The Master of Laws (LL.M.) is an advanced program of legal study that is customized to the needs of the individual student. LL.M. candidates, mentored by expert faculty, plan a course of study in one of the following concentrations: Law and Technology, Securities Law, or Comparative and International Law.
The Master of Laws (LL.M.) is an advanced program of legal study that is customized to the needs of the individual student. LL.M. candidates, mentored by expert faculty, plan a course of study in one of the following concentrations: Law and Technology, Securities Law, or Comparative and International Law. Through the law school's extensive curricular offerings, LL.M. candidates enhance their knowledge for practice by acquiring significant expertise in the area of specialization they have selected.
The Catholic University of America [CUA] Columbus School of Law is situated in our nation's capital, the legal and political center of the United States. Washington, D.C. is also the hub for governmental and non-governmental international organizations. Students may avail themselves of all the opportunities that Washington, D.C. has to offer due to our convenient location and easy access to public transportation.
Committed to providing the highest quality legal education in an increasingly global society, the Columbus School of Law offers its LL.M. degree program to graduates of U.S. and foreign law schools. For more than 100 years, the law school has trained many of the nation's most distinguished lawyers and judges. In law firms, federal and local government, the judiciary, and the public sector, our graduates are recognized for their knowledge, competence and ethical practice. In line with our Catholic mission, the Columbus School of Law instills its students with a quest for social justice and a profound duty to apply their legal knowledge and skills to the promotion of the common good.
LL.M. Application Requirements
Submission of completed CUA, Columbus School of Law LL.M. application and application fee. You can apply on-line for through LSAC.org.
Official Law School Transcripts: Applicants holding a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school must submit a complete and an official law school transcript. The transcripts should be sent directly to LSAC.
For international applicants: If you earned your first degree in law from an institution outside of the United States, UK, Canada or Australia, you will need to provide a translated copy of those transcripts from an organization such as WES, ECE to LSAC's LL.M Credential Assembly Service.
Applicants whose native language is not English and whose undergraduate education was received in a school located outside the United States, Canada or Australia, must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum TOEFL score required is 100, the minimum IELTS score required is 7.0.
Applicants from ABA-accredited law schools are not required to take the TOEFL or IELTS tests. The TOEFL/IELTS requirement can be waived on a case-by-case basis should the applicant have appropriate documentation of successful completion of one of the following:
CUA's Intensive English Program
Level 112 in the intensive English program offered by an ELS Language Center
A complete Intensive English program at an accredited institution of higher education
A college-level English Composition class determined to be the equivalent of or more advanced than CUA's English Composition 101 course, with a grade of B or above. (for applicants to undergraduate programs)
A graduate degree, a Bachelor's Degree (B.A. or B.S.), or an Associate’s Degree (A. A.) from an accredited U.S. institution of higher education or a high school diploma. (Graduates from a U.S. high school are required however to submit SAT/ACT scores.)
At least 1 but no more than 2 letters of recommendation, preferably from a member of your law school faculty. The letters must be submitted directly to LSAC.
A two-page personal statement (not to exceed two pages) indicating why you desire to pursue an LL.M. and how your legal education and employment preparation has led you to make this choice.
On a separate page, please select a concentration from the law school’s concentration offerings and discuss how your legal training and any legal professional experience has influenced this interest.
You are required to submit a personal resume or curriculum vitae listing education in law, professional employment, publications, community service, honors, and other achievements you believe should be brought to the attention of the Admissions Committee.
Law and Technology
The concentration in Law and Technology provides special expertise in the regulation of the telecommunications industry, electronic mass media, wireless telecommunications services, and digital technologies, FCC practice and procedure, intellectual property transactions, copyright and patent, First Amendment challenges for media.
The Securities Law concentration supplies the student with depth of background in a broad array of topics arising out of the law of securities regulation including the regulation of issuance of securities, secondary trading of securities, market regulation, enforcement issues, corporate finance, corporate ethics, investment companies and investment advisers, derivatives and the regulation of financial institutions.
Comparative and International Law
The concentration in Comparative and International Law offers the student a program of study in a wide range of subjects including comparative constitutional law, comparative legal history, comparative legal systems, national security law, , public international law, international trade law, international business transactions, international intellectual property law, international arbitration and mediation , international criminal law, international human rights law, and international humanitarian law.. Given the breadth and depth of the CUA Law international curriculum, students may elect sub-concentrations in several areas.