Program Options for Applicants with Non-US Law Degree
Lawyers who earned their law degree outside of the United States can apply to:

  • Concentration Program
    • Energy, Environment and Natural Resources
    • Health Law
    • Intellectual Property & Information Law
    • International Law
    • Tax Law
  • Foreign Scholars LL.M.
  • Foreign Scholars LL.M. with Certificate

Foreign Scholars with Certificate
The Foreign Scholars LL.M. program is a general course of study and students select from almost all courses offered at the Law Center. 

Students admitted to the Foreign Scholars LL.M. program can also earn a certificate in:

  • Energy, Environment and Natural Resources
  • Health Law
  • Intellectual Property & Information Law
  • International Law
  • Tax Law

Students earning a certificate must complete 24 credit hours - including Introduction to American Law (3 credits), Lawyering Skills and Strategies (3 credits), register for a minimum of 12 credits of certificate-specific coursework, and maintain a 2.50 grade point average. Although there is no thesis requirement, students have the option of writing a shorter seminar paper.
The certificate option is only open to students admitted to the Foreign Scholars LL.M. program. Students identify the certificate area upon admission to the Foreign Scholars program.
Required Courses*
Lawyers admitted to any program who earned their law degree outside of the United States are required to take Introduction to American Law and Lawyering Skills and Strategies.
Comparison of Options for Foreign Educated Lawyers

 

Program

 

Course Requirements

 

Foreign Scholars LL.M.

 

24 credits - including the two required courses.* No writing requirement. 2.0 grade point average.

 

Foreign Scholars LL.M. with Certificate

 

24 credits - including the two required courses* and 12 credits of certificate-specific coursework. No writing requirement. 2. 5 grade point average.

 

Energy, Environment and Natural Resources LL.M.

 

24 credits - including the two required courses* and 15 credits of EENR coursework. Thesis optional. 2.5 grade point average.

 

Health Law LL.M.

 

24 credits - including the two required courses* and 18 credits of health coursework. Thesis required. 2.5 grade point average.

 

Intellectual Property & Information Law LL.M.

 

24 credits - including the two required courses* and 15 credits of intellectual property and information law coursework. Thesis optional. 2.5 grade point average.

 

International Law LL.M.

 

24 credits - including the two required courses* and 15 credits of international law coursework. Thesis optional. 2.5 grade point average.

 

Tax

 

24 credits - including the two required courses* and 18 credits of tax law courses. Thesis optional. 2.5 grade point average.

 

Bar Examination
Non-US educated lawyers planning to take a U.S. bar examination are responsible for researching bar eligibility requirements before applying to an LL.M. program.  Eligibility requirements (for non-US educated lawyers) vary from state-to-state and may include complete of specific courses during their LL.M. studies.  The National Conference of Bar Examiners Guide lists each state's eligibility requirements,  http://www.ncbex.org/