We are pleased to welcome you to the International Arbitration Summer Program at American University, Washington College of Law (WCL).
Below you will find information regarding daily travel to and from WCL, class materials, use of technology facilities during the Summer Session and other materials we hope you will find useful.
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SUMMER PROGRAM OFFICE
The Summer Program Office Location: Room 129 Main Lobby
You can also contact the Program coordinator at (202) 274-4321.
There are three main airports in the DC area:
- Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) - This airport has easy access to the metro.
- Dulles International Airport (IAD)
- Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) – Amtrak travel into Washington, DC’s Union Station is possible and prices range from approximately $11-40.
If you are not taking public transportation to get to your destination, we suggest you look for a Super Shuttle desk at the airport. If you take a cab, prices will start approximately at $25 from Reagan National Airport, $60 from IAD, and $80 from BWI.
MAPS AND DIRECTIONS
The Washington College of Law is located at 4801 Massachusetts Avenue in the upper northwest section of Washington, D.C. Please note that this is about five city blocks west from the main American University campus.
Washington College of Law's location in Washington, DC
Washington College of Law neighborhood
American University Main Campus
Centennial Dormitory at Main Campus
Shuttle Stop location at Tenleytown Metro
The Metro system is very clean, efficient, and the employees are used to helping Washington visitors. Metro's website www.wmata.com is useful, containing bus schedules, bus & train route maps, hours of operation, etc.
Contact them at 202-637-7000 or online at www.wmata.com.
The closest Metro stop to American University (AU) isTenleytown/AU(also called Tenley Circle) on the Red Line. Regular Metro rail fare during peak periods is between $2.15 and $5.90 with reduced fares $1.75 to $3.60 at all other times. Fare card machines are in every station. Small bills are recommended. There are no change machines in stations and fare card machines provide only up to $5 in change (in coins). You may purchase a SmarTrip card for reduced rates and easy reloading. SmarTrip cards can be purchased online at www.wmata.com and come with $25 loaded for travel, or they may be purchased and reloaded at any metro stop. Cards can also be purchased at CVS/pharmacy stores for $10 each, which includes $5 for the cost of the card and $5 of fare value preloaded onto the card so customers can travel immediately.
WCL is also accessible via Public Metro buses. The N3, N4, and N6 lines have stops in front of or a block from the school. Metrobus fares are $1.75 for regular buses and $4 for express buses. Bus drivers do not carry money. Please have exact fare ready when you board, or, you may use your SmarTrip Card.
AU provides a free shuttle service from the metro (Tenleytown-AU on the Red Line) to AU Main Campus and WCL. Follow the directional signs when exiting the Metro. The WCL shuttle picks up at the corner across from the side where you exit the metro. The shuttle to main campus picks up on the corner where you exit the metro. The WCL shuttle runs at 15 and 45 minutes past the hour. Shuttle bus information is available at 202-885-3111 or at www.wcl.american.edu/shuttle.cfm#metro.
When using taxi service be sure to instruct the driver to take you to 4801 Massachusetts Ave., N.W. rather than just to American University, because the Washington College of Law is not situated on the main AU campus. If you need a taxicab, please call:
- Diamond Cab: (202) 387-6200
- Yellow Cab: (202) 544-1212
Uber is also popular in DC. This service provides rides for a similar price to taxicabs and is accessible by downloading an application available on mobile smart phones.
The Law School building at 4801 Massachusetts Avenue is about a one mile (1.6 kilometers) walk, through a residential area, from the Tenleytown/AU Metrorail Station. If walking: exit the Station and proceed to Albemarle Street. Turn right on to Albemarle Street. Follow Albemarle Street to 48th Street, NW. Turn left on 48th and proceed about four blocks to Massachusetts Avenue, NW. WCL is situated on your right. Enter it from the Massachusetts Avenue side.
Parking is available at 4801 Massachusetts Avenue. You may park your vehicles in the WCL garage without a permit, paying a daily fee. Alternatively, a permit may be purchased in the Facilities Management Office, room 383. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the parking policy please contact the Facilities Management Office at (202) 274-4008.
Please note that the cafeteria located in the 6th floor will be open in summer from 8am to 2:30pm Monday through Thursday. On Friday it will be open from 8am to 2pm.
Course materials will be available online through MyWCL and in electronic format only.
If you have further questions about materials, please send an email to
PENCE LAW LIBRARY
The Pence Law Library entrance is on the first floor Law School building. The Law Library is open to the general public. Library hours for the summer term can be found on the Pence Law Library website http://library.wcl.american.edu/hours.cfm.
To start a search for books and periodicals, go to http://library.wcl.american.edu/ and click on “Leagle, Library Catalog.” The catalog identifies all of the materials housed in the library, as well as electronic resources available for use within the library.
Many periodicals, including law reviews, bar journals, and newsletters are available through HeinOnline, a full-text electronic database available on the Pence Law Library website, under “Research Tools.” Many indexes to legal periodicals are also available at this link. Links to all available research databases are located under “Information Resources, A to Z” or “Information Resources by Topic.” These links offer non-legal or more specified research tools. To access these resources from the Pence Law Library webpage, you must be connected to the WCL network, either in the law school or via remote access using your my.american.edu password.
To find out how to research arbitration law at the Pence Law Library, please CLICK HERE:
Professional reference assistance is available in the main reading room on the first floor of the Library. During the summer, reference assistance is available daily from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. During the academic year, reference service is available from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday; 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 pm Saturday; and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Reference librarians are also available to faculty and students for research consultations by appointment. You may contact a reference librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 202-274-4352.
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COMPUTER LAB - TECHNOLOGY
The Computer Lab is located on the second floor of the library straight ahead from the top of the stairs, in the open area along the back wall. The computer lab allows you to edit papers, check e-mail, and do research. The library has research ONLY stations located on the first and second floor. You may do research using Lexis, Westlaw, CALI, and the internet. However, editing papers and checking email is not permitted at these stations.
The Washington College of Law has designed its computer system to enable students to take maximum advantage of computers and the Internet. As one of the most "wired" law schools in the United States, WCL maintains a computer lab as well as laptop accessibility throughout its building.
The computer resources at WCL have been optimized to fit the needs of law students. The network connection is available in the classrooms and the library, and student computers are available in the computer lab. The lab maintains 52 PC workstations and 21 Macintosh PowerPC terminals. Students can also utilize the two HP 8000 laser printers in the lab or access the laser printers in the library via their own laptops. These resources allow for access to the Internet, to personalized e-mail accounts, and to the network printing system.
HOW TO LOGIN/LOGOUT
As you sit down at a library PC there will be a login window with two fields on information for you to fill in. Circulation desk staff will give you the necessary information to log onto the library computers.
Once you have finished work at your computer station, please make sure to logout. To do so go to the "Start Menu" and select "Close all programs and log on as a different user". This will detach your account form the network, allowing you to log on in the future.
If you wish to use your own laptop, please connect to the wireless network named wcl-guest. The username and password will be given to you upon arrival.
Washington area weather during the summer months is hot and humid. Temperatures usually range from 29 to 38 Celsius degrees (85 to 100 Fahrenheit degrees) with high humidity.
Dress for classes at the university is generally casual. Jeans, skirts, shorts, and athletic shoes are acceptable for both men and women.