American University's JD/MA Program allows students to earn a JD from the Washington College of Law (WCL) and an MA in International Affairs from the School of International Service (SIS). The program exposes students interested in international law to political, historical, and economic classes germane to their future international practice. It is particularly suitable for two types of students: those who are firmly committed to legal practice and who want to specialize in matters with a transnational focus and those who want to open the lawyer's route to a career influencing international policy.
By completing the joint program students deepen their knowledge of international law that candidates for the law degree alone can rarely, if ever, achieve. Students also build competence in a complementary specialization (which students may design with a faculty advisor) pertaining to international relations. The overall intent is to make students uniquely qualified for a career with the government, multinational corporations, law firms, nongovernmental organizations, and international organizations.
The JD/MA in International Affairs program builds on the special strengths of the Washington College of Law and the School of International Service. U.S. New and World Report lists the Washington College of Law as one of the top ten programs in international law in the United States. The School of International Service is the largest school of international affairs in the United States, offering a wide range of small classes, recognized for their blend of theory, policy and practice. Nearly 200 students are enrolled in the joint program.