Master of Laws (LLM) - American Law

General

Program Description

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Loyola's LLM program is designed for foreign law graduates and experienced foreign and U.S. attorneys. Our program allows students to build a flexible curriculum in American law and prepares them to become leaders in a globalized market. Loyola’s campus, designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, is ideally positioned in downtown Los Angeles, California – a legal, tech, media, fashion and financial capital. At Loyola we care about our students and we want them to achieve their academic and professional goals.

Loyola’s boutique LLM program is designed for international and domestic law graduates and experienced attorneys. It allows students to build a flexible curriculum in American law and prepares them to become leaders in a globalized market. Students have the option to fully customize their course of study or select one of our LLM specializations in top practice areas. Moreover, Loyola offers a unique LLM specifically designed for international students interested in sitting for the bar exam in California and New York.

American Law LLM

This may be your preferred option, if you seek a general overview of the American legal system or you wish to design a course of study that allows you to focus on a subject not currently offered in our list of LLM specializations. With more than 325 elective courses, Loyola offers the breadth of American Law, as well as depth in several topical areas. This allows you to fully customize, with guidance from the LLM Director, your course of study and gain a unique learning experience.

LLM Specializations

Loyola Law School also offers specializations in several areas of law. Enrolling in a specialization is the perfect choice for students particularly interested in a particular area of law. The curriculum of each specialization has been carefully tailored to equip graduates with a comprehensive understanding of the specialized topic.

Specializations are open to students who received their law degree from a school in a foreign country and to students with a JD from an ABA-accredited American law school. JD students must have received their JD degree at least three years before applying to the LLM program.

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Units and Courses

Students will graduate from our LLM program (General or Specialization) upon successfully completing at least 24 units of coursework, consisting of some required core courses and approved electives.

The Loyola curriculum offers a breadth of class choices in a variety of areas. With 325 elective courses to choose from, students can fulfill the degree requirements by enrolling in a broad range of courses, including first-year JD courses covering subjects required for the Bar Exam.

Bar Eligibility

Many of our international students are interested in enrolling in our LLM program to become eligible to take the California or New York Bar Exam. Bar Eligibility depends on whether a student is already licensed to practice in her/his own country and changes from California and New York. Students should design the curriculum of their LLM at Loyola to meet the specific requirements of the Bar Exam they are interested in taking.

If you would like to find out more about Bar Eligibility, whether you should take the Bar Exam, which Bar Exam should you take and much more, schedule a Skype call with our Faculty Director, Professor Aaron Ghirardelli by emailing amlaw@lls.edu. Professor Ghirardelli is an LLM graduate himself and he is licensed in California, New York, and Italy.

Last updated September 2019

About the School

Loyola Law School is located in the legal, financial and media capital of Los Angeles. It is home to world-renowned faculty, and academic programs at the leading edge of the legal field. Our students ... Read More

Loyola Law School is located in the legal, financial and media capital of Los Angeles. It is home to world-renowned faculty, and academic programs at the leading edge of the legal field. Our students want to change the world, and they’re doing it. Read less