International Legal Studies Program Celebrates 30th Anniversary

American University Washington College of Law held a three-day conference and alumni reunion in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the law school's renowned International Legal Studies Program (ILSP). The program has more than 3,500 alumni worldwide.

The event, held Oct. 10-13, included conference sessions and roundtable discussions about a variety of compelling international law topics -- from ending torture, to trends in foreign investment, to the future of legal education. View the full schedule of events.

Attendees convened for a variety of evening events, beginning Wednesday, Oct. 10 with a reception at the the majestic Madison Hall at the Library of Congress in honor of the Program, and the launching of a special 30th Anniversary Edition of Global Network, ILSP’s alumni magazine.

Diplomats representing countries throughout the world joined current International Legal Studies Program students and alumni for an evening reception held at the law school on Thursday, Oct. 11. ILSP holds the Embassy Reception annually in honor of the diversity of the incoming class of LL.M. students. This year, the Program was honored to include the event within the anniversary celebration.

Claudio Grossman, first director of the ILSP Program and current dean of American University Washington College of Law, hosted and gave remarks at an alumni dinner on Friday, Oct. 12, held in honor of the ILSP Alumni Liaisons. ILSP’s first graduate, Nuria Beltrán (pictured below with Dean Grossman), also spoke at the dinner. Attendees recognized the Alumni Fund Scholarship winners, and viewed a slideshow of ILSP photos throughout the past 30 years.

With approximately 150 students and researchers from 60 countries every year, the International Legal Studies Program (ILSP) is one of the most intellectually and culturally diverse LL.M. programs in the nation. For nearly three decades, the program has incorporated a rich array of international law courses and seminars, experiential learning, and special events that allow students to interact and network with leading faculty, international attorneys, diplomats, business leaders, and policymakers.

Learn more about the International Legal Studies Program.