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Tradition of Innovation, Excellence, and Passion for the Rule of Law Since 1896

The spirit of our tradition lies in the hearts and minds of our community members, who are dedicated to the professional advancement and well-being of our students and alumni, and who strive to “Champion What Matters,” locally, nationally, and internationally.

Here at American University Washington College of Law, you meet the world where you will practice your profession. The world has become essentially borderless, where economic, political, and social changes require innovative legal analysis and solutions.

We equip our students in unique ways to navigate this new reality. A top law school that provides an excellent legal education in all areas of the law, Washington College of Law has renowned programs in experiential learning (clinics and externships), international law, law and government, intellectual property, health law, business, and gender and the law. These vital programs create an environment rich with opportunities for you.

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“Graduates of American University Washington College of Law should take just pride in the school's origin. And, even more, in what the college has become.”

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

AUWCL: Home to the Nation's Top-Ranked Programs

Here at American University Washington College of Law, we take pride of our renowned areas of excellence, including Experiential Education, International and Comparative Law, Trial Advocacy, Intellectual Property, and Health Law initiatives and programs.

Specialty Rankings

  • # 2
    Clinical Law
  • # 8
    Intellectual Property
  • # 9
    International Law
  • # 15
    Health Care Law
  • # 16
    Part-Time Program
  • # 24
    Criminal Law
  • # 36
    Trial Advocacy

A World Class Learning Center

Combined with the breadth and depth of our course and programmatic offerings, our students have access to an unparalleled professional education at an unmatched campus.

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