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

History

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.

International Law Events

May 22 8:00AM-8:00PM Washington College of Law 24th Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition May 23 8:00AM-8:00PM Washington College of Law 24th Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition May 24 8:00AM-8:00PM Washington College of Law 24th Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition May 28 12:30PM-2:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom A Human Right to Reproductive Health the Human Rights Committee’s General Comment on the Right to Life//El Derecho Humano a la Salud Reproductiva: La Observación General del Comité de Derechos Humanos sobre el Derecho a la Vida May 30 12:30PM-2:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom The Shrinking of Democratic Spaces: Corruption, Criminalization of Protest and Repression// La Contracción de los Espacios Democráticos: Corrupción, Criminalización de la Protesta y Represión June 04 12:30PM-2:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom Justice and the Colombian Peace Process June 06 12:30PM-2:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom The Human Rights Council: Current Challenges June 07 12:30PM-2:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom Elections at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights: The Independent Panel of Experts Presents its Final Report on the Candidates June 11 12:30PM-2:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom Fact-finding in the Inter-American System: The Powers of the Commission to Monitor Human Rights Violations in Real Time June 13 12:30PM-2:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom The American Convention on Human Rights: 50 Years After its Adoption September 04 4:00PM-6:00PM Room Y360 International and Abroad Opportunities at WCL Open House
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