Curriculum/Application Information

Fall 2013 Session Schedule

NOTE: Applications are now being accepted

Friday, Oct. 11, 2013

8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013

Friday, Oct. 18, 2013

8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013

8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Friday, Oct. 25, 2013

8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013

8:30 AM to 5:30 PM


Using classroom workshops, discussions, team interactions, hands on research, technology and writing instruction, and individual counseling the four-part program curriculum covers:

Part I: Self-Assessment, Career Visioning, Goal Setting & Negotiation

  • Regaining a sense of self as a lawyer and professional
  • Creating a career vision
  • Setting realistic and attainable goals congruent with your values
  • Identifying strengths, transferrable skills & additional training needs
  • Establishing or re-establishing developmental relationships
  • Appreciating non-linear careers and ways of launching or relaunching
  • Nurturing and sustaining ambition
  • Ethical Self-promotion
  • Negotiating with a focus on how to ask for and get what you want

Part II: Effective Tools for Securing a Job that Enhances Professional and Personal Development

  • Resume and cover letter writing, including how to account for time away from the profession
  • Interviewing - how to address questions about your time away
  • Networking - how to engage effectively within your current network and how to re-build a professional network
  • Positioning yourself as an attractive re-entry candidate
  • What to expect once you re-enter the profession and navigating workplace "culture shock"

Part III: Legal Research, Writing & Technology

  • Legal research refresher
  • Cost effective legal research
  • Analysis in the legal discourse community
  • Writing in Plain English
  • Writing strategies and generating a writing sample
  • Westlaw and Lexis/Nexis training*

Part IV: Professional Coaching

  • Individual and/or small group coaching will be available post-program to help align goals and actions, eliminate possible internal hurdles to success, inspire performance, and provide support during the job search.

*Enrolled participants may register for Westlaw and Lexis/Nexis training sessions offered through the Pence Law Library. Additionally, enrolled participants have access to Washington College of Law's large selection of computer technology tutorials. Participants with limited computer technology skills are encouraged to access the tutorials prior to and during the program. Finally, enrolled participants will also have access to multiple databases and Westlaw and Lexis/Nexis for a finite time post-program.

Program Application

To apply, please email the following items to

  • a brief statement of interest (no longer than 2 typed pages) including your career goals, assessment of current technology skills, and financial need
  • a current resume, if available; and
  • an unofficial law school transcript and/or other evidence of bar admission/degree earned.

Or mail to:

Linda Mercurio
Lawyer Re-entry Program, Office of Academic Affairs
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 362
Washington DC 20016

Once you have received confirmation of enrollment via email, you will then be required to register online.  There is no application fee.

Application Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To create a learning environment of attention and responsiveness, class size will be limited. Interested participants are encouraged to apply early.

Early Enrollment Program Tuition: $1,500 (Regular Tuition: $2,500)

An early enrollment tuition reduction of $1,000 is available for all applicants enrolled, registered, and paid in full ($1,500) by 5 PM September 13, 2013.

After September 13, 2013, Tuition is $2,500.

Register online here once you have received confirmation of enrollment.