LL.M. in Six Specialties

General

Program Description

When you’re ready to take the next step in your law career, a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from the IU McKinney School of Law can help.

The LL.M. program has several purposes:

  • it gives currently practicing U.S. lawyers a place to hone their skills and deepen their knowledge base on a specific subject.
  • it helps licensed lawyers from other countries get to know American law in preparation for passing the Bar in the United States.
  • it provides a focused curriculum for legal scholars who are interested in advancing their knowledge in a specific area of law in order to prepare for the S.J.D./Ph.D. in law and an academic career.

Designed to deliver in-depth knowledge in a specific area, McKinney LL.M. applicants are admitted into the LL.M. program before chosing a track choice.

During orientation, newly admitted LL.M. students have the opportunity to talk with faculty, staff, and students about the different program tracks, and then to an academic advisor, who will decide which track best matches each student's career goals and interests. Track choices include:

LL.M. courses are taught by Judges, Justices, and an Attorney General

Our Master of Laws students come from around the world to study with the best our state has to offer. Courses for the LL.M. program have recently been taught by:

  • Justice Steven David, ’82, Indiana Supreme Court
  • Justice Robert D. Rucker, Indiana Supreme Court
  • Judge John G. Baker, Indiana Court of Appeals (former Chief Judge)
  • Greg Zoeller, Indiana Attorney General

As an LL.M. student, you’ll complete a 24-credit program. If you attend on a full-time basis, you can complete your degree in a single year. Foreign students, note that to satisfy visa regulations, you must finish within eighteen months.

However, if you are a domestic student, you have up to three academic years to complete the degree requirements, and can take classes on a part-time or evening basis.

The LL.M. program includes:

  • Area-specific coursework with a wide range of elective options
  • Externships, clinical courses, or pro bono legal service and optional practical training (OPT) opportunities
  • A research component and Master's thesis (optional for the American Law for Foreign Lawyers track)
  • Advanced English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction (the law school will provide a 50% scholarship for these courses, if required)
  • The opportunity to publish your thesis, if in a thesis track, on the ScholarWorks network at Indiana University. This network makes your research available to lawyers and legal scholars worldwide.

Program Tracks

Last updated September 2019

About the School

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