Participants may enroll under one of the following three categories


This option is only available for persons who already hold a law degree.

Diploma participants must:

  • Enroll in a minimum of 3 courses
  • Write a 5-page essay on a human rights issue of their choice
  • Attend the program orientation session
  • Present your 5-page paper before a panel comprised by peers, faculty members and human rights experts
  • Attend 90% of their classes
  • Attend three closed meeting with various high profile human rights experts
  • Take and pass the exams with a C (or better grade)
  • The Academy organizes Human Rights Month, which includes conferences and panels about current human rights issues. Participants must attend three of these conferences and at least one visit to an international organization organized by the Academy.

Application - Costs - Requirements - Exams

Certificate of Attendance

The certificate of attendance is available to persons who fit any of the following categories:

  • Persons interested in the program who have a first degree other than law
  • Persons who are law students in the United States but are not interested in taking courses for credit
  • Persons who are law students outside of the United States
  • Persons who have attained a law degree but do not wish to take as many as 3 courses or do not wish to have mandatory exams

Special arrangements can be made for international students interested in taking these courses for academic credit in their home countries. Exams are optional for participants of the certificate (unless they plan to transfer credits to their home institution).

Application - Costs - Requirements - Exams

American Bar Association Credit

Current law students enrolled in universities in the U.S. can register in any of our courses and receive academic credit recognized at their institutions. All courses are ABA approved. Students planning to attend a Program at WCL after the Program may transfer these credits towards their degree.

Application - Costs - Requirements - Exams


Exams are mandatory for Diploma seekers, participants transferring credits to their universities in their home countries or participants whose sponsors require them. You must receive a passing grade of C or better on your exams in each of the courses in which you are enrolled in order to receive academic credit or the Diploma.

There is a mandatory reading period between June 17 and 23 to allow students to complete the required post-course reading for their courses. The exam period will be from June 24 to August 3. Students will retrieve and submit exams electronically; therefore, they can leave DC any time after June 16th. Each student will determine when to retrieve each exam. Each exam must be completed and submitted within a 48 hour timeframe. All exams must be completed by 11:55 PM EST on August 3. For more information, please visit here.

*American University law students do not need to apply to the Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. They are eligible to register for the courses as though they are registering for their other courses. The summer registration period opens in early April.