The Program on Law & Government
The LLM Program in Law & Government, which was founded in 1998, offers students an opportunity to pursue graduate legal work on U.S. public law. It is a 24-credit degree program which students can choose to pursue full-time (and complete in one year) or part-time (and complete at their own pace). The flexible LLM curriculum encourages students to design courses of study in the broad areas of civil and constitutional rights, business and financial regulation (including banking, trade, securities, tax, and antitrust law and policy), and administrative law and regulatory practice (including health law and policy, labor and employment law and policy, intellectual property and information policy, environmental law and policy, and immigration law and policy).
The Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) Program selects outstanding students prepared to write a doctoral-level thesis in law, who will make original contributions to the legal literature, and who have a strong intellectual commitment to advanced legal study. Applicants are generally required to hold both a JD or JD-equivalent degree and an LLM.
Founded with the enthusiastic support of Mrs. Thurgood Marshall and the late Mrs. William Brennan, the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project mobilizes talented JD and LLM students to teach a course on the U.S. Constitution in the public high schools of the District of Columbia and Maryland. Since its inception in 1999, the Project has developed chapters in law schools and states across the country.
American University Washington College of Law's (WCL) health law concentration gives students the specialized skills necessary to provide expert legal services to the public and health care service industry. An internationally recognized institution with a distinguished faculty, WCL is an ideal place to acquire the mixture of public and private expertise needed to excel in today's health law practice. The LLM specialization in Health Law and Policy, the Health Law and Justice Project, which is WCL's student Health Law group, the Health Law and Policy Brief, and the summer Health Law and Policy Institute, all provide focal points for assembly and scholarship for those students particularly interested in the health law field.
The Summer Institute is a two-week program held each summer for both experienced practitioners and law students who are serious about law and public service. The program is open to law students from the Washington College of Law and to other students looking to enhance their educational experience while in the nation's capital. The first week focuses on the unique nature of practicing law in Washington, D.C., and the second week rotates topics based on current events. The 2010 summer institute focused on the way the financial crisis is reshaping the financial regulatory landscape.
Program on Law & Government Fellows
Each year, the Program on Law & Government brings to the law school recognized experts in their fields to serve as faculty fellows. Fellows teach courses, hold conferences, publish, and otherwise engage in the academic community at the law school.
The Jurist-in-Residence Program is designed to bring a prominent judge to the law school each fall to meet with students, faculty, and alumni, and share insights on important topics facing the nation's judiciary. The visiting Jurist meets informally and formally with student groups and faculty over a one or two day period.