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.

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“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

AUWCL: Home to the Nation's Top-Ranked Programs

Here at American University Washington College of Law, we take pride of our renowned areas of excellence, including Experiential Education, International and Comparative Law, Trial Advocacy, Intellectual Property, and Health Law initiatives and programs.

Specialty Rankings
  • #3
    in Clinical Legal Education
  • #4
    in Part-Time Program
  • #6
    in International Law
  • #8
    in Intellectual Property
  • #11
    in Health Care Law
  • #12
    in Trial Advocacy
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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.

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Check out our exciting Upcoming Events

September 23 12:00PM-1:00PM Y401 Getting Your First Job in Immigrants' Rights - The Immigrant Justice Corps Justice Fellowship Program September 24 12:00PM-1:00PM Online via Zoom Business Law Program: The Exploding Virtual Currency Industry and Emerging Law, Regulation and Policy Issues September 24 6:30PM-7:30PM Online via Zoom Virtual Alumni Reunion Weekend: Evening Keynote: Dean Roger Fairfax September 25 11:45AM-1:00PM Virtual Alumni Reunion Weekend: AUWCL's Global Toxics Project Inaugural Event: The Implications of Our Love Affair with Plastics September 25 11:45AM-1:00PM Online via Zoom Virtual Alumni Reunion Weekend: From Cryptocurrency and NFTs to Ransom-&-Spy-ware to Free Speech under Section 230 and NY Times v. Sullivan September 25 11:45AM-1:00PM Online via Zoom Virtual Alumni Reunion Weekend: The Future of Business & Client Development in a Post-Covid World September 27 8:00AM-5:00PM 1L Representative Applications Open- Criminal Law Society September 27 12:30PM-1:30PM Washington College of Law Law Student Training: Community Legal Services of Prince George’s County, Inc. September 28 12:00PM-1:00PM Washington College of Law Intro Patent Law Resources Talk with Professor Jonas Anderson September 28 12:00PM-1:00PM Washington College of Law Intro Patent Law Resources Talk with Professor Jonas Anderson September 30 12:00PM-1:00PM Mentor Speed Dating September 30 12:00PM-1:00PM Zoom Welcome to OctoBAR - Introduction to the Bar Exam Events Calendar ... Find more events in our events calendar
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