LL.M. Scholarship Opportunities

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Each LL.M. program offers partial scholarships based on financial need. These grants usually 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. There is no application deadline however, due to limited funding, applicants are encouraged to apply early.

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 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.

The LL.M. programs in AdvocacyIntellectual PropertyInternational Legal StudiesInternational Human Rights and Humanitarian LawDerechos Humanos y Derecho Humanitario, 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 along with a complete LL.M. program application 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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

Financial Aid for International Students & Permanent Residents

Because education in the United States is expensive, international students are encouraged to seek funding from sources in their home countries. For assistance in locating sponsoring organizations, contact the U.S. embassy, consulate, or information agency in your country. EducationUSA also provides an extensive listing of scholarships and grants directed towards international students. In the past, international students have funded their LLM studies through the following funding sources and programs.

Click here for a list of additional funding sources

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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