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Although American University Washington College of Law will not offer programs requiring travel abroad in summer 2021, we are pleased to continue to offer our world class summer programs in alternate formats. Our programs provide an interdisciplinary “crash course” of international and transnational issues and are open to students from any law school in the US. Summer programs are also open to participants with legal training such as practitioners from the US and around the world, and law students from non-US law schools, especially students and alumni from our partner institutions.
Study law in one of our ABA approved summer programs and earn up to six law school credits. Open to students from any law school, our abroad programs provide an interdisciplinary “crash course” of international and transnational issues. Choose to participate in any of our abroad programs below to learn from local faculty, network with local practitioners, visit local establishments and gain a new perspective on the law and legal system.

The summer law programs abroad offer a Certificate of Completion option for applicants who are not currently enrolled in law school or for those individuals who would simply like to attend the programs but not receive law school credit.  The Certificate of Completion option allows students to participate in all aspects of the summer abroad program, however they are NOT eligible for financial aid. See the Non-credit Participant section in each program for more information. Please email if this is the option you wish to pursue.
The Europe Summer Programs provide students with an international perspective on their legal studies, help them gain a solid foundation in areas of global importance, and build professional networks. Students can choose to concentrate in one of several tracks: International Business, Regulatory, IP, and Trade Law (4 weeks, 6 credits), International Human Rights at Work (3 weeks, 4 credits), or International Trade, IP and Human Rights (5 weeks, 7 credits).


The Hague
The summer program in The Hague – offered by WCL in collaboration with T.M.C. Asser Institute, one of the most prominent institutes of international law in Europe – gives participants an opportunity to study some of the most important legal issues today in the heart of the international justice community. The program's courses include International Criminal Law and International Legal Approaches to Terrorism with site visits to the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.