Frequently Asked Questions

According to the ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools Standard 306. DISTANCE EDUCATION, a law school may grant a student up to one-third of the credit hours required for the J.D. degree for distance education courses. 10 of those 30 credits may be granted during the first year of a student’s program of legal education.


Please note: while most state bar associations follow the ABA guidelines for the amount of online credits acceptable in one's J.D. degree, some states do not. The Office of Online Learning is currently aware that the New York State Bar Association, for example, will only allow 15 credits of distance education courses. It is each student's responsibility to ensure they are meeting the requirements of the bar they intend to be admitted to.

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Some learning activities, including live synchronous sessions, require the Flash Player. Speakers, microphone, and webcam should be enabled for active participation. The online learning platform has everything you need to learn, communicate, and submit assignments to stay connected and actively engaged!

Often times presentations, readings, and media are opened in a 'new' or secondary tab; try allowing for popups while accessing the online learning platform. Contact the WCL Help Desk at for further assistance regarding popups. If you still cannot view videos that open in a secondary tab or window, contact the Media Control Center at

Questions around the course content and grades must be directed to your Professor(s) teaching the online course.

Washington College of Law faculty approved its Distance Learning Policy on March 26, 2018.

Attorneys may obtain mandatory continuing legal education credit by attending online courses at American University Washington College of Law. Questions on CLE accreditation process should be addressed to Shayan Davoudi, Assistant Director of Continuing Legal Education at