The Master of Laws, LL.M. in Advocacy (Advocacy LL.M. Program), at American University Washington College of Law (WCL) provides opportunities for law graduates to enhance their legal advocacy skills in and out of the courtroom. The Advocacy LL.M. Program combines a rigorous academic component and a breadth of practical litigation training, including optional credits from externships, writing projects, and teaching opportunities.
LL.M. students will improve their technical trial skills, learn new litigation strategies and tools, strengthen persuasive abilities, and focus on the application of professional ethics in the pretrial and trial settings. Important focuses of WCL's Advocacy LL.M. Program are the use of modern technology in 21st century litigation and the training of ethical trial lawyers.
The Advocacy LL.M. Program benefits from all the opportunities afforded by the law school's location in Washington, D.C. Many full-time faculty members have extensive professional backgrounds in private practice, government litigation and non-profit advocacy, which they bring to bear in the classroom. Further, students in the Advocacy LL.M. Program benefit from more than thirty distinguished practicing judges and attorneys from the Washington, D.C. area who serve as adjunct faculty for the Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program courses. Many of these judges and practitioners have been honored for their excellence in the courtroom and contributions to the larger legal community.
The Advocacy LL.M Program was created to take into account the real-life needs of students. It is a 24-credit degree program that students can choose to pursue full-time (and complete in one year) or part-time (and complete at their own pace, usually in two years). The two areas of concentrations offered by the Advocacy LL.M. Program are Civil Trial and Criminal Trial Advocacy. Beyond these, students can chose an area of specialization that fits their individual goals or continue in the general litigation track. Required courses and most elective courses are offered in the evenings to accommodate students' work schedules. LL.M. degree requirements are two advanced courses: (1) Advanced Trial Advocacy and (2) Ethics for Trial Lawyers. Additionally, LL.M. students may select from among the following core courses regularly offered by the Trial Advocacy Program to fullfill their areas of concentration or from a wide variety of courses offered through the law school:
-Civil Trial Advocacy
-Criminal Trial Advocacy
-Evidentiary Foundations & Objections
-Litigating in the High-Tech Courtroom
-Litigating in the Digital Age: Electronic Discovery
-Pretrial Civil Litigation
-Advanced Trial Advocacy: Criminal
-Criminal Defense Externship Seminar
The American University Washington College of Law is an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school. American University was chartered by an Act of the United States Congress and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
International Student Requirements:
International applicants must provide proof of competency in English.
Facts & Figures
Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
# of Credits Required: 24
Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 1802 USD
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Locale: Large City