American University (Washington)

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4801 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016

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#72 Best Law Schools


#12 in Part-time Law

Law School Overview

The Washington College of Law at American University has an application deadline of March 1. The full-time program application fee at the Washington College of Law at American University is $70. The part-time program application fee at the Washington College of Law at American University is $70. Its tuition is full-time: $48,148 per year and part-time: $33,762 per year. The student-faculty ratio is 11.0:1. The Washington College of Law at American University has 262 full- and part-time faculty on staff.

Students at the American University Washington College of Law study in a major hub of American law and politics, Washington, D.C. The Washington College of Law offers a robust externship program, which sets students up in federal governmental bodies, nonprofits, and more. Students also have a variety of dual degree program options, including a J.D./M.A. in International Affairs through the School of International Service, a J.D./M.B.A. through the Kogod School of Business, and a J.D./M.S. (master of science) in Justice, Law and Society with the School of Public Affairs. The Washington College of Law also offers a part-time J.D. program, which takes four years, and evening courses.

Through more than 10 clinics, students can get experience in legal areas including domestic violence, criminal justice, and federal tax law. The AU Washington College of Law runs many centers, programs, and projects, including the War Crimes Research Office and the United Nations Committee against Torture Project. There are also more than 50 student organizations to check out and a variety of legal publications, such as the Business Law Brief, the American University Law Review, and The American Jurist. The American University Washington College of Law was the first law school founded by women, and females make up more than 50 percent of the student body.

Through the school’s Public Interest Loan Repayment Assistance Program (PILRAP), graduates who work in public interest jobs may be eligible for loan repayment assistance. Notable alumni of the AU Washington College of Law include Robert Byrd, former senator from West Virginia, and Ed Tapscott, former coach of the NBA’s Washington Wizards.

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Year founded 1896
Public/private Private
Law school designation National


Application deadline March 1
Full-time program application fee $70
Part-time program application fee $70
Admissions phone (202) 274-4101
Admissions email


Full- and part-time faculty 262
Student-faculty ratio 11.0:1
Total faculty 277

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 1,240
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)
J.D. candidates graduating in 2012-2013 484


Tuition and fees

full-time: $48,148 per year
part-time: $33,762 per year

Room and board $15,263


Employed at graduation2 40.2%
Median private sector starting salary $80,000
Median public service starting salary $55,000


Total volumes and volume equivalents 608,474

* Law School Overview details based on 2013 data

2. Represents the percentage of all 2012 graduates who had a full-time job lasting at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage. These employment rates are part of the data on placement success used to determine a school’s ranking.

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