Stetson University, College of Law is ranked #1 in trial advocacy and #3 in legal writing by the prestigious U.S. News and World Report in 2016. Effective advocacy and legal writing skills are two of the most important skills of a successful lawyer, and Stetson’s commitment to teaching advocacy and legal writing is unmatched. Stetson is proud to be a leader in these areas.
Located in a safe and friendly campus in beautiful Gulfport, Florida, Stetson’s LL.M. in International Lawis an intensive one-year course that accommodates the specialized needs of both experienced practicing attorneys and recent law school graduates from the U.S. and abroad. The curriculum prepares graduates to enter the global marketplace thoroughly prepared for positions in business, government, teaching and international law practice or related professions.
Courses emphasize professionalism, leadership and business skills in addition to training in the law. Applicants may either opt for a general LL.M. in International Law (for those interested in international public or international private law) or an LL.M. with an emphasis in international environmental law or international business law.
“What makes the ‘Stetson experience’ really special is their system of practical coaching…and focus on giving you a real life experience... The professionalism and diligence I acquired at Stetson will always be my second nature.”
Michal Homza, LL.M. ‘12 Owner of Regenezis, s.l.o. The Slovak Republic
Stetson's LL.M. in International Law program features:
- Guided study through mentorships with prominent international law faculty
- Two-week introduction to U.S law for foreign attorneys
- Two semesters, 24-credit program on Stetson’s safe and friendly campus in Tampa Bay, Florida
- Scholarships are available for outstanding students interested in international law
Curriculum and Program Duration
Full-time students complete the requirements for the LL.M. degree in one academic year (fall and spring). Candidates for the LL.M. degree must successfully complete 24 hours of academic credit, and will normally take no more than four classes per semester. Most classes are three credits. All students enrolled in an emphasis program must attend on a full-time basis. Part-time students may enroll in as few as one course per semester and as many as three courses per semester. Part-time students are allowed a full three-year period to complete all requirements of the degree.
Courses Offered in Following Areas
Courses are available in a wide array of subjects including, but not limited to:
- Advocacy and Skills
- Business and Corporate Law
- Civil Law
- Criminal Law
- Elder Law
- Environmental Law
- Family Law
- Health Law
- Higher Education Law
- Intellectual Property Law
- International and Comparative Law
- Jurisprudence and Legal History
- Labor and Employment Law
- Property Law and Probate
- Public Interest Law
- Public Law
- Tax Law
Applicants of the International Law LL.M. Program may also decide to apply to one of our emphasis programs in International Business Law or International Environmental Law. These exclusive programs give students the opportunity to:
- Team teach courses
- Participate on competition teams
- Research and write in area of interest
- Engage in small discussion groups
- One on one advising/mentorship by faculty member
Scholarships are available for outstanding students interested in international law. TheScholarship Application PDFmust be submitted to the attention of the Director of International Programs, Stetson University College of Law, 1401 61st Street South, Gulfport, Florida 33707 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
One class is admitted each August, with the preferred application deadline due by July 1 of each year. Late applications may be accepted, time and space permitting. The Faculty Committee on Admissions will consider applications on a rolling basis.
International Students: APPLY EARLY. It can take up to three months (or more) processing time for students to receive their student visa (F-1 visa). We would recommend students needing a student visa apply before April 1st.
Note: The application fee for 2016-2017 admission has been waived.
About Stetson Law
Founded in 1900 as Florida's first law school, Stetson University College of Lawis a leader in international legal education. Stetson is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the American Association of Law Schools. Stetson offers a welcoming environment for lawyers around the world, with renowned professors who share the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the global marketplace.
About Tampa Bay, Florida
Stetson Law primary campus is nestled within the residential beachfront community of Gulfport, a tranquil place to live and work that is contiguous with the city of St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg is a part of the Tampa Bay area. Tampa Bay has numerous options for recreation, entertainment, and exercise. In addition to popular attractions such as Busch Gardens and Lowry Park Zoo, students can find nature trails, bike paths, tennis and golf clubs, fishing piers, and other diversions from academic pressure.
About the School
Stetson University College of Law is an active part of the Tampa Bay metro area, with its main law campus in Gulfport/St. Petersburg and a satellite center in Tampa.