The LLM in international legal studies has specializations in NAFTA and other regional trade agreements, international trade and banking, intellectual property, international commercial arbitration, international environmental law, international organizations, gender and the law, and international protection of human rights. This program enables graduate students from U.S. and foreign law schools to engage in advanced research and to specialize in the above-mentioned areas through academic study and practical experience with international financial institutions and organizations, as well as with U.S. government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, private businesses, and law firms. The program has been specifically tailored to enable LLM students to take maximum advantage of the unique resources, such as international organizations, federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and research facilities that are available in Washington, D.C.
For additional information, contact Professor David Hunter, director of the International Legal Studies program, American University, Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 340, Washington, DC 20016-8189.
LLM Degree Requirements
International Legal Studies.The LLM degree requires the completion of 24 credit hours with a grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better, successful completion of two research papers that demonstrate a high degree of skill in legal scholarship and writing, and recommendation for the degree by the faculty. In addition to concentrating in one area of specialization, LLM students may complete their degree requirements in one of three ways: (1) entirely by traditional classroom study; (2) classroom study combined with a maximum of 6 semester hours of approved internship credits; or (3) classroom study combined with a maximum of 6 credit hours for the writing of a thesis of publishable quality.