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At American University Washington College of Law, students receive a legal education that prepares them to tackle a breadth of challenges in Washington, D.C., throughout the country, and around the world. Our LL.M. programs feature flexible curricula that incorporate a rich array of specialized law courses and seminars and experiential learning opportunities. As a student, you will be supported by a law school community that is uniquely collaborative, including faculty who are passionate about education and a global network of LL.M. alumni. We invite you to discover what an LL.M. degree from Washington College of Law can do for you.

The Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) is the most advanced law degree at American University Washington College of Law. The program is designed for highly qualified lawyers seeking to pursue scholarly research and writing. The program selects candidates who are prepared to write a doctoral dissertation, who will make original contributions to the legal literature, and who have a strong intellectual commitment to advanced legal study.

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ABA to Honor Professor Stephen Wermiel with 2018 Robert F. Drinan Award for Distinguished Service

ABA to Honor Professor Stephen Wermiel with 2018 Robert F. Drinan Award for Distinguished Service

American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) congratulates Professor Stephen Wermiel, who is being honored by the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice with the 2018 Robert F. Drinan Award for Distinguished Service.

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Business Bootcamp Provides Law Students with a Lively Introduction to Business Basics

Business Bootcamp Provides Law Students with a Lively Introduction to Business Basics

AUWCL held its first Business Basics Bootcamp, Jan. 4-5, 2018. The 14 hour bootcamp, led by AUWCL Professor Ben Leff and featuring distinguished guest instructors, was designed to introduce AUWCL students to business concepts.

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War Crimes Research Office Director Susana SáCouto Honored on Gender Justice Legacy Wall

War Crimes Research Office Director Susana SáCouto Honored on Gender Justice Legacy Wall

War Crimes Research Office (WCRO) Director Susana SáCouto was honored as part of the Women's Initiatives for Gender Justice's unveiling of the Gender Justice Legacy Wall at an event that coincided with the 16th Annual Assembly of States Parties meeting in New York.

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Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón Elected to UN Committee against Torture

Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón Elected to UN Committee against Torture

American University Washington College of Law congratulates Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón, professorial lecturer in residence and co-director of the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, on his appointment to the United Nations Committee against Torture.

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Professor Nicola Releases Book on European Union Law

Professor Nicola Releases Book on European Union Law

Professor Fernanda Nicola, an expert in comparative law and European Union law, has collaborated with Bill Davies, a European historian with the AU School of Public Affairs, to publish a groundbreaking analysis of the rulings of the Court of Justice of the European Union titled, EU Law Stories: Contextual and Critical Histories of European Jurisprudence (Law in Context).

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Fernando Laguarda Elected Chair of the Board of TPRC

Fernando Laguarda Elected Chair of the Board of TPRC

American University Washington College of Law congratulates Professor Fernando Laguarda, faculty director of the Program on Law and Government, on his election as the next Board Chair of TPRC, the leading interdisciplinary conference on technology and telecom policy. His one year term began on Sept. 11, 2017.

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