LL.M. Scholarship Opportunities

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The Advocacy LL.M. Fellowship is designed for exceptional students enrolling in WCL's Advocacy LL.M. Successful applicants will have an exemplary academic background and a demonstrated potential to excel in the Program .

How to Apply: See complete program details.

The David E. Aaronson Graduate Scholarship in Trial Advocacy (“Aaronson LL.M. Scholarship”) was established by the Director of the Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program to recognize an incoming LL.M. in Advocacy student who demonstrates a serious  interest in and dedication to the art of advocacy.  Prof. Aaronson has been a professor at American University for more than 30  years, teaching Evidence, Trial Advocacy, Criminal Law and Procedure. 

To apply for the scholarship, please submit a brief letter of application by June 1st describing in a one page essay why you should be selected, including your goals in pursuing an LL.M. in Advocacy and how an LL.M. in Advocacy will help advance your career goals.  The letter can be sent to llm@wcl.american.edu.  Please be sure to state you are applying for the Advocacy LL.M. Scholarship in the subject line.

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

What is covered?    50% tuition scholarship

Eligibility Requirements:
High-performing students who display academic rigor and dedication to addressing global legal issues.
Prior work experience is a plus

To apply:
A complete application for an LL.M. program at AUWCL, along with a cover letter explaining how the LL.M. and the scholarship will help strengthen your professional career, and how you will contribute to AUWCL after the LL.M.?

Deadline:    March 1 (fall); October 1 (spring)

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.

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 September 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. If you are selected for the scholarship by CSLA, they will place you at one of their partner schools in the US or Europe. For FAQ's, please click here.

The Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property 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 LL.M. in Intellectual Property.


How to Apply: See complete program details.

The International Legal Studies Program offers one full tuition scholarship per year to a former Inter-American Moot Court Competition participant. Scholarship winner must begin the LL.M. program in the fall. 

The International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Program offers one half scholarship (12 credits) per year to a former Inter-American Moot Court Competition participant.  Scholarship winner must begin the LL.M. program in the spring semester.  One winner will be selected for this scholarship from applicants in the English and Spanish cohorts. 

How to Apply: Submit an essay along with a complete LL.M. program application to llm@wcl.american.edu addressing the following: Briefly describe your experience in the competition and explain why you want to pursue an LL.M. in International Legal Studies . The essay may not exceed 750 words. Please note in the subject of your email Moot Court Scholarship Essay.

What is covered?    100% tuition scholarship

Offered to students in the LL.M in International Arbitration & Business Law

Eligibility Requirements   

  • High-achieving students with the potential of becoming leaders in the area of international arbitration

To apply:  

  • A complete LL.M application along with a complete CV, including a list of publications (if any), and
  • An essay addressing the following questions:
  1. What was the most significant case or situation that you handled in your legal career? Please elaborate.
  2. What impact have you made in your practice area, and how?
  3. How would the scholarship and the LL.M. at AUWCL help you expand that impact, including potential change and adaptation of that practice area?
  4. How you will contribute to AUWCL after your LL.M. studies?

Application Deadline:   March 1 (fall); October 1 (spring)

Each LL.M. program offers partial scholarships based solely on high academic merit. These grants are assessed during the admissions process.

How to Apply: Upon completing your LL.M. application, please submit a one page cover letter indicating your qualifications and academic background. Cover letters can be emailed to llm@wcl.american.edu.

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 LL.M. in Law & Government.

How to Apply: See complete program details

What is covered?    100% tuition scholarship

Offered to students in the LL.M. in International Business & Trade Law

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Strong academic interest in international trade law
  • Outstanding grades and prior work experience as a trade lawyer

To apply:   

  • A complete LL.M application along with a complete CV, including a list of publications (if any), and
  • An essay addressing the following questions:
  1. What was the most significant case or situation that you handled in your legal career? Please elaborate.
  2. What impact have you made in your practice area, and how?
  3. How would the scholarship and the LL.M. at AUWCL help you expand that impact, including potential change and adaptation of that practice area?
  4. An essay explaining how you will contribute to AUWCL after your LL.M. studies?

Application Deadline:    March 1 (fall); October 1 (spring)