International Rule of Law and Security

Extern in Washington, D.C.

Students participating in the International Rule of Law and Security program will obtain knowledge of the law, legal structures, and the foundation for fair justice systems that is critical to jobs in the areas of human rights, anti-human trafficking, foreign relations, economic justice, sustainability and many other related fields.

J.D. student Kaitlyn Carr sitting at the United Nations during her spring 2017 externship

Past externships have included:

  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Congressional Offices
  • The Brookings Institution
  • CATO Institute
  • U.S. ASEAN

An externship in Washington is an opportunity to open doors for students' professional careers while gaining externship credit that transfers back to ASU. Most students earn 6 externship credits throughout one semester.

JD, Juris Doctor

Students in their second and third years are eligible to spend the spring semester of one of those years in Washington taking classes and working in an externship.

LLM, Master of Laws

Lawyers—having earned a law degree from a U.S. or foreign university—have the opportunity to specialize in this area of law, gaining knowledge, contacts, and experience that will help them further their careers. The degree requires 24 credit hours of study and can qualify graduates for bar examination in some U.S. jurisdictions. The LLM program is flexible and is offered in the fall and spring, full time and part time. LLM students earn the degree attending courses in Washington D.C.

MLS, Master of Legal Studies

This one-year program provides those not interested in practicing law with valuable legal skills, expertise, and tools to implement the legal structures critical to an impartial and functional judicial system. The MLS is a 30-credit graduate program for those interested in learning about the law, or whose work intersects with the law. The MLS program is flexible and is offered in the fall and spring, full time, and part time.