Expand your knowledge & your network
Summer Law Programs
in Washington, D.C.

  • Anti-Corruption Law (U.S. and International)
    June 5 - 9

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      This program is designed for government officials and private and non-profit sector practitioners to enhance their expertise in transnational bribery laws and compliance, implementation of anti-corruption conventions and stolen asset recovery provisions, prevention and mitigation of procurement corruption risks and requirements of the US legal framework for transparency and integrity. Taught by present and former government prosecutors, investigators and in-house and outside counsel, it offers an opportunity to gain expertise and expand networks while earning CLE credit or a Certificate.

  • English for Lawyers
    July 10 - 27

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      An introduction for foreign practitioners and incoming LL.M. students to legal English concepts, speaking, and writing. Through daily lectures, written assignments, in-class exercises, contract negotiations, and a mock arbitration exercise, students whose native language is not English practice a wide array of legal English skills. Small class size and student-teacher meetings ensure individual attention.

  • Environmental Law
    May 30 - June 23

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      An intensive training opportunity designed for law students and practitioners. Seminars on domestic and international environmental law are taught by leading practitioners from business, government, and non-governmental organizations.

  • Health Law and Policy
    June 12 - 17

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      Taught by leading health lawyers, the Institute provides intensive training for law students and attorneys interested in health law. A range of cutting edge topics will be covered, including: Health Insurance Reform, the False Claims Act, Health Care Business Transactions, and Pharmaceuticals. Each course will delve into the legal, regulatory, policy and compliance implications of the subject matter at hand, with emphasis on practical insights and application. Lunchtime networking events provide students with additional opportunities to build connections and explore the latest trends and developments in health law. The Institute's schedule is flexible and includes day and evening courses. Participants can enroll for the full week (four courses) or register for a fewer number of courses, in whatever combination is preferred.

  • Hospitality and Tourism Law
    June 12 - 16

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      Course work, case study, and advice for career paths from industry specialists combine to form a fundamental overview of hospitality and tourism practice. Participants learn from legal experts at Greenberg Traurig, Marriott, and more. Course topics include Franchise, Licensing, and Management Agreements, to gaming and resort law, and basic topics of hotel law. Planned site visits include convention center hotels and casinos operations.

  • Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
    May 30 - June 16

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      Twenty courses in English and Spanish taught by more than 40 visiting world-renowned scholars and practitioners offer a breadth of specialized topics from Regional Human Rights Systems to thematic issues such as Human Rights and Development. Concurrently, the Academy also hosts Human Rights Month, featuring special panel presentations, a film festival and site visits to local NGOs. In addition, there are social opportunities for participants to network with the faculty and with each other as the program is open to law students, legal professions and activists interested in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.

  • Intellectual Property Law
    May 30 - June 15

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      A concentrated program of courses designed for law students, practitioners, government officials, and scholars interested in the advanced study of international intellectual property law. Courses take place in D.C. and in Geneva, Switzerland, offering participants the chance to learn from experts in the field at two global centers for international intellectual property policy making.

  • International Commercial Arbitration
    May 30 - June 15

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      Prepares the legal profession to meet the increasing demands for the resolution of disputes in international business and economic transactions. Focuses on theoretical and practical aspects, insights into the practice and the handling of arbitration cases, and networking with leading attorneys, including Dr. Horacio Grigera Naón, Director of the Center on International Commercial Arbitration.

  • International Organizations, Law & Diplomacy
    May 30 - June 23

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      The theory and practice of contemporary international organizations, law and diplomacy is taught through courses and experiential learning with experts on and officials from international organizations in Washington and Geneva. The program is open to law students, graduate students, and practitioners interested in international organization affairs.

  • Litigation Skills
    July 5 - 22

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      This rigorous litigation skills training program includes courses on fact witness depositions, expert witness depositions, and civil trial advocacy. The program also offers a full-day digital presentation workshop. The two-week program with courses offered primarily in the evening and on the weekend is ideal for practicing attorneys as well as JD and LLM students seeking to hone their advocacy skills.


Gain a competitive edge this summer at American University Washington College of Law.

Each year our summer law programs in D.C. provide students and practitioners with expert instruction, intensive training, and networking opportunities with some of the most influential people in their respective fields of law. Programs qualify for academic or for Continuing Legal Education credit.

Choose courses in one or several of our diverse subject areas for Summer 2017.

Per ABA Standards, students seeking academic credit for work earned in a specialized summer program or Institute may register for up to two credits per week.