Where the World Meets to Study Law

Established in 1982, the LL.M. Program in International Legal Studies is among US’s oldest and most prestigious LL.M. programs. Drawing upon our #6 nationally ranked international law specialty, the LL.M. features an extensive curriculum of 100+ internationally-focused courses, highly in-demand specializations, world-renowned faculty with longstanding ties to employers in the United States and abroad, and internship opportunities with top employers in Washington D.C. Students also become part of a vibrant global network of students from 50+ countries and 4000+ alumni worldwide.

The LL.M. in International Legal Studies offers courses that foreign-trained lawyers are required to take to qualify to sit for the bar exams of New York and Washington D.C.

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Quick Facts
  • #6
    in Int'l Law Specialty (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 38 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.