Pre-Arrival Information

We are pleased to welcome you to the International Arbitration Summer Program at American University, Washington College of Law (WCL).

The 2016 Summer Program will be held in our new building (Tenley Campus) which is located a block from the Tenleytown Metro Station at 4300 Nebraska Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20016.

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.

For visa and insurance information, please click here.

Summer Program Office

Room Y360A (Yuma building, third floor, International Suite). A flash drive will be given to you with class materials the first day of class. We will be available every day from 9:00am-6:30pm in our office Y360A located in the International Suite  (Yuma building, third floor). Please make sure you pass by our office the first day of class. If you have problems locating the room, just ask for the International Suite.

Please note that May 30th is a Holiday in the US, therefore our office is closed. For that weekend we would like to recommend you to rent bicycles available around the city (for more information access http://www.capitalbikeshare.com and visit the National Mall where different parades and activities will be held. (more information at  http://www.nationalmemorialdayparade.com ).  There is a bicycle station on the AU Campus (dorms) and one at WCL on Yuma street. During Memorial Day, we remember the American soldiers that died in combat, therefore, it could be interesting to visit the monuments that commemorate the wars in which the US participated.

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There are three main airports in the DC area:

  • Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) – This is the nearest airport to WCL and it is the only one with its own metro stop. Metro will cost less than $6 to travel from DCA to WCL (Tenleytown Metro stop). Also, you can take an uber or taxi to WCL for $35.00. Supershuttle shared ride is $18.00.
  • Dulles International Airport (IAD). Taxi to WCL will cost approximately $70.00. Supershuttle shared ride will cost $29.00 per person to WCL.
  • Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) – Amtrak travel into Washington, DC’s Union Station is
  • possible and prices range from approximately $11.00-$40.00. Supershuttle shared ride is $37.00 to WCL.


If you are not taking the Metro or Amtrak to get to your destination, we suggest you look for a Super Shuttle desk at the airport or reserve your supershuttle bus in advance and online. If you take a taxi, prices will start approximately at $30 from Reagan National Airport, $80 from IAD, and $90 from BWI.

Metro System

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.

Travel Tip: Download the DC Metro smart phone application, to find out where the nearest metro/bus stops are and what the wait times are. Also Google Maps is synchronized with the DC metro to give you updated metro directions & travel times.

The new campus is located a block from the Tenleytown/AU Metro Station (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. You can pay with credit card. 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.

Bus

WCL is also accessible via Metro bus. The N3, N4, and N6 lines have stops in front of or a block from the school. Metrobus fares are fixed at $1.75 for regular buses and $4 for express buses. Payment occurs when you board. Use your SmarTrip Card or have the exact fare ready. Bills and coins are accepted but Bus drivers do not carry money for change. Buses are the cheapest means of transport in DC, and are very convenient.

View a full map of the Metro

Shuttle from metro to AU (Dormitory)

AU provides a free shuttle service from the metro (Tenleytown-AU on the Red Line) to AU Main Campus. Follow the directional signs when exiting the Metro. The shuttle to main campus picks up on the corner where you exit the metro. Shuttle bus information is available at 202-885-3111 or atwww.wcl.american.edu/shuttle.cfm#metro

Taxicab

When using taxi service be sure to instruct the driver to take you to 4300 Nebraska Ave., NW. 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 or less than taxicabs. To use Uber, download the Uber application onto your mobile smart phones, create a profile to attach your credit card details. Uber is very convenient but requires a smartphone with internet access to order the ride. The Uber Pool option is very affordable way to get around if you are not in a rush.

Driving - Parking

Parking is available at WCL. 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 at $60 for 3 weeks. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the parking policy please contact the Facilities Management Office at (202) 274-4008. The office is located at the T level (terrace, office YT05).

Cafeteria

A cafeteria will be open in summer from 8am to 2:30pm Monday through Thursday. On Friday it will be open from 8am to 2pm. It is located at the first floor of the Yuma Building.

Class Materials

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 arbitration@wcl.american.edu.

With your ID number you will need to create an AU account (username and password). With that information you will be able to:
a) Access wireless internet on campus (Wi-Fi)
b) Access and download class materials through the MyWCL portal https://my.wcl.american.edu
c) Print and make copies. On your first day, class materials will also be distributed in a memory stick. Please note that we will not provide students with printed materials. Due to new environmental policies at the University every student will be given 50 dollars for printing purposes. If you spend more than this amount you will have to pay to print your own documents.
c) Download exams (also at the MyWCL portal https://my.wcl.american.edu )

To know how to create an account please click here.

Pence Law Library

The Pence 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 reflib@wcl.american.edu or by telephone at 202-274-4352.

For information about how to make copies or print class materials please click here

Wireless Network

Please connect to the wireless network named wcl. You will be able to connect to the internet using your username and password.

Weather

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 very high humidity.

Dress

Dress for classes at the university is generally casual. Jeans, skirts, shorts, and athletic shoes are acceptable for both men and women.

Important American University Policies

Sexual Assault/Harassment:

  • American University does not tolerate sexual misconduct of any kind, in any context.
  • Intimidating or forcing a person into sexual activity violates American University’s stated values and policies and is punishable with severe sanctions. Sexual misconduct includes, but is not limited to, rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment. Incidents will be reported to the University as well as local authorities. Various campus groups and offices are available for counseling and support

Failure to abide by these rules could result in dismissal from the Program and/or complications with the law.

Tobacco- and Smoke-Free Policy
This policy prohibits the use of tobacco products and medical marijuana on property owned, leased, or otherwise controlled or operated by the University including campus owned, leased or rented vehicles. The policy applies to faculty, staff, students, vendors, guests, and contractors. Tobacco is defined as all tobacco-derived or containing products, including, but not limited to, cigarettes (clove, bidis, kreteks), electronic cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, hookah-smoked products, and oral tobacco (spit and spitless, smokeless, chew, snuff).

Alcohol/Drug Policy:

  • American University community members uphold university policies and abide by local, state, and federal laws pertaining to alcohol and other drugs. Individuals accept personal responsibility for the outcome of their decisions. Consumption or possession of alcohol/drugs is strictly prohibited in university residence halls. A participant that violates this rule will not only face immediate expulsion from the program but will also be charged for misconduct with the University and the local authorities.