LLM Programs

Master of Laws candidates may follow a program of general study, which may be individually adapted, or they may concentrate in one of the specialized fields listed below.

General LLM Program

Director: R. Fairfax, Jr.
 
The General LLM program allows the student to design his or her own course of study in order to examine a range of issues in U.S. law. Students working toward the General LLM should consult with the senior associate dean for academic affairs and the designated thesis adviser in order to design a comprehensive program of study tailored to the student’s specific needs. Students may wish to concentrate their studies in one or more areas, such as constitutional law, criminal law, labor law, corporate law, or health care law, but may select courses from all areas of the curriculum. Thesis (6690-91) and a minimum of 20 credits are required. If the thesis is waived, an additional 4 credits, including two graded on the basis of a research paper, are required.

LLM in Business and Finance Law

Co-directors: T. Gabaldon, J. Manns

A minimum of 16 credit hours from the following courses, including 2 credits graded on the basis of a research paper, are required. For non-U.S. law school graduates, the curriculum requirement must include Corporations (6250) unless they have previously completed equivalent course work. For both U.S. and non-U.S. law school graduates Corporations may be counted toward the 16-credit Business and Finance curriculum requirement.

The research paper used to satisfy the written work requirement must be at least 8,000 words in length, and U.S. law school graduates must achieve a minimum grade of B+. For students who choose to write a thesis, Thesis (6690-91) and a minimum of 12 credits in the field of study are required.

 

LLM in Energy & Environmental Law

A minimum of 16 credit hours from the following courses is required.* For U.S. law school graduates this requirement must include 4 credits graded on the basis of research paper. This typically entails completion of Thesis (6690-91) or two research papers, each of which is written in connection with a 2-credit course. For non-U.S. law school graduates, completion of 2 credits graded on the basis of a single research paper or Thesis (6690-91) is required. Any research paper used to satisfy the written work requirement must be at least 8,000 words in length, and U.S. law school graduates must achieve a minimum grade of B+. For students who choose to write a thesis, Thesis (6690-91) and a minimum of 12 credits in the field of study are required. Students are encouraged to write a thesis.


Courses

Air Pollution Control (6432)

Water Pollution Control (6434)

Energy Law and Regulation (6438)

Energy and the Environment (6439)

Oil and Gas Law (6443)

International Climate Change Law (6455)

Environmental Negotiations (6458)

Atomic Energy Law (6459)

Environment and Energy Policy Practicum (6460)†

Environmental Law Seminar (6466)†

International Project Finance (6545)

*Property (6208) also will be available; only students with a non-U.S. law degree who plan to take the New York bar examination may count this course toward the 16 credits required in the field.
† Approval of program director required. The seminar or practicum project must be focused on energy issues.

LLM in Environmental Law

A minimum of 16 credit hours from the following courses is required.* For U.S. law school graduates, this requirement must include completion of Air Pollution Control (6432), Water Pollution Control (6434), and Control of Solid and Hazardous Wastes (RCRA & CERCLA) (6442). U.S. law school graduates may not enroll in Environmental Law (6430) if they have previously completed similar coursework. In addition, this requirement must include 4 credits graded on the basis of research paper that may either be in the form of a Thesis (6690-91) or two research papers, each of which is written in connection with a 2-credit course that is graded on the basis of research paper.

For non-U.S. law school graduates, this curriculum requirement must include completion of one of the following courses: Law 6432, 6434, or 6442. Non-U.S. law school graduates may enroll in Environmental Law (6430). Non-U.S. law school graduates also must complete a minimum of one research paper, as part of a 2-credit course graded on the basis of a research paper, or complete Thesis (6690-91).

Any research paper used to satisfy the written work requirement must be at least 8,000 words in length, and U.S. law school graduates must achieve a minimum grade of B+. Graduates from non-U.S. law schools much achieve a passing grade for their research paper. For students who choose to write a thesis, Thesis (6690-91) and a minimum of 12 credits in the field of study are required. Students are encouraged to write a thesis.


Courses

Land Use Law (6332)

Animal Law Seminar (6424)

Environmental Law (6430)

Wildlife and Ecosystems Law (6431)

Air Pollution Control (6432)

Water Pollution Control (6434)

Trade and Sustainable Development (6435)

Coastal, Navigation, and Wetlands Resource Law (6437)

Energy Law and Regulation (6438)

Energy and the Environment (6439)

Natural Resources Law (6440)

Control of Solid and Hazardous Wastes (RCRA & CERCLA) (6442)

Oil and Gas Law (6443)

Regulation of Toxic Substances Risk (6444)

Environmental and Toxic Torts (6449)

Federal Facilities Environmental Law Issues (6450)

Environmental Issues in Business Transactions (6452)

International Environmental Law (6454)

International Climate Change Law (6455)

Sustainable Communities Law and Policy Seminar (6457)

Environmental Negotiations (6458)

Atomic Energy Law (6459)

Environment and Energy Policy Practicum (6460)

Environmental Crimes (6464)

Environmental Crimes Project (6465)

Environmental Law Seminar (6466)**

Graduate Environmental Placement (6468)

Environmental Lawyering (6469)

International Trade Law (6526)

Advanced International Trade Law (6527)

International Project Finance Law (6545)

Human Rights and Environmental Protection (6571)

Environmental Law Clinic (6627)

*Torts (6206) and Property (6208) also will be available; only students with a non-U.S. law degree who plan to take the New York bar examination may count these courses toward the 16 credits required in the field.
**For 2015–2016, Environmental Law Seminars may include Energy Commodities Trading, International Environmental Governance, Electricity Systems & The U.S. Electric System and Sustainability, and Advanced Electricity Regulation. 

 

LLM in Government Procurement Law

Faculty co-directors: S. Schooner, J. Schwartz, C. Yukins

A minimum of 14 credits from the following courses is required,* including 4 credits graded on the basis of research paper. This typically entails completion of a thesis or two research papers written in connection with two separate 2-credit courses. Any research paper used to satisfy the written work requirement must be at least 8,000 words in length, and U.S. law school graduates must achieve a minimum grade of B+. For students who choose to write a thesis, Thesis (6690-91) and a minimum of 10 credits from the following courses are required. U.S. law school graduates enrolled in the program are expected to complete a thesis. Waiver of the thesis may be granted by the program directors.


Courses

Formation of Government Contracts (6502)
Performance of Government Contracts (6503)
Government Contracts Advocacy (6505)
Government Contracts Cost and Pricing (6506)
Comparative Public Procurement (6508)
Government Contracts Seminar (6509)**
Graduate Government Contracts
Placement (6510)
Government Procurement of Intellectual
Property Seminar (6512)
 
*Contracts I (6202) and Contracts II (6203) also will be available; only students with a non-U.S. law degree who plan to take the New York bar examination may count these courses toward the 14 credits required in the field. **For 2015–2016, Government Contracts Seminars may include Public Affairs and Foreign Affairs Outsourcing,State and Local Procurement, Anti-Corruption, Foreign Government Contracting, Procurement Reform, and Federal Grants Law.

LLM in Government Procurement and Environmental Law

A minimum of 16 credit hours from the following courses is required. For U.S. law school graduates, this requirement must include 4 credits graded on the basis of research paper. This typically entails completion of Thesis (6690-91) or two research papers, each of which is written in connection with a separate 2-credit course. For non-U.S. law school graduates, completion of 2 credits graded on the basis of a single research paper or Thesis (6690-91) is required. Any research paper must be at least 8,000 words in length, and U.S. law school graduates must achieve a minimum grade of B+. For students who choose to write a thesis, Thesis (6690-91) and a minimum of 12 credits in the field of study are required. Students are encouraged to write a thesis.


Courses

Air Pollution Control (6432)

Water Pollution Control (6434)

Control of Solid and Hazardous Wastes (RCRA & CERCLA) (6442)

Formation of Government Contracts (6502)

Performance of Government Contracts (6503)

Government Contracts Cost and Pricing (6506)

LLM in Intellectual Property Law

Director: J. Whealan; Faculty Advisers: M. Adelman, R. Brauneis, S. Kieff, D. Nunziato, R. Schechter
 
A minimum of 14 credits from the following courses is required,* including 2 credits graded on the basis of research paper. The research paper must be at least 8,000 words in length, and U.S. law school graduates must achieve a minimum grade of B+. For students who choose to write a thesis, Thesis (6690-91) and a minimum of 10 credits from the following courses are required.

Courses

Patent Law (6471)
Copyright Law (6472)
International Copyright Law (6473)
Trademark Law and Unfair Competition (6474)
Entertainment Law (6475)
Patent Strategies and Practice (6476)
The Federal Circuit (6477)
Licensing of Intellectual Property Rights (6478)
Chemical and Biotech Patent Law (6480)
Design Law (6481)
Patent Enforcement (6482)
Patent Appellate Practice (6483)
Computer Law (6484)
Law in Cyberspace (6485)
Art, Cultural Heritage, and the Law
Seminar (6488)
Enforcement of Intellectual Property
Rights in the U.S. International Trade
Commission (6489)
International and Comparative Patent
Law (6490)
International Intellectual Property (6491)
Advanced Trademark Law (6492)
Intellectual Property Antitrust Seminar (6494)
Intellectual Property Law Seminar (6496)**
Selected Topics in Intellectual Property
Law (6497)**
Government Procurement of Intellectual
Property Seminar (6512)
 
*Property (6208) also will be available; only students with a non-U.S. law degree who plan to take the New York bar examination may count this course toward the 14 credits required in the field.
 
**For 2015–2016, Intellectual Property Law Seminars may include Legislation, Digital Copyright, Multinational Protection of IP, and Advanced Entertainment Law. Intellectual Property Law Generic Courses may include U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Post-Grant Patent Proceedings.

 

LLM in International and Comparative Law

A minimum of 12 credits from the following courses is required,* including 2 credits graded on the basis of research paper. The research paper must be at least 8,000 words in length, and U.S. law school graduates must achieve a minimum grade of B+. For students who choose to write a thesis, Thesis (6690-91) and a minimum of 12 credits from the following courses are required.

Courses

International Taxation (6312)
Trade and Sustainable Development (6435)
International Environmental Law (6454)
International Climate Change Law (6455)
International Copyright Law (6473)
Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in the U.S. International Trade Commission (6489)
International and Comparative Patent Law (6490)
International Intellectual Property (6491)
Comparative Public Procurement (6508)
International Law (6520)
International Money Laundering, Corruption, and Terrorism (6521)
International Business Transactions (6522)
The International Competition Law Regime (6523)
International Commercial Law (6524)
International Trade Law (6526)
Advanced International Trade Law (6527)
International Litigation (6528)
International Organizations (6530)
Comparative Law (6532)
International Family Law (6533)
Law of the European Union (6534)
Islamic Law (6535)
Law of Japan (6536)
Traditional Jewish Civil Law (6537)
Immigration Law I (6538)
Immigration Law II (6539)
Refugee and Asylum Law (6540)
International Finance (6541)
International Banking and Investment Law (6542)
Law of the People’s Republic of China (6543)
Foreign Direct Investment (6544)
International Project Finance (6545)
International Law of Human Rights (6546)
Regional Protection of Human Rights (6547)
Space Law (6548)
Chinese Business Law (6549)
Law of the Sea (6550)
Law of War (6552)
U.S. Export Control Law and Regulation (6553)
International Criminal Law (6554)
Comparative Constitutional Law (6555)
International Arbitration (6556)
Introduction to Transactional Islamic Law (6557)
International Negotiations (6558)
Nation Building and the Rule of Law (6559)
Public International Law Seminar (6562)**
Trade Remedy Law (6563)
International Business Transactions Seminar (6564)**
Comparative Law Seminar (6565)**
Human Rights Lawyering (6568)
International Human Rights of Women (6570)
Human Rights and Environmental Protection (6571)
Law of Race and Slavery (6596)
Immigration Clinic (6630)
International Human Rights Clinic (6633)
National Security Law (6870)
U.S. Foreign Relations Law (6871)
Counterterrorism Law (6875)
Nuclear Nonproliferation Law and Policy (6877)
 
*Conflict of Laws (6234) also will be available; only students with a non-U.S. law degree who plan to take the New York bar examination may count this course toward the 12 credits required in the field.
 
**For 2015–2016, Public International Law Seminars may include International Human Rights, Post-Conflict Justice, and Arms Control; International Business Transactions Seminars may include International Economic Disputes; Comparative Law Seminars may include Criminal Justice.

 

LLM in International Environmental Law

A minimum of 16 credit hours from the following courses is required.* The curriculum requirement must include completion of Environmental Law (6430) and one of the following 3 courses: Air Pollution Control (6432), Water Pollution Control (6434), or Control of Solid and Hazardous Wastes (RCRA & CERCLA) (6442). In addition, students  also must complete either International Business Transactions (6522) or International Organizations (6530). For U.S. law school graduates, this requirement must include 4 credits graded on the basis of research paper. This typically entails completion of Thesis (6690-91) or two research papers, each of which is written in connection with a separate 2-credit course. For non-U.S. law school graduates, completion of 2 credits graded on the basis of a single research paper or Thesis (6690-91) is required. Any research paper must be at least 8,000 words in length, and U.S. law school graduates must achieve a minimum grade of B+. For students who choose to write a thesis, Thesis (6690-91) and a minimum of 12 credits in the field of study are required. Students are encouraged to write a thesis.


Courses

Environmental Law (6430) and one of the following 3 courses:

Air Pollution Control (6432) or

Water Pollution Control (6434) or

Control of Solid and Hazardous Wastes (RCRA & CERCLA) (6442)

Trade and Sustainable Development (6435)

International Environmental Law (6454)

International Climate Change Law (6455)

Environment and Energy Policy Practicum (6460)†

Environmental Law Seminar (6466)†

International Law (6520)

International Trade Law (6526)

Advanced International Trade Law (6527)

International Business Transactions (6522) or International Organizations (6530)

Law of the Sea (6550)

Human Rights and Environmental Protection (6571)

*Torts (6206) and Property (6208) also will be available; only students with a non-U.S. law degree who plan to take the New York bar examination may count these courses toward the 16 credits required in the field.
† Approval of program director required. The seminar or practicum project must be related to international environmental law.

LLM in Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Co-directors: A. Robinson, S. Saltzburg

The College of Trial Advocacy (6683) and 21 credits from the following courses are required.


Courses

Advanced Trial Advocacy (6675)
Mediation and Alternative Dispute
Resolution (6676)
Pre-Trial Practice in Civil Cases (6677)
Ethics in Adjudication and Settlement (6678)
Advanced Evidence (6679)
The American Jury (6680)
Negotiation and Conflict Management
Systems Design (6681)
International Dispute Resolution (6682)
Pre-Trial Practice in Criminal Cases (6684)
Arbitration (6685)
 
Because the courses in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution program are evaluated solely on the basis of the student’s performance in class, regular class attendance is required and is necessary for successful work in Law 6675 through 6685. Students should consult the syllabus for each course for information on the instructor’s expectations relating to participation and attendance. Upon the instructor’s finding that a student’s class participation or attendance has been deficient, and after the instructor first attempts to communicate with the student, a grade of No Credit (NC) will be entered unless the student can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the program directors that the absences were for good reason and beyond the student’s control. In such a case, the student will be withdrawn administratively from the course. In all other cases, the grade of NC will remain on the record, though the student will continue to have the option of repeating the course at its next offering by registering and paying tuition.

LLM in National Security & U.S. Foreign Relations Law

Co-directors G. Maggs, P. Raven-Hansen, L. Schenck
 
Students who choose not to write a thesis must complete National Security Law (6870), U.S. Foreign Relations Law (6871), and a minimum of 14 credits from the courses listed below,* including at least 2 credits graded on the basis of a research paper. The research paper must be at least 8,000 words in length, and U.S. law school graduates must achieve a minimum grade of B+. Students who choose to write a thesis must complete National Security Law (6870), U.S. Foreign Relations Law (6871), Thesis (6690-91), and a minimum of 10 credit hours from the courses listed below; they are not required to complete a research paper in addition to the thesis.

Courses

Computer Crime (6369)
Law of Separation of Powers (6384)
Congressional Investigations Seminar (6420)
Information Privacy Law (6486)
International Law (6520)
International Money Laundering, Corruption, and Terrorism (6521)
International Litigation (6528)
Immigration Law I (6538)
Refugee and Asylum Law (6540)
International Law of Human Rights (6546)
Regional Protection of Human Rights (6547)
Space Law (6548)
Law of the Sea (6550)
Law of War (6552)
U.S. Export Control Law and Regulation (6553)
International Criminal Law (6554)
Nation Building and the Rule of Law (6559)
Public International Law Seminar (6562)**
Human Rights Lawyering (6568)
Field Placement (6668)
National Security Law Seminar (6872)**
Military Justice (6873)
Comparative Military Law (6874)
Counterterrorism Law (6875)
Homeland Security Law and Policy (6876)
Nuclear Nonproliferation Law and Policy (6877)
Intelligence Law (6878)
Cybersecurity Law (6879)
Disaster Law (6880)
 
*Constitutional Law I (6214) and Constitutional Law II (6380) also will be available; only students with a non-U.S. law degree who plan to take the New York bar examination may count these courses toward the 14 credits required in the field.
 
**For 2015–2016, Public International Law Seminars may include Arms Control; National Security Law Seminars may include Autonomous Fighting Vehicles, Government Oversight and Investigations, and The Powers of War and Peace.

Contact LLM Admissions

GW Law Graduate Programs
2000 H St., NW
Washington, DC 20052
202.994.7242
U.S. Students: grad@law.gwu.edu
International Students: igpo@law.gwu.edu