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Luiss Guido Carli

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LLM Educational Program with American University

The LL.M. Program with Washington College of Law is a challenging opportunity for Luiss students currently enrolled in the fourth year of the Luiss single-cycle Master’s degree program in Law - specific majors. 

After its completion, Luiss students will obtain the Single-cycle Master’s degree in Law issued by Luiss University and an LL.M. from the Washington College of Law (WCL).

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The students selected for the Double Degree will be registered at Luiss during their time at WCL and will continue to pay tuition fees at Luiss. Students will be exempted from paying tuition at WCL.

In order to earn the two diplomas, students will have to be in compliance with both their home and host universities' rules and conditions with regard to credits, attendance, deadlines etc.



Who can apply

Students enrolled in the fourth year of the single-cycle Master's program in Law can apply to this program. According to their major, students can apply for:

  • an LL.M. in Advocacy: open to students majoring in Diritto Civile, Diritto Penale, Diritto Amministrativo and Diritto Internazionale;
  • an LL.M. in Intellectual Property: open to students majoring in Diritto internazionale and Diritto ed Economia delle Imprese;
  • an LL.M. in International Legal Studies: open to students majoring in Diritto ed Economia delle Imprese, Diritto Internazionale, Diritto Societario e Tributario, Diritto Civile;
  • an LL.M. in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law: open to students majoring in Diritto Internazionale;
  • an LL.M. in Law and Government: opne to students majoring in Diritto Internazionale, Diritto Amministrativo, Diritto Civile, Diritto ed Economia delle Imprese, Diritto Penale, Diritto Societario e Tributario.

Available slots

For the mobility year 2020-2021, 2 students can take part in this program.

Details regarding the procedure to send documentation, the selection process, deadlines, and further information, are contained in the call for applications.

How to apply

The call for applications is published on December 9, 2019 and applications can be submitted until January 31, 2020. Candidates are required to submit the following:

  • Application form
  • English language certificate
  • ID card
  • Motivation letter
  • Photo in JPG Format
  • Curriculum vitae / résumé
  • Most recent transcript of records

Pre requirements

Eligible students can apply if they comply with the following requirements:

  • have passed and registered at least a total of 180 credits;
  • hold a weighted average grade equal to or above 27/30;
  • hold one of the following English certificates: TOEFL equal or above 563 (paper-based) or 84 (iBT), IELTS equal or above 6.5, Pearson Academic (PTE) equal or above 56.

Study Plan

Requirements for Luiss students to earn the WCL LL.M.:

All students must complete the 24-credit program as outlined by whichever in-residence LL.M. degree they choose. Students are required to take the following mandatory courses:

  • American Legal Institutions
  • Legal Research and Writing 

Individual programs may have additional required courses. This information will be shared with the student upon admission to the dual degree program. In order to remain in good academic standing, LL.M. students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 (a C average). All LL.M. students are required to complete either a Research Track or a Practical Skills Track. Students in the Research Track will complete a research paper in order to qualify for graduation. Students in the Practical Skills Track must complete an approved externship before graduating. 

Call for Applications: timing

Publication of the callDecember 9, 2019 at 1:00 PM
Apply for the program starting fromJanuary 7, 2020
Application deadlineJanuary 31, 2020 at 1:00 PM
Selection interviewsFebruary 20, 2020 TBC
Selection resultsFebruary 24, 2020 TBC
Confirmation of participationWithin one working day 

While every effort will be made to provide students with complete, accurate and timely information, Luiss reserves the right to change, amend, modify or revoke the aforementioned program.

Luiss is not responsible for any cancellation or modification due to events beyond its control. If the program is cancelled or modified for these reasons, Luiss will inform all interested students in a timely manner.