2017 Program Brochure

Hospitality and Tourism Law 2017 Summer Program Brochure.

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Steven Shapiro, Director

Hospitality and Tourism Law Program

June 12-16, 2017
June 19-23, 2017

"As a new attorney looking to break into the hospitality law arena, participating in WCL’s Hospitality and Tourism Law Program was the best career decision I have ever made." Read More
- Diana Ovsepian, 2014 HTL program participant

"I cannot emphasize enough the value of this program for networking opportunities.... Over one week, we were exposed to hundreds of years of experience in the hospitality industry." Read More
- James E. Rippeon II, 2014 HTL program participant

"The Hospitality and Tourism Law program gave me a fascinating introduction into both conventional and alternative legal careers I had never considered. I appreciated how the program was both broad and deep." Read More
- Ricky Irizarry, 2014 HTL program participant

Comprehensive Curriculum, Practical Skills, Professional Networking

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.