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    American University, Washington College of Law
    American University
    Washington College of Law
    4801 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
    Washington, D.C. 20016
    (202)274-4101
    FAX: (202)274-4107

    Post Graduate Degrees:
    • LLM in Law and Government
    • LLM in International Legal Studies
    • SJD program


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

    The school is accredited by the American Bar Association.

    History
    WCL was founded in 1896 by Ellen Spencer Mussey and Emma Gillett in response to a lack of legal educational opportunities for women in the region. Mussey herself learned the law by apprenticeship at her husband's law offices. She was rejected by several schools in the area, including the law school that eventually became part of George Washington University, because of her "women did not have the mentality for the law." She and Gillett began teaching Mussey's law offices after they were approached by three women who wished to study with them. With its first graduating class, the Washington College of Law became the first law school to be founded by women, and also the first law school to graduate an all-female class. The "single-sex" education did not last long however: Mussey's male law clerk enrolled in 1897. WCL officially became part of American University in 1949.
    Rankings

    WCL is well known for its Clinical, International Law, and Trial Advocacy programs, which are ranked 2nd, 5th, and 11th in the nation, respectively, by U.S. News & World Report. In 2008, WCL was included on U.S. News & World Report's college and university rankings list of the Top 100 Law Schools, where WCL consistently ranks in the top 50. In 2007-08, WCL was 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 recognized. Its master of laws (LL.M.) program ranks 13th nationally in the 2008 AUAP rankings. 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.

    Programs & Centers
    • Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law
    • Clinical Program
    • Externship Program
    • Health Law Project
    • Humphrey Fellowship Program (Fulbright Exchange)
    • International Arbitration Program
    • International Legal Studies Program (ILSP)
    • International Visiting Scholars Program
    • Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project
    • National Institute of Military Justice
    • National Institute of Corrections/WCL Project on Addressing Prison Rape
    • Office of Public Interest
    • Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property
    • Program on International and Comparative Environmental Law
    • Program on Law & Government
    • Special Events & Continuing Legal Education
    • Trial Advocacy Program
    • War Crimes Research Office
    • Women & International Law Program
    • Women & the Law Program




    Washington College of Law

    Location of WCL

    Located in the northwest edge of Washington, D.C., near the Maryland state line, the law school is 20 minutes from the White House, yet it is set within the green boundaries of a residential neighborhood. WCL, in short, offers the best of Washington, D.C. WCL is located at 4801 Massachusetts Avenue in Washington, D.C., with another set of offices located down the street at 4910 Massachusetts Avenue.

    International Legal Studies Program
    Where the World Meets to Study Law

    One of the first truly international programs, the LLM program in International Legal Studies is one of the top five 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 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 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
    • Free Trade Agreements & Regional Integration
    • International Organizations
    • International & Comparative Protection of Intellectual Property


    Other WCL International Programs
    • Academy on Human Rights & Humanitarian Law (English/Spanish)
    • Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law
    • Humphrey Fellowship Program
    • International Arbitration Program
    • International Visiting Scholars Program
    • Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property
    • Program on International and Comparative Environmental Law
    • United Nations Committee against Torture Project
    • War Crimes Research Office
    • Women & International Law Program


    More Info:
    International Legal Studies Program - American University Washington College of Law
    Contact

    International Legal Studies Program - American University Washington College of Law
    4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Suite 309A - Washington, DC 20016-8189 - USA
    Phone: 202-274-4110 - Fax: 202-274-4116 - Email: [email protected]
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    WCL Law Revue - Law School with Leon

    WCL Law Revue - March 07

    Law School with Leon

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      Washington College of Law, American University, Washington, DC

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