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.

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
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