International Legal Studies Program

September 12, 2011

Where the World Meets to Study Law

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.

A program over 25 years old and still growing, the ILSP was established in 1980 in response to a growing demand for lawyers trained in international law. With over 170 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 nation. The program incorporates a rich array of international law courses and seminars, experiential learning, and special events which allow our students to interact and network with esteemed faculty, international attorneys, diplomats, business leaders, and policy makers.

Our recognized 24 full-time faculty members and 40 adjunct faculty members are leading practitioners in their field. Our diverse faculty have established strong alliances with various international, governmental, and nongovernmental organizations such as the World Bank, the World Wildlife Fund, the United Nations, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights, the Inter-American Development Bank and regional organizations such as Central and East European Law Initiative (CEELI).

Areas of Specialization

  • International Business Law

  • International Environmental Law

  • International Human Rights Law

  • Gender & the Law

  • International Commercial Arbitration

  • Free Trade Agreements & Regional Integration

  • International Organizations

  • International & Comparative Protection of Intellectual Property


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