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This option is only available to individuals with a law degree.

Participants must complete a minimum of 64 hours of class. This minimum can be achieved by registering for three courses. Participants can enroll in a fourth course, if they wish to, at no additional cost. In addition to a Certificate of Attendance, Diploma participants will receive a plaque indicating courses successfully completed after exams are completed. Enrollment for the Diploma is limited to 35 candidates.

REQUIREMENTS

Diploma participants MUST:

  • Attend the orientation session on: Monday, May 29

  • Attend 3 of the conferences and/or panels organized as part of Human Rights Month by the Academy

  • Attend at least one of the site visits organized by the Academy to international organizations

  • Submit a 5-page essay on a human rights issue of your choice by May 21st, 2017 to hracademy@wcl.american.edu

  • Present the paper submitted before a panel comprised of peers, faculty members and human rights experts

  • Take exams (Visit our exam page for more information)

COSTS

Application Fee: $70, This fee is $100 after the May 1 deadline.

Course Fee: $3800, This fee includes all reading materials.

Facilities Fee: $150

ATTENDANCE POLICY

All participants are expected to attend 90% of all course sessions. This means you can only miss two class sessions for 14-day courses and one for shorter courses. Two late arrivals will be considered an absence. If you miss more than two classes, the course will not be included on your Diploma.

Applicants for the Certificate of Attendance must meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Be enrolled in a law degree program at a U.S. law school accredited by the ABA or at a foreign law school with equivalent standards and have completed the first year;

  2. Hold a law degree whether from a U.S. law school accredited by the ABA or from a foreign law school with equivalent standards;

  3. Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in a field related to international affairs, government, political science, journalism, or any other field related to human rights.

The Certificate is the only option available to persons interested in the program who are not lawyers or are not pursuing a US law degree.

*Special arrangements can be made for international students interested in taking courses for academic credit in their home countries.

COSTS

Application Fee: $70, This fee is $100 after the May 1 deadline.

Course Fee*:
One Course: $1,200
Two Courses: $1,950
Three Courses $2,700
Four Courses: $3,450

Facilities fee: $150

*These fees includes all reading materials.

Scholarships are available for alumni, members of partner institutions, persons with demonstrated need, current and former Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court participants

ATTENDANCE POLICY

All participants are expected to attend 90% of all course sessions. This means you can only miss two class sessions for 14-day courses and one for shorter courses. Two late arrivals will be considered an absence. If you miss more than two classes, the course will not be included in your Certificate of Attendance.

ENROLLMENT

This option is only for students currently enrolled in law schools in the United States. Students can register in any of the courses and receive academic credits recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA). Credit Students will also obtain a certificate of completion upon consistent attendance of all classes. Credit students who complete three or more courses, will receive a plaque certifying successful completion of courses and exams.

COSTS

Tuition Per Credit: $1,988 (each course is typically 2 credits)

Student Facilities fee: $41

FINANCIAL AID

Financial aid for summer study is limited to educational loans for WCL students. Information regarding various loan options and procedures is available in the Financial Aid Office and on their website.

Visiting law students must apply for assistance through their home institution, provided their school is willing and eligible to enter into a consortium agreement with American University Washington College of Law. Further information on consortium agreements may be obtained from the WCL Financial Aid Office.

The Geneva practicum is organized by the program on International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy which combines legal, diplomatic, and social scientific approaches to the study of multilateralism. The program explores juridical, political, economic, and other dimensions of international organizations as they face the challenges of globalization and global governance. The theory and practice of contemporary international organizations, law and diplomacy is taught through courses, conferences, as well as experimental learning and substantive interactions with officials in international organizations in Geneva.

Human rights courses in Geneva: June 26 - July 14, 2017

  • The International Labor Organization: Decent Work Agenda

  • Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law: Current Challenges

Participants of the Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian law, who complete a minimum of two courses and enroll in two other human rights courses through the Program on International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy in Geneva, receive a plaque indicating they have obtained a “Practicum in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law” for their participation in both programs. Additionally, both programs will separately grant a Certificate of Attendance.

Costs in Geneva:

$3,950* for two courses, which includes housing and transportation in Geneva. Participants are responsible for their airfare, daily expenses and for the processing of the necessary visas

  • The application process differs slightly depending on which track you’re planning to enroll. However, for all application types, you must submit all documents as well as the non-refundable application fee of $70 because only complete applications are reviewed.

    • For the Certificate and Diploma you must complete the following:

      • Online application form (available December 1)

      • Résumé no longer than three pages

      • Statement of interest no longer than one page

    • For participants interested in completing the courses for credit: