Pre-Arrival Information

We are pleased to welcome you to the Hospitality & Tourism Law 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.

The Summer Program Office Location: tbd

You can also contact Steven Shapiro the program coordinator at: (301)-525-4569.


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 we suggest you look for a Super Shuttle desk at the airport. 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 4300 Nebraska 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
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.

Contact them at 202-637-7000 or online at

The closest Metro stop to American University (AU) is Tenleytown/AU (also called Tenley Circle) on the Red Line.

Regular Metro rail fare during peak periods is between $1.65 and $4.50 with reduced fares at all other times. 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 4300 Nebraska Avenue, 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


The Law School building at 4300 Nebraska Avenue is about a one block walk from the Tenleytown/AU Metrorail Station. If walking: exit the Station and proceed south on Wisconsin Avenue (cross Albermarle Street and pass the Tenley-Friendship Public Library on your right). You can enter the Law School from the Yuma St entrance on your right.


Parking is available at 4300 Nebraska Avenue. You may park your vehicle 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.


Course materials will be available online through MyWCL and in electronic format only.


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.  

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 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 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.


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.