Pre-Arrival Information

We are pleased to welcome you to the Brazil-US Legal and Judicial Studies 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 technological facilities during the Summer Session and other materials we hope you will find useful.


There are three main airports in the DC area:

  • Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) - This airport has easy access to the metro.

  • Dulles International (IAD)

  • Baltimore Washington International (BWI)

If you are not taking public transportation to get to your destination you might look for a Super Shuttle desk at the airport, which has lower fares than a taxicab. If you take a cab prices will start at $25 from Reagan, $60 from IAD and $80 from BWI


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
Shuttle Stop location at Tenleytown Metro
Washington, DC


The Metro system is very clean, efficient, and the employees are used to helping Washington visitors. Metro's website is useful, containing bus schedules, bus & train route maps, hours of operation, etc.

The closest Metro stop to American University (AU) is Tenleytown/AU (also called Tenley Circle) on the Red Line. Public Metro buses run on regular schedules from Tenley Circle to WCL. From the exit marked Tenleytown/AU, continue on foot past the Sears Home Appliance Showroom on your left. Past the Sears store you will come to a Metro bus stop, next to the AU bus stop. Take the N8 bus marked Wesley Heights which will take you directly to the WCL, at 4801 Massachusetts Avenue. Travel time is approximately 10 minutes. Buses depart from the stop every 20 minutes in the morning until 10:00 a.m. Thereafter, the bus departs every 30 minutes. For return trips, you may access the bus from the opposite side of the street on Massachusetts.

Regular Metro rail fare during peak periods is between $1.65 and $4.50 with reduced fares 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 and come with $25 loaded for travel, or may be purchased at the Metro Center metro stop and may be reloaded at any metro stop.

Metrobus fares are $1.35 for regular buses and $3.10 for express buses. Bus drivers do not carry money. Please have exact fare ready when you board.


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 at 15 and 45 minutes past the hour. Shuttle bus information is available at 202-885-3111 or at


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


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. The Law School is situated on your right. Enter it from the Massachusetts Avenue side.


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 the Associate Director of the Program: Renata Brazil David.


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

To start a search for books and periodicals, go to 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.

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 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., 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 or by telephone at 202-274-4352.


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.


If you wish to use your own laptop, please connect to the wireless network named wcl-guest. The username and password will be giving to you upon your arrival.


Washington area weather during the summer months is hot and humid. Temperatures usually arrange 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.