Tradition of Innovation, Excellence, and Passion for the Rule of Law Since 1896

The spirit of our tradition lies in the hearts and minds of our community members, who are dedicated to the professional advancement and well-being of our students and alumni, and who strive to “Champion What Matters,” locally, nationally, and internationally.

Here at American University Washington College of Law, you meet the world where you will practice your profession. The world has become essentially borderless, where economic, political, and social changes require innovative legal analysis and solutions.

We equip our students in unique ways to navigate this new reality. A top law school that provides an excellent legal education in all areas of the law, Washington College of Law has renowned programs in experiential learning (clinics and externships), international law, law and government, intellectual property, health law, business, and gender and the law. These vital programs create an environment rich with opportunities for you.

Photo Credit
Photo credit: Washington College of Law, licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0
“Graduates of American University Washington College of Law should take just pride in the school's origin. And, even more, in what the college has become.”

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Photo credit: George Washington, licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

A World Class Learning Center

Combined with the breadth and depth of our course and programmatic offerings, our students have access to an unparalleled professional education at an unmatched campus.

Featured Gallery 


“Our community is known for educating our students to become highly skilled and ethical lawyers and professionals. This excellent professional education is provided by a diverse cadre of exceptional faculty who exemplify the teacher-scholar ideal.”

Dean Camille Nelson


“The world belongs to those who go forth and work for it.” Dean Mussey

Read Our History

Read Our History


Check out our exciting Upcoming Events

October 16 10:00AM-6:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren Commonly Asked Bar Questions October 16 12:00PM-12:45PM Tenley Campus - Yuma Commons 5-Minute Lectures: Asylum and the Border, w/Prof. Jayesh Rathod & Cori Alonso-Yoder October 16 1:00PM-2:00PM Tenley Campus - Capital C317 Seminar Room The Evolving European Union Trade and Investment Policy October 16 4:30PM-6:00PM Tenley Campus - Yuma YT01 Grossman Hall 2019 Business, Tax, Intellectual Property, Health, and Communications Law Externship Fair October 17 12:00PM-12:45PM Tenley Campus - Yuma Commons 5-Minute Lectures: Race and Policing, w/Prof. Angela Davis October 17 5:00PM-6:00PM Tenley Campus - Yuma Y116 Classroom DC Bar Exam/Character & Fitness October 18 12:00PM-12:45PM Tenley Campus - Yuma Commons 5-Minute Lectures: Gender and Human Rights, w/Prof. Daniela Kraiem & Ingrid Nifosi-Sutton October 18 12:00PM-4:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom Regulating Technology to Facilitate Innovation October 21 12:00PM-1:00PM Tenley Campus - Yuma Y115 Classroom Pro Bono Training: Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless October 21 4:00PM-6:00PM Tenley Campus - Yuma Y402 Classroom Tecito with Dean Emeritus Grossman October 22 12:00PM-1:00PM Tenley Campus - Yuma Y115 Classroom Pro Bono Training: The National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP) October 22 4:00PM-6:45PM Tenley Campus - Capital C116 Weinstein Courtroom Presentation of the Last Report of the OAS Working Group to Address the Regional Crisis Caused by Venezuela's Migrant and Refugee Flows Events Calendar ... Find more events in our events calendar