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American University Washington College of Law

Overview

Lawdragon Lawyer Limelight

Q&A with Leslie Silverman

Proskauer Rose; Washington College of Law Alum

"... During my second year of practice, I was assigned my first employment case. It involved age discrimination as well as other issues and it was love at first sight. I felt a true passion for this area and was so excited about it that I did everything I could over the next four years to become an employment lawyer."

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Lawdragon Lawyer Limelight

Q&A with Philip Freidin

Freidin Dobrinsky; Washington College of of Law Alum

"When I was in law school, I went to a lecture given by Melvin Beli, known as “The King of Torts” in those days. I heard him speak about plaintiffs’ personal injury law. I was just totally fascinated and mesmerized by the idea of it. It just sounded so great. There was no turning back. ..."

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Lawdragon Lawyer Limelight

Q&A with Karen Corrie

Financial Intelligence Consultant, American Express; Washington College of of Law Alum

"There is no better way to learn to litigate than by doing – by developing the muscle memory necessary to adeptly examine witnesses, to speak in public high-pressure settings, to vet evidence, and to manage large numbers of witnesses and keep them on board through trial. ..."

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Admissions Profile

Admission rate %:
50%
Number students applying:
5,186
Number students accepted:
2,579
First-year attrition rate:
21%

LSAT Scores 2014

75th percentile:
159
Median:
156
25th percentile:
152

GPA 2014

75th percentile:
3.54
Median:
3.37
25th percentile:
3.13

Financial Profile

Tuition and Fees Full-time Part-time
Resident $22,922 $34,750
Non-resident $49,542 $34,750
Living Expenses Full-time
On Campus $22,922
Off Campus $22,922                 

Education Life Profile

School Population

Total number students enrolled:
1,366
Number students enrolled full-time:
1,117
Number students enrolled part-time:
249
Number of first-year students:
430

Gender Diversity

% Women faculty:
38%
% Women students:
58%

Ethnic / Racial / Global Diversity

% Minority faculty:
15%
% Minority students:
36%
% International students:
7%

Academic Profile

Student Opportunities

Number of law journals:
8
Names of law journals:
Administrative Law Review, American University Law Review, Business Law Review, International Law Review; Journal of Gender, Social Policy & The Law; AU Labor & Employment Law Forum; Criminal Law Practitioner, The Modern American
% of students involved in law journals:
43%
Number of faculty-supervised clinical courses:
Names of faculty-supervised clinical courses:
% of students in faculty-supervised clinical courses:
23%
% of students in field placements:
46%
% of students in simulation courses:
54%

Curriculum Strengths

International Law,
Corporate/M&A/Transactions,
Trial Skills and Litigation,
Public Interest Law,
Environmental Law

Graduate Employment Profile

National Employment Rate Percent Number of
Graduates
National Employment Rate 2014 55% 251
National Employment Rate 2013 46% 231
State Employment Rate 2014 State Percent Number of
Graduates
State 1st Largest Employer DC 43% 158
State 2nd Largest Employer MD 17% 62
State 3rd Largest Employer VA 10% 36
State Employment Rate 2013 State Percent Number of
Graduates
State 1st Largest Employer DC 45% 169
State 2nd Largest Employer VA 13.2% 49
State 3rd Largest Employer MD 12.1% 45

Employment by Job Categories

Law Firm Solo
1.3%
Law Firm 2-10
10.5%
Law Firm 11-25
1.6%
Law Firm 26-50
2.2%
Law Firm 51-100
1.1%
Law Firm 101-250
2.4%
Law Firm 251-500
2.7%
Law Firm 501+
4.8%
Law Firm Unknown Size
0
Business & Industry
12.4%
Government
15.3%
Public Interest / Service
15.3%
Clerkships Federal
4%
Clerkships State / Local
8.3%
Education / Academia
2.2%
Other
0

First-Time Bar Pass Rates

Bar Exam Eligibility:
Most Current
Reported Data
State Average
School %
Average
State %
State 1 NY 75% 85%
State 2 MD 81% 81%
State 3 VA 83% 77%
One Year Prior
Reported Data
State Average
School %
Average
State %
State 1 NY 81% 82%
State 2 MD 79% 78%
State 3 VA 71% 78%
Two Years Prior State Average
School %
Average
State %
State 1 NY 77% 85%
State 2 MD 82% 81%
State 3 VA 82% 80%

Type of School

Accreditation Status:
ABA Accredited
Public / Private:
Private
Part-time:
Yes
Affiliation:
Feeder School 1:
Feeder School 2:
Feeder School 3:

Student Bar Association

Contact Phone:
202.274.4475

Link to Lawdragon Survey

Link to Survey:

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School Information

4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 507
Washington, DC 20016
Region:
Midsouth
Main Phone:
Admissions Phone:
202-274-4101
School Website:

Administration

Dean of School:
Claudio
M.
Grossman
Undergraduate:
Licenciado en Ciencias Jur’dicas y Sociales
School:
The University of Chile Law School
Law Degree:
Doctor of the Science of Law
School:
University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Graduate Degree:
School:
Director of Admissions:
Akira
Shiroma
Undergraduate:
School:
Law Degree:
School:
Graduate Degree:
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Reputation Profile

Notable Alumni

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