American University Washington College of Law is highly ranked in international legal studies. The law school ranks 9th in the U.S. in international law specialty according to U.S. News and World Report; and is graded A+ by the widely published Prelaw Magazine.

The LL.M. in International Legal Studies (ILSP LL.M.), under the umbrella of AUWCL’s International and Comparative Legal Studies, offers 100+ courses in various areas of international law. Students are free to design their own individual curriculum tailored to their interests and career goals. They may take a general course of study, or choose a specialized curriculum in any of the following areas: international business law, trade and investment, arbitration, gender, human rights, and environmental law. International students may also take certain U.S. law courses required to qualify for the New York bar exam. Students may do externships at international organizations, government agencies, law firms, and local think tanks in Washington D.C.

With ILSP, students become part of a vibrant intellectual environment, interacting with AUWCL’s 100+ full-time and adjunct faculty specialized in many areas of international law. Many of our faculty members are world renown and have long-standing ties to potential employers in the United States and abroad. ILSP has great reputation for its global reach, with students from 50+ countries and 4000+ alumni from around the world.

Quick Facts
  • #9
    in Int'l Law Speciality (US News and World Report)
  • A+
    Graded by Prelaw Magazine
  • +25
    Best Schools for Foreign-Trained Lawyers
  • 100+
    Full-Time and Adjunct Faculty in International Law
  • 50+
    Countries Represented in LL.M. Annually
  • 4000+
    LL.M. Alumni Worldwide


A program 35 years old and growing, the ILSP was established in 1982 by Professors Claudio Grossman and Robert Goldman in response to a growing demand for lawyers trained in international law. With more than 150 students, fellows, and visiting scholars from more than 60 countries, the International Legal Studies Program at the American University Washington College of Law is one of the most intellectually and culturally diverse programs in the nation. The program incorporates a rich array of international law courses and seminars, experiential learning, and special events which allow our students to interact and network with faculty, international attorneys, diplomats, business leaders, and policy makers.