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.
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)
- 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)
- 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:
- Students should possess at least a B2 level in Italian on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale. However, we do recommend a C1 level for optimal success in the program. Please use the CEFR self-assessment grid to determine your proficiency level.
- If you self-assess at the B2 level or above, please provide evidence of your proficiency by one of the following methods:
- Students who possess an undergraduate or graduate degree in Italian may upload a PDF of their degree AND transcript(s) if the degree or certificate was obtained within the last five years.
- Students who do not possess a degree in Italian may take a language proficiency exam and upload a PDF of the results. Example exams include:
- Undergraduate transcripts will be used for evaluating Latin proficiency
- Students who are unsure if their language abilities are proficient for the Dual Degree Program or who have further questions about the proficiency requirements should meet with a representative at the WCL Abroad office to discuss further options.
- 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.
Please note courses at LUISS are subject to change.
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 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
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 due while abroad:
- Health insurance
- Host institution student fees
- Travel expenditures
- Housing and other living expenses
- Visa costs
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:
American University Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Suite Y360
Washington, DC, 20016 USA
Telephone: (202) 274-4228
Professor of Law
Director, International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy
Professor of Law
Director, Business Law Program
**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**