Washington, DC Area

The Washington College of Law, part of American University since 1949, is located one-half mile from the university's 78-acre campus in one of the city's safest and most beautiful residential neighborhoods. The law school is 15 minutes from the White House, yet it is set within the green boundaries of a residential neighborhood. In short, WCL offers the best of Washington, D.C.

Washington is without peer as a law student's city. Law students find countless opportunities for externships, clinics, and independent study as the Washington, D.C. area is the center of the nation's legal institutions and home to numerous federal and state agencies, courts, trade associations, public interest groups, corporations, and hundreds of private firms. Many classes address contemporary national issues, and WCL professors represent the entire spectrum of the profession, public as well as private.

The Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, and foreign embassies are central to Washington, but there is still more to the Metropolitan area. The Maryland and northern Virginia suburbs encompass thriving cities with their own governments, courts, and agencies. Corporations, consulting agencies, and technical firms are increasing in number and size throughout the region. Cultural activities and sports abound and are also a part of the essential foundation of the Washington Metropolitan area.