In the joint degree program you have access to the vast educational resources available in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. These include the consortium of universities' libraries, federal agencies, associations, and embassies. Numerous opportunities exist for internships, externships, and field placements through the university's Cooperative Education Program and the Washington College of Law's externship program.
As a first-year student, you will receive academic counseling on curriculum planning from law school faculty assigned to advise you. WCL's Office of Student Affairs is also available for academic and personal counseling. You should direct administrative and academic questions related to SPA to the JD/MS graduate counselor in the Department of Justice, Law and Society. Faculty in both schools are excellent resources for the details of specific courses and are noted for their accessibility to students.
Career counseling is readily available to you through WCL's Office of Career & Professional Development, SPA's Department of Justice, Law and Criminology, and the university's Career Center. WCL's Office of Career & Professional Development provides current information on various law firms, corporations, public interest groups, and governmental agencies. In addition to coordinating on-campus recruitment, the office also advises you on resume preparation and other employment related topics. Both SPA and WCL have established a b network of alumni to assist you with job placement. The university's Career Center offers similar programs, but on a broader scale, targeted for the full range of university programs. SPA's Department of Justice, Law and Criminology provides you with a wide variety of justice-related internship possibilities.
The university and the law school have a number of student groups whose activities you may find of interest. At the law school, these groups include the staffs of American University Law Review, American University journal of International Law and Policy, Administrative Law Review and Criminal Law Brief. Relevant WCL organizations include the Student Bar Association, the Criminal Law Society, and the Juvenile Justice Society. As a student in the School of Public Affairs you may participate in the SPA Graduate Student Council and the Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society.