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Last Updated on August 12, 2023 by Oluwajuwon Alvina

American University (Washington College of Law)4300 Nebraska Ave. NW 
Washington, DC 20016 
(202) 274-4101
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National Comparison: Overview of Facts

#16 in Presence of Minority Faculty

AUWCL ranks #16 in terms of the highest percentage of faculty who are racial or ethnic minority (24.9%).

#30 in Highest Tuition

AUWCL ranks #30 in terms of highest tuition among full-time law students ($56,724). We rank from a total of 283 tuition rates from 194 law schools, ranking twice those law schools that have different in-state and out-of-state tuition rates.

#37 in Private Sector Salary

AUWCL is tied for #37 in terms of the median starting salary among graduates working in private practice as law firm associates ($100,000).

#50 in Presence of Minority Students

AUWCL ranks #50 in terms of the highest percentage of students who are racial or ethnic minority (41.8%).

#55 in Library Size

AUWCL ranks #55 in terms of library size with 558,968 volumes or equivalents.

#64 in Median LSAT

AUWCL is tied for #64 in terms of the median LSAT score (158) among those applicants granted admission who enrolled as full-time students. The LSAT measures reading comprehension, analytical reasoning, and logical reasoning.

#67 in Student to Faculty Ratio

AUWCL is tied for #67 in terms of lowest student to faculty ratio (6.4:1).

#70 in Public Sector Salary

AUWCL is tied for #70 in terms of median starting salary among graduates working in government jobs or judicial clerkships at the federal or state level ($56,000).

#96 in Presence of Female Faculty

AUWCL is tied for #96 in terms of the highest percentage of faculty who are female (40.1%).

#99 in Median Undergraduate GPA

AUWCL ranks #99 in terms of highest median undergraduate GPA (3.43) among those applicants granted admission who enrolled as full-time students.

#103 in Acceptance Rate

AUWCL ranks #103 in terms of student selectivity with an acceptance rate of 48.6% among those who applied for admission.

#108 in Employment Rate at Graduation

#148 in Employment Rate at 10 Months
AUWCL ranks #108 in terms of graduates employed at the time of graduation (42.2%) and #148 in terms of graduates employed ten months after graduation (68.0%).

#160 in Bar Passage Rate

AUWCL ranks #160 in terms of bar passage rate among first-time test takers (66.0%), and it underperforms by -4.1% the District of Columbia’s overall bar passage rate of 70.1%. (A national comparison on this metric should be taken in a qualified sense and with caution, because every state has a different bar passage rate.)

About this Report

This report was released in spring 2019.

GPA & LSAT

References to the lowest, median, and highest GPA and LSAT scores reflect those of the 25th, 50th, and 75th percentile, respectively, among those applicants granted admission who enrolled as full-time students in fall 2018.

Acceptance Rates

The acceptance rate is that of applicants granted admission as full-time students for classes commencing in fall 2018. The acceptance rate of the applicants does not reflect actual enrollment rates, a subset figure.

Student-to-Faculty Ratios

The student-to-faculty ratio shows the number of students for that class per faculty member. This ratio reflects the applicants granted admission who enrolled as full-time students in fall 2018.

Bar Passage Rates

The bar passage rates reflect those among first-time test takers for the winter and summer 2017 administrations of the bar examinations. The state noted is that in which the greatest number of the law school’s graduates took the bar exam for the reported period.

Employment Rates

The employment rates shown are those of the 2017 full-time graduates at the time of graduation and ten months after graduation.

Law Library Volumes

The data indicate the number of print and microform volumes, as well as volume equivalents.

Gender, Race & Ethnicity

The data shown indicate the percentage of the faculty that are male and female, respectively, and the percentage of the faculty and students that are racial or ethnic minority (Hispanics of any race, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, multiracial, non-resident alien, or unknown race).

Salaries

The salary statistics are those of full-time, long-term employed law graduates for the class of 2017 at the time of graduation and within ten months after graduation (approximately spring 2018 ), as self-reported by the graduates.

The salaries indicated for “Median Salary Private” reflect those salaries of the 50th percentile, among those graduates working in private practice as law firm associates. The salaries indicated for “Median Salary Public” reflect those salaries of the 50th percentile, among those graduates working in government jobs or judicial clerkships at the federal or state level.

In determining median salaries, jobs classified as “JD advantage” have been excluded (i.e., positions in which the employer requires a JD or considers it an advantage to hold such a degree, but in which admission to the bar is not required).

Report Title

The rationale behind entitling this report as the “2020” report is that our  2020 Law School Rankings report and  2020 Law School Profiles are of considerable interest to prospective law school applicants who seek to enroll in classes commencing in fall 2020. At the time of our publication of this report in spring 2019, these employment statistics reflected the most current data available.

Source: The data have been compiled from a variety of public sources, including data released by the law schools and from the bar examiner offices in each jurisdiction.

Next Release: Our 2021 report is slated for publication in spring 2020.

Fall 2020 Application Information
Application Deadline:None
Application Fee:$70
Admissions Statistics20202017
Acceptance Rate48.6%59.2%
LSAT Score (Median)158155
LSAT Score (25th-75th percentile)155-160152-158
GPA (Median)3.433.22
GPA Range (25th-75th percentile)3.08-3.582.96-3.48
Bar Exam Statistics20202017
State in which most graduates took bar exam:DCNY
School’s bar passage rate:66.0%73.7%
State overall bar passage rate:70.1%72.7%
School bar pass rate vs. state bar pass rate:-4.1%+1.0%
Employment Statistics20202017
Graduates employed at graduation:42.2%57.8%
Graduates employed 10 months after graduation:68.0%70.2%
Tuition and Expenses20202017
Tuition:$56,724$51,002
Room and Board:$18,360$15,686
Proportion of full-time students receiving grants:66.0%51.4%
Median grant amount among full-time students:$25,000$13,000
Average indebtedness of those who incurred debt:$167,039$160,274
Proportion of graduates who incurred debt:82.4%80.2%
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Students & Faculty20202017
Total Students:1315N/A
Men:36.6%38.4%
Women:63.4%61.6%
Student Racial Demographics:
White:58.2%N/A
Black:7.7%N/A
Hispanic:15.1%N/A
Asian:6.2%N/A
Student-to-Faculty Ratio:6.4 : 1N/A
Total Faculty:377N/A
Male:59.9%N/A
Female:40.1%N/A
Minority:24.9%N/A
Full-Time Starting Salaries20202017
Private Sector (Median):$100,000$100,000
Public Sector (Median):$56,000$55,057
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Library Resources20202017
Volumes and equivalents:558,968559,764

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