American offering first LLM in Gender, International and Comparative Law

Students will study the legal and social structures shaping the day-to-day lives of women and LGBTQ+ persons

American University Washington College of Law has launched a new LLM program that is the first of its kind. Starting in fall 2020, students can enroll in an LL.M. in Gender, International and Comparative Law, which builds upon the LL.M. specialty that has been offered for more than twenty-five years.

“Most of the courses that I took for my LL.M. at WCL had a gender focus,” said Achalie Kumarage, a graduate of the school. “What was unique about all these courses is the guidance, attention and feedback received from the expert professors who taught them. The guidance was not merely in terms of learning the subject matter, but in critical analysis, academic writing and research methodology. It certainly enriched my overall learning experience at WCL.”

The only program of its kind, the LL.M. in Gender, International and Comparative Law equips American graduates with the legal and policy skills needed to address challenges facing women and LGBTQ+ people worldwide.

Students will study the legal and social structures shaping the day-to-day lives of women and LGBTQ+ persons: family law, anti-discrimination law, political participation, economic development, and reproductive rights. 

Students will also explore recent developments in the protection of women’s rights and LGBTQ+ rights taking shape in international bodies, regional human rights mechanisms, and international tribunals. From there, students choose from an extensive array of specialized electives, including the prevention of human trafficking, labor exploitation, domestic violence, and the prosecution of rape as a war crime. 

This new LL.M. specialty track requires students to complete 24 credit hours, 12 of which must be from required curriculum and key electives. 

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