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American University

Established by the US Congress in 1893, American University has an international outlook with an emphasis on public service. American University ("AU" or "American") is a private research university in Washington, D.C. There are currently approximately 6,000 undergraduate students and 4,000 graduate students enrolled at the university.

American University is especially known for its efforts to promote international relations. This is reflected in the diverse student body consisting of students from more than 150 countries, the university’s wide variety of course offerings, the faculty research, and the regular presence of world leaders on its campus.

American University has also earned a reputation as one of the best schools in the United States for subjects relating to government and political science.

The law school

American University Washington College of Law ("WCL") is the law school of American University. The law school is located on Massachusetts Avenue in the Spring Valley neighborhood of northwest Washington DC.

WCL is consistently ranked in the top 50 law schools by US News and World Report. The school is accredited by the American Bar Association.

WCL is well known for its Clinical, International Law, and Trial Advocacy programs, which are all highly-ranked by U.S. News & World Report. The school is particularly known for its diversity and was recently recognized as the most diverse top-tier law school in the Washington, D.C. area, and the third most diverse among top-tier law schools in the nation in U.S. News' index of diversity.

WCL is also known for its strong programs in both human rights and public interest work. WCL offers grant money through the Equal Justice Foundation for students working in the public sector and offers special loan repayment assistance programs.

Tuition fees

LLM Tuition & Fees

2010-2011 Academic Year
Credit Distribution

12-17 credits $21,307.00 per semester

1-11 credits $1,578.00 per credit

2010-2011 Tuition: $37,872.00
24 credits (Based on an 8 credit per semester rate)

Entry Requirements

LLM Requirements:

1. Applicants must have obtained a law degree at a U.S. law school accredited by the American Bar Association, or at a foreign law school with comparable standards.

2. Complete and send application form before deadline.

3. Furnish evidence of competency in English.

4. Meet visa requirements for international applicants.

5. Applicants must complete the Newly-Admitted Student Requirements, once admitted.

The Program

One of the first truly international programs, the LLM program in International Legal Studies is ranked among the top ten international law LLM programs in the United States and is currently the only program in the United States to offer a dual LLM/MBA degree.

The ILSP was established in 1980 in response to a growing demand for lawyers trained in international law. With over 142 students from 53 countries, the International Legal Studies Program at the American University Washington College of Law is one of the most intellectually and culturally diverse programs in the United States.

The program incorporates a rich array of international law courses and seminars, experiential learning, and special events which allow students to interact and network with faculty, international attorneys, diplomats, business leaders, and policy makers.

The International Legal Studies Program (ILSP) is a 24 credit LLM degree program. This program can be completed in one year.
There are 7 LLM programs:
1. International Business Law
2. International Human Rights Law
3. International Environmental Law
4. International and Comparative Protection of Intellectual Property
5. Gender and the Law
6. Free Trade Agreements and Regional Integration
7. International Organizations

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