LLM/MBA Dual Degree

At a Glance

Analyze problems through a legal lens while thinking strategically from a business point of view. Our hands-on classes bridge theory and practice, while our location in Washington, DC, gives you access to world-class legal and financial institutions in the metropolitan area with the highest legal demand in the US.

31 Credits
In MBA Courses

You'll take 24 credit hours of core courses, two .5 credit introductory and professional skills workshops, plus the Global Project Experience and Capstone Project, worth 3 credits each.

16 Credits
In Law Courses

In the second year of the program, you’ll complete 16 credit hours through the Washington College of Law.

2-3 Years
To Earn Both Degrees

You'll enroll in the Kogod School of Business and Washington College of Law concurrently and spend your first year in the full-time MBA program.

Why study law and business together?

The Master of Laws in International Legal Studies/MBA dual degree is ideal if you have experience in law and are looking to complement your skillset with a solid foundation in business.

Employers will know you can analyze problems through a legal lens while thinking strategically from a business point of view. Your combined expertise will be a major asset in legal practice, investment banking, venture capital, consulting, and more.

Why get an LLM/MBA at Kogod?

Study in one of the Country's Top Economic and Legal Centers

Our prime location in Washington, DC, means you'll have access to some of the top legal firms and financial institutions in the world. DC has the highest legal demand of any metropolitan region in the US, according to the American Bar Association. DC also has nine times as many lawyers per capita than New York City, providing you with countless opportunities to network and grow.

Learn by Doing

Our curriculum is designed to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical competencies. We offer a wide range of experiential opportunities that allow you to apply your newfound skills in real scenarios. The Washington College of Law at American University boasts in-house clinics, an advocacy program, and externships. At the Kogod School of Business, you'll work on domestic and international consulting projects for real clients.

Dedicated Career Centers

Both Kogod and the Washington College of Law have career centers dedicated solely to helping business and law students prepare for, search, and land the jobs that will elevate their careers through one-on-one career counseling, professional development programs, access to online career exploration and job search tools, and more.

What You'll Learn

LLM/MBA students are enrolled concurrently in both the Kogod School of Business and the Washington College of Law at American University.

Kogod School of Business Coursework

In your first year, you'll enroll in Kogod's full-time, cohort-based MBA and take classes during the day with other members of the MBA cohort. You will not take any Washington College of Law courses during this time.

The business core requirements comprise 24 credit hours and give you a solid foundation in accounting, management, statistics, marketing, and other related topics. You will also take two introductory and professional skills workshops worth .5 credit hours each to help you develop your leadership abilities.

Two of the most pivotal components of the curriculum are the Global Project Experience and the Capstone Project, which are each 3 credits. Both projects place students in real-world situations where you can apply your hard-earned skills.

Degree Requirements

Washington College of Law Coursework

In the second year of the program, you’ll complete 16 credit hours through the Washington College of Law.

LLM degrees are available in:

  • Advocacy
  • Gender, International and Comparative Law 
  • Intellectual Property and Technology
  • International Arbitration and Business Law
  • International Business and Trade Law
  • International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
  • Derechos Humanos y Derecho Humanitario (Spanish Language LL.M.)
  • International Legal Studies 
  • Law and Government
  • Legislation

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Program Highlights
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Student Activities

Participate in a number of student activities focused on business and trade law, including the Graduate Business Association, Black MBA Association, Consulting Club, Kogod Women in Business, the American University Business Law Review (AUBLR), Business Law Society, International Trade and Investment Law Society, and Transactional Law Society.


Global Learning

Both AUWCL and Kogod understand the importance of international experience in today's global marketplace. As part of your MBA, you'll work on an international consulting project with other students which culminates in a two-week site visit. Past teams have traveled to China, Colombia, India, Israel, Poland, New Zealand, the Philippines, and the United Arab Emirates.


Washington Monument

Internships in the Nation's Capital

DC means access to exceptional summer internship opportunities in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Past internships include the Democratic National Committee, FINRA, Indo American Center, Mpower Financing, OP Works, Phone 2 Action, Sirius XM, and more.

MBA Leadership Luncheon

Business Leadership Luncheons

We offer weekly private talks with industry leaders and local business executives. Past speakers include senior executives from Booz Allen Hamilton, IBM, Marriott International, Merck, PayPal, and United Way Worldwide.

Students in Kogod Case Competition

Case Competitions

Participate in local, regional, and national case competitions under the guidance of Kogod faculty. Showcase your analytical, financial, and strategic skills and expand your professional network.

Professor Mark Clark

Dedicated Faculty

Our faculty are renowned experts in their field and key players in the profit and nonprofit sectors, government, and global organizations. As mentors, they are invested in your professional and academic success.

MBA Class Profile
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US Minorities*
Average Age
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*Black = Black or African American; Hispanic = Hispanic/American or Latino; AIAN = American Indian or Alaska Native; NHPI = Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander.

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