The Wake Forest Law University School of Law LL.M. degree program is designed primarily for international lawyers and students who hold a first degree in law from their home countries and desire to enhance their legal careers by studying the laws of the United States. Program features include:
- A one year, full-time course of study starting in the fall semester. Students may elect to extend their course of study for longer than a year with approval.
- A course of study that encourages students to pursue their individual interests through research and coursework.
- A supportive mentoring program that includes both J.D.'s and the talents of Wake's dedicated faculty. Wake Forest School of Law has offered strong international programs for over a decade and many faculty members are experts in international legal issues.
The LL.M. program at Wake Forest University School of Law has a long-standing tradition of preparing its graduates for significant leadership roles. Its alumni include prominent private attorneys, judges, government officials, in-house attorneys, general counsels, and S.J.D. candidates. Graduates typically return to their home countries to resume or advance their legal careers in corporate law, public policy, litigation, public service, investment banking, and a wide range of other specialties related to international law.
At Wake Forest School of Law, the globalization of law has stimulated the law school’s growing commitment to international legal studies. Besides traditional courses in admiralty and maritime law, public international law, and conflicts of laws (private international law), our curriculum includes courses on international business transactions, comparative law, comparative constitutional law, European Union law, immigration law, international trade law, international human rights, and international environmental law. LL.M. students can pursue coursework and directed research in an area of law that interests them. During the program, LL.M. students are eligible to take courses that are part of the school’s traditional American law curriculum, and our students are often in the same classes with first, second, and third-year J.D. students. Highly qualified foreign law graduates who seek exposure to the American legal system and profession are encouraged to apply to Wake Forest University School of Law. Our program offers a very broad curriculum that will prove invaluable to lawyers who wish to enhance their legal careers by studying the laws of the U.S.
LL.M. students at Wake Forest University School of Law are eligible to take advantage of the services offered by the Office of Career and Professional Development. In conjunction with the Office of International Graduate Programs, LL.M. students have the opportunity to attend workshops on resume writing, cover letters, internships, etc. In addition, Wake Forest University School of Law is a member of the International Student Interview Program (ISIP), which provides LL.M. students the opportunity to interview with some of the largest international law firms and companies. Each year, Wake Forest University LL.M. students are selected to take part in the interview process in New York. Once enrolled in the program, LL.M. students receive access to our internship listings that are updated yearly with new opportunities.
Qualification for Admissions
The LL.M. degree in American Law is a one-year program of study primarily designed for international lawyers and students who hold a first degree in law from their home countries and wish to enhance their study of American Law in the U.S. To qualify for admission to the program, LL.M. applicants must:
- Hold a first degree in law from an accredited law school in their home country.
- Provide a TOEFL score of 600 on the paper-based test or 100 on the internet-based test. We will consider granting an exemption from the TOEFL requirement if you are from an English-speaking country, earned your law degree in an English-speaking country, or received a prior academic degree in the United States. Applicants whose TOEFL score is slightly below this minimum may receive conditional admission. Applicants will be required to successfully complete an approved English as a Second Language course and submit an updated TOEFL score.
LL.M. admission decisions are based on several factors to include academic and professional experience, letters of recommendation, applicants’ English proficiency and a candidate’s ability to enhance the academic and geographic diversity of the class.