notice Alerts (Receive notices via SMS or email)

Health Center


Transportation and Parking Info for Orientation


Shuttle from Metro

Metro Bus

Free parking in the WCL Garage (entrance on Massachusetts Ave.) during all Orientation activities but no overnight parking allowed. WCL Direct Shuttle from Tenleytown runs every 15 minutes. See transportation info posted below.