American may be a bad idea because it has a high black population (it was originally a colored university I believe) and your gpa might hurt you there.
i go to american for my masters degree and ive never heard that before. american was created after congress voted to create a national university in the late 1800s. it was molded from the methodist church, but today's American is not as affiliated with the Methodist church as it once was.
the law school, which i do not attend (i attend the school of public affairs) was created by two women and had a woman dean, which was a first for law i believe.
WCL is one of the most diverse law schools in the country though.