The Master of Laws (LLM) program provides those who have already earned a JD with an intensive one-year curriculum. The LLM offers you an opportunity to gain a level of proficiency within a specific field of law to pursue professionally. 

Advance your knowledge with in-depth study and interaction with experts in the field of law, including experienced academics and policymakers. It is also a prerequisite for earning a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD), the highest degree offered in law.

The LLM is a full-time, two-semester program requiring a minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework. (Required coursework and number of credits is determined by specialization.)

The LLM candidate must be a JD graduate of a U.S. law school approved by the American Bar Association or possess the first law degree from a foreign law school approved by the government or other accrediting authority in the nation in which it is located. Candidates for whom English is not their first language must demonstrate fluency in English (generally, TOEFL paper-based test scores of 100 IBT (internet-based), equivalent to 600 (paper-based) or 250 (computer-based).


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Bar Exams

As an LLM student, there is no guarantee that you will be eligible for or will pass the bar examination in any state. The LLM program is not intended to prepare you for that examination.

Some states allow foreign lawyers and/or foreign lawyers with U.S. LL.M. degrees to take the bar exam, most notably California and New York.

Applicants who intend to practice law should be aware that bar admission in all U.S. states involves consideration of a bar applicant's character and moral fitness for the practice of law. Applicants should acquaint themselves with the bar admission requirements of the states in which they intend to practice. The American Bar Association offers various resources on bar admission.

You are responsible for verifying bar exam eligibility requirements and to meet the deadlines for the state bar you intend to apply for. We do not provide bar exam preparation, but there are numerous resources you can use.