The LLM in U.S. Law and Policy is designed specifically for international lawyers or law graduates who seek a general introduction to the United States law. You will study the foundation of U.S. law, and be prepared to demonstrate knowledge of U.S. law to employees and clients.
- Experience courses with JD students allowing direct observation of American lawyer training.
- Work with the Director of Graduate and International Programs to tailor your course selection to qualify to take a bar exam.
- Study the foundation of U.S. law to be prepared to demonstrate knowledge of U.S. law to employees and clients.
- Have access to McGeorge's broad base of alumni from all over the world.
- Join a community of law students, faculty, and alumni, and receive special assistance in adjusting to student life in the United States.
You will take an individually tailored sequence of courses to fulfill the 24-unit program requirement. There are two required courses and you may choose to focus on a specific substantive area.
LLM U.S. Law & Policy Courses
Admitted students will undertake an individually tailored sequence of courses to fulfill the 24-unit program requirement. You have the option to focus your studies in one of the following substantive areas:
- International or Domestic Business Law
- Intellectual Property
- Civil and Constitutional Rights
- Criminal Justice
- Environmental Law
You may also choose to pursue a Master's Thesis or Directed Research under the supervision of a faculty member.
LLM Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis
At least one of the following:
- Civil Procedure
- Constitutional Law
- Criminal Law
- To complete your course of study, you may choose to focus on a specific substantive area by selecting relevant elective courses.
"The U.S. Law & Policy LLM program at McGeorge was an amazing experience. I met highly intelligent and warm-hearted people who helped me to figure out my future and they still remain my friends today. The LLM program also provided me with excellent legal knowledge that I used for my Ph.D. Now I am a proud member of the Zhejiang Gongshang University Law School, a good partner of McGeorge, and it wouldn't be possible if not for the remarkable experience I acquired at the McGeorge School of Law." — Margarita Vladimirova, ’12, Law Professor at Zhejiang Gongshang University School of Law
LLM Program Application Requirements
To be eligible to apply to one of our LLM programs, the applicant must present evidence of:
- Graduation from a school of law approved by the American Bar Association; or
- Admission to the Bar in a foreign jurisdiction, or of a state in the United States; or
- Graduation from a faculty of law in a foreign country whose educational authority has authorized that faculty to issue degrees in law.
Applications now open for Spring (January) and Fall (August) 2019.
LLM Application Checklist
The application fee will be waived upon request for all LLM applicants. To receive a code for an application fee waiver, please contact email@example.com.
Applicants must submit the following documents via the online application system, GradCAS. Note: Application materials in languages other than English must be accompanied by certified English translations.:
- Official transcript(s) from all universities and colleges attended
- Transcripts may be ordered through the GradCAS system, or send directly to us by post.
- International applicants must submit an official English translation or certified evaluation of an official transcript from each undergraduate and graduate school attended.
- For applicants from countries in which a university will only release official transcripts to the student, the applicant may submit a photocopy if a notary or other official third party certifies that the photocopy is a true and correct copy of the original document.
- Resume or curriculum vitae
- Please submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
- Personal statement — Statements should address the following:
- Relevant professional experience
- Reason for application to the LLM program
- Any additional significant information
- Two letters of recommendation
- Letters of recommendation should be from academic or professional sources.
- Contact information for recommenders can be entered in the GradCAS system, or letters may be sent directly to Graduate Law Admissions (see address in the "Contact Us" box on this page).
- For non-native English speakers, proof of English proficiency:
- Receipt of an undergraduate or graduate degree from an English language institution;
- Multi-year employment in a position which English is the primary language of communication; or
- A minimum test score of 88 (Internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Note: The F-1 student visa process may take two to three months.
Note to all applicants: Working with an agent will not affect your chances of acceptance and scholarship. All applicants should disclose in their application materials if they are working with an agent.