Washington College of Law
Orientation 2017

Welcome to American University Washington College of Law! We look forward to you joining our law school community. Orientation schedules can be found to the right of this page. Please visit our website here to help you navigate the Tenley campus.

  • Required Dates

      1. Full-Time JD: Thursday 8/17 (beginning at 7:30am) and Friday 8/18 (beginning at 9:00am)
        Part-Time JD: Wednesday 8/16 (beginning at 6:30pm) and Thursday 8/17 (beginning at 5:00pm)
        Transfer and Visiting JD: Thursday 8/17 (beginning at 5:30pm)

      Please refer to the schedules to the right for more details.

  • Tasks

      1. Upload a photo for your AU ID card by July 31st. Click here to get started.
      2. Accept the new student parking policy form. Every student must review and submit the acknowledgement form to prior to Orientation. Click here to get started.
      3. Submit mandatory immunization information. Any student who will be under age 26 at the start of classes must submit immunization information. Please review these FAQs about the immunization requirements. You can either email your immunization records to the Student Health Center at immunizations@american.edu or enter your immunization information online through the myAU portal once you can view that you're registered for classes.
      4. Opt-in or out of student health insurance. Health insurance is required of all full-time degree, resident, and international students with F1 and J1 visas. If you fall into one of the required categories, the student health insurance premium of $1,750 is automatically assessed to your student account. In order to waive coverage you must provide proof of comparable coverage. Click here to learn more (including part-time students who wish to opt-in to student coverage).
  • Resources

  • Contact Us

    • Dean David B. Jaffe is the Associate Dean of Student Affairs. He oversees all aspects of the Office of Student Affairs, which includes support for JD students from Orientation, through academic and personal counseling, organization development, to Commencement. A committed steward of law student wellness, Jaffe serves on the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP) as co-chair of the Law School Assistance Committee, and in 2015, he received the CoLAP Meritorious Service Award in recognition of his commitment to improving the lives of law students. He received a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and his J.D. from American University Washington College of Law.

    • Sarah Stanley is the Assistant Director of Student Affairs. She assists WCL students with academic counseling, bar exam advising, disability accommodations, and personal counseling. Prior to joining the Office of Student Affairs, she served as an attorney fellow with American University’s Office of General Counsel and then as associate counsel at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. She received a B.A. in Government with minors in Philosophy and English from Georgetown University and a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law.


      Shira Cohen is the Student Affairs and ADA Coordinator. She assists WCL students with the coordination of Orientation and Commencement, disability accommodations, student organization programming, and the publication of WCL Daily. Prior to working with the Office of Student Affairs, Shira was a fellow at the national digital inclusion nonprofit, EveryoneOn. She holds a B.A. in History with minors in European Cultural Studies and Humanistic Studies from Princeton University.

Program-specific Orientation schedules for 2017 will be available soon. You will be provided a copy with your Orientation folder at check-in. See below for last year's schedule!

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