LLM Program in International Legal Studies

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions Regarding:

  1. Areas of Specialization
  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. Part-Time Students

1) Do you have main areas of specialization?

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, Trade and Investment, and International & Comparative Intellectual Property Law.

2) How much does the program cost?

Tuition Costs for the 2015-2016 academic year are:

              $25,061/per semester  (12-17 Credits)

              $1,856/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 two 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?

Applicants whose first language is not English must take one of the following English competency tests.  Applications will not be considered complete until results have been submitted. This requirement is waived only for applicants who have received their law degree from an accredited institution in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, or New Zealand. 

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)
  • International Legal English Certificate (ILEC)

A summary of minimum English scores for individual programs are listed below. More detailed information is available on the Application Materials page:

  • International Legal Studies: TOEFL = 84 ibt, IELTS = 6.5

If you are not sure whether you are required to take an English competency exam, please contact the Graduate Admissions office directly at llm@wcl.american.edu

13) Can I be a part-time student?

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