Transfer and Visiting Applicants from another ABA Law School
American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) is a leading law school at the center of our legal system. As a transfer student you can benefit from our nationally acclaimed programs in Intellectual Property; International Law and Global Opportunities; Externships; Clinical Program; and Trial Practice. Posted below are highlights of these programs.
JD Office of Admissions considers transfer and visiting students for both fall and spring admission. View requirements for application deadlines and further details.
JD Transfer for LL.M. and Foreign Lawyers
Foreign law graduates who have received an LL.M. degree from an ABA accredited law school or foreign law school with equivalent standards are eligible to apply to American University Washington College of Law through our JD Transfer for Foreign Lawyers option. This unique opportunity will allow students to build on the skills already attained in the LL.M. program. This program is especially geared towards foreign law graduates with an interest in immersing themselves in the US legal culture and obtaining a full Juris Doctor (JD).
Under exceptional circumstances the JD Admissions Committee will consider candidates who have completed their first law degree and are licensed to practice in their home country, but do not have an LL.M. These applicants may apply for admission to our JD program, with advanced standing.
More details and requirements for the JD Transfer for Foreign Lawyers option.
Academic and Experiential Learning Highlights:
Intellectual Property and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP)
Our curriculum includes a wide range of domestic and international courses and a renowned intellectual property clinic. Students have access to numerous special events and research opportunities in this law school and in Washington, DC, the city where so much IP law and policy is created. We emphasize building students' technical competence as lawyers along with their recognition of the many ways that IP matters to the larger society.
International Law and Global Opportunities
For decades, AUWCL has offered a wider selection of courses in every aspect of international law, human rights, humanitarian law, and international business transactions than any other U.S. law school. More than 200 courses and seminars in international and comparative law reflect the law school's longstanding commitment to building and engaging the world community.
Clinical Opportunities, Externships, and Trial Advocacy
First, AUWCL offers eleven clinics ranging from general civil practice, criminal law, and immigration. More than 240 student-attorneys represent real clients on actual cases through our renowned Clinical Program. Second, each year, nearly 400 students take advantage of domestic and international externships to gain academic credit and credentials that give them critical experience relevant to post-graduate employment. Third, the law school offers numerous course and practical experiences in basic and advanced trial advocacy.
Criminal Law and the Criminal Justice Practice and Policy Institute
This institute builds on the strengths of our nationally and internationally renowned criminal law faculty and seeks to study and improve the practice of criminal law and justice. We focus on all participants in the criminal justice system — police, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, legislators, lobbyists, and grassroots change agents, and others.