LLM Degree Program Overview


Students at the ILSPWCL established the International Legal Studies Program over 30 years ago in response to a growing demand for lawyers trained in international law. The importance of international law continues to grow as people and nations become increasingly interconnected.  

Program Overview

As one of the leading international law LLM programs in the United States, the ILSP offers a comprehensive education which incorporates a rich array of international law courses and seminars, experiential learning opportunities, and special events which promote interaction with international attorneys, diplomats, business leaders, and policy makers. Our distinguished faculty and administration have established strong ties to various international, governmental, and nongovernmental organizations in the Washington metropolitan area and abroad.

The program's curriculum is designed to be flexible.  Each student structures a program of study to meet his or her own needs; students may choose any of the approximately forty-five courses offered each semester. ILSP students may choose an area of focus in our eight specializations. In addition, students are encouraged to write a publishable thesis and to gain practical experience through internships and optional practical training.

Areas of Specialization

    • International Business Law
    • International Environmental Law
    • International Human Rights Law
    • Gender & the Law
    • Free Trade Agreements & Regional Integration
    • International Organizations
    • International & Comparative Protection of Intellectual Property
    • International Commercial Arbitration

Our Students

As an intellectually and culturally diverse program, the International Legal Studies Program welcomes students from around the world. To learn more about our current students, click here!

If you would like more information about the LLM program, please feel free to email llm@wcl.american.edu or contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 202-274-4110.  

Application Deadlines

Fall Admission

  • International Students - May 1
  • U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident Students - July 1*

Spring Admission

  • International Students - October 1
  • U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident Students - November 1*

*Under certain circumstances, the program can extend the application deadline for U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents. Please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions directly to see if you qualify for this exception. Due to visa processing times, any applicant requiring a visa must adhere to the posted deadlines.