United States and Global Legal Studies LL.M.

The Master of Laws (LL.M.) in United States and Global Legal Studies (U.S.G.L.S.) established in 1991, is one of the first American law school programs designed especially for foreign graduate students. This is a general LL.M. program with the goal to give foreign lawyers a grounding in U.S. law. We tailor the curriculum to the background and interest of each student.

Required Courses

  • U.S. Contract Law for LL.M. (3)
  • U.S. Legal Writing (2, fall) + (1, spring)
  • Foreign Graduate Seminar (1, fall) + (1, spring)

Certification Programs

LL.M. students in U.S.G.L.S. program also can earn a certificate of concentration along with the LL.M. degree in the following areas:


Candidates must have at least a foreign university-level degree in law and a TOEFL of 90 (213, 570) or IELTS of 6.5. Candidates whose TOEFL or IELTS scores do not meet the criteria, but otherwise have excellent credentials, may be granted conditional admission with additional English language study and/or completion of our Summer Language and Law Institute. Candidates who have degrees in related fields are also welcome to apply; but candidates who do not have a first law degree from their home countries are not eligible to sit for the bar in the U.S. with only an LL.M. from a U.S. law school.

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