2013 Summer Programs in Washington, D.C.
Gain a competitive edge this summer at American University Washington College of Law. Each year our summer law programs in D.C. provide students and practitioners with expert instruction, intensive training, and networking opportunities with some of the most influential people in their respective fields of law. Programs qualify for academic or for Continuing Legal Education credit. Choose courses in one or several of our diverse subject areas.
Anti-Corruption Law (U.S. & International) June 24 - 28 | Apply Now
Experts from government, private sector and academia address US and international anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws, the United Nations Convention Against Corruption and the anti-corruption regime of multilateral development banks, notably the World Bank. Topics include foreign bribery, money laundering, public/private sector integrity and transparency, lobbying/political finance and procurement. Designed for LL.M. and practicing attorneys seeking to acquire or deepen existing expertise and for government officials developing their countries’ anti-corruption systems.
Comparative Law (Brazil/U.S.) June 24 - 27 | Apply Now
This week-long course compares Brazil and US legal and judicial institutions point-by-point and features instruction from distinguished Brazilian lawyers, judges, and academics. Site visits include the Federal Courthouse in Greenbelt, MD and the Library of Congress in D.C. The course is ideal for Brazilian law students, judges, lawyers, academics, and businessmen who wish to learn about the U.S. legal and judicial systems.
Environmental Law May 28 - June 21 | Apply Now
An intensive training opportunity designed for law students and practitioners. Seminars on domestic and international environmental law are taught by leading practitioners from business, government, and non-governmental organizations.
Health Law and Policy Institute June 17 - 28 | Apply Now
Taught by leading health lawyers, the Institute provides intensive training for law students and attorneys interested in health law. Participants can choose from a broad selection of courses on health reform, health care law, bioethics, and global health law. Lunchtime events foster networking and help participants understand the latest trends and developments in health law.
Hospitality and Tourism Law June 17 - 21 | Apply Now
Course work, case study, and advice for career paths from industry specialists combine to form a fundamental overview of hospitality and tourism practice. Participants learn from legal experts at Greenberg Traurig, Marriott, and more. Course topics include Franchise, Licensing, and Management Agreements, to gaming and resort law, and basic topics of hotel law. Planned site visits include convention center hotels and casino operations.
Human Rights and Humanitarian Law May 28 - June 14 | Apply Now
Nineteen courses in English or Spanish taught by more than 30 visiting world-renowned scholars and practitioners. Concurrently, the Academy also hosts Human Rights Month, featuring special panel presentations, a film festival and sight visits to local NGOs. In addition, there are social opportunities for participants to network with the faculty and with each other.
Intellectual Property June 3 - 21 (D.C.); July 1 - 19 (Geneva, Switzerland) | Apply Now
A concentrated program of courses designed for law students, practitioners, government officials, and scholars interested in the advanced study of international intellectual property law. Courses take place in D.C. and in Geneva, Switzerland, offering participants the chance to learn from experts in the field at two global centers for international intellectual property policy making.
International Arbitration May 28 - June 15 | Apply Now
Prepares the legal profession to meet the increasing demands for the resolution of disputes in international business and economic transactions. Focuses on theoretical and practical aspects, insights into the practice and the handling of arbitration cases, and networking with leading attorneys , including Dr. Horacio Grigera Naón, Director of the Center on International Commercial Arbitration.
International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy May 28 - June 21 (D.C.); July 1 - 19 (Geneva) | Apply Now
The theory and practice of contemporary international organizations, law and diplomacy is taught through courses and experiential learning with experts on and officials from international organizations in Washington and Geneva. The program is open to law students, graduate students, and practitioners interested in international organization affairs.
Practitioners, government officials, and other legal professionals gain an overview of the reform processes of judicial systems taking place in Latin American countries, with a special emphasis on criminal justice. At the same time, participants will be exposed to the challenges and skills needed for professional practice in new judicial systems. Participants will also gain an understanding of select U.S. judicial system reforms which they may apply to their own work in Latin American systems.
Law and Government June 17 - 28
Experienced practitioners and serious law students network with and learn from nationally recognized lawyers, academics, and government officials analyzing the most pressing legal issues of the day. The Institute addresses complex challenges in practicing law in Washington, D.C. and covers topics ranging from campaign finance law to national security law.
Legal English July 1 - 18 | Apply Now
An introduction for foreign practitioners and incoming LL.M. students to legal English concepts, speaking, and writing. Through daily lectures, written assignments, in-class exercises, contract negotiations, and a mock arbitration exercise, students whose native language is not English practice a wide array of legal English skills. Small class size and student-teacher meetings ensure individual attention.
Litigation Skills July 13 - 28 | Apply Now
This rigorous litigation skills training program includes courses on fact witness depositions, expert witness depositions, and civil trial advocacy. The program also offers a full-day digital presentation workshop. The two-week program with courses offered primarily in the evening and on the weekend is ideal for practicing attorneys as well as JD and LLM students seeking to hone their advocacy skills.