The LL.M. in U.S. Law prepares foreign lawyers for a global practice. An LL.M. degree from the University of Houston Law Center is recognized worldwide and has included lawyers from all corners of the world, including Europe, Latin America, Africa, Australia, and Asia.
Students in the LL.M. in U.S. Law program work closely with their course advisor to design a course of study that addresses the student’s professional interests and satisfies program requirements.
Students attend classes alongside U.S. educated J.D. and LL.M. students. This diverse collaborative environment enhances learning and fosters networking opportunities for students.
Students can attend full-time or part-time. Program requirements can be met in two semesters (fall and spring), or student can take up to three years to complete the program.
Students must be continuously enrolled every fall and spring semester for a minimum of three credits and are responsible for complying with all visa restrictions or requirements.
Join us at the University of Houston Law Center along with all of our foreign lawyers!
Lawyers educated in other countries must hold a law degree from an accredited university or be admitted to practice before the highest court in their jurisdiction.
Applicants must demonstrate their ability to perform satisfactory graduate work by presenting evidence of either a high grade-point average or superior class standing at the school where they earned their law degree.
A test of English proficiency is required of all applicants who earned a law degree from a country in which English is not the official language, according to the university listing found here: https://uh.edu/graduate-school/international-students/english-proficiency/ The Law Center LL.M. program typically requires a score of 100 on the IBT-TOEFL, 7.0 on the IELTS-academic, or 120 on the Duolingo English test.
Applicants are encouraged to complete and submit the online application as soon as possible, even if you are still working on improving your English language proficiency score.
U.S. Legal Skills Class
The University of Houston Law Center offers a short intensive course for foreign lawyers that provides an orientation to U.S. legal education. This one-week orientation course focuses on:
preparing foreign lawyers for legal education in the United States;
concepts of professionalism;
tools used in preparation for legal study;
law school exam preparation in the U.S.
the way principles, practices, and theories of law are taught in the U.S;
foundations of the U.S. legal system; and
procedure and process for interpreting and enforcing laws in the U.S.
By introducing this foundational information, this course is intended to prepare foreign lawyers for the study of law in the U.S. Law LL.M. Program (for foreign lawyers).
Students must first be accepted into the LL.M. Program
Students have the option of registering for this class once they have been enrolled in the LL.M. program.
This course is offered for 1-credit hour that goes towards fulfilling the requirements of the LL.M. program.
See sample course schedule below.
Monday, August 5
Tuesday, August 6
Wednesday, August 7
Thursday, August 8
Friday, August 9
Course dates and times are subject to change.
The course is taught by Prof. Katherine Brem (bio). The course materials will be identified ahead of class. The course will be graded as Pass/Fail.
Introduction to American Law course starts the week of August 12, 2024. Regular fall classes start the following week, August 19, 2024.
Legal English Certificate Program (LEC)
University of Houston Law Center (UHLC) offers a Legal English Certificate (LEC) program specifically designed to assist foreign-trained lawyers and law students in the legal English used for the study and practice of law in the United States. This 4-week intensive online course can help you satisfy English language requirements for the US Law LLM (master of laws) program. We strongly encourage our foreign applicants, from non-English speaking countries, to take this certificate course to better prepare for potential study at UHLC. Visit www.law.uh.edu/llm/legal_English.asp and contact UHLCglobalprograms@uh.edu to express interest and reserve your spot.
Summary Fall Itinerary
For Foreign Lawyers
Legal English Course Program (4-week intensive, online)
June 2024 TBD; 7:00am – 9:00am US/CT (with some flexibility) TBD
New LL.M. Student Orientation
Day 1 (required/virtual)
Day 2 (recommended)
August 1-2; 9:00am – 1:30pm
August 1; 9:00am – 1:30pm US/CT
August 2; 9:00am – 1:30pm
U.S. Legal Skills Course
August 5 – 9, 8:00am - 10:30am
Introduction to American Law (5319)
August 12 through end of fall semester
All regular classes; including Legal Writing (5397)