George Washington LLM

George Washington LLM Programs

George Washington University, School of Law offers 11 Master of Laws (LLM) programs to its students:

  1. General LLM: The General LLM was created to allow foreign students the opportunity to study a range of issues in U.S. law by working with their adviser to select the best courses for their interests and career goals. The program is also open to a select number of U.S. law school graduates who provide a proposed program of study and thesis outline in their application.

  1. Business and Finance Law LLM: The Business and Finance Law LLM is a 24-credit program focusing on the study of business and finance law. Within the program, students can concentrate in Commercial Law, Corporate Law, Finance Law, International Business and Trade Law, and Securities Regulation. The program focuses on the integration of policy with the law governing economic and financial markets and institutions. Students must take a thesis course, and non-U.S. law school graduates must also complete the Fundamental Issues in U.S. Law course.

  1. Energy and Environmental Law LLM: The Energy and Environmental Law LLM provides students with the education necessary to become involved in issues ranging from environmental protection to national security and allows students to intern with a number of federal agencies. It is an 11-credit program with a required thesis. The thesis requirement may be waived for non-U.S. law school graduates. Four concentrations within the program are available: Environmental Law, Energy and Environmental Law, Government Procurement and Environmental Law, and International Environmental Law. The program can be completed full-time or part-time, and students can opt to pursue a Joint LLM/MPH Degree with the School of Public Health and Health Services and specialize in environmental-occupational health. The Graduate Environmental Placement course allows students to intern at organizations like the EPA, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and the Departments of Defense, Energy, Justice, and the Interior.

  1. Environmental Law LLM: The Environmental Law LLM allows students to study a wide variety of environmental topics. It is a 12-credit program with a required thesis. The thesis requirement may be waived for non-U.S. law school graduates.

  1. Government Procurement and Environmental Law: The Government Procurement and Environmental Law LLM focuses on environmental work done by governments using government contracts. It is a 12-credit program with a required thesis. The thesis requirement may be waived for non-U.S. law school graduates.

  1. Intellectual Property Law LLM: The Intellectual Property Law LLM was established at George Washington School of Law in 1895 as a Master in Patent Law. It has since taken a number of different forms to reflect the educational needs of the students at the time. Recently, it has added professors with expertise in emerging areas of IP law, such as medicine regulation, commercial law, communications law, and computer and Internet regulation. Students can take the program full- or part-time, though part-time students typically work at U.S. agencies such as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, private practice firms, or as federal law clerks.

  1. International and Comparative Law LLM: The International and Comparative Law LLM covers a wide variety of issues in international law including human rights and public international law. It is a 24-credit program with a required thesis. The thesis requirement may be waived for non-U.S. law school graduates. The program runs several summer institutes, Oxford-GW International Human Rights Program, Augsburg-GW Student Exchange Program, and the Munich Intellectual Property Law Summer Program.

  1. International Environmental Law LLM: The International Environmental Law LLMaddresses environmental policy issues of global concern. It is a 10-credit program with a required thesis. The thesis requirement may be waived for non-U.S. law school graduates.

  1. Litigation and Dispute Resolution LLM: The Litigation and Dispute Resolution LLM teaches students negotiation, settlement, mediation and additional skills. It is a 24-credit program with student performance evaluated solely on the students’ performance in class. Courses in this program are specially designed to allow lawyers to balance work and school schedules, with all but one course (College of Trial Advocacy) being held once per week in a three-hour block during the evening. Students can choose to take one or two years to finish the program.

  1. National Security and U.S. Foreign Relations LLM: The National Security and U.S. Foreign Relations LLM focuses on the federal government’s foreign relations powers and the U.S. law implementing international law and affecting national security. It is a 14-credit program with two units graded on the basis of a research paper.

George Washington Law LLM Admissions

At George Washington School of Law, each program has its own admission and attendance requirements that must be carefully considered by prospective students. Students may attend school on either a full-time or part-time basis depending on their personal needs.

  • Application
  • Application fee on U.S. bank check, travelers cheque, bank draft or money order
  • Transcripts
  • Resume or CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Recommendation letters (2)
  • TOEFL (above 100 IBT or 600 PBT) or IELTS score (minimum 7.0)
  • Financial certification
  • Scholarship application and essay (if applicable)

International students are considered only for fall admissions and must have a completed application submitted by March 15 of the year they wish to attend, and by March 1 if applying for a scholarship.

U.S. law school graduates are normally admitted in the fall but may be considered for spring admissions. Fall applicants must submit their completed application by May 1. Spring applicants must submit their completed application by Nov. 1.

George Washington Law LLM Tuition

To learn more about George Washington Law LLM tuition and fees, visit the school website. In addition to tuition and fees, students should also expect to spend about $1,000 on books and supplies.

George Washington Law LLM Scholarships

Five scholarships are available to George Washington Law LLM students.

  • Faculty Research Fellowships
  • The Honorable Gerald J. Mossinghoff Fellowship for Graduate Research in Intellectual Property Law
  • Momsen, Leonardos Scholarship for Brazilian Law Graduates
  • Randolph C. Shaw Graduate Fellowship (for Environmental Law LLM students)
  • Thomas Buergenthal Scholarships

To learn more about scholarship opportunities for LLM students, visit our LLM Scholarships page.

George Washington Law LLM Employment

George Washington University’s Center for Professional Development & Career Strategy runs many programs to help LLM graduates find employment opportunities, including a career resources library, panels, programs and events for areas such as diversity and public interest, posting jobs online through a school-specific web server, and the four following yearly recruitment events: the Government & Public Interest Internship Fair, Fall and Spring Recruiting Programs, and the GW Law and Georgetown Public Sector Recruiting Program.

George Washington Law LLM Contact

2000 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
Phone: (202) 994-7242
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