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AU’s Washington College of Law “Summa Cum Laude” in environmental law and green practices

preLaw Magazine ranks WCL in top four of greenest law schools

By Ravi Raman

WCL was named one of the greenest law schools

The latest issue of preLaw Magazine recognizes American University Washington College of Law (WCL) as one of the greenest law schools in the country. As one of the four schools to earn the magazine’s Summa Cum Laude ranking, the editors collected information about the law schools’ curricula, campus environment, and building trends. They looked for schools with a strong green focus in their classes, faculty, and other academic offerings, such as externships, legal journals, and summer programs.

“We are pleased with this recognition as it reflects the importance that our faculty, staff, and students place on the environment and the exciting opportunities we are creating to study environmental law here at AU,” said David Hunter, an Associate Professor of Law and the Director of the International Legal Studies Program at WCL.

Some of the Washington College of Law’s features and offerings that helped it land the Summa Cum Laude ranking include: the Joint Research Program with the Center for International Environmental Law; participation in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties in Copenhagen, and the World Bank and International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings; involvement in campus-wide task forces working on sustainability issues; and AU’s Zero Waste Policy and committee to develop a plan to eliminate or divert 100 percent of the university’s waste stream. 

Be sure to read the entire article in preLaw Magazine and be sure to visit the Office of Sustainability Web site for all the latest green-related news.