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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: Italian, Latin Minimum GPA: 3.0
Housing: Off-campus, On-campus Dates of Instruction: Dual Degree Program (2 Years)
Non-AUWCL students accepted by AUWCL: No Class levels eligible to apply: 1L, 2L
Contact Email: wclabroad@wcl.american.edu Contact Phone: 202-274-4228
Program Description:
 
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General

This program is offered jointly by WCL and Libera Universitá Internazionale Degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli (LUISS). After four years of legal study, but only three years of law school tuition, students simultaneously earn the JD degree from WCL and the Laurea Magistrale from LUISS*. The Laurea Magistrale is a qualifying law degree for practice in Italy. Following the four-year program, graduates must complete an internship and then sit for the Italian Bar in order to be admitted to practice law in Italy. Italian citizenship is not required to become a practicing lawyer in Italy but fluency in Italian is.

* Completing the LUISS Dual Degree Program is contingent on students undergraduate records. In certain cases, students may take up to 2.5 years abroad to complete the degree and be responsible for that semesters tuition.

Application Process

Who Can Apply?

  • AUWCL students
  • Minimum 3.0 WCL grade point average
  • In good academic standing at WCL
  • Full-time student at time of departure
  • Earned at least 59 WCL ABA law credits before departure; we recommend that students complete at least 62 credits before going abroad
  • Submit undergraduate school transcripts for evaluation
  • Completed all WCL degree requirements (upper level writing requirement, professional skills requirement and any others that are implemented) before departure
  • Fluent in Italian (Reading/writing/speaking) with a demonstrated working knowledge of Latin (reading and some writing)

Application Content

  • All applicants are required to attend a mandatory advising session before their application will be considered complete
  • Application form
  • Statement of interest in English (one - two pages maximum)
  • Statement of interest in Italian (one - two pages maximum)
  • Resume
  • One letter of recommendation (professional or academic reference preferred)
  • WCL academic transcript
  • Undergraduate academic transcript
  • Copy of passport
  • Proof of Italian fluency and working knowledge of Latin:
    • Take the Certification of Italian as a Foreign Language (CILS) exam and score a 3 or 4.
    • Students with university degrees in an Italian -speaking country must show the certificate or degree obtained within the last three (3) years.
    • Undergraduate transcripts will be used for evaluating Latin proficiency
    • All interested student should consult with the WCL Abroad office to determine language abilities.
  • Panel interviews in English take place in February
  • Panel interviews in Italian take place late February or early March
  • Decisions sent mid-March
  • All materials must be submitted by 5:00pm EST on January 31st of each year.

Academics

Please note courses at LUISS are subject to change.

The Program
The program of study varies based on each student's unique undergraduate and graduate transcripts. However, in all cases, courses at LUISS will be required courses with no option for electives. To give you an idea what this might look like, a sample program of study is noted below.
 
Example of a Possible Program of Study:

  • Diritto costituzionale 1 (IUS/08) [Constitutional Law]
  • Istituzioni di Diritto Romano (IUS/18) or Roman Law (IUS/18)
  • Diritto Privato 1 (IUS/01) [Private Law]
  • Diritto del lavoro (IUS/07) [Labor Law]
  • Diritto commerciale 1 (IUS/04) [Commercial Law 1]
  • Diritto Penale 1 [Criminal Law 1]
  • Diritto commerciale 2 (IUS/04) [Commercial Law 2]
  • Diritto processuale civile (IUS/15) [Civil Procedure]
  • Diritto amministrativo 1 (IUS/10) [Administrative Law 1]
  • Diritto Penale 2 (IUS/17) [Criminal Law 2]
  • Diritto amministrativo 2 (IUS/10) [Administrative Law 2]
  • Diritto processuale penale (IUS/16) [Criminal Procedure]
  • Prova finale [Final Exam] Please schedule an appointment with WCL Abroad to see if a program of study can be devised for your particular situation.

Grades
Grades from abroad will appear on your WCL transcript only as Pass/Fail. Passing grades do not affect your WCL grade point average. However, failing grades do because they will be factored into your grade point average as a zero.

Grades from LUISS  will be reported on your LUISS transcript which you may need to provide to potential employers or to the state board of bar examiners.


Tuition and Expenses

Tuition
WCL students pay three (3) years of regular tuition and fees to WCL just as any regular JD student. No tuition is charged for the additional semester(s) of study.
Students may apply for and keep their federal financial assistance and other awards and scholarships throughout the entire program. 

Expenses
Expenses due while abroad:

  • Health insurance
  • Host institution student fees
  • Travel expenditures
  • Housing and other living expenses
  • Visa costs
  • Books

Contact

Students interested in the International JD Dual Degree Program should refer to the International JD Dual Degree FAQs page for general questions.
All other questions and concerns should be directed to WCL Abroad:

WCL Abroad
American University Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Suite Y360
Washington, DC, 20016 USA
Telephone: (202) 274-4228
Email:  wclabroad@wcl.american.edu
 
Faculty Sponsors

Fernanda Nicola
Professor of Law
Director, International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy
fnicola@wcl.american.edu
202-274-4417

David Snyder
Professor of Law
Director, Business Law Program
dsnyder@wcl.american.edu
202-274-4238


 

**CURRENT 2L STUDENTS PLANNING TO GO ABROAD FROM 2018-2019, SELECT THE APPLICATION DISPLAYING THE YEARS 2018-2019**

**CURRENT 1L STUDENTS PLANNING TO GO ABROAD FROM 2019-2020, SELECT THE APPLICATION DISPLAYING THE YEARS 2019-2020**



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
2 Years (DualDegree) 2018-2019 01/31/2018 03/31/2018 08/01/2018 08/01/2019
2 Years (DualDegree) 2019-2020 01/31/2018 03/31/2018 08/01/2019 08/01/2020