Visiting Students
American University Washington College of Law

Welcome to American University Washington College of Law!

We look forward to welcoming you to our new Tenley Campus, conveniently located on Metro's Red Line. Our location and facilities create possibilities from the first day you step onto our campus with unparalleled opportunities. We encourage you to experience AUWCL firsthand by visiting our campus. Contact us for more information.

No matter what area of law interests you, you'll find it here. Start by by attending one of our Fall Events or Pathways Program, a resource designed to provide guidance as you explore your course planning options. Explore the Academic Calendar to see how to schedule your visit in alignment with your requirements.

  • Summer Sessions for Visiting Students

  • Fall and Spring Semester Visiting Students

    • Visiting applicants are eligible to apply for a full year or one semester. They must receive a letter of permission from their current law school. For fall and spring sememster applicants should submit their application and documents through the Admissions Office. For questions please email

      Admissions Requirements

      • Complete the electronic Transfer/Visitor application on the LSAC website
      • Resume and personal statement explaining why you are applying to visit.
      • One letter of recommendation from a law professor is required. The letter must be submitted through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service. Please update your account at LSAC and indicate which letter you want sent to American University for this application year.
      • An official law school transcript showing all grades earned from all law schools attended up until the time you would like to visit. The transcript should be mailed directly from your law school to our admissions office. Transcripts of applicants applying for the fall semester will be accepted after the June 15 application deadline.
      • Certification of your class standing and /or rank at your present law school (if available).
      • An official letter from your law school dean (or designate) stating that you are currently in good academic standing and unconditionally eligible to return to your present law school. The letter must be written after completion of the most current semester. The letter of good standing also needs to indicate that you have permission to visit, specify which semester(s) you can visit, and that you will receive credit for course work successfully completed at the Washington College of Law.
  • Semester Exchange

      • LLM Semester Exchange (October 1 deadline for Spring and May 1 deadline for Fall)
        • Each semester the LLM Programs welcome a small number of exchange students from several partner institutions around the world. Semester exchange students are eligible to take classes at the law school with other LLM and JD students.
        • This program is only open to students from schools with existing signed partnership agreements.
  • Continuing Legal Education (SECLE)

    • American University Washington College of Law offers one of the most comprehensive ranges of CLE programs in the D.C. metropolitan area. We are proud to offer practitioners CLE web casts in diverse practice areas either live or on-demand at West LegalEdcenter®, the nation's largest single source of online accredited CLE programs. You can browse all online CLE opportunities and subscribe or explore the following:

      • On-site CLE: Browse a listing of upcoming programs.
      • Online CLE: Practitioners can register for upcoming live webcasts here.
      • On-Demand CLE: Select programs can now be accessed for on-demand webcasts.
  • Online Education (rolling deadlines)

    • Online learning programs take advantage of education technology tools allowing participants to collaborate with faculty and peers around the globe. These programs feature online content designed by legal professionals and faculty at the Washington College of Law. This content can be accessed 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection, and assignments can be worked on offline. View a list of online learning programs in English and Spanish on a variety of topics areas here.

  • Externships (rolling deadline)

    • WCL offers students the opportunity to earn academic credit for unpaid legal work at government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, courts and tribunals and law firms engaged in pro bono activities. All students participating in an externship must be enrolled in a WCL externship seminar and are responsible for securing their own field placements. For more information on how visiting students can participate in the WCL Externship Program, please go to Visiting Students - Externships.

  • International Visiting Scholars Program

    • This program is designed to provide scholars, judges, lawyers, and government officials with an opportunity to engage in research and scholarship. International Scholars consult with faculty, attend courses and colloquia, guest lecture and contribute to WCL publications. They are granted full access to the Pence Law Library and other resources for research, such as Westlaw and Lexis Nexis.

      • In addition to adding to the unique international environment of WCL, International Scholars promote international exchange and understanding in the general Washington, D.C.

We invite you to explore our law school community! Come to a special event or a weekly campus visit activity.

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