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LL.M. in American Law

The LL.M. in American Law gives foreign attorneys the opportunity to learn broadly, or to focus on specific aspects of American Law. Students pursing the LL.M. in American Law have the freedom to create their own academic path, or to choose from eight different areas of concentration. LL.M. students have the opportunity to choose from the hundreds of courses offered at the Law School, including many courses with J.D. students. This integration of LL.M. and J.D. students creates a dynamic and diverse learning atmosphere.


LL.M. students must successfully complete at least 24 credits over the academic year. The Introduction to American Law course, in August, is required for all LL.M. in American Law students. There is no thesis requirement, but students must take one seminar course that is graded based on a substantial writing project. The LL.M. program ends with a graduation ceremony in mid-May. Read more about the Law School courses here.

Concentrations in American Law

The Law School is pleased to provide LL.M. in American Law students with the option to receive a certificate in one of several concentrations:

  • Business Law
  • Criminal Justice
  • Environmental & Energy Law
  • Health Law & Bioethics
  • Human Rights Law
  • Intellectual Property & Technology Law
  • International Law
  • Labor & Employment Law

To receive a concentration notation on the academic record, students must successfully complete between 12 and 15 credits of concentration coursework, depending upon the subject. Read more about concentrations here.