LL.M. in International Legal Studies American University
The LL.M. in International Legal Studies Program (ILSP LL.M.) requires a total of 24 credit hours of coursework. The curriculum is flexible and allows students to choose any courses from among over 100 courses offered throughout the year.
Areas of Specializations
ILSP LL.M candidates may choose to specialize in one of the areas listed below. To receive a Certificate of Specialization along with the LL.M. degree, students must successfully complete 12 credits hours in the area of specialization out of the required 24 credits hours. Certain courses count towards more than one area of specialization.
Students do not have to declare a specialization in advance-- a specialization is optional and students can pursue this option any time after commencement of the LL.M. program.
We offer the following specializations:
International environmental law
Sample courses: International Environmental Law; International Energy Law; Comparative Environmental Law; Climate Change and the Law; Environmental Law (U.S. law); Animal and Wildlife; Trade and Environment; International Business and Environment.
Sample courses: International Commercial Arbitration; International ADR: Global Sovereign Disputes Practicum; Bilateral Investment Treaty Arbitration; Alternative Dispute Resolution.
International investment law
Sample courses: International Investment Law; International ADR: Global Sovereign Disputes Practicum; Bilateral Investment Treaty Arbitration; Advanced Research Seminar on International Investment and Commercial Law.
International criminal law
Sample courses: International Criminal Law; Human Rights Law; International Humanitarian Law; Responses of International Law to Conflict-Related Sexual and Gender-based Violence; Human Rights and Terrorism; International and Transitional Justice.
International trade law and policy
Sample courses: International Trade Law I; International Trade Law II; U.S. Trade Regime; U.S. Remedies; U.S. Sanctions and Export Controls; International Rule Making and Dispute Settlement - WTO, WIPO and the Multilateral System International Investment Law
International business law
Sample courses: International Business Transactions; International Sales of Goods; International Business Negotiations
International human rights
Sample courses: Human Rights, Strategic Litigation of Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights and Terrorism, Human Rights and Environment