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Law School Partners with Australian University for Dual Degree

By Sally Acharya

The Washington College of Law is expanding its global reach by adding a dual degree program with a top Australian law school to a lineup of legal partners that already include universities in France, Spain, and Canada.

AU’s law students can now earn a law degree from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, along with their degree from the Washington College of Law (WCL).

The four-year program takes a year more than a standard law degree, but prepares graduates to practice in countries whose legal systems may be quite different from the United States. Students who participate in the Monash University dual degree with WCL will earn their second degree from a university that is not only a leading Australian academic research institution, but has programs and satellite locations in South Africa, Malaysia, and Europe.

The other international legal partners of WCL are the University of Paris X Nanterre in France, the University of Ottawa in Canada, and two schools in Madrid, Spain: University Carlos III and University Alfonso X el Sabio.

The opportunities opened by dual degrees were “previously unimaginable,” said Claudio Grossman, dean of WCL. “In the past, legal education had a narrow domestic focus that proved insufficient in preparing future lawyers to practice in an increasingly interconnected world. By developing these programs, our law school has acquired a unique expertise in different legal cultures, including the civil and common law traditions as well as in diverse methodologies of legal education. This is essential . . . to strengthen the rule of law in the new world reality.”