American University Washington College of Law Receives ‘A’ Grades for Human Rights, Family, and Health Law from PreLaw Magazine

Sept. 9, 2019

AUWCL campus

American University Washington College of Law has received an A+ for Human Rights Law, an A grade for Family Law, and an A- for Health Law in rankings recently released in PreLaw Magazine’s Back to School 2019 edition.

The magazine, published by National Jurist, graded each law schools’ specialty programs off the breadth of their curricular offerings: 30 percent for a concentration, 24 percent for a clinic, 12 percent for a center, 12 percent for an externship, 9 percent for a journal, 8 percent for a student group, and 5 percent for a certificate.

AUWCL was one of only four law schools to receive an A+ grade for Human Rights Law, with the magazine citing the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law as one reason for the standout ranking. For over 25 years, the Center has worked with students, faculty, and the international legal community to provide support for human rights initiatives in the U.S. and around the globe with innovations in education and advocacy through training, complementary education, outreach, workshops and conferences, and research and publications.

AUWCL’s A-ranked Family Law offerings are housed within the law school’s Women and the Law Program, with current courses including Comparative Family Law, Domestic Violence, and Immigration Issues: Family & Employment. The Program’s Comparative Family Law Project aims at assessing the "exceptional" place of the family and family law in decolonization, modernization and development.

Students in AUWCL’s Health Law and Policy Programranked #15 nationally by the 2020 U.S. News and World Report – benefit from a depth of unique courses and opportunities, including in health care financing, health law compliance, food and drug law, health care privacy and data security, medical malpractice, and global health law. The Program also administers the law school's Health Care Compliance Certificate, accredited by the Compliance Certification Board. The Program’s events, including the upcoming Next Steps in Health Reform 2019 conference, connect leading experts from across the country with movers and shakers in the nation’s capital.


In 1896, American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) became the first law school in the country founded by women. More than 120 years since its founding, this law school community is grounded in the values of equality, diversity, and intellectual rigor. AUWCL’s top ranked specialty programs (in Clinical Legal Education, Trial Advocacy, International Law, Health Law and Policy, Intellectual Property, and Part-Time JD) and dedicated faculty provide its more than 1,450 JD, LL.M., and SJD students with the critical skills and values to have an immediate impact as students and as graduates, in Washington, DC, the nation, and the world. For more information, visit