American University Graduate Program Reviews

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75%
of students recommend
(3.41 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 16 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and NASM
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 13,346 (7,900 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 12 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 43% part-time, 57% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $30,246
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2008

I attended the Washington College of Law at American University from 2005-2008 to obtain my Juris Doctor. The WCL curriculum put a strong emphasis on research and writing, with a two-semester comprehensive program that I thoroughly appreciated and has served me well in my profession (especially given that many colleagues went to schools where there was less emphasis on this part, and thus a critical component of their legal training was lacking). Unfortunately, I think almost all of my favorite professors, with a handful of exceptions, have moved on to other schools/positions/careers, so I cannot speak to much of the current faculty. I can say that the school recently had the grand opening of its new law building, which has expanded facilities and lots of resources for law students, and will be a definite bonus for anyone attending in the future.
3.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2016

The program offers great opportunities and networking but I wish there were more financial aid for International students.
2.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2016

WCL is a great school. However, considering our sinking rating, it is harder to justify the cost. The student population is extremely diverse and everyone is welcoming.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2017

Note this is my first semester, so some services offered by the school have not come into fruition.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2017

American University's Washington College of Law offers a lot to students in terms of networking and professional opportunity. There is an understanding that to heighten your prospects upon graduation, work experience in relevant fields is a must. Being located in DC, there is a huge competitive edge for full-time law students who can intern during the semester for up to 20 hours a week after the first year. I have really enjoyed the professors so far in my career here, and the students seem to be very well-rounded with very interesting backgrounds. The coolest thing about this law school is the international opportunity both in dual law degree programs and the professionals they expose us to in symposiums and other more intimate networking events.
3.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2015

The law school provides a great education! I enjoy the faculty and all my classes. The cost is high and the financial aid is not extensive.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2016

WCL is a first-class education, providing students with tools to succeed as lawyers. There are constantly events taking place and resources to encourage involvement. There also is an abundance of programs, internships and externships to participate in. The staff does a great job of communicating what WCL offers its students.
3.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2016

The school has many opportunities for people to obtain hands on experience either from clinic or externship in the DMV area. There is also a collaborative environment where most people like to help others succeed. This aspect of the law school is what makes the school stand out and is also one of things I enjoy most about attending this law school.
4.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2015

I love my program so much it is very engaging and challenging. The professors are so easily accessible and for an international student this is very important. I am very blessed to be in that school.
1.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2012

In the past American University may have been a good experience, but the legal market is in utter collapse, leaving myself and most of my classmates without jobs after graduation. Further, many of us were unable to participate in many of the school's programs that were normally available to all students because the administration has raised class size each year without raising capacity in order to build a new campus. Given the dropping numbers of applicants, this might not have been a smart move.
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