American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) is among U.S.’s leading law schools in international legal education. AUWCL is ranked 9th in international law by U.S. News and World Report; and accredited A+ by Prelaw Magazine.

Drawing upon AUWCL’s unparalleled international law programs, the LL.M. in International Legal Studies (ILSP) offers one of the largest international law curricula in the U.S., with over 100 courses in various areas of international law.

A very flexible degree program, the ILSP allows students to select any classes and design individual curriculum that tailors to their interests and career goals.

Designed for students with strong interest in research, ILSP offers the option of independent study, whereby students may choose to write multiple research papers under faculty supervision.

ILSP offers a certificate of specialization in the following areas along with the LL.M. degree:

Our curriculum features unique experiential learning opportunities, including externships at international organizations, government agencies, law firms, and local think tanks in Washington D.C. Our curriculum offers U.S. law courses required by the New York bar exam for international students to qualify to sit for the bar exam.

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-renowned and have longstanding ties to potential employers in the United States and abroad. ILSP has great reputation for its global reach, with students from over 50 countries and more than 4000 alumni from around the world.

For students interested in pursuing a more specialized LL.M. degree, check out: LL.M. in International Arbitration and Business Law; LL.M. in International Business and Trade Law; LL.M. in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law; LL.M. in Gender, International and Comparative Law.

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.