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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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AUWCL's Program on Law and Government Celebrates 25 Years

AUWCL's Program on Law and Government Celebrates 25 Years

For the last 25 years, American University Washington College of Law’s Program on Law and Government has united law students with the nation’s capital and provided them a firm foundation for a successful career in governmental service.

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21st Annual Hispanic Law Conference Touches on Progress, Challenges in the Latinx Community

21st Annual Hispanic Law Conference Touches on Progress, Challenges in the Latinx Community

Students, faculty, and distinguished guest speakers from the Latinx community came together Thursday, April 19 at American University Washington College of Law for the 21st Annual Hispanic Law Conference.

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Vanita Gupta, President and CEO of The Leadership Conference, Announced as Washington College of Law's 2018 Commencement Speaker

Vanita Gupta, President and CEO of The Leadership Conference, Announced as Washington College of Law's 2018 Commencement Speaker

American University Washington College of Law is thrilled to welcome Vanita Gupta, president and chief executive officer of The Leadership Conference, and former leader of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, as our 2018 Commencement speaker on Sunday, May 20, at 1:00 p.m. 

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AUWCL Sponsors 20th Annual Grotius Lecture to Open ASIL Annual Meeting

AUWCL Sponsors 20th Annual Grotius Lecture to Open ASIL Annual Meeting

On April 4, American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) proudly sponsored the 20th Annual Grotius Lecture opening the American Society of International Law’s (ASIL) 112th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Leading and emerging voices in international legal scholarship, policy, and practice gathered to discuss this year’s theme, “International Adjudication: Peaks, Valleys, and Rolling Hills.”

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World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim Discusses Opportunities, Challenges in Developing Nations During Visit to American University Washington College of Law

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim Discusses Opportunities, Challenges in Developing Nations During Visit to American University Washington College of Law

American University Washington College of Law welcomed World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim to campus Tuesday, April 10 for "Rich and Poor: Opportunities and Challenges in an Age of Disruptions."

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May 24 9:00AM-12:00PM Washington College of Law Donut Forget We're Here! | OCPD & Student Affairs Study Break May 29 12:30PM-2:00PM Warren Building - NT01 Human Rights Month 2018 Panel: The Struggle for Justice in International and Domestic Jurisdictions: Is the glass half-empty or half-full? May 31 12:30PM-2:00PM Warren Building - NT01 Human Rights Month 2018 Panel: The Recurrence of Sexual Violence in Conflict and Other Situations of Generalized Violence: The Legal and Political Challenges to Prevent its Commission June 06 12:30PM-1:30PM Warren Building - NT01 Health Law and Policy Program: Summer Lunch and Learn Series - Top Health Care Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities June 06 12:30PM-2:00PM Warren Building - NT01 Human Rights Month 2018 Panel: The Inter-American Court of Human Rights at 40: Achievements and Challenges Ahead June 07 12:30PM-2:00PM Warren Building - NT01 Human Rights Month 2018 Panel - The Colombia Peace Process: Current Challenges in Securing Justice June 12 12:30PM-2:00PM Warren Building - NT01 Human Rights Month 2018 Panel - Human Rights and Human Mobility: Protecting the Vulnerable in a Time of Populism June 14 12:30PM-2:00PM Warren Building - NT01 Human Rights Month 2018 Panel - Business and Human Rights: Recent Developments in this Complex Relationship June 15 12:30PM-2:00PM Warren Building - NT01 Human Rights Month 2018 Panel - Regional Human Rights Mechanisms in Times of Crisis: An Update on the Inter-American, European and African Systems July 12 8:00AM-5:00PM Washington College of Law SIEL 6th Biennial Global Conference: "International Economic Law in Unsettling Times" July 13 8:00AM-5:00PM Washington College of Law SIEL 6th Biennial Global Conference: "International Economic Law in Unsettling Times" July 14 8:00AM-5:00PM Washington College of Law SIEL 6th Biennial Global Conference: "International Economic Law in Unsettling Times"
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