Office of Online Education
Welcome to the Office of Online Education at the American University Washington College of Law. Our goal is to enable selected course offerings and programs to be available to a worldwide audience, anytime anywhere.
The online learning programs at the Washington College of Law take advantage of education technology tools allowing participants to collaborate with faculty and peers around the globe. These programs feature highly produced, self-paced content designed by faculty at the Washington College of Law. This content can be accessed 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection, and assignments can be worked on offline.
American University Washington College of Law offers the following online learning programs:
- Online Certificate in Introduction to U.S. Immigration Law (offered in Spanish only)
- Online Certificate Program on International Commercial Arbitration
- Online Certificate Program on International Communications Regulation and Policy
- Online Legal Spanish Program
- LL.M. in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
- J.D. courses on Social Media and Law (see the Academic Schedule)
- J.D. course on Advanced Legal Research and Writing (see the Academic Schedule)
In addition, online courses are listed in the Registrar's Schedule of Courses and are differentiated from other course formats using a code. An "E" designates a fully online course, while a "B" designates a blended course with some face-to-face sessions.
The Office of Online Education at the American University Washington College of Law offers online learning for individual courses. These courses are taught by the same AUWCL faculty teaching on campus and are as rigorous and fast-paced as face-to-face classes.
Online learning simply means learning through remote methods outside the traditional "bricks and mortar" classroom. Teachers create virtual classrooms, offering the same high-quality learning experience and even some advantages over the traditional course.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I earn CLEs?
CLE Accreditation will be applied for upon request. Please be sure to check with your state(s) to ensure that Distance Learning is accredited as this varies greatly state by state. Questions on CLE accreditation should be addressed to Jennifer Dabson, Director, Office of Special Events and Continuing Legal Education at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When can I enroll in an online course as a J.D. student?
According to the ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools Standard 306. DISTANCE EDUCATION, a law school shall not enroll a student in courses qualifying for credit under this Standard until that student has completed instruction equivalent to 28 credit hours toward the J.D. degree.
This rule only applies only to J.D. students and online courses qualifying for credit.
How do I access the AUWCL online learning environment?
Visit our Online Ed platform. Bookmark this location.
How do I log in?
How you log in depends upon whether or not you have American University credentials. Access the Online Education platform.
Which browser works best?
Your online learning experience works with the latest versions of popular internet browsers including Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer (preferably version 10).
Why can't I see some presentations, PDFs, or videos?
Often times presentations, readings, and media are opened in a 'new' or secondary tab; try allowing for popups while accessing the online learning platform. Contact the WCL Help Desk at email@example.com for further assistance regarding popups. If you still cannot view videos that open in a secondary tab or window, contact the Media Control Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I have questions around course content and grades?
Questions around the course content and grades must be directed to your Professor(s) teaching the online course.
Who do I contact for additional technical issues?
Glenn Greenberg, Director
Office of Online Education
American University Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Avenue NW, N100B2
Washington, DC 20016
Through state-of-the-art technology, Office of Online Education programs are delivered using a next generation online learning platform that engages and inspires learners. As a participant, you will have the flexibility to work on your own schedule and even meet with classmates and professors at designated times in a virtual session for live coursework discussions. You will also have access to professors with online office hours.
Our interactive technology allows you to:
- Access high quality, faculty-designed video coursework 24/7
- Review recorded sessions at any time
- Communicate with instructors and classmates via an integrated social media network
- Submit assignments and receive feedback through the integrated platform
- Access the courses on your iPad (and soon other mobile devices)
- Build your professional network of peers
Your online learning platform has everything you need to learn, communicate, submit assignments, and stay connected. Communicate within the learning environment using the various tools and stay actively engaged!
As an American University Washington College of Law Online Education participant, you will receive the same dedicated and responsive support that is a hallmark of the AU experience. You will receive academic and professional guidance for the duration of the online program. While enrolled in courses, you can ask instructors for extra assistance and guidance during online office hours and using familiar communication tools.