ABA Required Disclosures (ABA Standard 509)


American University Washington College of Law has been approved by the American Bar Association since 1940. The contact information for the Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar is:

321 N. Clark Street, 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60654

Phone: 312-988-6738Fax: 312-988-5681 legaled@americanbar.org

In compliance with ABA Standard 509, we provide the following information to current and prospective students about American University Washington College of Law and the J.D. Program.

ABA Standard 509 Information Report (PDF)

Admissions Data


JD Admissions Profile

ABA Standard 509 Information Report (PDF)

Tuition, fees, living costs, financial aid, and refunds


Financial Aid Homepage

Financial Aid: 2016-17 Cost of Attendance (Full-Time JD)

Financial Aid Refund Policy

Conditional Scholarships


The Public Interest/Public Service (PIPS) Scholarship requires recipients to maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

Enrollment Data and Graduation Rates


ABA Standard 509 Information Report (PDF)

Total 2016-2017 JD enrollment: 1277 (1035 full time; 242 part-time).

Fall 2016-2017 entering JD class enrollment: 463 (380 full time, 83 part time)

  • Minority Representation: 33%
  • Female/Male ratio: 64%/36%

Less than .5% of entering students fail to graduate due to academic deficiency.

Composition and number of faculty and administrators


ABA Standard 509 Information Report (PDF)


Curricular Offerings


ABA Standard 509 Information Report (PDF)


Course Catalog

Library Resources


Pence Law Library

Physical Facilities



JD bar passage data


ABA Standard 509 Information Report (PDF)

In 2015, 80.8% of AUWCL graduates sat for the bar examination in Maryland, New York, or Virginia. The combined pass rate for these three jurisdictions was 62.37%.

Employment Outcomes


Recent Employment Outcomes

Transfer Policies


Information on Transferring and Visiting Students

Complaint Process


As a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, American University Washington College of Law ("AUWCL") is subject to the ABA Standards for Approval of Law Schools. These Standards may be found at http://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_education/resources/standards.html.

Any AUWCL student who wishes to bring a formal complaint that directly implicates AUWCL's program of legal education and its compliance with the ABA Standards may so file with the Office of Academic Affairs (academic@wcl.american.edu). The complaint must include the student's name and contact information, must be sent from the student's American University email account, and must identify the problem with sufficient detail, including the Standard which forms the basis of the complaint, to allow the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty & Academic Affairs to properly investigate the matter.

The Senior Associate Dean for Faculty & Academic Affairs will acknowledge the complaint within five business days of its receipt. Within thirty business days following acknowledgment of the complaint, the Senior Associate Dean shall either meet with or respond in writing to the complaining student. The Senior Associate Dean shall provide a substantive response to the complaint, information about steps taken by the law school to address the complaint or a statement that further investigation is needed. If further investigation is needed, the Senior Associate Dean shall provide information about what steps are being taken by AUWCL to obtain the additional information and the anticipated time frame for additional response.

Within ten business days of written notice from the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty & Academic Affairs regarding final resolution of the complaint, the student may appeal the decision in writing to the Dean. If such an appeal is filed, the Dean shall respond, with a written decision, within thirty business days. The decision of the Dean shall be final.

The Office of Academic Affairs shall maintain for eight years a complete written record of each complaint and how it was investigated and resolved.

Important Dates & Deadlines

December 14 Exams
December 15 Exams
December 16 Exams
December 23 Winter Break (University closed)
December 24 Winter Break (University closed)
December 25 Winter Break (University closed)
December 26 Winter Break (University closed)
December 27 Winter Break (University closed)
December 28 Winter Break (University closed)
December 29 Winter Break (University closed)
December 30 Winter Break (University closed)
December 31 Winter Break (University closed)
January 01 Winter Break (University closed)
January 08 First Day of Classes
January 08 Add/Drop Period Begins
January 13 Add/Drop Period Ends
January 15 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (University closed; no classes)
March 11 Spring Break
March 12 Spring Break
March 13 Spring Break
March 14 Spring Break
March 15 Spring Break
March 16 Spring Break
March 17 Spring Break
March 18 Spring Break
March 30 Deadline for NNES Exam Accommodations Request
April 23 Deadline for Submitting Exam Deferral Requests
April 23 Last Day of Classes
April 24 Reading Period
April 25 Reading Period
April 26 Reading Period
April 27 Reading Period
April 28 Reading Period
April 29 Reading Period
April 30 Exams
May 01 Exams
May 02 Exams
May 03 Exams
May 04 Exams
May 05 Exams
May 06 Exams
May 07 Exams
May 08 Exams
May 09 Exams
May 10 Exams
May 11 Exams
May 12 Exams
May 20 Commencement