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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 3.0
Housing: Off-campus Dates of Instruction: Dual Degree Program (1 Year)
Non-AUWCL students accepted by AUWCL: No Class levels eligible to apply: 3L
Contact Email: Contact Phone: 202-274-4228
Program Description:
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JD/LLM- First Level Master in International, Comparative and European Union Law (ICEUL)

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The JD/First Level Master in International, Comparative, and European Law (ICEUL) offers WCL students the opportunity to spend their 3L year in Rome, Italy studying at LUISS Guido Carli.

Rome featureThe program gives international students the opportunity to advance their legal knowledge and ability in a stimulating and international environment. Participants will study the multiple dimensions of International Law, Comparative Public and Private Law, and EU Institutional and Substantive Law.

In addition to course work, students will have the chance to work through internships at international law firms and organizations during their stay.


Application Process

Who can apply?

  • Students must be admitted to WCL’s regular JD program before applying to any international JD dual degree program.
  • Students with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.
  • 1L students. 2Ls may be eligible. (See program staff if interested.)
  • JD students who are not US citizens should meet with program staff prior to applying.
  • Part-time students?
    • A part-student may apply as long as he/she changes his/her registration to full time and complete the required 62 credits, including required courses, prior to leaving Washington, D.C. Classes completed during the summer contribute to this total.
  • Transfer students?
    • Transfer students must consult with a program staff member before applying.

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)
  • Current resume
  • One letter of recommendation (professional or academic reference preferred)
  • WCL academic transcript
  • Copy of passport
  • Panel interviews in English take place in February
  • Decisions sent mid-March
  • Deadline to submit all materials is 5:00pm EST on January 31st of each year



Please note courses at LUISS are subject to change.

All exchange courses are conducted in English. There is no language requirement for this program.

The Program
Each year, WCL selects up to two students for the program. Students complete the first two years at WCL followed by one year at Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli (LUISS).

  • At WCL:
    • Students must complete at least 62 credits before going abroad, including all required courses and the Upper Level Writing Requirement, Experiential Learning Requirement, and any other requirements implemented.
    • Students must meet WCL residency requirements


  • At LUISS:
    • Students will spend their third year of their JD studies at LUISS taking a minimum of 60 ECTS credits (55 ECTS for courses + 5 ECTS for the final thesis).
    • Mandatory courses (subject to change at the discretion of the university) include:
      • Introduction to Italian Legal Systems
      • International Law
      • Private Comparative Law
      • European Union Law
      • Internship (or language course)
    • A detailed study plan for WCL dual degree students at LUISS, including additional course offerings, is available here.
    • LUISS will work to secure unpaid internships in leading international law firms as well as international organizations for students during their stay. 
  • Upon successful completion of both the WCL and LUISS components, students earn the J.D. degree from WCL and a First Level Master diploma in International, Comparative, and European Law (ICEUL) from LUISS.


Italian espressoHousing

LUISS does not offer housing for exchange students, but the LUISS Student Exchange Office can help students find housing through a third party provider and provides links for finding off campus housing on their website.

More information on housing and cost of living can be found on the LUISS 2018-2019 fact sheet.

Students at LUISS will live in Rome, Italy's capital and largest city. Rome has a wealth of historical and cultural events to offer: you can find out more about living and studying in rome on the LUISS website.



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

Faculty Sponsors

Fernanda Nicola
Professor of Law
Director, Program on International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy

David Snyder
Professor of Law
Director, Business Law Program






Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
1 Year (Dual Degree) 2020 01/31/2019 03/31/2019 09/01/2020 05/31/2021
1 Year (Dual Degree) 2019 01/31/2019 03/31/2019 08/01/2019 08/01/2020