Achievement in the Evening

American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) offers one of the premier part-time law programs in the nation, committed to ensuring a high-quality education and personal attention for our part-time students. Ranked 8th by U.S. News and World Report, AUWCL’s part-time program provides students with the same breath and depth of courses available to their full-time counterparts. Part-time students are fully integrated in extracurricular activities including moot court and mock trial honor societies, law journals and briefs, and participation in our nationally ranked clinics. Our goal is to ensure that part-time students can succeed in law school while balancing full-time employment and the demands of everyday life.

AUWCL Administrative Offices – such as the Office of Career and Professional Development, Registrar’s Office, and Office of Student Affairs – are dedicated to the specific needs of part-time, evening students. These offices offer evening hours and unique programs tailored to part-time students. Additionally, the Assistant Dean of the Part-time Program helps coordinate student and academic services and advocates for the needs of part-time students within the administration.

Expanded Options for Evening Students

Over the past several years, the Part-Time Program, in collaboration with the Registrar’s Office, created a multi-year strategic plan for expanding offerings at night and on weekends that provide part-time students with a wide selection of curricular choices. The law school solicited input from its part-time student community through surveys and town hall meetings to determine the courses that they are interested in taking.  AUWCL has taken care to provide sections of those courses, and in particular, experiential courses such as clinical offerings in the evenings, to provide part-time students with the necessary opportunities to develop their skills in a learning-by-doing format.

My students have let me know in no uncertain terms that there is nothing part-time about the work they put into their studies and activities here at the law school,” said Elizabeth Boals, assistant dean for part-time and online education. “We are focusing our efforts on ensuring that this amazing group of hard-working individuals have the same exceptional courses and experiences as their full-time counterparts.  We have had a positive response to providing part-time students non-traditional course offerings on weekends, in intensive short courses, and online to answer the demands of their hectic schedules.”

A Tradition of Service to Non-traditional Law Students

American University Washington College of Law is an institution with a unique heritage. It was founded over 120 years ago by two pioneering women – Ellen Spencer Mussey and Emma Gillett – at a time when women were generally excluded from the legal profession. The founders created a tradition of providing opportunities for those historically outside the mainstream of the legal profession. As such, we have a long history of offering evening and part-time opportunities when other schools placed their focus only on full-time students.

“There is nothing part-time about our part-time JD students. They somehow manage to balance life, work, and their studies. At AUWCL, we help them do more than merely survive their busy schedules – we are here to help them succeed!”

Dean Camille Nelson