American University Washington College of Law

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The American University Washington College of Law (WCL) is a private ABA-certified American law school. It is located on Massachusetts Avenue in the Spring Valley area of Northwest Washington, DC. WCL is nationally renowned for its International Law, Clinical and Trial Advocacy programs, which are ranked 5th, 2nd and 11th in the nation, respectively, by U.S. News & World Report. In 2008, WCL was included on U.S. News & World Report's college and university rankings list of the Top 100 Law Schools, where WCL consistently ranks in the top 50. In 2007-08, U.S. News' index of diversity recognized WCL as the most diverse top-tier law school in the Washington, D.C. area, and number 3 among top-tier law schools in the nation. Furthermore, WCL is known for its strong programs in both human rights and public interest work.

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American Law School Admissions

American Law School is considered a Somewhat Competitive law school, which accepts only 60% of its applicants. Comparatively, American is Significantly Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2028 4605 2727 (59.22%) 421 (9.1%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 2.96 3.29 3.48
LSAT 152 155 158

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $51,002 $51,002
Part Time $35,776 $35,776

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $23,460
  • Living off-campus: $23,460
  • Living at home: $23,460

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: 11/15
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: 01/31
  • Application Fee: $70

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American Law School Community

American Law School is considered to have a Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at American is Above Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 102
  • Part Time: 221


  • # Female Faculty: 127
  • # Minority Faculty: 43


12.6 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: Yes
  • Graduate Housing: Yes
  • Law Specific Housing: No

American Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. American Law School 1L section size is 11% larger than law schools in Washington DC and 23% larger than all PRIVATE law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

American Law School: 190
Washington DC Average: 170
PRIVATE School Average: 146

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 661
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 230

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 358
  • Law Journals: 415
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 16.7%
  • Second Year: 1.8%
  • Third Year: 0.0%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

American Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The American Law School class of 2023 had an employment rate of 81% with 3% pursuing an additional degree.

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In 2023, 78.8%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 26.0%
  • Business: 13.0%
  • Government: 27.0%
  • Public Interest: 16.0%
  • Academia: 4.0%
  • District of Columbia: 43%
  • Maryland: 17%
  • Virginia: 10%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 78.8%
  • First Time Takers: 382
  • Average School: 74.8%
  • Average State: 76.6%
  • Pass Difference: -1.8%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • New York: 78.6%
  • Passed: 98 of 133 (73.7%)
  • State Average: 76.6%
  • Difference: -4.9%