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American University Washington College of Law Launches Three New LL.M. Programs in International Law

New LL.M. programs focus on growing practice areas in trade, arbitration, and gender


WASHINGTON – July 15, 2019 – American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) has launched three new Master of Laws (LL.M.) programs that offer robust curricular and experiential learning opportunities  – International Business and Trade Law; International Arbitration and Business Law; and Gender, International and Comparative Law.  

“The three new LL.M.s reflect AUWCL’s longstanding excellence in international legal education,” said Professor Padideh Ala’i, director of International and Comparative Legal Studies. “Our internationally focused faculty bring academic depth to the specialized areas of international trade, business, arbitration, and gender, and the depth of our curriculum allows us to elevate students to the next level of their careers. Our new LL.M. degrees cater to the growing demands of the global job market for specialized expertise and take advantage our Washington, D.C. location to create distinct opportunities for LL.M. students.”

The LL.M. in International Business and Trade Law provides lawyers with in-depth knowledge and practical legal skills in international trade law and policy. Major course topics include WTO law, U.S. trade remedies, U.S. economic sanctions and export controls, and bilateral and regional trade agreements. The LL.M. also provides trade lawyers with a broader legal framework that regulates other aspects of cross-border transactions. Graduates with this expertise will be readily prepared to work in major trade and business practice areas.

The LL.M. in International Arbitration and Business Law is among the few LL.M. programs in the U.S. that trains lawyers to become arbitration practitioners. The LL.M. responds to law firms’ demands for lawyers with special expertise in arbitration. The faculty are accomplished arbitrators, practitioners, academics, and representatives from arbitral institutions. They bring a broad spectrum of practical experience to the classroom. The direct interaction and engagement with this exceptional faculty enables students in this LL.M. to build valuable professional relationships.

The only program of its kind in the U.S., the LL.M. in Gender, International and Comparative Law offers the most robust curriculum in gender and the law. The LL.M. equips students with the legal and policy skills needed to address challenges facing women and LGBTQ+ people worldwide.  Graduates of this LL.M. are prepared for careers in growth areas, such as gender mainstreaming, women’s economic development, prevention of human trafficking, and domestic violence. 

The new programs join an already robust offering of LL.M. programs, including Trial Advocacy, Intellectual Property, International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Derechos Humanos y Derecho Humanitario (Spanish language LL.M.), general International Legal Studies, and Law and Government.

American University Washington College of Law’s LL.M. Programs are world-renowned, with over 100 students from over 50 countries attending each academic year, and 4,000 alumni worldwide. Additional information on the law school’s Master of Laws programs can be found at wcl.american.edu/llm.

In 1896, American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) became the first law school in the country founded by women. More than 120 years since its founding, this law school community is grounded in the values of equality, diversity, and intellectual rigor. AUWCL’s top ranked specialty programs (in Clinical Legal Education, Trial Advocacy, International Law, Health Law and Policy, Intellectual Property, and Part Time JD) and dedicated faculty provide its more than 1,450 JD, LL.M., and SJD students with the critical skills and values to have an immediate impact as students and as graduates, in Washington, DC, the nation, and the world. For more information, visit wcl.american.edu.



Franki Fitterer
Phone: 202-274-4279
Email: franki@wcl.american.edu

Abbott Brant
Phone: 202-274-4276
Email: abrant@wcl.american.edu