How to Apply

Application Procedures

Spring Admission - December 1 (For program starting in early January) If applying to a scholarship, all documents must be submitted by November 1.

EXTENSION: All applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Late applications may be accepted if space is available. Please contact us at humanrights@wcl.american.edu before submitting an application after the deadline.

Applying to the LL.M. in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law can be done via our online application form or mailed in directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions at llm@wcl.american.edu.

1. Online application form:

https://www.wcl.american.edu/llm/application/

2. Online using the LSAC application system and services

  • LSAC Applications
  • Please note that LSAC charges a $75 registration fee to use the online application system plus additional fees for processing international transcripts. These fees apply only to LSAC services – applicants will still need to submit the LL.M. Program application fee of $55.

All applicants must submit the following information in order to have a completed application package. Please note that applications will not be reviewed until all materials are received. Admission decisions are made on the basis of all information provided in a completed application.

  • Applications form via email or mailed in. Below are the requirements to apply to the LL.M. program:
  • $55 Application fee
  • Official Copies of Academic Records (ABA accredited U.S. law school or foreign law school with equivalent standards)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Résumé (3 pages max.)
  • Two letters of reccomendation
  • Scholarship application form and cover letter (if applicable)
  • Official proof of competency in English (non-native speakers) directly from testing agency
  • Please mail all application documents to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Suite Y 360 
Washington, DC 20016-8181 USA

Please email all materials also to humanrightsllm@wcl.american.edu and admissions at llm@wcl.american.edu

    Each application for admission must be accompanied by a $55 application fee. The application fee is nonrefundable. Make checks or U.S. money orders payable to "Washington College of Law." All checks must be drawn on a bank that has a branch in the United States. We also accept American Express, Thomas Cook, and Barclay's traveler's checks. Postal money orders from other countries are not acceptable. Please do not send cash.

    Applicants must submit official/attested transcripts of previous law school work, including a record of all your courses, examinations, and marks, and an official certification of the law degree received from a U.S. law school or from a recognized international institution. PLEASE NOTE: Applicants educated in the U.S. should send their official transcripts from both their undergraduate studies and their law school.

    "Official/Attested" means a copy of your original document certified by an officer of your school. Faxed copies and photocopies of academic records will not be accepted. Transcripts must be written in the native language of the school. If this language is not English, the documents must be accompanied by a certified translation. Institutions must send the required documents directly to the Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions.

    International applicants applying online through LSAC have the option of submitting their transcripts through LSAC’s Document Assembly Service. This service is included in LSAC’s $75 registration fee for using their online services. Additionally, international applicants using the LSAC system can choose (not required) to register for LSAC’s International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service for an additional fee of $125. By using this system, LSAC will authenticate and evaluate your academic records and forward them to our office directly.

    Although not required, IHRHL does also accept transcripts and certified copies of academic documents from EducationUSA and WES. The applicant should contact WES directly to have them send us your documents. Find more information about LSAC and WES.

    Applicants must submit a Statement of Purpose stating the reasons for applying to the LL.M. in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Program. The statement should not exceed 500 words and should include a discussion of the following:

    a. How do you think the LL.M. will help you achieve your short-term and long-term professional and
    personal goals, and
    b. How does your prior experience in human rights and humanitarian law make you a well-qualified
    candidate for the LL.M. Program?

    This statement might include reference to a specific position that the applicant seeks to attain, or to an area of international human rights and humanitarian law where the applicant plans to make a contribution.

    Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation from law professors, employers, or other persons qualified to recommend them for graduate study in law. Please do NOT send more than two letters of recommendation, as any extra recommendation letters will be disregarded from your application.

    The recommendations may either be enclosed with the application in sealed and signed envelopes, sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions via mail or submitted through the online application form. Letters may also be sent via email directly from the recommender to llm@wcl.american.edu. The applicant should explain to the references that the committee gives considerable weight to the letters.

    Office of Graduate Admissions
    American University Washington College of Law
    4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Suite Y360K
    Washington, DC 20016-8181 USA

    E-mail: llm@wcl.american.edu
    Telephone: (202) 274-4110
     

    NOTE: Applicants using the LSAC online system can have their recommenders submit their recommendation letters through LSAC or send them directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions via mail.

    Note: All materials submitted to Washington College of Law become the property of Washington College of Law and cannot be returned.