“In the real world, as lived and experienced by real people, … the longing for liberty and justice and opportunity, the hatred of oppression and corruption and cruelty is reality.”
Senator John McCain, “Why We Must Support Human Rights” New York Times Op-Ed 2017

The International Rule of Law and Security program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, developed in partnership with the McCain Institute for International Leadership, is an academic and experiential learning program designed to prepare students for jobs that promote justice, human rights, sustainable economic development, and equality under the law across the globe.

Based in Washington, D.C., and Phoenix, AZ, the program teaches students about the development of the rule of law and good governance in fragile and post-conflict states, and prepares them for international development and policy jobs in the public and private sectors.

Led by distinguished professor of practice Clint Williamson, former U.S. Ambassador for War Crimes Issues, and professor Julia Fromholz, former Senior Director of Rule of Law at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, this program offers courses taught by faculty members with years of practical experience and prepares graduates for international development and policy jobs in the public and private sectors.

The program is open to candidates for a JD, Master of Laws (LLM), or Master of Legal Studies (MLS). JD students may take courses in Phoenix and in Washington, while LLM and MLS students earn the one-year degree in Washington. All students will benefit from challenging and enriching academic and field experiences, allowing students to obtain valuable skills and expertise from leaders in the field while earning a degree from a world-class law school.

For more information on the program, download the program overview or visit our Frequently Asked Questions.