American University Washington College of Law

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Official Guide to LLM, Master’s, and Certificate Programs


American University Washington College of Law is a dynamic law school at the center of policy, business, and all things international. We are a law school of over 1,500 JD, LLM, and SJD students who “Champion What Matters.”

Founded on the principles of humanity, diversity, and equal rights, the law school’s students, faculty, and alumni incorporate these values into everything they do within its walls and around the globe. We offer more than 25 specialized programs, including international law, human rights, law and government, intellectual property, business, and gender studies. Our location in Washington, DC, opens up extraordinary internship and employment opportunities within branches of government, international organizations, private and public interest law firms, and nongovernmental organizations. You will be surrounded by a community of students and faculty that encourages and inspires one another.

Physical Facilities

  • State-of-the-art Tenley Campus
  • 24/7 access to the Pence Law Library
  • Full range of electronic journals and databases
  • Reference librarian assistance available from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm during the week and from noon to 5:00 pm on the weekends
  • Free campus-wide wireless network
  • Jacobs Fitness Center and Reeves Aquatic Center
  • Campus conveniently located in Washington, DC, in a parklike suburban setting, one block from the Metro


On-campus housing is not available to graduate students, but many resources regarding area housing are provided to students upon admission through resource guides, discussion boards, and Listserv postings. Due to the metropolitan location of the law school, many housing options are available to all incoming students.

LLM Programs/Areas of Specialization

American University Washington College of Law offers four LLM programs that are 24 credits and generally take one calendar year to complete. The Law School also offers the LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, which is a two-year program offered both online and in residence during the summer semesters. The program offers both English and Spanish cohorts.

In addition to the LLM programs mentioned below, the Law School offers an SJD Program for aspiring legal academics and a JD Transfer for LLM and Foreign Lawyers Program. Please visit the websites directly for additional information on these programs.

International Legal Studies

With students from approximately 50 countries, the LLM in International Legal Studies Program (ILSP) is one of the top LLM programs in the United States. Our students learn from leading professors and practitioners, intern with global organizations and law firms, and have the opportunity to work on substantial research and writing projects. The flexible curriculum includes eight areas of specialization in International Law, including

  • Business Law
  • Commercial Arbitration
  • Environmental Law
  • Gender and the Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Organizations
  • Trade and Investment

The program also offers innovative dual degrees such as the LLM/MBA degree and the LLM/Master of International Service.

Law and Government

The LLM in Law and Government is designed for both domestic and international law graduates who have a strong interest in US government and politics, the dynamics of democracy, and the meaning of the rule of law. With 15 concentrations/specializations, this LLM program provides students with a competitive edge in fast-changing areas of law, government, and public policy. Areas of specialization include

Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice
  • Energy Law and Policy
  • Environmental Law and Policy
  • Health Law and Policy
  • Immigration Law and Policy
  • Labor and Employment Law and Policy
  • National Security Law and Policy
Civil and Constitutional Rights
  • Criminal Law
  • Disability Rights
  • Gender and the Law
  • Law, Politics, and Legislation
Business and Financial Regulation
  • Intellectual Property and Information Policy
  • Securities Law and Policy
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Individualized Specialization


The Advocacy LLM Program is designed for lawyers looking to enhance and advance their legal advocacy skills in and outside the courtroom. LLM candidates learn new litigation strategies and tools, master courtroom technology, and focus on the application of professional ethics in the pretrial and trial settings. The flexible curriculum includes

  • Challenges and Obligations of a Prosecutor
  • Civil and Criminal Trial Advocacy
  • Criminal Defense Externship Seminar
  • E-discovery
  • Evidentiary Foundations and Objections
  • Litigating in the High-Tech Courtroom
  • Pretrial Civil Litigation
  • Scientific Evidence and Expert Testimony

Intellectual Property Law

As part of the nationally recognized Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, the LLM in Intellectual Property is designed to expose students to the full range of legal and policy problems and conflicts that arise from domestic and international regulation of copyrights, trademarks, and patents. The LLM gives both US and foreign-trained attorneys the opportunity to study with leading faculty in a program that gives due emphasis to the international dimension of the field and its impact on the public interest and technological innovation. The program’s wide selection of theoretical and practical courses offers training to enhance careers in public or private practice and academia. The flexible curriculum includes

  • Patent
  • Copyright
  • Trademark
  • Trade Secrets
  • Art and Design
  • Cyber Law
  • IP and Competition Law
  • IP Licensing
  • Media and Communications

International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law/Derechos Humanos y Derecho Humanitario

The LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is a unique hybrid program with residential courses taught over three weeks in the summer in Washington, DC, and online courses taught during the academic year. This program is designed for professionals who wish to pursue advanced human rights studies but are not able to attend a yearlong residential program.

The flexible curriculum includes

  • Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights
  • Freedom of Expression
  • Human Rights Advocacy
  • Human Rights and Development
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Human Rights Regional Systems
  • United Nations Human Rights System
  • Women and International Human Rights Law

Este LLM es el único que tambien ofrece un currículo híbrido en derechos humanos en Estados Unidos en español.

Contact Information

For more information, please visit the Office of Graduate Admissions website or contact:

American University Washington College of Law
Office of Graduate Admissions
4300 Nebraska Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016
Phone: 202.274.4110

Financial Aid

  • Need- and Merit-Based Scholarships: All five LLM programs offer scholarships. These partial tuition grants are available for a limited number of LLM students. Scholarship applications should be submitted with your LLM application. Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit and financial need.
  • ILSP Alumni Fund: The LLM in International Legal Studies offers five full-tuition scholarships. The Alumni Fund Scholarships are awarded to newly admitted students who display rigorous academic dedication to the advancement of issues in international law. The deadline to apply is March 1 for the fall award and October 1 for the spring award. Visit the International Legal Studies Program scholarship website for detailed rules and application information on how to apply.
  • LLM Fellowships in Law and Government, Intellectual Property, and Advocacy: The LLM Fellowship is designed for exceptional students passionately committed to their field of specialization. Successful applicants will have an exemplary academic background and a demonstrated potential to excel in the LLM program. The fellow will enroll in the 24-credit LLM program and will receive a number of benefits, including a partial scholarship.
  • Summer Program Scholarships: Applicants who have participated in a summer program at our law school may be eligible for specific scholarships. See the scholarships webpage for details.

Student Services and Organizations

The students at American University Washington College of Law come from all over the world. Each year we have approximately 200 lawyers representing approximately 50 countries in the LLM programs. The diverse faculty and student body offer many opportunities for students to thrive academically and socially. Each semester the LLM programs plan many events, discussions, and conferences that allow students to not only socialize, but also network with faculty members and legal professionals in the field. LLM students are eligible to take part in any of the student-run organizations within the law school.

Career Services

The Office of Career and Professional Development (OCPD) at American University Washington College of Law is committed to working with LLM students by helping them formulate dynamic job-search campaigns that correspond to their career interests. OCPD offers both foreign-trained and domestic-trained LLM candidates career counseling along with résumé review, mock interviews, career database access, and career-development programs and events.

Additional Information

American University Washington College of Law offers many short summer programs both in DC and abroad. Programs range from one to six weeks during the first part of summer. Several summer programs, if taken for credit, can be directed toward your LLM degree.

Summer Programs in Washington, DC

  • Anti-Corruption
  • Comparative Law (US/Brazil)
  • Environmental Law
  • Health Law and Policy
  • Hospitality and Tourism Law
  • Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Arbitration
  • International Organizational Law and Diplomacy
  • Judicial Reform in Latin America
  • Law and Government
  • Legal English
  • Litigation Skills

Summer Programs Abroad

  • Chile/Argentina
  • Europe: London, Paris, Brussels, Geneva
  • The Hague
  • Turkey
  • Geneva/Washington, DC

For more information, visit summer programs.

Contact Information

4300 Nebraska Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20016,
United States
Phone: 202.274.4110