Transnational Law Program - Application

To All Members of the WU Class of 2016:

The WU Law Faculty Advisory Committee of the Transnational Law Program (TLP) is pleased to announce that the TLP is now accepting applications from the J.D. Class of 2016 to fill out its sixth entering class. This round is open to all members of the WU Law J.D. Class of 2016.  Applications are due by May 15 and should be sent to the Admissions Office at

The TLP is a four-year integrated course of study jointly offered by Washington University School of Law and Utrecht University in The Netherlands, in association with three other European law schools: Queen’s University Belfast in the United Kingdom, the University of Trento in Italy, and Universidade Catolica Portuguesa in Portugal. U.S. participants will be drawn from WU Law admitted students. European students will apply through our European partners.

TLP is unique. No other U.S. law school currently offers a comparable program specifically designed to prepare graduates to practice twenty-first century law in a transnational environment. Preliminary discussions by WU and our European partners with law firms and other legal agencies engaged in transnational law have generated enthusiastic support for the concept.

In 2008-9, the TLP admitted its first two classes, from the J.D. Classes of 2010 and 2011. Over the next three years, the TLP admitted several members of each 1L class to form its third, fourth, and fifth classes. Two members of the charter class received their LL.M. degrees from Utrecht in the Spring of 2011, and four received their LL.M. degrees in the Spring of 2012.

Applicants must complete the enclosed four-page TLP application form, which includes a release allowing the TLP Admissions Committee to review your WU Law school application. The deadline for applications is May 15, 2013.

The Committee will review applications on a rolling basis and notify applicants as decisions are made. The Committee may request that applicants who claim proficiency in a foreign language provide additional proof of language proficiency or submit to an appropriate oral or written examination to demonstrate ability.

We have prepared an FAQ (click here) to respond to questions commonly asked about the program. If you have other questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of us [] or [].

Sincerely yours,

Dorsey D. Ellis, Jr
William R. Orthwein Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus Academic
Director, Transnational Law Program