About the Program

American University Washington College of Law’s Program on Law and Government is celebrating a quarter century in our nation’s legislative and regulatory hub. We offer a broad array of curricular options, experiences, and events, from cutting edge courses taught by expert faculty, to our renowned Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, to symposia and panels featuring our talented alumni. Each opportunity is designed to prepare students for careers at the intersection of public service, law, and domestic policy. To support the Program on Law and Government, click here.

Our Program at a Glance


The Program offers the country’s only student-edited blog covering the work of Federal government oversight and accountability institutions, including the Inspectors General, Government Accountability Office, Office of Special Counsel, and Office of Government Ethics. The project launched in Fall 2019 with an event featuring DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz and Washington Post columnist Bob Woodward. For a brief history of Oversight and Accountability at AUWCL, click here. To learn about the blog, click here.

The Government Contracts Initiative

The Program oversees development of the law school’s Government Contracts-related curriculum and relevant programming in order to prepare JD and LL.M. students for careers in the flourishing field of Government Procurement Law. To learn about our Government Contracts Advisory Board, click here.

The Marshall-Brennan Program

The Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project is a nationally recognized law related education program that promotes democratic engagement, constitutional literacy, and legal advocacy by placing talented upper lever law students in high schools to teach yearlong courses in constitutional law and oral advocacy. To learn more, click here.

Senior Affiliates in Law & Government

Senior Affiliates in Law and Government are recognized experts in their field who come to the law school to teach, mentor and advise students, and serve as a resource to faculty and alumni. In addition to teaching and advising, Senior Affiliates organize events, publish, and otherwise engage in and build the presence of the Program and the law school. To learn about our current Senior Affiliates in Law and Government, click here.

Jurist-in-Residence Program

The Jurist-in-Residence Program is designed to bring a prominent judge to the law school each fall to meet with students, faculty, and alumni, and share insights on important topics facing the nation's judiciary. The visiting Jurist meets informally and formally with student groups and faculty over a one or two day period.

25th Anniversary Seal

Celebrating 25 Years of the Program on Law and Government

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni recognized our program’s quadranscentennial on Friday, April 20, 2018 with a celebration, featuring an alumni panel discussion and a keynote address by Rep. Jamie Raskin, who along with the late Tom Sargentich, founded the Program on Law and Government in 1993. Read more