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U.S. LL.M. Directory

Akron Law School
Akron Law has a new two year LL.M. degree program in Intellectual Property Law that started in 2004. The School requires nine credits of intellectual property coursework to be completed out of the 30 necessary for graduation. Students can choose to either follow the one-year, full-time program or the two-year, part-time program.

The University of Alabama School of Law
The University of Alabama School of Law offers a one-year International LL.M. degree program. Students may select their courses to either specialize in a particular field, such as International Law, or to create a custom course of study to suit their individual interests or professional needs. To earn the degree, students must complete at least 24 credit hours and maintain a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5.

Albany Law School
The Albany Law School offers several different options to their students who are pursuing an LL.M. degree. The students can specialize in a particular field, such as International Law, or create a course of study outside a typical specialization. Students are encouraged to earn up to 6 of the 24 credits required for graduation by engaging in faculty-supervised research and writing projects. Students are expected to complete the degree within three years while maintaining a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0.

American University Washington College of Law
The Washington College of Law two LL.M. degree programs: the International Legal Studies Program and the LL.M. Program of Law and Government. The International Legal Studies Program allows the student to specialize in a wide range of areas, including Business Law and Human Rights Law. The Program of Law and Government allows the student to study the legal regulation of both the private and public realms of U.S. society. The College requires its students to complete the degree within two to three semesters with a GPA of 2.0 or better. Students who choose to specialize take 16 of the required 24 credits in courses within their area of specialization. There are also two required writing assignments to be completed in order to graduate.

The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
At the James E. Rogers College of Law there are two programs available to students who are hoping to earn an LL.M. degree. There is the International Trade Law LL.M. Program and the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program. Students in both programs are required to complete a minimum of 24 credit hours for the degree, with one third of those credits devoted to the courses within the specialization.

Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law offers two LL.M. programs; one in Biotechnology and Genomics, the other in Tribal Policy, Law, and Government. Both programs require the completion of 24 credit hours within the respective area of specialization.

The University of Arkansas School of Law
The University of Arkansas School of Law offers an LL.M. degree program in Agricultural Law. Students within the program focus on a specialized curriculum that focuses on the complex issues involving food and agriculture.

The University of Baltimore School of Law
The University of Baltimore School of Law offers an LL.M. degree program in the Law of the United States. Students in the program choose one of two tracks of study: U.S. Practice or Elective Concentrations. The U.S. Practice Track requires certain core doctrinal courses that lay the foundation of American legal concepts and the Elective Concentrations Track Provides for study of specific areas of the law. The school also offers a combined J.D./ LL.M. program in Income Taxation of Estates and Trusts.

Boston College Law School
The Boston College Law School offers an LL.M. degree program where the students design their own course of study. They can choose from a large number of different courses, ranging from business law to human rights, in order to create their own personal specialization. Students are required to complete at least 24 credits of work during the course of the academic year. They are also required to produce a piece of writing that meets the school’s upper level writing requirement for J.D. degree students.

The Boston University School of Law
The Boston University School of Law offers four different LL.M. degree programs in: American Law, Banking and Financial Law, the Intellectual Property Law, and Taxation. Each program focuses primarily on its area of specialization. The Banking and Financial Law program and the Intellectual Property program are open to both domestic and international students.

University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Berkeley Law provides two paths to the LL.M. degree: the traditional nine-month track and a professional track that spans two consecutive summer terms. LL.M. candidates in both tracks take the same courses, from the same faculty, as the J.D. students. LL.M. students can earn certificates of specialization in business law, law & technology, environmental law, energy & clean technology, and international law. Attorneys trained overseas must complete 21 units to graduate; students who hold a U.S. or Canadian J.D. must complete 20 units.

The University of California Davis School of Law
The UC Davis School of Law offers a one-year LL.M. degree program that integrates American and international law. Students have a wide range of courses to choose from as they work towards earning their degree. The School also offers a summer LL.M. degree program in International Commercial Law. The program takes place over six weeks during two to five consecutive summers. This part-time program is available to international and domestic students.

The University of Hasting College of the Law in San Francisco
The Hastings College of the law in San Francisco offers a one-year LL.M. degree in United States Legal Studies. Candidates may receive a general degree in U.S. Law or choose to specialize in a specific area of the Law. Students can choose to specialize in International Law and Human Rights, Science, Technology and Intellectual Property, International Business and Trade, Dispute Resolution and Legal Process, Taxation, or Family Law. At the end of the academic year, LL.M candidates may apply to transfer into the J.D. program. If they are accepted, they can transfer the 24 credits earned from their LL.M. degree to the J.D. degree. If a student does decide to do this, he will not receive an LL.M. degree, but a J.D. degree instead.

The University of California Los Angeles School of Law
Candidates for the LL.M. degree at the UCLA School of Law are able to specialize in Entertainment and Media Law and Policy, International and Comparative Law, and four separate business-related tracks that include, among others, Bankruptcy and Tax Law. The program takes place over one academic year, and requires the student to complete twenty-two units of credit during that time. Aside from the two-week summer course for students who do not hold a prior U.S. law degree, there are no required courses for the LL.M. degree.

California Western School of Law
The California Western School of Law offers two LL.M. degree programs. The first is the LL.M. degree in Trial Advocacy, which combines classroom instruction on federal criminal law, advocacy skills training, and real-world practical experience in a federal defender’s office. The second is the LL.M. degree program for foreign lawyers, which provides foreign lawyers with a working knowledge of the U.S. legal system.

Capital University Law School
The Capital University Law School does not offer an individual LL.M. degree program, but it does offer three J.D./LL.M. dual degree programs. These programs are in Business, Business and Taxation, and in Taxation. These programs typically take 3 ½ years to complete, with the LL.M. degree earned in one semester of 12 required credit hours.

Case Western Reserve University School of Law
The Case Western Reserve University School of Law offers an LL.M. degree program in U.S. and Global Legal Studies. Students are allowed to specialize in Intellectual Property, Public International law, International Business Law, Health Law, and ADR/Mediation. Students that choose a specialization work towards receiving a certificate within that field. To qualify for the certificate, at least ten hours of required courses and approved electives must be taken.

Catholic University of America Law School
At the Catholic University of America Law School, candidates for the LL.M. degree may choose to specialize in either, Banking and Commercial Law, Communications Law, Securities Law, Trusts and Estates, Comparative and International Law, or Jurisprudence. Candidates can choose to study full-time or part-time as they earn the 24 required course credits for graduation. Sixteen of these credits must be within the area of specialization. There is also a required writing component.

Chapman University School of Law
The Chapman University School of Law offers two specialized LL.M. degree programs, one in Prosecutorial Science and the other in Taxation. The former is available only to active prosecutors with five or more years of experience in the prosecution of crime. For this program, other than the two required 10-day summertime sessions, students must complete the balance of their required course from their home or office via live two-way webcam instruction. The latter program requires the student to complete 27 credit hours with a GPA of at least 2.0. The student is also required to take 15 credit hours within the Taxation specialization.

University of Chicago Law School
The University of Chicago Law School offers a non-specialized LL.M. degree program. The program is limited to those students who have either already obtained a J.D. degree in the U.S., completed a foreign country legal education, or be qualified to practice law in a foreign country. Students who meet these requirements have approximately 150 courses and seminars to choose from, and there are no required courses.

Chicago-Kent College of Law
The Chicago-Kent College of Law offers several programs leading to an LL.M. degree. The programs are in the areas of Family Law, Financial Services Law, International and Comparative Law, International Intellectual Property Law, and Taxation. Each program requires 24 credit hours to be completed with certain required courses to be taken as well. The Family Law program requires students to complete an externship worth 9 credit hours. The Financial Services Law program requires students to write a thesis. The International and Comparative Law Program require its students to sit in on a seminar.

The Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
The Cleveland-Marshall College of Law offers an LL.M. degree program to students who meet the qualifications. Domestic Students are required to take 20 credit hours of course work and a thesis; for international students, there is a 24 semester hour requirement and no thesis requirement. A GPA of over 3.0 must be maintained. It is also expected that an LL.M candidate will take at least 10 to 12 semester hours of coursework within an area of concentration.

Columbia University Law School
At Columbia Law School, the LL.M. program is a one-year, full-time program that begins in the fall semester. Students cannot specialize in any one subject, but are free to choose any combination of courses from the Law School’s rich curriculum. With guidance, students are allowed to work towards a more narrow focus. Candidates are required to earn 24 points of academic credit and two points in Writing Credits. While it is not required, it is possible for students to earn eight credits by writing a thesis.

The University of Connecticut School of Law
Candidates for the LL.M. degree at the University of Connecticut School of Law work with faculty to tailor a course of study that fits their own personal interests. There are also Certificate of Specialization programs in international human rights, intellectual property, tax law, and insurance law. Candidates must also satisfy a two to three credit writing requirement in order to graduate.

Cornell Law School
The Cornell Law School offers a one-year LL.M. degree program where candidates get to design their own curriculum and there are no required courses. Normally, 20 credits of Law study are required over two semesters for graduation. Candidates are also required to complete a three credit writing component, or a five-credit master’s thesis.

The University of Denver Sturm College of Law
The Sturm College of Law offers an LL.M. degree in Tax Law. The program is one of the oldest in the country. It is a one-year full-time program, but part-time and evening classes are also offered to working professionals.

DePaul University College of Law
At the DePaul University College of Law, candidates for the LL.M. degree may specialize in Health Law, International Law, Intellectual Property Law, and Taxation. Candidates must complete 24 semester hours of course work and earn a minimum GPA of 2.5. The Health Law and Intellectual Property programs may be completed in one to four years and the Taxation program may be completed in one to five years.  

Duke University Law School
Duke Law School offers a one-year LL.M. degree program. Candidates are required to complete a minimum of 21 credit hours and to participate in the Distinctive Aspects of American Law course. Candidates have to choose to take first year courses or take upper level courses. Students may choose to pursue their own interests under faculty supervision. Students are also required to produce two credits worth of written work for the degree in either a seminar or an independent research project.

Emory Law School
Emory Law School offers programs for both American and Foreign students. Foreign candidates design their particular L.L.M. degree programs to meet their own needs and interests. They must have graduated with a high rank at an institution of similar stature to those of an accredited law school in the United States. They must complete 24 credit hours to earn the degree.

University of Florida Levin College of Law
The Levin College of Law offers two LL.M. degree programs, one in Comparative Law and the other in International Taxation.  The one-year comparative law program is designed exclusively for graduates of foreign law students who hope to enhance their understanding of the American legal system. Candidates are allowed to tailor their course of study in order to meet their own individual needs.

Florida State University College of Law
At the Florida State University College of Law, candidates for the LL.M. degree are allowed to design their own course of study. The program accepts no more than seven students each year and each one gets personal attention from the faculty. To earn the degree, students must complete 24 units of credit in residence at the University of Florida. There are no required courses nor is there a required thesis. Qualified students have the opportunity to take a three credit Directed Individual Study course.

Fordham Law School
Fordham Law School offers seven LL.M. degree programs: Banking, Corporate, & Finance Law, Corporate Compliance, Intellectual Property & Information Technology Law, International Business & Trade Law, International Dispute Resolution, International Law & Justice and U.S. & Comparative Law. The programs run for one academic year each; however, there is a part-time program that runs over an extended period of time. Students may begin their LL.M. program in either fall (August) or spring (January).

Franklin Pierce Law Center
At Pierce Law, candidates for the LL.M degree can specialize in three areas of focus. They can specialize in Intellectual Property, Commerce and Technology, and in International Criminal Law and Justice. Each specialization requires between 24 and 30 credit hours for completion of the degree. Also, each specialization has a unique set of required, core, and elective courses that students must and may take.

George Mason University School of Law
George Mason University School of Law offers two LL.M. degrees in the areas of Intellectual Property and Law & Economics. In order to graduate with the LL.M. degree, students must maintain a GPA of 2.1 or higher for all course work taken for two semesters. 26 credit hours, plus a thesis, must be completed.

Georgetown University Law School
At Georgetown Law, there are a number of different programs to follow for students pursuing their LL.M. degree. They can choose to specialize in Global Health Law, Securities and Financial Regulation, and Taxation. Students can also follow the general LL.M. degree path, the Individualized study LL.M., or the dual Master of International Affairs and Law (M.I.A./LL.M.).

The George Washington University Law School  
The George Washington University Law School allows its students to pursue an array of LL.M. degrees ranging from the General to the specific, such as International Environmental Law- foreign students are allowed to specialize in more than one area of study. Students must complete 24 credit hours, including the required curriculum within the specialized program. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.67 and completed a Master’s thesis at the time the requirements are met.

The University of Georgia Dean Rusk Center
At the Dean Rusk Center, the LL.M. degree is awarded upon the completion of 24 credit hours over the course of two consecutive semesters within one academic year. Candidates can choose to take the All-Courses Track, where all they do is take courses; or the Essay Track, which substitutes the LL.M. Essay (a substantial research paper) for six semester credit hours of courses.

Golden Gate University School of Law
Golden Gate University School of Law offers five LL.M. programs in: Environmental Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Legal Studies, Taxation Law, and in US Legal Studies. The program in International Legal Studies features a dual degree program that can be completed in Paris, France.

Hamline University School of Law
The Hamline University School of Law’s program leading to an LL.M. degree builds upon the school’s international studies programs. Candidates for the LL.M. degree may choose from several options including; the General (with multiple focus area options), a Diploma in Intellectual Property, and the Certificate in Dispute Resolution.

Harvard University Law School
The Harvard Law one-year LL.M degree program does not require students to choose a specialization, but the School provides its student with such a wide array of courses and seminars that the student is able to mold his academic experience there into any shape he feels it should take. All students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 22 credit hours and a maximum of 26 credit hours. There is also a writing requirement to be satisfied, and course requirements, depending on whether the student is a domestic or foreign.

The University of Hawai’i Law School
The University of Hawai’i Law School offers a one-year LL.M. degree program. In order to graduate, the student must complete a total of 24 credit hours during two semesters, and maintain a satisfactory standing in their courses. 

Hofstra University School of Law
Hofstra University School of law offers two distinct LL.M. programs: Family Law and American Legal Studies. The Family Law Program is run in conjunction with The Center for Children, Families and the Law - an institute of the law School dedicated to education, community service and research to benefit children and families involved in the legal system. The program requires completion of 24 credits, which may be taken on a full-time (one-year) or part-time (two to three years) basis. Students in this program must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students in the American Legal Studies program must earn 24 credits hours over one-year (full-time) or over four years (part-time). Students in this program are required to maintain an overall GPA of over 2.67.

University of Houston Law Center
The Houston Law Center offers two different LL.M. degree programs to domestic and international students. To domestic students, the program offers a wide array of different areas of study to concentrate in, including Health Law, International Law, and Tax Law. The Center requires the domestic LL.M. candidates to complete the requirement within three calendar years from the semester of admission. The requirements are to complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of approved courses while maintaining a GPA of 2.5 or higher, write a 50-page thesis of publishable quality, and complete a specified number of credit hours in concentration-related courses while continuously enrolling in classes.

Howard University School of Law
The Howard University School of Law offers a general LL.M degree and a specialized LL.M. degree. All candidates must earn 24 credits, complete the required two credit course (Introduction to the US Legal System), be a full time resident for at least two consecutive semesters, complete a thesis, and meet the Law School’s standard requirements. Students must also maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in their courses and earn a B grade on the thesis paper. Students are allowed to specialize in either Private International Law or Human Rights Law.

University of Idaho School of Law
The LL.M. degree, at the University of Idaho Law School, requires 32 credit hours and is normally completed in one academic year. Students have a wide variety of courses to choose from in order to earn the required number of credits. Even though it is not necessary for all students, some are allowed to study in a particular area of concentration. These areas are: Business Law, International and Comparative Law, Intellectual Property Law, Labor and Employment Law, Law and Economics, Taxation Law, Property and Environmental Law, and Jurisprudence.

Indiana University Bloomington Maurer School of Law
The Maurer School of Law offer two LL.M. degree programs: the thesis and the non-thesis. The non-thesis option is also referred to as the LL.M. Practicum. As part of this program, students will be required to observe judicial proceedings and meet with practicing attorneys and judges, as well as take 27 credit hours worth of courses. Admission to the LL.M. Thesis program is usually granted at the end of the first semester of the Practicum program. It requires 24 credit hours of coursework and six credit hours for the thesis. The degree requires one academic year in residence.

Indiana University Inlow Hall Law School
At Inlow Hall, the LL.M. degree consists of five tracks. They are: American Law for Foreign Lawyers, the Health Law Policy and Bioethics, Intellectual Property Law, International and Comparative Law, and International Human Rights Law. The program allows the students three years to complete the required 24 credit hours. There is a research component and Master’s thesis worth 2-4 credits required for foreign students. The school also offers an opportunity to participate in an externship.

The University of Iowa College of Law
The program is specifically designed for: (1) foreign-trained jurists who seek a comparative introduction to and specific training in United States law and legal institutions and (2) foreign-trained jurists or graduates of JD programs in the United States who wish to deepen their understanding of international and comparative law, including the law pertaining to international business transactions.

The John Marshall Law School
At The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, attorneys will find the largest selection of LL.M. options in the Midwest. Several degrees allow attorneys to complete the LL.M. online. John Marshall offers LL.M. degrees in Employee Benefits (on campus and online); Estate Planning (online); Intellectual Property Law (on campus and online); International Business & Trade Law; Information Technology & Privacy Law (select courses online); Real Estate Law (select courses online); Tax Law; Trial Advocacy & Dispute Resolution; U.S. Legal Studies (for foreign lawyers).

The University of Kansas School of Law
The University of Kansas School of Law offers an LL.M degree program in Elder Law. The program may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. A total of 24 credit hours must be completed. Specifically, 12 to 14 credit hours of course work pursuant to an individualized plan, 6 credit hours in the Elder Law Clinic, and 4 to 6 credit hours of work on a faculty-supervised thesis on an elder law topic must be completed.

Lewis and Clark University School of Law
The Lewis and Clark School of Law offer an LL.M. degree program in Environmental Law and Natural Resources Law. The Environmental Law program is ranked first in the United States by the U.S. News and World Report. The program requires students in the U.S. and common law countries to complete 26 credit hours of credit, including a two-credit LL.M. seminar. In the seminar, students must complete a paper and a presentation on an environmental issue of their choice. International student who are unfamiliar with common law are required to take a two-credit Summer Seminar for International Lawyers. The LL.M. degree is usually earned within a year, but student wishing to study part-time, have up to two and a half years to complete the program.

Louisiana State University Law School
The LL.M. degree program at the Louisiana State University Law School requires two semesters in residence and a minimum of 26 credit hours of study. Candidates for the degree are required to take several required courses and all must complete academic legal research, either as an independent supervised research project of a seminar paper. The program typically takes two semesters to complete, but candidates are allowed to study part-time if necessary.

Loyola University Chicago School of Law
The Loyola University Chicago School of Law offers four LL.M. degrees in the following areas: Business Law, Child and Family Law, Health Law, and Tax Law. The Business Law program requires its students to complete 24 credit hours of study, maintain an overall grade of 2.5, and submit a paper of publishable quality on a relative topic. The Child and Family Law program requires its students to complete 21 hours of course work and a 3-credit thesis. It may be complete in a little as one year, or as many as two. The Health Law program can be completed as part of an accelerated program. If enough health courses are taken by the candidate while earning his J.D. degree, only 18 credit hours are necessary for the LL.M. degree. The Tax program requires 26 credit hours for completion.

Loyola Law School Los Angeles
At the Loyola Law in Los Angeles there are three different programs for students seeking to earn an LL.M. degree. The first is the Graduate Tax Program. The Program is ranked in the top ten in the Unites States and offers a wide array of courses to its candidates. The second is the three year J.D./Tax LL.M. Program. This program requires the candidate to complete the requirements for the J.D. degree and the LL.M. degree within three years. The third is the International LL.M. Program in Bologna, Italy. There, candidates study a variety of different International and Comparative Law topics.   

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
The LL.M. program at the Loyola College of Law offers an LL.M. program in U.S. Law for international students. The school offers a large number of courses and summer programs for the student to take while pursuing the degree. Many of the courses are focused around International and Comparative Law.

Marquette University Law School
The Marquette University Law School offers a specialized LL.M. degree program in Sports Law. The program is offered in conjunction with Marquette’s internationally renowned National Sports Law Institute. The LL.M. degree requires students to complete a minimum of 22 credit hours, including a major research paper on an international or comparative sports law topic, during a nice month period of academic residence at the University.

The University of Maryland School of Law
The Maryland School of Law offers a number of different specialty programs for the LL.M. degree candidate to follow. These programs are: Business Law, Clinical Law, Constitutional Law, Environmental Law, Health Law, International and Comparative Law. The School requires LL.M. candidates to complete a thesis of publishable quality within their area of specialization.

University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law
Pacific McGeorge offers LL.M. degrees in a variety of fields. The degree is offered in Transnational Business Practice, the Government Law and Policy, and the Advocacy Practice and Teaching. Candidates following the Transnational Business Practice program, have the option of spending one semester in an internship or at the University of Salzburg. The degrees in Public Law and Policy and in Advocacy Practice and Teaching can be complete in one to two years.

The University of Miami School of Law
The University of Miami School of Law offers specialized LL.M. degree programs in the fields of, International Arbitration, Taxation, Estate Planning, U.S. and Transnational Law for Foreign Lawyers, Inter-American Law, International Law, Ocean and Coastal Law, and Real Property Development. The number of credits required for completion depends on the particular program. Student must maintain a G.P.A. of 2.0 or higher.

Michigan State University College of Law
There are two different LL.M. degree programs at the Michigan State University College of Law. One program is designed for foreign attorneys interesting in obtaining a U.S. LL.M. and another for lawyers interested in specializing in Intellectual Property and Patent Law. The program for foreign lawyers requires them to take 24 credits during their year of study. Students can focus their studies in a wide range of topics. These topics are: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Corporate Law, Criminal Law, Environmental Law, Family Law, Health Law, Indigenous Law, Intellectual Property and Communications Law, International and Comparative Law, Public Law and Regulation, and Tax Law. Students are also encouraged to participate in one of the College’s experiential programs after meeting the prerequisites and application requirements.

The University of Michigan Law School
The University of Michigan Law School requires its LL.M. candidates to complete 24 credit hours with an average G.P.A. of a 2.7 or higher in approximately two terms. The School offers a wide array of courses for students to choose from to match their interests. Students may also engage in a supervised thesis project that counts as six credit hours. Students may also pursue the International Tax LL.M. degree program.

The University of Minnesota Law School
At the University of Minnesota, LL.M. students must complete 24 credits over the academic year. There is no thesis requirement, but students may participate in a seminar that requires a substantial writing project. It is for students to concentrate their study on Business Law, Health Law and Bioethics, Human Rights, and Labor and Employment Law. If 12 credits are completed within a concentration, the student will receive a certificate of concentration. Students are required to take a three-week Introduction to American Law Course that takes place in August before the academic year begins. There is also a mentorship program that pairs up the LL.M. degree student with a second or third-year J.D. degree student.

The University of Missouri School of Law
The University of Missouri School of Law offers an LL.M. degree in Dispute Resolution. In order to complete the degree program, students are required to take 24 credit hours of study. Eighteen credits must be taken in the Law School. The remaining six credit hours can be relevant course work outside the Law School. Students, who study full-time, should be able to complete the program within one academic year; part-time students should take around two academic years.

The University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law
The Kansas City School of Law offers an LL.M. degree program in International Law and Tax/Estate Planning. The International Program is a two semester resident program that allows its students the freedom to pursuer any course of study they desire. For those students who wish to study solely in the Estate Planning field, there is an LL.M. degree program with a general emphasis on Estate Planning.  

The University of Oregon Law School
Oregon Law offers an LL.M. degree program in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. The School only admits a small number of students into the program each year to ensure small class sized and personal attention from the faculty. It is located near the Environmental Law Alliance and the Western Environmental Law Center. Students can participate in programs run by these two organizations and any internship that they offer. The program requires two semesters of study and 24 credit hours to be completed over that period of time. In addition to the LL.M. seminar, students normally choose seven or eight semester long courses from a list of more than 30 relevant courses. There is a comprehensive written paper or project to be completed in connection with one of the courses taken by the student in order to graduate.

Pace University Law School
The Pace Law School offers a highly specialized LL.M. degree in Advanced Environmental Studies, Comparative Law, Climate Change, and Real Estate. The programs each have a different set of requirements but are equally competitive and well staffed with knowledgeable and experienced faculty.

The University of Pennsylvania Law School
At the University of Pennsylvania Law School the LL.M. degree program is a one year, full-time course of study with an extensive curriculum of specialized courses and seminars. Students can choose to follow a number of specialty tracks that include, but are not limited to, Corporate Law, Criminal Law, Trade Law, Intellectual Property and the Internet, International Law, Securities and Banking, and Constitutional Law. The program can be taken on the Course Track or the Thesis Track.

Penn State the Dickinson School of Law
The LL.M. degree program at The Dickinson School of Law is a one academic year course of study requiring completion of a minimum of 24 course units of credit over two consecutive full-time semesters. There are two required courses, the Introduction to the US legal system and a basic case analysis course. After the two required courses have been successfully completed, students have the opportunity to choose from more that 145 elective courses to do specialized work. This work can be done in any number of different fields, such as Criminal Law, Health Law, or Public Interest Law Just to name a few. Qualified students can also participate in the study abroad program.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Law  
The LL.M. degree program and Pitt Law takes place over the course of one academic year. Candidates for the degree are required to earn 24 course credits and take three required courses, two in the first semester and one in the second. The school offers an internship program to its students, allowing them to gain real world experience in the field that they are interested. There is also a supervised writing project that each student must complete.

Quinnipiac University School of Law
The Quinnipiac University School of Law offers an LL.M. degree program in Health Law. Candidates are required to complete 24 credits, of which 18 – at least - must be in the Health Law field. Of these 18, 3 must be in the required advanced thesis course. Six of the 24 credits may be earned in a non-health law courses, subject to the approval of the program director.

Regent University Law School
Regent Law offers a LL.M. degree program in American Legal Studies. The program here is taught from a Christian jurisprudential perspective. Candidates for the degree must complete 24 credit hours and maintain a G.P.A. of at least a 2.0 to receive the degree.

St. John’s University School of Law
St John’s University School of Law offers two LL.M. degree programs, one in Bankruptcy and one in U.S. Legal Studies. The program requires 30 credits to be completed within one or two years, depending on whether the student studies full-time or part-time. The bankruptcy LL.M. is the only one offered in the nation.

St. Louis University School of Law
The St. Louis University School of Law offers an LL.M. degree program in bother Health Law and American Law for Foreign Lawyers. The program in Health Law has two requirements. Candidates must complete a total of 24 credit hours over one-year for full-time students and over two-years for part-time students. Candidates must also produce a master’s thesis of publishable quality before the degree can be issued. The program for Foreign Lawyers also has two requirements. Candidates must hold a law degree from a school in another country and must be able to exhibit verbal and written proficiency in the English language.

St. Mary’s University School of Law
The St. Mary’s University School of Law offers an LL.M. degree program in American Legal Studies and in International and Comparative Law. Candidates in the American Legal Studies program are required to take 24 credit hours in order to graduate. They are also required to attend an orientation program prior to their first semester. Each student is required to write a three-credit thesis of publishable quality. Candidates in the International and comparative Law program are required to attend an orientation program, successfully complete 24 credits in nine months of full-time academic work, and complete a three-credit thesis of publishable quality. Sixteen of the 24 credits must be taken in the field of International and Comparative Law.

St. Thomas University School of Law
The St. Thomas University School of Law offers an LL.M. degree in Intercultural Human Rights. The LL.M. degree is typically earned in one year upon the completion of 24 academic credits. The program offers more than 20 mostly one-week compact courses in intercultural human rights. Honors graduates of the LL.M. program are eligible to apply for admission in to the J.S.D. Program in Intercultural Human Rights.

University of San Diego School of Law
The University of San Diego offers a flexible LL.M. degree program. There are two sections available: one to Graduates of International Law Schools, and one to Graduates of ABA-Accredited Law Schools. Graduates of International Law Schools can earn an LL.M. degree in Comparative Law or Taxation. Graduates of ABA-Accredited Law School may earn an LL.M. degree in Business and Corporate Law, International Law, Taxation, or a general LL.M. with an approved concentration.

Santa Clara University Law School
The Santa Clara University Law School offers two LL.M. degree programs for U.S. based attorneys and one for non-U.S. based attorneys. For U.S. attorneys, the School offers an LL.M. degree in Intellectual Property and in International and Comparative Law. For non-U.S. attorneys, the School offers an LL.M. degree in United States Law.

Seaton Hall University Law School
Seaton Hall Law offers an LL.M. degree program in Health Law and in Intellectual Property Law. Candidates for the Health Law LL.M. degree must complete 24 credit hours of course work. Five of these credits are earned by completing a Master’s Thesis. Candidates may pursue one of the two sub-specialties: traditional health law or drug/biotechnology law. Candidates for the Intellectual Property LL.M. must complete 24 credit hours of course work, produce a high quality paper, and maintain a G.P.A. of at least a 3.0. There are five sub-specialties for students to pursue: Patent Law and Policy, Trademark Law and Policy, Copyright Law and Policy, Intellectual Property and Life Science Industry, or Intellectual Property and Telecommunications Industry.

The University of Southern California Gould School of Law
The Gould School of Law offers an LL.M. degree program. It offers a wide array of courses in fields ranging from Corporate and Business Law to Family Law, Health, and Behavioral Sciences.

Southern Illinois University School of law
The Southern Illinois University School of law offers the LL.M. degree in two forms, a general form and a highly specialized form in Health Law and Policy. Both programs require at least 24 semester hours of credit in law courses. Three credit hours must be completed producing a substantial research paper of publishable quality. For the students who pursue the LL.M. degree in Health Law and Policy, 12 of the 24 credit hours must be within the specialized field.

The Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
The Dedman School of Law offers a general LL.M. degree program and a Taxation Program. For the general LL.M. program, the School requires that six residence credits are to be earned, 30 hours of law related public service must be completed, and it all must be completed within 60 months or five years from commencing law School. Similar requirements apply to the LL.M. degree in Taxation, except that the degree must be earned within 36 months from the date of initial enrollment.

Southwestern University Law School
The Southwestern University Law School offers individualized LL.M. degree programs. Students are allowed to choose their own focus of study-from options such as American Legal Systems to International Law. The School also offers a special LL.M. degree in Entertainment and Media Law.

Stanford University Law School
The Stanford University School offers the LL.M. degree with a specialization in Corporate Governance & Practice or Law, Science and Technology. Students are required to complete a minimum of 26 credit hours of course work and be in residence during the academic year.

The State University of New York at Buffalo Law School
The University at Buffalo offers two LL.M. degree programs: a general program and a program in Criminal Law. In the general program, students have the opportunity to follow a general course of study or concentrate on a specific subject area. Candidates for the LL.M. degree in Criminal Law must complete 24 credit hours of course work as a full-time or part-time student.

Stetson University Law School
At Stetson Law, students are able to pursue an LL.M. degree in either Elder Law or International Law. The Elder Law program is designed as a three-semester course of study through electronic education. Candidates must complete at least 25 credit hours to earn the degree. The International Law program is an intensive one-year course that leads to an advanced legal degree in International Law with concentrations in International Public Law or International Private Law. Candidates must complete 24 credit hours in order to earn the degree.

Suffolk University Law School
The Suffolk University Law School offers an LL.M. degree program in Global Law and Technology and U.S. and Global Business Law. Candidates in the Global Law and Technology program are allowed to choose one of the four tracks offered. They can choose to follow the Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law track, Biomedicine and Health Law track, International Law and Business track, or the U.S. Law and Legal Methods track.

Temple University Beasley School of Law
The Beasley School of Law offers a number of different LL.M. degree programs. They offer programs in Trial Advocacy, Taxation, Transnational Law, a program in Beijing, China, and a program for Foreign Lawyers.

The University of Texas School of Law
The LL.M. program at the University of Texas School of Law offers two different courses of study. They offer the U.S. Law for Foreign Lawyers program. Students in this program may choose to focus on a particular area of U.S. law, such as Intellectual Property Law, or choose to obtain a broad overview of U.S. law. Candidates can also work towards the LL.M. degree in Latin American and International Law. Students in this program typically courses in international trade and investment, international human rights, international environmental law, NAFTA, and the legal regimes of Mexico and other Latin American states. Students in this program may also choose to add an interdisciplinary perspective to their studies by enrolling in LLILAS courses such as art history, anthropology, and history. If enough LLILAS courses are taken, students may obtain a Certificate in Latin American Studies along with the LL.M. degree.

The Thomas Jefferson School of Law
The Thomas Jefferson School of Law offers three LL.M. programs, two of which gives students expertise in important areas of international law, and one of which will allow foreign students to obtain a U.S. law degree. Candidates in International Trade and Investment must take at least two and no more than four credits of independent research and writing under the supervision of a faculty member. Every LL.M. student who has completed a minimum of 20 credits may be eligible for admission to practice law in some states like New York, after passing that states bar examination.

Thomas M. Cooley Law School
The Thomas M. Cooley Law School offers an LL.M. degree program in both Taxation and Intellectual Property Law. Both programs require their students to complete 24 credit hours while maintaining a G.P.A. of over 3.0. Students are allowed to follow a full-time or part-time course of study, take primarily weekend classes, and even take some accelerated courses. The program in taxation requires its student to complete a Master’s thesis.

Touro University Law Center
The Touro Law Center offers a general LL.M. degree program and an LL.M. degree program for Foreign Law Graduates. Students are required to complete 24 credits and a major research paper which may be completed full-time or part-time, in the day or evening, during the fall, spring, and summer sessions.

The Tulane University Law School
The Tulane Law School offers several different one-year LL.M. degree programs. They offer a general degree and four specialized degrees. The specialized LL.M. degrees are in Admiralty Law, American Business Law, Energy and Environmental Law, and in International and Comparative Law. Each program requires two full-time semesters in residency and satisfactory completion of 24 semester hours. Candidates are required to write at least one paper in connection with a seminar in their field of interest of in fulfillment of a directed research project. 

The University of Tulsa College of Law
The University of Tulsa College of Law offers two specialized LL.M. degree programs, one in American Indian and Indigenous law and one in American Law for Foreign Lawyers. These programs require full-time attendance at the College of law for at least one academic year. They also require their students to complete a minimum of 24 credits with a G.P.A. of at least a 2.0.

Valparaiso University School of Law
The Valparaiso University Law School offers a general LL.M. degree program. Candidates for the degree take classes with students enrolled in the J.D. program. They must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours with a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0 or better. Students must complete the program as a full-time student in one to one and one-half years. The program allows students to choose their own area of concentration.

Vanderbilt University Law School
The Vanderbilt University Law School offers two track s to students pursuing an LL.M. degree. The School offers the Course Track, through which students earn 23 to 27 credits during their course of study; or the Thesis Track, which combines coursework with a major research projects completed during the spring semester. These students earn between 17 and 27 credits.

The University of Vermont Law School
The University of Vermont Law School offers an LL.M. degree in Environmental Law and American Legal Studies. The wide array of courses allows students to concentrate their study within the field of Environmental Law. The different fields of concentration in clued: Law and Ecology, Pollution Prevention and Abatement, International Environmental Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Ethics and Environmental Justice. Students can take their courses on a full-time or part-time basis, taking up to five years to complete the degree.

Villanova University School of Law
The Villanova University School of Law offers an LL.M. degree in Tax. The program is very similar to the schools Master of Taxation. While some electives appeal more to members of one profession than the other, many courses, particularly those involving current planning and transactional issues, have a class mixed with students from both professions.

The University of Virginia Law School
The University of Virginia Law School offers a general LL.M. degree program. The program takes one academic year to complete. Most of the students are from abroad.

The Wake Forest University Law School
The Wake Forest University Law School offers a full-time LL.M degree in American Law. The School encourages students to pursue their individual interests through research and coursework. They allow students to specialize in several different areas but do not provide specialization certificates.

Washington and Lee University School of Law
The Washington and Lee University School of Law offer an LL.M degree in United States Law. The program requires the completion of two semesters of study in residence. During this time, the student must earn 24 credit hours of course work. Students can concentrate their study in a number of different areas, including taxation, public and private international law, and environmental law.

The University of Washington School of Law
The University of Washington’s School of Law offers a number of different LL.M. degree programs. They offer programs in Asian and Comparative Law, Health Law, Intellectual Property Law and Policy, Law of Sustainable International Development, Taxation, and a Visiting Scholars Program.

Washington University School of Law
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Wayne State University Law School
The Wayne State University Law School offers an LL.M. degree program in Corporate and Finance Law, Law Labor and Employment Law, and Taxation. The program is offered primarily in the evening on a part-time basis, although a full-time day curricula can be arranged. The degree requirement can be met in one academic year or from two to six academic years.

Western New England College School of Law
The Western New England College School of Law offers an LL.M. degree program in Estate Planning and Elder Law. The program is an interactive online program. It is available to students throughout the United States. All courses are taught through the use of virtual classrooms over the Internet.

Whittier Law School
The Whittier Law School offers an LL.M. degree program in which students can follow a general course of study or specialize in an area of interest. The student works with the Program Director to custom-design a course of study from the broad array of J.D. classes. There are two required courses, American Law and American Legal Research and Writing. The requirements generally take one academic year of full-time study to complete. Students also have the option to combine their LL.M. degree with the School’s Certificate Programs in Intellectual Property or in International and Comparative Law. 

Willamette University College of Law
The Willamette University College of Law offers an LL.M. degree in Transnational Law. Students in the program are required to take a one credit Orientation program, ten credits of Transnational Courses, twelve credits of elective courses, and complete a two credit writing requirement. The College offers study abroad programs in China, Ecuador, and Germany.

The College of William and Mary Law School
The College of William and Mary Law School offers an LL.M. degree program for non-U.S. lawyers. Candidates normally complete the programs requirements in one academic year. In order o graduate candidates must be in residence as a full-time student for two semesters while earning a minimum of 24 credit hours with a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0. Fifteen credit hours must be completed within the Law School and nine may be complete in the Colleges other departments.

The University of Wisconsin Law School
The University of Wisconsin Law School offer a course based LL.M. degree program in Legal Institutions and a research based general LL.M. degree. The course based program is usually completed in two semesters and requires 24 credits to be completed in that time. No regular courses are taken in the research based program. Students register in the “Directed Research” course each semester. There are no specialized programs, and the degree will not qualify the students to take the bar exam.

Yale Law School
In order to qualify for the LL.M. degree at the Yale Law School, students must complete 18 units of regular course and seminar offerings. Six units must be of independent research and writing for credit under the supervision of a faculty member. Students must participate in student-run programs, carry a total of no fewer than 12 credits per term, achieve a grade average of at least Pass, and spend at least two term in residence. 

Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
The Cardozo School of Law offer three LL.M. degree programs in General Studies, Intellectual Property, and Comparative Legal Thought. The programs require at least 24 credit hours to be completed for graduation, and the two specialized programs require twelve credit hours to be completed within the area of specialization. The Comparative Legal Thought LL.M. requires a Thesis of publishable quality to be completed for graduation.

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