LL.M./MIS Dual Degree

Students Listening to the Annual ILSP Lecture on International Law

This unique program offers mid-career professionals the ability to complete both an LL.M. and Master of International Service (MIS) degree on a two-year accelerated track. Designated for those interested in careers in law and international relations, this degree provides candidates with both the knowledge and resources to succeed in today’s global environment.

Candidates have the opportunity to choose from over 45 international law courses and seminars each semester taught by recognized experts and leading practitioners in their fields. The International Law curriculum offers a flexible program including seven areas of specialization: International Business Law, International Human Rights, International Environmental Law, International and Comparative Protection of Intellectual Property, Gender and the Law, Trade and Investment, and International Organizations.

The School of International Service (SIS) at American University also offers a diverse community comprised of scholars, practitioners and students from around the world. The masters degree in International Service (MIS) provides experienced professionals with the opportunity to enhance their intellectual development, expand their professional effectiveness and strengthen their international leadership skills. Students can choose from courses in any of the eight fields offered to compliment their academic work and professional experience: Comparative and Regional Studies, Global Environmental Politics, International Communication, International Development, International Economic Foreign Relations, International Politics and Foreign Policy, International Peace and Conflict Resolution, and U.S. Foreign Policy. With this multidisciplinary curriculum, SIS emphasizes the overriding belief of combining theory with practice.

Students may begin the dual degree as full-time LL.M. or MIS students and may take courses at both institutions. Additionally, students must meet all of the course requirements for both programs. The program is designed to be completed in two years with 16 credits in the LL.M. and 24 credits in the MIS for a total requirement of 40 credits. Neither degree may be awarded until all the course work for both degrees has been completed.

*Please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at llm@wcl.american.edu if you are interested in this program. There are specific application requirements related to this degree.*

LL.M. in International Legal Studies

  • 16 Credit Hours including:
    • Completion of the Practical Skills or Research Skills based tracks
    • American Legal Institutions (for non-common law trained lawyers)
    • Legal Research & Writing (for non-common law trained lawyers)
    MIS
  • 24 Credit Hours including:
    • 6 credit hours: Proseminar in International Affairs I and Proseminar in International Affairs II in residence
    • 6 credit hours of independent study approved by the SIS Dean’s Office