Ritsumeikan Washington Seminar

Ritsumeikan Washington Seminar

In partnership with the Ritsumeikan University School of Law, this intensive field-study course is held in Washington, D.C. over a two week period during August. Along with lectures, seminars, and training in legal research at WCL, students visit the U.S. Congress, courts, federal administrative agencies, law firms and NGOs to experience legal settings in the United States.


Course Topics:

  • Introduction to American Law
  • Legal Education in the US
  • Introduction to Legal English
  • The US Legislative Process
  • The US Judicial System
  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • International and Humanitarian Law
  • Administrative Law

Site Visits

The seminar also supplements lectures and coursework with site visits such as:

  • United States Capitol
  • Major Washington Law Firms
  • United States Federal District Courthouse
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Public Defender Service
  • Arlington County Jail
  • United States Department of Transportation


Professor Jeffrey Lubbers, Director, Ritsumeikan Washington Seminar

For more information please contact:

Washington Seminar Program
Office of Grants and Programs
American University
Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Telephone: (202) 274-4317
Fax: (202) 274-4226