Hospitality and Tourism Law Summer Program

JUNE 11 – 22, 2018

With Washington, D.C. as the corporate home to the titans of the hotel industry, the Hospitality and Tourism Law Program at American University Washington College of Law is recognized for its legal education in hotel law and a directed career path. Taught by leading practitioners and industry legal experts, the Hospitality and Tourism Law Summer Program provides intensive training for students and professionals interested in pursuing a career in the hotel industry. Executives and practitioners bring practical and academic experience to the classroom, where they will share current industry practices, themes, and trends. Courses cover a broad range of complex legal issues to provide a fundamental overview of hospitality and tourism practice. Site visits in Washington, D.C. to corporate hotel headquarters and convention center hotels bring participants outside of the classroom and into the real world. Back-of-house hotel tours, events, and dinners are also scheduled for participants to network with professionals in the industry.

COURSES (1 Academic Credit Per Course)

  • Introduction to hospitality and tourism law: using a combination of case study, dialogue, and course work, this introductory course provides an analysis of complex legal issues routinely addressed by attorneys engaged in hospitality matters such as licensing and franchise rights, tort liability, business formation, and the complexities of hotel real estate development.
  • Franchise, licensing, and management agreements: probably the single most important area of hotel law, the management, licensing, and franchising agreements necessary to operate most hotels are embedded with complex issues that integrate law, economics, heightened negotiations, and detailed contract drafting. The course explores the many models of hotel ownership and branded chains that allow operations to appear seamless to hotel guests.
  • Gaming, resorts, and advanced topics: once the domain of Las Vegas and Atlantic City, gaming operations and casinos now thrive across the country. In addition, massive resort hotels create numerous issues for the hotel attorney. This course examines recent developments in legal and operational areas including hotel torts; alcoholic beverage regulation; federal, state, and local regulation (including the ADA); Indian and Tribal gaming; and intellectual property.


  • Steven Shapiro, Director, American University Washington College of Law
  • Nelson Migdal, Professor, American University Washington College of Law
  • Michael Shindler, Professor American University Washington College of Law


  • Academic credit:$1,921 per credit hour
  • Non-academic or CLE credit: 1 course – $1,250; 2 courses – $2,050; 3 courses – $2,850
  • Discounts are available for AUWCL alumni and non-profit organizations.
  • Applications are accepted online on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a $65 non-refundable application fee.

Register online at If you have any questions or to request more information,
please contact Steven Shapiro at 301-525-4569 or

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