Diploma in International and Comparative Law (LLM)

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The graduate diploma in international and comparative law is intended for law school graduates seeking to enhance their knowledge in international and comparative law, and acquire the intellectual tools to advance academically and professionally. The diploma offers the opportunity to explore in-depth a range of topics in international and comparative law. With a flexible curriculum, students can tailor their courses selections to focus on their topics of interest. Applicants must have a law degree with a grade of gayyid (good) or its equivalent for full admission.

  • The applicant for admission to the Graduate Diploma in International and Comparative Law should have an acceptable bachelor’s degree in law, political science or a closely related social science (preferably with a minor in political science or law studies) with a grade of gayyid (good) or its equivalent for full admission. Students lacking the grade requirement may be eligible to be considered for provisional admission (as specified in the AUC catalog supra).

    Acceptance is by a decision of the Law Faculty Committee, which may grant provisional admission pending the fulfillment of certain conditions. English language proficiency is required as per general AUC graduate admission requirements. Admitted degree candidates should normally start their course sequence in the fall semester. Students enrolled in the AUC English Language Institute must complete all ELI Courses and modules before being allowed to enroll in Law Classes. For these students, spring enrollment is allowed.

  • Admitted diploma candidates should normally start their course sequence in the fall semester. A total of 18 credit hours is required. Diploma students follow the same academic cycle of the LLM in international and comparative law. Graduating diploma students may choose to continue their study toward an LLM at the law department. Fulfilling the credits requirement of the diploma normally calls for two semesters of study. Diploma candidates are not required to write a thesis.