Financial Aid & Scholarships

LLM Scholarships

The chart below outlines the scholarships currently offered by the respective LLM programs. If you have additional questions regarding the application or your eligibility, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at llm@wcl.american.edu.

Advocacy

Intellectual Property

International Human Rights & Humanitarian Law

International Legal Studies (ILSP)

Law &
Government

Alumni Fund Scholarship

 

X

Summer Program Scholarship

X

X

X

Inter-American Moot Court Scholarship

X

*Need-Based Scholarships

X

X

X

X

X

Law & Government Fellowship

X

X X   X X

Merit-Based Scholarships

Awarded to applicants who demonstrate high academic merit.

No application necessary.


*Open to both incoming and current students and has no hard deadline. Applications are reviewed as they are submitted (rolling basis) but early applications are encouraged.

General Eligibility: Scholarship applications are open to all incoming LLM students. Current LLM students are eligible to apply for the Need-Based Scholarship, though preference is given to new students.  

Deadlines: All scholarship applications should be submitted by the following deadlines, with the exception of the Need-Based Scholarship application.

  • Students applying for Fall: March 1                        
  • Students applying for Spring: October 1

Alumni Fund Scholarship
The International Legal Studies Program offers full tuition scholarships to newly admitted LLM students who display rigorous academic dedication to the advancement of issues in international law. Please click here for more information on how to apply.

Summer Program Scholarship

The LLM programs in Advocacy, International Legal Studies, and Law & Government offer scholarships to incoming students who have taken courses in one of the WCL summer programs. Each program offers up to a half scholarship (12 credits) to qualifying students each semester.
How to Apply: Submit an essay to llm@wcl.american.edu addressing the following: Briefly describe a regional, international, or country specific legal problem and offer your solution to the problem. The essay may not exceed 750 words. Please note in the subject of your email Summer Program Scholarship Essay.

Inter-American Moot Court Scholarship

The International Legal Studies Program offers one full tuition scholarship per year to a former Inter-American Moot Court Competition participant. Scholarship winners must begin the LLM program in the fall.
How to Apply: Submit an essay to llm@wcl.american.edu addressing the following: Briefly describe your experience in the competition and explain why you want to pursue an LLM in International Legal Studies . The essay may not exceed 750 words. Please note in the subject of your email Moot Court Scholarship Essay.

Need-Based Scholarship
Each LLM program offers partial scholarships based on financial need. These grants cover 2-8 academic credits and are applied to tuition charges only - they cannot be used towards housing or living expenses.
How to Apply: Please click here to download the Need-Based Scholarship application. There is no application deadline however, due to limited funding, applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Law & Government Fellowship Opportunities
The Program on Law & Government offers fellowships designed for exceptional students committed to their field of specialization. Successful applicants will have an exemplary academic background and a demonstrated potential to excel in the LLM in Law & Government.
How to Apply: See complete program details.

Civil Society Leadership Award (CSLA)
The Civil Society Leadership Awards (CSLA) provides fully funded master’s level scholarships at a network of universities across Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and North America, including American University Washington College of Law. The program aims to support individuals who demonstrate both academic and professional excellence and have potential to become civil society leaders in their home communities. Applicants from the following countries are eligible:

  • Azerbaijan
  • Egypt
  • Laos
  • Sudan
  • Belarus
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Libya
  • Syria
  • Cambodia
  • Eritrea
  • Rep. of Congo
  • Turkmenistan
  • Dem. Rep. of Congo
  • Ethiopia
  • South Sudan
  • Uzbekistan


The award will cover all tuition and fees, monthly stipend for room and board, program related travel, health insurance, all costs for an annual student conference, and a pre-university writing program. The scholarship does NOT provide funding for dependent family members. Applications are due December 15th for Fall admission. For more information on how to apply, visit the CSLA Website or email csla@infoscholar.org. All application materials should be sent directly to CSLA.


Merit-Based Scholarship
Each LLM program offers partial scholarships based solely on high academic merit. These grants are assessed during the admissions process and do not require a separate application.

Additional Funding Resources
The above link provides additional funding sources and programs for international students and permanent residents.

Financial Aid for U.S. Citizens & Permanent Residents

U.S. citizens and permanent residents may apply for federal financial aid by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the March 1 priority deadline. Do not wait until you are admitted to apply for financial aid. total financial aid for one year may not exceed the established cost of attendance, which includes tuition, fees, books, and living expenses. International students who can obtain a U.S. citizen as a co-signer may be able to receive education loans from private lenders. For information and applications, contact the WCL Financial Aid Office.

*Please review WCL Financial Aid information regarding recent legislation affecting student loans.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): www.fafsa.ed.gov
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