A government of the people, by the people, and for the people means we need informed attorneys who can reinvigorate democratic practices and improve the rule of law. The American University Washington College of Law Master of Laws in Law and Government (LL.M.) will prepare you to grasp the issues that are at the intersection of law, politics, and all levels of government through a broad-based examination of public law in the United States.

This is an LL.M. with a difference. Designed for both domestic and international law graduates who have a strong interest in U.S. government and politics, the dynamics of democracy, and the meaning of the rule of law, the LL.M. in Law and Government takes students on a broad and deep examination of the most important public policy issues of the time. Our organizing educational principle is that the best prepared lawyers and analysts in fields of regulatory law not only have a firm grasp of particular subjects, but also a mastery of theories, political forces, and institutional realities that define public law in the United States.

Areas of Specialization


Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice

Civil & Constitutional Rights

Business & Financial Regulation

New York Bar Track

Individualized Specialization

12 Credit Certificate Program

Executive Certificate: Health Policy, Financing, and Law

Approved Law and Government Courses


Contact the Program on Law & Government

Program on Law & Government
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Suite 515
Washington, DC 20016-8189 - USA
Phone: 202-274-4268
Fax: 202-730-4709
Email: lawandgov@wcl.american.edu