General LLM

Enhance your training in the U.S. legal system with our General Master of Laws (LLM) degree.

Further build your competency in U.S. law or in a particular area by tailoring your studies around your interests. Create your own concentration by selecting courses from any number of our available areas of study.

Program Details

The General LLM is a one-year, 24 credit hours full-time program. The curriculum is intended to be broad and tailored to your specific interests. You will meet with an advisor upon arrival to choose the remainder of your courses. All students who have not earned a previous law degree in the U.S. are required to complete the Introduction to the U.S. Legal System course. Please note that this course does not count towards the 24 credit hours. Students are also required to complete Legal Research, Writing and Analysis, which does count towards the 24 credit hours. Students who have completed a previous U.S. law degree may request a waiver for this course, depending upon their previous course work. 

If you intend to sit for the bar exam in the U.S., review the requirements for that particular state. Some courses might be required to qualify for the bar.

Admissions Overview

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Given the small size of the program and its unique attributes, admission is highly competitive and early applications are strongly encouraged.
All General LLM candidates must have earned a first law degree, whether a JD, LLB, BA in Law or other first law degree, from either an ABA-approved law school in the United States, or a foreign law school approved by the government or other accrediting authority in the nation in which it is located, as applicable.

If English is not your first language, you must meet the English language proficiency requirements.
The admissions committee evaluates many factors, including, but not limited to, the nature of the applicant’s educational experiences, grade trends, graduate study, extracurricular activities, unique educational or occupational experiences, substantial community service, socioeconomic background, and personal challenges.
The admissions committee reserves the right to request additional information, such as a personal interview or independent confirmation of prior degrees, depending on individual considerations.

Applicants can be admitted conditionally, subject to specified conditions such as completion of the Graduate University Track Pathway, or a new TOEFL or IELTS score prior to the start of the fall semester.
The University of Arizona is an EEO/AA employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran's status, or sexual orientation in its admissions, employment, and educational programs or activities. The law school community welcomes law graduates from other nations and legal systems.

Key Contact

Amanda Wolfe
Director of Global Programs