LLM in American Legal Studies

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Program Description

LLM in American Legal Studies

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

The Thomas Jefferson Residential LLM Program enables foreign students to study American law – with opportunities to specialize in cutting edge areas.

The Program Includes:

  • Introduction to American Law for Foreign Students
  • Core American Law courses taken with JD students
  • Practice Skills Classes
  • Bar Preparation Classes
  • Expert Faculty Mentors in Many Specializations

Earn a Master's Degree LLM Studying
in San Diego, California, America's Finest City

  • American Legal Studies LLM with specialization in
    • Intellectual Property
    • International Trade & Investment
    • Sports & Entertainment Law
    • General American Law
  • Eligibility to take American bar exams in some jurisdictions
  • Practice Skills Oriented Classes
  • Expert Bar Preparation
  • Work Directly with Your Own Faculty Advisor to Plan Your Program of Study
  • ABA Acquiescence in All Graduate Programs
  • Enjoy Beautiful San Diego

Application Requirements

In order to complete an on line application, students must submit:

  • An official transcript indicating a degree in law, JD or non-U.S. equivalent
  • A resume reflecting educational and work history as well as other information relevant to the consideration of an application to the LLM program
  • A personal statement/statement of interest. The statement should be generally 2-3 pages double spaced
  • Interview – All students will be required to interview with the Admissions Department in person or via Skype.

International Students must also submit:

  • English translated and independently evaluated copies of transcripts. The Law School Admission Council (LLM) and World Educations Services (WES) can provide the necessary evaluation services necessary to demonstrate equivalency to the U.S. grading system. Thomas Jefferson School of Law recommends these services. But other independent evaluation services are available.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency through one of the following:
    • TOEFL score - Average test scores:
      • 92 (internet based);
      • 240 (computer based);
      • 590 (paper based)
    • IETLS score – Average test scores:
      • 6.5 Reading
      • 6.5 Writing
      • 6.0 Listening
      • 6.0 Speaking
  • Language assessment interview – contact the admissions office to schedule


Core Law School Courses

(Available Fall & Spring Semesters)

  • Business Associations
  • Civil Procedure I
  • Civil Procedure II (Practice Skill Oriented)
  • Contracts I & II
  • Constitutional Law I & II
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Legal Writing I & II (Practice Skill Oriented)
  • Professional Responsibility (required to take an American bar exam)
  • Property I & II
  • Remedies
  • Torts I & II

Elective Courses

(Different electives are offered each semester; the following are generally offered at least once each year)

  • California Evidence
  • Community Property
  • Contracts Drafting (practice skill oriented)
  • Copyright Law
  • Criminal Procedure (advanced)
  • Employment Law
  • Entertainment Law
  • Family Law
  • Immigration
  • International Law
  • Introduction to IP Practice (Practice Skill Oriented)
  • Introduction to Intellectual Property
  • Legal Advocacy (Moot Court Competition)
  • Mediation (Practice Skill Oriented)
  • Negotiation Theory & Practice (Practice Skill Oriented)
  • Patent Law
  • Trademark Law
  • Trial Practice (Practice Skill Oriented)
  • Wills & Trusts

Bar Admission Eligibility

Students earning an LLM in residence at Thomas Jefferson School of Law's San Diego, California, campus may be able to take the bar exam in California, the District of Columbia, and New York. The requirements for each state bar vary, and students must plan their program of study carefully to ensure eligibility to take a particular bar exam.

Please contact Professor Steven Semeraro at ssemeraro@tjsl.edu before matriculating at Thomas Jefferson School of Law to discuss your bar eligibility interests and plan a program of study.

Career Services

LLM candidates work closely with their faculty advisors and the LLM Program Director to design a program of study designed to fit their career goals.

The Career Services and Student Affairs Offices provide individualized career counseling, including assisting LLM students:

  • with everything from resume drafting to interviewing to networking;
  • finding employment and internship opportunities through a variety of resources;
  • working with foreign lawyers earning LLM degrees to receive Optional Practical Training allowing graduates to work with a law firm or government agency in the United States for up to twelve months after completing their studies.

Students graduating from this program now work in a wide variety of legal positions in San Diego as well as throughout the United States and the world.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 17, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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12 months
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30,000 USD
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