Message from the Dean

Dean Claudio Grossman Welcome to American University Washington College of Law. As you explore our website, you'll discover that this is more than a leading law school; it's an environment of opportunity, and a uniquely collaborative place where students, faculty, and alumni champion what matters in all areas of the law. Since its founding more than 100 years ago, this has been a school that passionately pursues the values of dignity, diversity, and equal rights for all. Our students go through rigorous classroom training and intense practical experience that prepare them for challenges of real-world practice and provide a wealth of opportunities within the Washington, D.C. legal community and across the globe.

Our goal each year is to keep building on our achievements while remaining focused on our commitment to engage the community, the nation, and the world through outstanding legal education. Future generations of lawyers will benefit from externships with governmental and nongovernmental institutions around the world, as well as our renowned programs in clinical education, international law, intellectual property, trial advocacy, human rights, law and government, business law, and environmental law. Eleven journals and publications hone students' writing, research, and analytical skills. Courses are taught by exceptional faculty who understand and have practiced in the complex legal world. Students learn from an accessible faculty that is committed to their success, and engage with one of the most diverse and proactive student bodies in the nation. This diverse community is further enriched by lawyers from around the world who come to study in our SJD programs and LL.M. programs in international legal studies, law and government, and advocacy.

American University Washington College of Law is also committed to the success of its graduates and, as part of our mission, we continue to support our graduates as they enter the legal profession by engaging our alumni in the life of our institution through specialized programs, conferences, and Continuing Legal Education events.

So, what is it that you want to do here? Whether the answer is "take a class" or "change the world," we are eager to support you in any way that we can. I invite you to visit American University Washington College of Law to learn more and witness the energy and excitement throughout our campus. We look forward to welcoming you to our community.

Claudio M. Grossman
Dean of the Washington College of Law

Office of the Dean
Suite 366
Phone: (202) 274-4004
Fax: (202) 274-4005