LL.M. in Legislation

Courses & Requirements

LL.M. Degree Requirements

The graduation requirements for the LL.M. in Legislation align with those of the LL.M. in Law and Government. Students must: (a) successfully complete either two papers of at least 20 pages each (“Research Track”) or one paper of at least 20 pages and one externship (“Practical Skills Track”); (b) complete 12 credits of approved courses including (i) three core courses totaling 7 credits (LAW-821A Legislation and Statutory Interpretation; LAW-849 Legislative Drafting; and LAW 795 Legislative Negotiation) and (ii) an additional 5 credits in approved legislation electives; (c) complete 12 remaining credits in Law and Government approved courses as indicated in Appendix 2; and (d) maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA.


The curriculum for the LL.M. program in Legislation consists of in-residence courses that already exist as part of AUWCL’s curriculum and that will be open to J.D. and LL.M. students alike.

(a) Core Legislation Courses (7 credits)

  • LAW-821A Legislation and Statutory Interpretation
  • LAW-849 Legislative Drafting
  • LAW?795 Legislative Negotiation

(b) Legislation Electives (5 credits)

  • LAW - 795 Constitutional Powers of the Presidency
  • LAW - 795 Election Law Campaign Finance
  • LAW - 680 Election Law Political Process
  • LAW - 795 Government Oversight, Investigation and Accountability
  • LAW - 876 Legal Ethics for Government Lawyers
  • LAW - 777 Legislative Practicum
  • LAW - 795 Legislative Lawyering
  • LAW - 821B Legislative Process
  • LAW - 892 Washington Lawyer

 (c) General Electives

Any remaining credits may be chosen from among the wide variety of courses that are open to LL.M. students. Students seeking experiential learning opportunities will be encouraged and assisted to seek externships for credit with appropriate employers in fields related to legislation.