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2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law


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The LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is a hybrid master’s program, with both on-site (residential) and online components, which allows for a high quality curricular offering with a flexible and convenient format. Students interact with more than forty world-renowned experts, including human rights and humanitarian law experts from academia, international tribunals, civil society organizations, and international organizations. The degree is offered in both English and Spanish.

LLM Admissions


  • Hold a Juris Doctor (JD) from a US law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) or a first degree in law from a foreign law school with equivalent standards. 
  • Submit a completed application form along with supporting documents before the application deadline.
  • International applicants must meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement

More information about applying is available on the Office of Graduate Admissions website.

LLM Degree Requirements


  • Students must successfully complete 24 credit hours from the designated list of classes with a grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better.
  • In the first semester, non-common law trained students must successfully complete American Legal Institutions (LAW-580-001; 2 credits) and Legal Research and Writing (580-002; 2 credits).
  • Before the end of the first semester of study, students must select one of the following graduation tracks:
    • Research Track:  students must successfully complete two research papers of at least 3,500 words each that demonstrate a high degree of skill in legal scholarship and writing.
    • Practical Skills Track: students must successfully complete an externship for credit, and one research paper that demonstrates a high degree of skill in legal scholarship and writing.
  • The 24 credits needed for the LLM degree can be completed part-time, or full-time (two or three regular semesters). Students on an F-1 or J-1 visa must be enrolled in at least 8 credits during the fall and the spring, except for the last semester when students can take a reduced course load for 1-7 credits. To take a reduced course load, the Reduced Course Load Authorization Form must be filled out.
  • Students may enroll in a maximum of 15 credits per semester (fall and spring), however, it is recommended that students take no more than 13 credits per semester. WCL allows up to 7 credits in the summer.
  • LLM students may complete their degree requirements entirely by traditional classroom study or by classroom study combined with no more than six semester hours of approved externship and/or independent study credits.
  • Absent extraordinary circumstances, students must complete the LLM degree within sixty months of matriculating in a given LLM program.

Required Courses


Complete a minimum of six credit hours from the following approved courses:

Remaining credits should be selected from specialized courses approved for the LLM in International Human Rights & Humanitarian Law.

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