Additional LLM Programs

The Master of Laws (LLM) degree is an advanced graduate law program that allows U.S. and international graduates holding a Juris Doctor (JD) degree, or its equivalent, to continue concentrated study in various fields of the law.

All LLM programs can be completed on a full-time basis over a 1-year period. All programs except for the LLM in Rule of Law for Development may be completed on a part-time basis over a 2-year period. The credit hour requirements vary by program.

 

CONCENTRATIONS:

 

• LLM in Business Law and LLM in Child and Family Law requires 21 hours of course work and a 3-credit-hour thesis paper.

• LLM in Rule of Law for Development require 24 hours of course work and a
3-credit hour thesis paper

• LLM in Tax Law requires 24 hours of course work and a 2-credit thesis paper

• LLM in Trial Advocacy, Appellate Advocacy, and Alternative Dispute Resolution requires 24 hours of course work and simulated exercises in lieu of a thesis paper

• LLM for International Lawyers requires 24 hours of course work

 

Under the accelerated option, LLM degree candidates are required to complete a minimum of 18 credit hours of study. The accelerated option is only available to graduates of Loyola’s JD program at the School of Law, or to those who have completed and received a grade of “B” or better in six credits of coursework taken at Loyola in one of its LLM concentration areas as a visiting JD student from another law school. For more information about the accelerated option, please contact the Office of Graduate Legal Studies at Law-GLS@LUC.edu.

 Location: All campus-based programs take place at Loyola’s Water Tower Campus, except for the LLM in Rule of Law for Development which is located at Loyola’s John Felice Rome Center in Rome, Italy.

This legal concentration offers comprehensive study in child law trial practice and legislation, international rights for children, adoption law, and domestic violence.

This concentration prepares holders of JD or equivalent law degrees with the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to become qualified and effective rule of law advisors, particularly in countries that are developing, in economic transition, or recovering from violent conflict. The program focuses on the practical aspects of rule of law advisory work, preparing you for leadership roles in nationally and internationally backed rule of law initiatives.

The LLM in Rule of Law for Development, also referred to as the PROLAW Program, is offered in Rome, Italy.

This legal concentration area offers a comprehensive study of the law as it relates to federal income tax, corporation and partnership tax, estate and gift planning, and tax procedures and litigation. Graduates of other law schools must demonstrate a high level of achievement in JD tax courses comparable to those required for the Loyola tax certificate. 

This program offers students education and training in all three areas of dispute resolution:

• trial advocacy

• appellate advocacy

• alternative dispute resolution

You will learn the theory of each area of law and participate in mock dispute resolution situations by completing 24 hours of coursework and simulated legal practice exercises. There is no thesis required for this LLM program.

Loyola’s LLM Program for International Lawyers features two tracks:

• Immersion in U.S. Law for Foreign Lawyers (Track I)

• International Law (Track II)

Both tracks include two mandatory courses specifically designed to ease the transition into U.S. law, with a strong emphasis on legal writing. You take all other courses together with the JD students. Loyola provides partial-tuition scholarships for exceptionally qualified students.

 

TRACK I: IMMERSION IN U.S. LAW

Designed for foreign lawyers who seek to develop an expertise in specific aspects of American law, the rigorous curriculum immerses you in the foundations of U.S. law and legal thought, providing a thorough training in legal skills critical to advising clients in the U.S. or globally. The curriculum is based on the New York Bar Exam eligibility requirements and includes core courses in U.S. law. You may choose from the more than 250 classes offered each semester to complete your curriculum.

Loyola’s LLM Program for International Lawyers features two tracks:

• Immersion in U.S. Law for Foreign Lawyers (Track I)

• International Law (Track II)

Both tracks include two mandatory courses specifically designed to ease the transition into U.S. law, with a strong emphasis on legal writing. You will take all other courses together with the JD students. Loyola provides partial-tuition scholarships for exceptionally qualified students.

 

TRACK II: INTERNATIONAL LAW WITH FOCUS OPTION

You will study private and public international law and choose a focus in any of Loyola’s specialty areas, all of which include strong international and comparative components: arbitration, mediation, and negotiation; business and tax; child and family; competition; health; intellectual property; or trade law. Under the guidance of our engaged international faculty, you also may develop your own focus. Students in Track II have more flexibility in planning their curriculum.

• A completed online application available at LUC.edu/grad.

• Official transcripts of all undergraduate and any graduate work. Transcripts must verify completion of a bachelor’s degree and a primary law degree (e.g., JD or LLB).

• Two letters of recommendation.

• A 1–2 page statement of purpose.

• A resume outlining your work experience, education, professional or academic achievements, or any information you believe is relevant for your application.

• A personal interview may be required.

 

The following documents are required, in addition to those listed above, for those who may fall into these categories:

• Either an official TOEFL or IELTS score report for international applicants. This requirement is waived for those who have completed a four-year bachelor’s, or a master’s degree program in the U.S. Applicants holding a non-U.S. bachelor’s degree and wishing to apply for a waiver must submit U.S. transcripts that show that they have also earned a U.S. master’s degree. The language test is also waived for those who are from, or who have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree at a recognized institution in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, at which the language of instruction is English.

• International applicants or U.S. residents who completed school abroad are required to submit non-U.S. transcripts to the Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE), www.ece.org, for evaluation of credentials. The general evaluation report must show that an applicant’s non-U.S. education is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree to be considered for admission.

Deadlines vary and are subject to change. For current application and program information, visit LUC.edu/llm.

Learn more about faculty, curriculum, and how to apply.