With a Master of Laws in International Legal Studies, Law and Government, or Advocacy from American University Washington College of Law, you'll be better prepared to Champion What Matters anywhere in the world. You'll learn at a top law school that stands at the crossroads of global and U.S. law in Washington, D.C., interact with renowned faculty that help you accomplish your personal goals, and experience one of the most exciting professional and intellectual adventures of your life. Learn more about our LL.M. programs, below, or join us for an upcoming online live chat.
LL.M. in International Legal Studies
With students from over 50 countries, the International Legal Studies Program is one of the top LL.M. programs in the country and has been at the forefront of international legal education for over 30 years. The flexible curriculum includes 8 different areas of specialization ranging from human rights to intellectual property to business and trade. Our students learn from leading professors and practitioners, intern with global organizations and law firms, and have the opportunity to work on research and writing projects. The ILSP is currently the only program in the United States to offer a dual LL.M./MBA degree.
"My LL.M. degree enabled me to have a much better understanding of the intricacies of the international financial markets and their underlying legal regime. My internship with the IFC legal department had a very favorable impact on my career and I have worked on more than fifty or so IFC projects in Turkey." - Umit Herguner, managing partner of the law firm of Herguner Bilgen Ozeke in Istanbul, Turkey
Application Deadlines: Fall: May 1 Spring: October 1
LL.M. in Law and Government
The Program on Law and Government offers both new and experienced attorneys the opportunity to develop their existing areas of legal expertise, to chart out new professional terrains, to do serious scholarly research and writing, and to achieve hands-on experience in the field of American law and government. The Program has propelled in exciting and dramatic ways the careers of law firm partners and associates moving into public life, government attorneys changing disciplines, young lawyers preparing for careers in public service or academia, and attorneys seeking the intellectual community and support to develop original scholarly work for publication.
"I pursued the LL.M. in Law and Government because I thought it would enhance my career, which has oscillated between government and nonprofit life. I gained valuable contacts on the Hill, in government, and in private practice. And I enjoyed every minute of the program." - Stefan Kline, public interest advocate and lobbyist
Application Deadlines: Fall: June 1 Spring: November 1
LL.M. in Advocacy
The Advocacy LL.M. Program is for law graduates at any stage in their career to advance their legal advocacy skills. Through a wide variety of litigation related courses, LL.M. students enhance their technical pretrial and trial skills; master courtroom technology; and gain experience through optional externships, co-teaching opportunities, and writing projects. The Advocacy LL.M Program is part of the Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program, which champions experiential learning in advocacy.
Application Deadlines: Fall: June 1 Spring: November 15