2015 Summer Session

Summer Session 2014

Washington, DC: June 1, 2014 - June 20

Geneva, Switzerland: June 29 - July 17


WCL Classroom

Current WCL Students:  Register for Washington, D.C. Classes through my.au starting April 

Certificate/CLE (Non-JD Credit):  Application for Washington, D.C. 

Visiting JD (For-Credit):  Application for Washington, D.C. (confirm with pijip@wcl.american.edu) 

Application for Geneva, Switzerland

Fees and Costs

General Summer Program Home 

Each summer, American University Washington College of Law’s renowned intellectual property program offers a unique selection of courses in two policymaking centers, Washington D.C. and Geneva, Switzerland. 

Courses are offered on an a la carte basis. A total of 14 academic credits are offered -- 10 in Washington D.C. and four in Geneva, Switzerland. Law studnets can generally recieve a maximum of 7 or 8 credits through summer courses.

Because the Geneva courses are in advanced legal topics, Geneva participants are storngly encouraged to take the Introduction to International Intellectual Property Law I and II or another introduction to the field.  

Summer Sessions are open to practitioners for a Certificate of Completion or Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit. U.S. law students may apply with their home institutions for academic credit. Academic credit may also be available for foreign law school students at schools that have partnerships with WCL. Students not yet admitted to American University can later apply to use up to 4 summer credits toward a future LLM degree.

WCL is an accredited CLE provider for Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York and accreditation will be applied for with these states, together with any other states as requested. 

Program Courses

Washington D.C., June 1-19


Introduction to International Intellectual Property Law I: Foundations
Michael Carroll, American University Washington College of Law
June 1-4 MTWTH, 9:00am-12:00pm
1 Academic Credit
Strongly recommended for Geneva participants. 

Introduction to International Intellectual Property II: Practicum
Sean Flynn, American University Washington College of Law
June 1-5 (MTWTH June 1-4, 2-5pm; F June 5, 10-4pm, simulation)
1 Academic Credit
Strongly recommended for Geneva participants. 

Design and Fashion Protection
Christine Haight Farley, American University Washington College of Law
June 8-11, 9am-12pm
1 Academic Credit                                                                

Fair Use in Practice
Peter Jaszi and Brandon Butler, American University Washington College of Law
June 8-11, 2-5pm
1 Academic Credit 

IP Protection of Mobile Applications
Jon Grossman, Dickstein and Shapiro, LLP
June 8-11, 6-9pm
1 Academic Credit 

IP Management and Business Strategy

Carolyn Wimbly Martin, Lutzker & Lutzker LLP
June 12-13, 9am-5pm (Break 12-1:30pm)
1 Academic Credit                                                                 

Post Grant Review Before the Patent and Trademark Office
David Cavanaugh, WilmerHale
June 15-18, 9am-5pm (Break 12-1:30pm)
2 Academic Credits

Pharmaceutical Litigation Under Hatch Waxman
Sanya Sukduang, Jon Davies, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
June 19-20, 9am-5pm (break 12-1:30pm)
1 Academic Credit          



Geneva Switzerland, June 29 -July 17

GenevaIntellectual Property in the Multilateral System
Sean Flynn, American University Washington College of Law
2 Academic Credits

The World Trade Organization: Rule Making and Dispute Settlement
Padideh Ala’i, Professor, American University Washington College of Law
2 Academic Credits

Students considering internships in Geneva are encouraged to apply early and plan on working in May as soon as possible after finals. Very few jobs have work in August.  

Geneva applicants apply online




Washington D.C. Applications

Current American University Washington College of Law JD and LL.M. students enroll through my.au.american.edu 

Visiting students who wish to enroll for ABA-accredited law school academic credit must consult their home institutions and enroll with WCL's Office of the Registrar (202-274-4080202-274-4080).

Applications for non-credit participants (CLE or a Certificate of Attendance) are being accepted through an online form. Discounts are available for groups of four or more students and for taking multiple courses.

Written cancellation received three business days prior to the sessions will be fully refunded (pijip@wcl.american.edu). Cancellations after that time will not be refunded, however, reading materials will be sent and access to webcasts will be provided if available. Substitutions will be considered.

Questions may be directed to pijip@wcl.american.edu.  

Geneva Applications

All applicants apply online at: www.wcl.american.edu/internationalorganizations/ 

Fees for Geneva courses include housing and local transportation.   


Housing is available at the University dormatories for a cost of $75/night in a single room; $60 per person double occupancy. Download form here. Students may also arrange their own housing. 

Visa Information: As this is a professional development program, participants should request a B-1 visa when applying for entry into the United States. Please be sure to indicate your Visa requirement needs when registering for any of our programs. Visit the U.S. Department of State's website for information on the Visa process and the Visa Waiver Program: http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1265.html.  

Financial Aid is available to current JD and LL.M. students who will be enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits during the summer session. Please consult the financial aid office for specific information on applying for summer session financial aid. Visiting students should consult their home school financial aid office for information on funding for a summer session.