Bar Certifications

Bar Exam Preparation

We encourage you to take advantage of our  Office of Academic Excellence to assist you in preparing for the bar exam.

General Bar Form Information

Most jurisdictions provide you, the applicant, with a law school certification form that you sign before sending it to our office to complete on your behalf.

It is up to you to make sure our office receives the proper documents to assist you with your application.

If your form states that it should not be filled out until you have graduated, please submit it beginning May 1st of your graduation year so that we can prepare it in advance; we will certify and mail it as soon as you are cleared to graduate.

Forms can be submitted in the office (C101), via mail, or email (if your form does not require your original signature) to registrationservices@wcl.american.edu.

* Maryland Bar Applicants - WCL does not certify pre-legal education. You must request an official transcript from your undergraduate institution to be sent directly to the Maryland Bar.

Processing Policy

Due to the volume of requests, certificates are processed weekly, on Thursdays. To allow us to process bar forms as efficiently as possible, we ask that you please submit your requests in a timely manner.

Please note that due to the heavy volume of bar certificate requests, you will not be notified that your forms have been submitted. Know that we retain records that can be used later to verify that the records were sent in response to any questions from the Bar.

Disclosures

If you need to submit additional disclosures prior to graduating or after graduating, submit them to the Dean of Students at djaffe@wcl.american.edu. 

Our office will provide disclosure information to the bar in accordance with their forms.

If you cannot recall what you disclosed to the law school you may fill out the form titled "Request to Release Educational Information to a Third Party" on this page and our office will provide you with that information to assist you with your bar application.

Official Transcripts

You are given an official transcript for your records upon graduation. If you need to send an official transcript as part of your bar application, order here.

If the form states that our office should send the official transcript along with the law school certification, then you don't need to order an official transcript as our office will send one for you.

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October 20 7:45AM-5:00PM Washington College of Law Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition October 20 9:00AM-4:30PM Yuma Building - YT01 2017 Fall Sports Law Symposium October 20 10:30AM-11:30AM Capital Building - C217 2017 Jurist-in-Residence with Judge Timothy Dyk October 21 7:45AM-5:00PM Washington College of Law Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition October 21 5:00PM-8:00PM Kimpton Mason & Rook Hotel, 1430 Rhode Island Ave AUWCL Alumni Reunion During All-American Weekend October 23 12:00PM-1:00PM Washington College of Law Mindfulness Mondays October 23 12:00PM-1:00PM Yuma Building - YT17 Networking – How It’s Done and Why It Matters October 23 12:00PM-1:30PM Warren Building - NT01 Conflict and Crisis in Venezuela: Human Rights & International Responses October 24 12:00PM-1:00PM Warren Building - N101 Maryland Office of the Attorney General's Thurgood Marshall Clerkship Program Information Session October 24 12:00PM-1:15PM Claudio Grossman Hall 1L Externship Orientation Session: Sections 3 & 4 October 24 12:00PM-1:15PM Yuma Building - Y401 Choosing Business Law Courses––with Jobs in Mind October 24 12:00PM-1:30PM Yuma Building - Y115 Human Rights Career Panel: Breaking into International Human Rights Law October 24 3:00PM-4:00PM Warren Building - N102 SBA Academic Affairs Committee Meeting October 25 12:00PM-1:00PM Capital Building - C317 Haynes and Boone Patent Law Lunch Presentation October 25 12:00PM-1:15PM Claudio Grossman Hall 1L Externship Orientation: Sections 1 & 2 October 25 4:00PM-5:00PM Washington College of Law Yoga Class October 25 4:45PM-6:00PM Yuma Building - YT14 Patent Exam Information Session: Exam Tips and Career Strategies October 25 8:00PM-9:00PM Yuma Building - Y116 Networking – How It’s Done and Why It Matters October 26 9:00AM-4:00PM Warren Building - NT01 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Comparative Law - “Comparative Law, Faith and Religion: The Role of Faith in Law” October 26 12:00PM-1:00PM Yuma Building - YT17 Networking – How It’s Done and Why It Matters October 26 12:30PM-5:00PM Yuma Building - YT01-01 Next Steps in Health Reform 2017 October 26 6:15PM-7:30PM Warren Building - NT01 Sixth Annual Peter A. Jaszi Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property with Professor Rebecca Tushnet October 26 6:15PM-8:15PM Yuma Building - Y112 Preserving Perspectives: International Arbitrators in Their Own Words October 26 6:15PM-8:30PM Yuma Building - Y112 Oral History of International Arbitrator and former President of the Int'l Court of Justice: Stephen Schwebel October 26 8:00PM-9:00PM Y-401 1L Externship Orientation: Section 5 October 27 8:00AM-5:00PM Yuma Building - YT01-01 Next Steps in Health Reform October 27 8:45AM-3:30PM Warren Building - NT08 Unlocking the Promise of Antitrust Enforcement October 30 12:00PM-1:00PM Washington College of Law Mindfulness Mondays October 30 12:00PM-2:00PM Capital Building - C117 Claudio Grossman “Los derechos humanos como temática de trabajo de la Comisión de Derecho Internacional de las Naciones Unidas: Una actualización sobre el debate”. October 30 6:00PM-8:00PM NAFTA and the Digital Environment October 31 12:00PM-1:15PM Warren Building - NT03 Human Rights Reading Group October 31 12:00PM-1:30PM Yuma Building - YT01 A Conversation with David Rubenstein November 01 12:00PM-1:30PM Capital Building - Commons Gender and Law Course Advising November 01 4:00PM-5:00PM Washington College of Law Yoga Class November 01 6:00PM-8:00PM McDermott Will & Emery - 500 North Capital St NW Washington DC Fall Alumni Reception November 02 3:00PM-5:00PM Yuma Building - YT01 Race and Disability in Policing and Criminal Justice Reform November 03 8:00AM-5:00PM Washington College of Law 2017 National SJD Roundtable November 06 12:00PM-1:00PM Washington College of Law Mindfulness Mondays November 07 12:00PM-12:50PM Washington College of Law Gender and Law Lunch and Learn: Forced Labor Trafficking Panel November 07 3:00PM-4:00PM Warren Building - N102 SBA Academic Affairs Committee Meeting November 07 4:00PM-4:50PM Yuma Building - Y112 Martial Arts for Stress Relief with Professor Macarena Saez November 07 6:50PM-8:00PM Yuma Building - YT01 A Conversation on Gender, Development and Public Service November 08 8:30AM-3:00PM Warren Building - NT01 What's Next in the Pipeline? 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