American University Washington College of Law

American University Washington College of Law

Located on the NW edge of Washington, D.C., American University Washington College of Law is 20 minutes from the White House, yet set within green boundaries of a residential neighborhood.

American University Washington College of Law is a leading law school preparing students to practice in all areas of the law. With five specialty programs ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News and World Report, AUWCL students receive a legal education that prepares them to tackle a breadth of challenges in Washington, D.C., throughout the country, and around the world.

Did you know? American University Washington College of Law is ranked #2 in the nation for clinical training by U.S. News and World Report. Over 200 students take part in our 11 in-house clinics each year, advocating on behalf of indigent and otherwise under-represented individuals in the D.C. region and internationally, in venues ranging from local and federal courts and agencies, to negotiating tables and boardrooms. In any given year, the WCL Clinical Program maintains nearly 800 open cases. #ChampionWhatMatters

Did you know? American University Washington College of Law is ranked #8 for Intellectual Property Law by U.S. News and World Report. Our Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) offers 42 unique courses, and received an A+ ranking from the National Jurist's PreLaw Magazine. Learn more at http://bit.ly/367RF3H.

To everyone in the American University Washington College of Law family, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

3L Ericka Cruz and 2L Lauren LaVare have been chosen as recipients of the 2019-20 Myers Law Scholarship – American University Washington College of Law's most prestigious donor award. Learn about their law school journey and how they are striving to #ChampionWhatMatters here: http://bit.ly/35FGrmZ

On Thursday afternoon, Professors Juan Mendez and Brenda Smith headed to Capitol Hill to participate in a congressional staff briefing on “Solitary Confinement: Briefing on H.R. 4488.” This recently introduced legislation focuses on developing and implementing national standards for the use of solitary confinement in correctional facilities. Professor Smith spoke of her role on the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission, and Professor Mendez, now faculty director of the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law's Anti-Torture Initiative, gave a comparative look at the use of solitary confinement around the world. The panel was presented by the ACLU.

Professor Padideh Ala’i introduces Children’s Right’s Today panel, "Reflections on the 30th Anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child," coordinated by The Hubert H Humphrey Fellowship Program, Auwcl Ilsp, and American University Washington College of Law's Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.

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American University Washington College of Law is a top source of congressional staff, including AUWCL alumni working as lawyers on Capitol Hill, according to a recent LegBranch.org report.

AUWCL's Program on Law and Government is a premier center for the study of government, legislation, constitutional and administration law in D.C. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2pmwVWm

A heartfelt thank you to those who have served and sacrificed for our nation, including the many American University Washington College of Law student veterans who continue to #ChampionWhatMatters. #VeteransDay

11 championship wins, numerous finalist, semi-, and quarter-finalist finishes, and 19 individual awards at competitions across the country and the globe last year — American University Washington College of Law Trial Advocacy Program, ranked 5th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, is a trial advocacy powerhouse.

Find out more in The Advocate, American University Washington College of Law's alumni magazine: http://bit.ly/2NpBuZb

We spoke to three students in American University Washington College of Law's Program on International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy about their involvement with this week's World Bank Law, Justice and Development Week, as well as their participation with law and development groups on campus and their recent internship & externship experiences with organizations like the World Bank and the IMF.

Learn more: http://bit.ly/2pw8iqp

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Holly Weaver

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 4L Holly Weaver is more than just a law student. She balances two jobs: Chief of the Court Human Resources Division of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, and being a mom to her 11-year-old daughter Natalie and 9-year-old son John. At night, she attends classes in American University Washington College of Law's nationally ranked part-time evening program.

We talked to Weaver about her journey into the legal profession and how she juggles work, motherhood, and pursuing her JD degree. See the interview here:

wcl.american.edu 4L Holly Weaver is more than just a law student. She balances two jobs: Chief of the Court Human Resources Division of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts—which provides administrative support to all federal courts—and being a mom to her 11-year-old daughter Natalie and 9-year-o...

The 2019 Employment, Immigration, Gender, Family, and Education Law Externship Mini Fair is underway in American University Washington College of Law's Grossman Hall.

With 38 employers registered to attend—13 of which are AUWCL alumni—students are learning about externship and internship opportunities for Spring, Summer, and Fall of 2020.

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Immigrant Justice Clinic Assists Women, Children Seeking Asylum

In April 2019, Associate Dean Jayesh Rathod, immigration attorney Meg Hobbins ’07, and a team of five American University Washington College of Law Immigrant Justice Clinic students traveled to Dilley, Texas to provide legal counsel to women and children seeking asylum detained at the South Texas Family Residential Center. Via journal entries, the group shared with The Advocate, AUWCL's alumni magazine, about the experience.

“Today, I spoke with a woman who was very concerned about the well-being and whereabouts of her cousin, a minor who had entered the country with her. Immigration officials separated the two because the minor was not with his parents. She was afraid that he would be mistreated or lost in the system—a reasonable fear, given stories about family separation. Together, we called a hotline set up by the Office of Refugee Resettlement and were able to confirm that her cousin was in government custody at a shelter in another state. She was extremely relieved to hear this news.” – Professor Rathod

wcl.american.edu In April 2019 Associate Dean Jayesh Rathod, immigration attorney Meg Hobbins ’07, and a team of five American University Washington College of Law Immigrant Justice Clinic students traveled to Dilley, Texas, a remote area about 75 miles outside of San Antonio and three hours from the Texas/Mexico ...

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Judge Pamela Harris Visits AUWCL as 12th Annual Jurist-in-Residence

American University Washington College of Law welcomed Judge Pamela Harris of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit as its 12th Annual Jurist-in-Residence Oct. 24-25, 2019.

The visiting Jurist meets informally and formally with student groups and faculty over a two day period to discuss the role of the federal appeals courts, the process of judging, the reasoning of court opinions, judicial clerkships, the confirmation process, and more.

wcl.american.edu American University Washington College of Law welcomed Judge Pamela Harris of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit as its 12 th Annual Jurist-in-Residence Oct. 24-25, 2019. The Jurist-in-Residence visit is a unique and important opportunity for students to talk to a sitting fede...

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program at American University

We kicked off the Global Leadership Forum 2019 with an incredible Cross-Campus collaboration with the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication of ASU.
On Thursday Humphrey Fellows from AU and ASU discussed challenges faced by human rights defenders and journalists around the world with former Humphrey fellow Nanythe Talani and the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International (TASSC). The fellows further had the opportunity to learn more about the American Election Process from Prof. Allan Lichtman.
On Friday the fellows were hosted by the McCain Institute and listened to interesting speakers talking about human rights and good governance. Afterwards Humphrey Fellows had the chance to visit the Newseum in downtown DC.

Have you seen the Fall 2019 issue of The Advocate, American University Washington College of Law's alumni magazine?

This issue’s feature story is on four alumnae who are leading attorneys in business, law, & policy, practicing at the top of their fields. Check out this story, and others, here: http://bit.ly/2oX5aDF

Four outstanding American University Washington College of Law professors were honored today as winners of the annual AUWCL Teaching and Service Awards: Professor Edward Correia, Professor Heather Hughes, Professor Binny Miller, and Professor Susan Bennett.

Learn more: http://bit.ly/35YT7WK #ChampionWhatMatters

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AUWCL Receives 'A' Grades in Business, Criminal Law from PreLaw Magazine

American University Washington College of Law has received an A+ for Business Law and an A grade for Criminal Law in rankings released in the Fall 2019 issue of PreLaw Magazine:

wcl.american.edu American University Washington College of Law has received an A+ for Business Law and an A grade for Criminal Law in rankings released in PreLaw Magazine ’s Fall 2019 issue .

Yesterday, Professor and Dean Emeritus Claudio Grossman met with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos) in San José, Costa Rica in his role as president of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights to discuss the challenges facing the regional human rights system in the region.

Last week, WCL Clinical Program's Re-entry Clinic Director Margaret Barry testified at a The Council of the District of Columbia Committee on the Judiciary & Public Safety hearing on the #RestoreTheVote Amendment Act of 2019, which would restore voting rights to individuals incarcerated with felony convictions. “What is important about this bill is that it demands of the community and its representatives that the lives of those who are locked up matter. The affliction of locking people up is enough. Stripping away more of their rights as citizens undermines goals for rehabilitation and reentry, and punishes felons beyond what should be tolerated," Barry said during the testimony.

Barry was joined by Re-entry Clinic Dean’s Fellow and 1L Xena Hinson, who spoke about the need to pay close attention to the implementation of the bill and to use the Council’s oversight authority to make sure that the Board of Elections works effectively with the Bureau of Prisons.

The Kennedy Political Union will host CNN Analyst, lawyer and activist Bakari T. Sellers on October 17th, 2019 for a conversation on education in a post-Trump era, moderated by American University Washington College of Law Professor Lia Epperson. The event will be held in Constitution Hall on American University's East Campus at 7:00 PM. #KPUxBakariSellers

Please note: Ticket & AUID required for entry. RSVP at https://bit.ly/2IIsADa or email Lisa Taylor at [email protected]

What is a constitutional crisis? Check out this animated documentary short from The Federalist Society featuring American University Washington College of Law Professor Robert Tsai, where he discusses three constitutional crises from the past: http://bit.ly/2nBjNLZ

Today, American University Washington College of Law, along with the American Bar Association Commission on Disability Rights, the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law, and the Law School Admission Council hosted the symposium “Creating Opportunities for Law Students with Disabilities in the 21st Century: Inclusivity on Campus and in the Workplace.” The daylong symposium brought together law students, legal employers, professors and other experts who actively study and promote disability diversity and inclusion on campuses and at work. Keynote speaker, The Honorable Tony Coelho—former member of Congress and primary author of the Americans with Disabilities Act—discussed the need for persons with disabilities on the bench.

A special thanks to AUWCL Dean Camille Nelson, Professor Robert Dinerstein, and ABA President Judy Perry Martinez for their participation and support of today’s symposium. #ChampionWhatMatters

American University Washington College of Law is proud to announce its Tech, Law, Security Program, a new initiative that seeks to tackle challenges that emerge at the intersection of law and technology.

The Program will focus on building public-private partnerships and developing policy-relevant and practical solutions that are designed to protect and promote individual rights, security, and the functioning of democratic institutions. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2Mk6Y12

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Studying Law in Washington, DC

There is no place to study law quite like the nation’s capital. With government agencies, international organizations, top law firms, and numerous NGOs located within a short metro ride of American University Washington College of Law, opportunities to gain practical experience and to access DC’s greatest legal minds abound. At AUWCL, we show you how to turn your aspirations into practice. #ChampionWhatMatters.

Find out more: https://bit.ly/31TUggb

wcl.american.edu There is no place for law students quite like the nation’s capital. With government agencies, international organizations, top law firms, and numerous NGOs located within a short metro ride of American University Washington College of Law, opportunities to gain practical experience and to access D...

AUWCL - Washington, DC Connections

There is no place to study law quite like the nation’s capital. With government agencies, international organizations, top law firms, and numerous NGOs located within a short metro ride of American University Washington College of Law, opportunities to gain practical experience and to access DC’s greatest legal minds abound. At AUWCL, we show you how to turn your aspirations into practice. #ChampionWhatMatters.
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Find out more: https://bit.ly/31TUggb

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg applauded Professor Herman Schwartz’ lifetime of accomplishments in human rights law at a private dinner held in his honor, Friday, Sept. 27. The AUWCL Program on Law & Government and Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, along with 200 guests saluted Prof. Schwartz for his contributions to the law school and the human rights community. 👏👏👏 #ChampionWhatMatters 📸 cred: O'Doherty Photo Read more at: bit.ly/35627sY

Today, author and Washington Post Associate Editor Bob Woodward, along with Chair of the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency Michael Horowitz, discussed the significance of federal oversight during the AUWCL Program on Law & Government's “Oversight & Accountability: Who Watches the Government?”

The event was hosted in celebration of the launch of American University Washington College of Law's newest student publication, oversightproject.org, which focuses on the work of federal oversight, accountability, and ethics watchdogs. Special guest speakers included Jason Chaffetz, former U.S. Representative (R-UT) and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chair, and American University President Sylvia M. Burwell, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/2ppETgU

POLITICO Magazine asked dozens of big thinkers to explain their bold solutions to America’s key problems.

Learn why American University Washington College of Law's own Professor Robert Tsai says we need a Voting Rights Act for the 21st century, one that fulfills the promise of equal citizenship: https://politi.co/2ks2V8V

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AUWCL's Program on Environmental and Energy Law to Host Youth Climate Strike Teach-In

As America’s youth strike across the country for legislative action to combat climate change this Friday, AUWCL Program on Environmental and Energy Law will host a teach-in event at American University Washington College of Law in solidarity with this national effort.

wcl.american.edu As America’s youth strike across the country for legislative action to combat climate change, American University Washington College of Law’s Program on Environmental and Energy Law (PEEL) will host a teach-in event in solidarity with this national effort on Friday, Sept. 20.

Sarah Gordon '06, partner at Steptoe & Johnson Llp, has been named to Law360's 2019 "Rising Star" list.

Gordon discusses why she went into insurance law, and her biggest case yet—handling claims in the massive NFL concussion settlement. Read more here: http://bit.ly/2kkO9Ru

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PIJIP Hosts Intellectual Property Networking Reception at Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center

Last week, Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property hosted a hosted a networking reception at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in downtown Washington, D.C. The event welcomed American University Washington College of Law students interested in intellectual property, alumni working in the field, and the law school's IP faculty.

wcl.american.edu On Sept. 5, the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) at American University Washington College of Law , along with the Intellectual Property Law Society, the Office of Career and Professional Development , and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations hosted a n...

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