LLM Degree Program OverviewStudents at the ILSP

WCL established the International Legal Studies Program 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 top 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 seven 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. Currently we have 142 enrolled students from 55 countries, under the instruction of twenty-four full-time faculty members and forty-eight adjunct faculty members.

If you would like more information about the LLM program, please feel free to email llminfo@wcl.american.edu or contact our office at 202-274-4110.  

Fall Admission:        May 1
Spring Admission:   October 1

APPLY EARLY: It can take up to three months (or more) processing time for students to receive their student visa (F-1 visa). We recommend that international students apply to the program at least one month before the deadline to allow additional time for the visa process.