LLM/MIS Dual Degree

Students Listening to the Annual ILSP Lecture on International Law

The International Legal Studies Program (ILSP) at the American University Washington College of Law is proud to announce the dual LLM/MIS degree with the School of International Service at American University. This unique program offers students and mid-career professionals the ability to complete both an LLM and MIS degree on a two-year accelerated track.  Designated for those interested in careers in law and international relations, this degree provides students with both the knowledge and resources to succeed in today’s global environment.

Students 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 ILSP 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 LLM 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 ILSP and 24 credits at the SIS for a total requirement of 40 credits. Neither degree may be awarded until all the course work for both degrees has been completed.


  • 16 Credit Hours including:
    • 2 research papers
    • American Legal Institutions (for non-common law trained lawyers)
    • English for Lawyers (for students who need extra practice with English)


  • 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