Hospitality and Tourism Law Program

June 13-17, 2016

For more information contact Steven Shapiro at or 301-525-4569

For many years, attorneys seeking careers in hotel law faced limited options of apprenticeship in a law firm or self-directed study. With Washington, D.C. as the corporate home to the titans of the hotel industry, the Hospitality and Tourism Law Program at American University Washington College of Law is recognized for its legal education in hotel law and a directed career path.

Taught by leading practitioners and industry legal experts, the Hospitality and Tourism Law Summer Program provides intensive training for students and professionals interested in pursuing a career in the hotel industry. Executives and attorneys bring practical and academic experience to the classroom, where they'll share current industry practices, themes, and trends. Courses cover a broad range of complex legal issues to provide a fundamental overview of hospitality and tourism practice. Site visits in Washington, D.C. to corporate hotel headquarters and to convention center hotels bring participants outside of the classroom and into the real world. Tours, events, and dinners are also scheduled for participants to network with professionals in the industry.

The five-day program, with classes in the morning and evening, is designed to meet the busy schedules of law students interested in earning academic credit during the summer and of attorneys interested in earning CLE credit. The program is ideal for attorneys seeking careers in hotel law with law firms and in-house counsel, as well as non-traditional careers that include hotel development and general manager operations. Corporate officers and non-attorneys seeking fundamental topics in legal analysis and contract drafting are also encouraged to attend. All participants will be eligible to receive a Certificate of Legal Studies in Hospitality Law and Practice upon completion of the program.


(1 academic credit per course)

Introduction to Hotel Law and Real Estate (LAW 79500-001) (June 13 & 14)
Using a combination of case study, dialogue, and course work, this introductory course provides an analysis of complex legal issues routinely addressed by attorneys engaged in hospitality matters such as: licensing and franchise rights, tort liability, business formation and the complexities of hotel real estate development.

Hotel Franchising, Licensing, and Management Agreements (LAW 795PP-001) (June 15 & 16)
Probably the single most important area of hotel law, the management, licensing, and franchising agreements necessary to operate most hotels are embedded with complex issues that integrate law, economics, heightened negotiations, and detailed contract drafting. The course explores the many models of hotel ownership and branded chains that allow operations to appear seamless to hotel guests.

Advanced Topics: Labor & Employment Law, plus Gaming Considerations in the Hospitality Industry (LAW 795NN-001) (June 14, 15, & 17)
Once the domain of Las Vegas and Atlantic City, gaming operations and casinos now thrive across the country. In addition, massive resort hotels create numerous issues for the hotel attorney. This course examines recent developments in legal and operational areas including: hotel torts; alcoholic beverage regulation; federal, state, and local regulation (including the ADA); Indian and Tribal gaming; and intellectual property.

Site Visits Include

  • Marriott and its Ritz-Carlton Hotels Headquarters

  • Fairmont D.C. Hotel

Online Registration

Register Now for Summer 2015

Contact Us

Please direct questions to or call 301-525-4569.

What Others Are Saying

"Through the Hospitality and Tourism Law summer program, I was exposed to many different parts of the hotel industry. I was so interested in the subject matter that I attended all of the sessions offered. We were able to learn about the structure of hotel ownerships and how those contracts are negotiated, but beyond that, I found it stimulating to be part of a group that was so engaged." - Mary S., 2013 participant

"The Hospitality and Tourism Law summer program is a dream come true for those of us who seek knowledge and desire the best, but have already begun careers and must take an alternate route. The outstanding leadership provided by Professor Shapiro exceeded my expectations. He delivered a program that proved to be challenging and as enriching as I expected. I believe this program provides opportunities for so many choosing to continue their education to achieve their goals." - Tanya H., 2013 participant

Credit & Rates

Academic Credit: Students applying for academic credit will be charged $1,856 per credit hour. Total Specialized Summer Session costs will depend on number of credits taken. Please see individual program websites for a complete cost breakdown.

Certificate of Attendance or CLE Credit: Standard Rates:
1 course: $1,200
2 courses: $1,950
3 courses: $2,700
4 courses: $3,450
5+ courses: an additional $300/course

Alumni and Non-Profit Rates:
1 course: $900
2 courses: $1,450
3 courses: $2,000
4 courses: $2,600
5+ courses: an additional $300/course

Group Rates:
10+ registrants: 15% discount
6-9 registrants: 10% discount
3-5 registrants: 5% discount