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AU Washington College of Law and Kogod School of Business Launch First Advanced Law/MBA Dual Degree Program in the U.S.


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 7, 2006) — American University’s Washington College of Law and Kogod School of Business are proud to announce the launch of a dual LLM/MBA degree, the first of its kind in the United States. The program offers students the opportunity to earn both an LLM degree and an MBA within two years, rather than three. This innovative graduate program will provide students with the specialized legal and business skills necessary to tackle complex business transactions in today’s global economy.

“Such specialized knowledge is indispensable for legal practice in the 21st century,” said WCL Dean Claudio Grossman. “This new program recognizes and develops the crucial interconnections between international, legal, economic and ethical issues.”

Students enrolling in the dual LLM/MBA will complete the program with the skills needed to practice in an environment of rapid technological development and increasingly integrated international markets. Graduates will receive their masters in law and business after completing 16 credits at the Washington College of Law International Legal Studies Program and 36 credits at the Kogod School of Business, selecting from a comprehensive array of law and business classes spanning transnational transactions and management, international human rights, environmental law and development law.

“At the Kogod School of Business, we believe that today’s business environment demands graduates of innovative programs who can operate at the intersection of distinctive disciplines,” said Richard Durand, dean of the Kogod School of Business. “The LLM/MBA represents a unique partnership between an outstanding law school and a market driven business school that will prepare graduate students for a successful career in the global arena.”

“This program will prepare our students to meet the challenges that the rapidly changing global economy poses to legal professionals around the world,” said Danny Bradlow, director of the International Legal Studies Program. “Students will also graduate poised to maximize the opportunities that this new environment is creating for ambitious and creative lawyers.”

American University’s Kogod School of Business (, Washington, D.C.’s first business school, opened more than 50 years ago. The Kogod School of Business responds to the business community’s demand for a global manager who can effectively use information and technology in a variety of disciplines.

With over 170 students from 68 countries, the Washington College of Law’s International Legal Studies Program provides students a global network of contacts in a culturally and intellectually diverse environment. WCL faculty and administration have established strong ties to international, governmental and non-governmental organizations in the Washington region and abroad, providing invaluable opportunities for interaction with international attorneys, diplomats, business leaders and policy makers.

American University is a leader in global education, providing opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.

For details on the dual degree program, or to arrange interviews with program faculty, contact April Fehling, AU WCL Public Relations, at 202-274-4279 or, or Clark Gregor, AU Media Relations, at 202-885-5935 or For further details, visit


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