LLM for China Partner Universities

The James E. Rogers College of Law offers an online LLM program for students associated with our partner universities in China. Our intensive, one-year LLM is designed for students who already possess a law degree from China and who want to expand their understanding of U.S. law. Students must complete the same number of credits required of our standard LLM degrees (24 credits, plus a 2-credit Introduction to U.S. Legal Systems course), but students have access to some specialized courses.

You may pursue an LLM in International Trade and Business Law (ITBL) or a General LLM, which focuses on the Introduction to U.S. Law. Advance your knowledge with in-depth study and interaction with experts in the field of law, including experienced academics and policymakers.

Application Deadline: July 15, 2020


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Our detailed Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) provides an in-depth overview of the program, including information on application requirements, tuition, bar eligibility, and curriculum.

To be eligible to apply, students must have a minimum GPA of 75 from their undergraduate law degree, or other evidence of a strong academic record. Applicants must also demonstrate sufficient English proficiency. This can be done by submitting one of the following test scores:

· TOEFL (minimum score of 79)

· IELTS (minimum score of 7.0, with no subject area below 6.0)

· CEPT Full Academic Test (minimum score of 110).

· Successful completion of University of Arizona Legal English course and recommendation of professors

Students should consult the ETS/TOEFL and IELTS websites regarding the current cost of their exams (https://www.ets.org/toefl , https://www.ielts.org/en-us). The CEPT, offered remotely by UA’s Center for English as a Second Language, is $40. (https://cesl.arizona.edu/testing/cept-full)

Many students, regardless of their English test scores, need additional preparation to be successful in their LLM studies. In order to help students, we have created a specialized course in “Legal English.” It is an intensive 5-week course, which introduces students not only to vocabulary and concepts but also to basic understandings of the US Legal System. The course will start on July 20, 2020 and end on August 21, 2020. Please note that students who have a lower English proficiency test score (65 to 85 on TOEFL, 6.0 to 7.0 on IELTS, 90 to 120 on CEPT) will be required to complete this course.


Students who have not met this English proficiency level may continue in the program through December 2020. If they are unable to meet the English requirement by this time, the student will be required to successfully complete additional English course(s) in the January term before returning to the LLM program.

Transcripts: You must submit transcripts (with English translation) from your undergraduate law degree and any other university degree you have earned. You may submit unofficial transcripts with your application; however, if you are admitted you will be required to submit official transcripts before you can begin your studies with us.

· Resume: This should summarize your education, work experience, and other relevant credentials and accomplishments.

· Personal Statement: This is both a writing sample and an opportunity to discuss your unique characteristics and personal qualities, including but not limited to educational and work experiences, talents and special interests, socioeconomic background, involvement in community affairs and public service, or any events or circumstances that have helped shape your life or given it direction. The personal statement should not exceed 3 double-spaced pages.

· English Proficiency Score

· Letters of Recommendation: You should submit at least 2 letters of recommendation. At least one letter should be from a faculty member at the university which awarded your first law degree. The strongest recommendations are substantive and detail the applicant’s analytical abilities and writing skills. We strongly encourage you to communicate with your recommenders regarding the need for detail. All letters must be submitted on official letterhead.

You apply directly through us, and we do not require an application fee! Stay tuned for details on how to apply.

Students pay a tuition rate of $460 per credit, or $12,000 for the program. The tuition is paid directly to the University of Arizona. More information on the payment process is provided once you are notified of your admission.

Our program generally takes four 7.5 week quarters, though students may choose to finish in 5 quarters if they choose.


Fall Q1: August 24, 2020 – October 14, 2020

Fall Q2: October 15, 2020 – December 17, 2020

Spring Q1: January 13, 2021 – March 5, 2021

Spring Q2: March 15, 2021 – May 13, 2021

Summer Q: May 18, 2021 – July 3, 2021


Students begin their studies in Fall Q1; if there is sufficient interest, we may open a cohort to begin in Fall Q2 (October 2020). Students may choose to spread out their classes across all 5 terms, or complete the degree in 4 terms. Students also have the option of participating in a graduation ceremony in Tucson in May 2021.

We offer two choices: 1) an LLM that with a concentration in International Trade and Business Law (ITBL), or 2) a general LLM, with a focus on Introduction to U.S. Law.


The ITBL concentration includes the following courses:

· Introduction to U.S. Legal Systems (required)

· American Common Law I (required)

· Business Organizations (required)

· International Trade & Policy (required)

· Legal Research & Writing (required)

· International Investment Law (required)

· Thesis (required)

· International Arbitration (elective)

· Corporate Finance (elective)

· Intellectual Property (elective)

· International Intellectual Property (elective)

· International Commercial Transactions (elective)

· Professional Responsibility (elective, but required for bar exam eligibility)

· Evidence (elective; required for some bar exams)



The Introduction to U.S. Law concentration, which is designed to prepare students to sit for the bar in the U.S. while allowing flexibility to focus on particular areas of U.S. law; it includes the following courses:

· Introduction to U.S. Legal Systems (required)

· American Common Law I (required)

· American Common Law II (required)Procedure (required)

· American Public Law (required)

· Legal Research & Writing (required)

· Professional Responsibility (required)

· Intellectual Property (elective)

· International Intellectual Property (elective)

· International Commercial Transactions (elective)

· Evidence (elective; require for some bar exams)

· Introduction to Criminal Law (elective)

· Criminal Procedure (elective)

· Information Privacy (elective)

· Employment Law (elective)

· Environmental Law (elective)

· Administrative Law (elective)

· Introduction to Immigration Law (elective)

· Family Law (elective)

· Entertainment Law (elective)

· Constitutional Law II (elective)

Online classes are just as rigorous, challenging and focused on quality as our on-campus classes. Plus, they are taught by the same top-notch professors.

Delivering the program online allows you to complete assignments on your own schedule within each course module. The classes are highly interactive with discussions and feedback from your classmates and professor, as well as lectures, readings, quizzes and short writing

assignments, all designed for you to engage with the material, your classmates, and the professor.

Each course has its own final assessment, usually an exam but sometimes a written paper. Exams vary, but you should expect a combination of multiple choice answers, short answers, and/or essays. Students who concentrate in ITBL are required to submit a substantial paper, which is a research paper on a topic approved by a supervising faculty member, which includes significant individualized feedback on your research topic and paper. Students who concentrate in Introduction to U.S. Law are not required to complete a substantial paper, but may choose to do so.

Yes. You must complete 24-credit hours of course work, complete any courses that are denoted as “required,” complete the 2-credit course Introduction to U.S. Legal Systems (which is in addition to the 24-credit hours), and earn a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.

This is an LLM program and is the same degree you would receive if you were studying with us in person in Tucson, Arizona. You will receive the same transcript and diploma as students who are in residence in Tucson.

Yes! You may spend the fall semester completing your courses online and then come to Tucson to complete the spring semester in residence at our main campus. You may not start a semester in one mode of instruction and then shift to the other mode during the same semester.

Yes. Each of the 50 U.S. states has its own criteria and procedures for admitting lawyers to practice. Achievement of an LLM degree in the United States does not qualify international lawyers to apply for admission to take the bar examination or practice law in every state.

We have designed the LLM with a focus on the Introduction to U.S. Law to meet the LLM requirements for the Washington state and District of Columbia bars. Please note that the Washington Supreme Court is the only entity that can deem an individual qualified to sit for the Washington Bar Exam. Similarly, the D.C. Court of Appeals is the only entity that can deem an individual qualified to sit for the D.C. Bar Examination. Applicants should acquaint themselves with the bar admission requirements of the states in which they intend to practice. Students who complete the Spring term of the program in residence at the main campus of UA in Tucson, Arizona, may also be eligible for the New York bar exam. The American Bar Association offers various resources on bar admission at https://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_education/resources/bar_admissi....

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Amanda Wolfe

Director of Global Programs