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LL.M. Program and Curriculum

Explore the curriculum as well as academic and experiential learning options inside and outside the classroom.

The LL.M. Program offers you one year of boundless opportunities for intellectual, professional, and personal growth.


The LL.M. year begins with a three-week-long orientation program. At this time, our seasoned advisers in the Office of Graduate Degree Programs help you design an individualized program of study to meet your academic and professional goals, from expanding your general knowledge to specializing in an area of study to deepening your understanding of a particular legal system. 

The orientation program is designed to introduce students to Law School administrators and their fellow classmates, and to provide important information to help make the LL.M. year a success.

Introduction to American Law (IAL) and LL.M. Legal Research and Writing (LRW) courses begin during these weeks. Students learn standards of U.S. constitutional, contract, criminal, and civil law and the fundamentals of research writing in legal practice.