Washington College of Law
Orientation 2014

Welcome to American University Washington College of Law! We look forward to you joining our law school community and pursuing your legal studies. Compiled on this page is information regarding Orientation activities and other helpful tips to prepare for the start of classes.

  • Required Dates

      1. Full-Time JD: Thursday 8/21 (beginning at 8:00am) and Friday 8/22 (beginning at 11:00am)
        Part-Time JD: Wednesday 8/20 (beginning at 6:30pm), Thursday 8/21 (beginning at 6:00pm) and Saturday 8/23 (beginning at 11:00am)
        Transfer and Visiting JD: Thursday 8/21 (5:30-9:00pm) and Friday 8/22 (10:00am-11:00am)

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

      We strongly suggest you attend the Dean's Barbecue and Student Organization Fair on Friday at 5:00pm in the WCL Lobby and Patio.

  • Tasks

      1. Upload a photo for your AU ID card. This will save you a lot of time during Orientation week and allows you to pick a photo of your choosing for your ID card. 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 $1,815 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).
      5. Submit an application for a 2L/3L mentor. Interested in having a mentor for your 1L year? Submit this application for the SBA Peer Mentor Program. Be sure to click on the correct "Application for Mentees" option once you log in. Please contact sbamentor@wcl.american.edu if you have any questions.
      6. Complete Module 1 of Haven-Understanding Sexual Assault program. Part I must be completed by Friday, August 22. To complete Part I, log in to the myAU.american.edu portal; click on the Life@AU tab -> Personalized links -> Haven Part I
  • Optional Activities

    • Law & Government Society's Luncheon on D.C. Careers, Monuments/Capitol/Newseum Tour & Happy Hour
      Monday, 8/18 at 11:00am Check-in outside Room 603

      The Law and Government Society Orientation Event is a day-long occasion where students meet with WCL Professors, alums, and current students before touring the Capitol or Newseum. While enjoying a memorable day in the District, students have the chance to explore different avenues of law and government, in terms of careers and other opportunities. Not only is this a great networking event, but it is also a possibility to familiarize incoming students (who are new to the area) with D.C.'s historical downtown. RSVP is required. Space is limited to the first 100 respondents. For more information, click here.

      To RSVP, email (indicating whether you would like to go on the Capitol tour or to the Newseum) lgsociety.wcl@gmail.com by Friday, August 15, 2014.

      IMBY (In My Back Yard) Public Service Day
      Tuesday, 8/19 at 9:00am

      IMBY is a day-long event that, in WCL's tradition of public service, offers students, faculty and staff an opportunity to explore DC and contribute to the local community. Volunteers gather in the morning at WCL and then travel in groups to sites throughout the city. For students interested in the WCL Pro Bono Honors Pledge program, IMBY service hours count toward the pledge.

      Due to limited capacity at this popular event, students can only participate if they registered by August 1.
      For more information and to register, click here.

      Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Welcome Reception
      Wednesday, 8/20, 2:30pm-3:30pm
      6th Floor Student Lounges

      The Center hosts a reception to familiarize students with the wide array of academic and professional opportunities, offices, programs and projects focused on human rights and humanitarian law. All JD students are invited.
      Registration information is not yet available.

      First-Year Diversity Day
      Wednesday, 8/20, 4:00pm-7:00pm
      Room 602, followed by reception in 6th Floor Student Lounges

      The Office of Diversity Services and the diversity student organizations sponsor activities designed to enable introductions and networking among the diverse community of students, faculty, administrators, and alumni. All are welcome.

      For more information, click here.

      To RSVP, email sweaver@wcl.american.edu with "1L for FYDD" as the subject line by Monday, August 18. Include any "burning questions" you may have for the panel.

      Meditation Session
      Thursday, 8/21, 3:30pm-4:00pm
      Room 603

      Begin (or continue) to experience the ways in which meditation will support you throughout law school and beyond. No experience necessary - just an open mind!
      No prior registration is necessary.

      JD/MA Degree Welcome
      Friday, 8/22, 10:00am-11:00am
      Room 602

      Students enrolled or interested in learning more about the JD/MA program are invited to attend.

      Dean's Barbecue and Student Organization Fair
      Friday, 8/22, 5:00pm-7:00pm
      WCL Lobby and Patio
      *Rain location: WCL Dining Room, 6th Floor

      The Office of the Dean and the Student Bar Association invite students to learn about WCL student organizations and to relax before starting classes. Bring a Frisbee!
      No prior registration is necessary

  • Resources

  • FAQ

      1. Is Orientation mandatory?
        • Yes. Refer to your specific Orientation schedule for required programming.
      2. What is the dress code for Orientation week activities?
        • Business casual attire for Orientation is strongly encouraged with the exception of casual attire for the Dean's Barbecue on Friday.
      3. What is the parking policy for Orientation week?
        • Free parking is available in the WCL garage (entrance on Massachusetts Ave.) during all Orientation activities but NO overnight parking is allowed.
          We strongly encourage you to utilize the WCL Direct (Red Route) shuttle from Tenleytown Metro that runs every 15 minutes. More information on the AU shuttles can be found here.
  • Contact Us

    • David B. JaffeDavid B. Jaffe is the Associate Dean for 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. David also has directed WCL's June programs in Chile and more recently in Turkey. He received a BA in Spanish from Washington University in St. Louis and his J.D. from American University Washington College of Law. David previously served as director of alumni relations for AUWCL and also as special assistant to the dean.

      Anita PadmanabhanAnita Padmanabhan is the Assistant Director of Student Affairs. She assists WCL students with academic counseling, bar exam advising, disability accommodations, and personal counseling. Anita began her legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Gerald I. Fisher of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and worked for a law firm in Maryland in the areas of nonprofit and corporate law. Prior to and during law school, she also worked as an educational counselor for a private company in Maryland. She received a B.A. in biology with a minor in painting from Washington University in St. Louis, an M.S. in cell biology from Yale University, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

      Fran RoachFran Roach is the Student Affairs and ADA Coordinator. He assists WCL students with the coordination of Orientation and Commencement, disability accommodations, student organization programming and support, and WCL Daily. He received a BS in Secondary Education Mathematics from The Pennsylvania State University and his MS in College Student Personnel Administration from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY.

Click below for your program-specific Orientation schedule. You will be provided a copy with your Orientation folder at check-in.