LLM Program in International Legal Studies

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions Regarding:

  1. Concentration areas
  2. Program Costs
  3. Admission requirements and deadlines
  4. Location
  5. Financial Aid
  6. Length of Program
  7. Experiential Learning
  8. Transfer Credits
  9. Internship Credits
  10. Independent Study
  11. Internships
  12. Language Proficiency
  13. Differences between ILSP and Law and Government
  14. Part Time Students

1) Do you have main areas of concentration?

Yes, we do.  The International Legal Studies Program offers eight areas of specialization within international law: International Business Law, International Human Rights Law, International Organizations, International Environmental Law, Gender and the Law, International Commercial Arbitration, Free Trade Agreements and Regional Integration, and International & Comparative Intellectual Property Law.

2) How much does the program cost?

Tuition Costs for the 2014-2015 academic year are:

              $24,331/per semester  (12-17 Credits)

              $1,802/per credit        (11 or fewer credits)

3) What are the admission requirements and deadlines?

We require you to: 1) have a law degree; 2) provide official transcripts from your  law school to the admissions office; 3) submit 2 letters of recommendation; 4) submit a personal statement about what you seek to gain from the program; 5) submit a $55.00 application fee; and 6) submit a completed application form.

4) Where is WCL located?

You may find directions to the Washington College of Law on our WCL map.

5) What financial aid is available?

The ILSP offers a limited number of scholarships based on financial need and academic merit.  For more information, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 202-274-4110 or email llm@wcl.american.edu.

The Financial Aid Office (202-274-4040) assists qualifying students in obtaining US Federal and private loans.

6) How long will the program take to complete?

The program is very flexible.  Depending on your visa status, you may take as many or as few courses as you would like.  To obtain the LLM degree you must successfully complete 24 credits.  The law school offers a number of evening courses to accommodate working students.

Foreign nationals studying on an F-1 or J-1 student visa are given up to 16 months (or three regular academic semesters) to complete the program and must complete at least 8 credits per semester.

7) Does the program include any experiential learning?

Absolutely!  We encourage students to consider internships in and around the Washington, DC metro area.  The International Legal Studies Program has an internship coordinator who works one-on-one with our students to help them find internship opportunities. For more information on experiential learning contact Melanjia Radnovic at 202-274-4097 or email mradnovic@wcl.american.edu.

8) Can I transfer credits from courses I took at other U.S. universities a few years ago?

Unfortunately, the 24 required credits must be from law courses within the International Legal Studies curriculum at WCL. 

9) What is the maximum number of internship credits and independent study credits that I can count toward the LLM degree?

You can take a total of 6 non-classroom credits.  The limit of 6 includes both internship credits and independent study credits.

10) How do I go about signing up for independent study?

You should contact a professor at WCL who is willing to advise a paper in a particular area of study. You must then complete a special form which must be signed by the professor and by Cathy Schenker, the academic advisor. 1 Independent study credit requires a paper that is 20-25 pages long.

11) How do I go about signing up for an internship?

You may contact Melanija Radnovic at 202-274-4097 or email mradnovic@wcl.american.edu

12) What are the language proficiency requirements for international applicants?

International applicants must have taken the TOEFL or IELTS exam and must earn a minimum score of 580 (237 computer-based; 93 IBT) for the TOEFL or 6.5 for the IELTS to be considered for admission.  Official TOEFL scores must be directly sent from the Education Testing Service (ETS). 

13) What is the difference between the LLM in International Legal Studies and the LLM in Law and Government?

The ILSP focuses on international law while the program in Law and Government focuses on US administrative and constitutional law. Students interested in both programs may apply to the dual LLM program.

14) Can I be a part-time student?

Yes, however, F-1 or J-1 students must take 8 credits or more per semester.