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.

All candidates for the LLM degree must complete a total of 24 credit hours, including course work that satisfies the written work requirement. Those working towards a specialized degree must complete the minimum required number of hours in courses listed below for that program. Related courses are recommended for the remaining course work.

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.

Director: J. Pam

Faculty Advisers: M. Abramowicz, K. Brown, N. Buchanan, S. Charnovitz, D. Clarke, L. Cunningham, L. Fairfax, T. Gabaldon, M. Galston, S. Jones, S. Kieff, W. Kovacic, G. Maggs, J. Manns, D. Mitchell, A. Wilmarth


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. 

All candidates for the LLM degree must complete a total of 24 credit hours, including course work that satisfies the written work requirement. Those working towards a specialized degree must complete the minimum required number of hours in courses listed below for that program. Related courses are recommended for the remaining course work.

Courses

  • Securities Regulation (6252)
  • Corporate Finance (6254)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions (6256)
  • Venture Capital Law (6259)
  • Regulation of Mutual Funds and Investment Advisers (6260)
  • Regulation of Derivatives (6261)
  • Corporation Law Seminar (6262)
  • Selected Topics in Corporate Law (6263)
  • Securities Law Seminar (6264)
  • Selected Topics in Securities Law (6267)
  • Employee Benefit Plans (6272)
  • Secured Transactions (6280)
  • Secured Transactions and Commercial Paper (6281)
  • Commercial Paper—Payment Systems (6282)
  • E-Commerce (6283)
  • Creditors’ Rights and Debtors’ Protection (6284)
  • Business Bankruptcy and Reorganization (6285)
  • Consumer Protection Law (6286)
  • Selected Topics in Banking Law (6289)
  • Banking Law (6290)
  • Banking Law Seminar (6292) 
  • Admiralty (6293)
  • Unincorporated Business Organizations and Agency Law (6294)
  • Business Planning (6296)
  • Insurance (6298)
  • Federal Income Taxation (6300)
  • Corporate Taxation (6302)
  • Partnership and LLC Taxation (6304)
  • International Taxation (6312)
  • Nonprofit Organizations: Law and Taxation (6314)
  • State and Local Taxation (6316)
  • Selected Topics in Tax Policy Law (6317)
  • Tax Policy Seminar (6318)
  • Selected Topics in Public Law (6427)**
  • Modern Real Estate Transactions (6330)
  • Land Use Law (6332)
  • Law of Real Estate Financing (6334)
  • White Collar Crime (6364)
  • Antitrust Law (6402)
  • Public Law Seminar (6426)**
  • Trade and Sustainable Development (6435)
  • Environmental Issues in Business Transactions (6452)
  • 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)
  • Law of the European Union (6534)
  • International Finance (6541)
  • International Banking and Investment Law (6542)
  • International Investment Law and Arbitration (6544)
  • International Project Finance (6545)
  • Chinese Business Law (6549)
  • U.S. Export Control Law and Regulation (6553)
  • International Arbitration (6556)
  • Introduction to Transactional Islamic Law (6557)
  • International Negotiations (6558)
  • Trade Remedy Law (6563)
  • International Business Transaction Seminar (6564)
  • Law and Accounting (6602)
  • Small Business and Community Economic Development Clinic (6621)
  • Negotiations (6648)
  • Legal Drafting (Transactional) (6652)**
  • Legal Drafting (Mergers and Acquisitions) (6652)**
  • Field Placement (6668)***
  • Graduate Independent Legal Writing (6696)***
  • Graduate Clinical Studies (6697)***

*Contracts I (6202) and Contracts II (6203) also will be available, with the permission of the program director, to those students who have not completed equivalent coursework.

**Select sections with the permission of the program director. ***With the permission of the program director.

Courses Related to Business and Finance Law

Please note: The courses below are related to, but do not count toward the 16-credit Business and Finance curriculum requirement.

  • Administrative Law (6400)
  • Communications Law (6412)
  • Legislation (6416)
  • Legislative Analysis and Drafting (6418)
  • Local Government Law (6422)
  • Environmental Law (6430)
  • Patent Law (6471)
  • Copyright Law (6472)
  • Formation of Government Contracts (6502)
  • Performance of Government Contracts (6503)
  • International Organizations (6530)
  • Space Law (6548)
  • Law of the Sea (6550)
  • U.S. Export Control Law and Regulation (6553)
  • International Dispute Resolution (6682)

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). 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 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 must 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)
  • Energy Law Seminar (6441)
  • 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 2017–2018 Environmental Law Seminars may include International Environmental Governance, and Food and Agriculture; Energy Law Seminars may include The U.S. Electric System and Sustainability, and Electric and Natural Gas Regulation.

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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 a research paper or research papers. 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)
  • Energy Law Seminar (6441)
  • 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.

View Course Descriptions

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 a research paper or research papers. 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)

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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)
  • Anti-Corruption and Compliance (6511)
  • Government Procurement of Intellectual Property Seminar (6512)
  • Federal Grants Law (6514)

*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 2017–2018, Government Contracts Seminars may include State and Local Procurement, Foreign Government Contracting, and Procurement Reform.

Courses Related to Government Procurement Law

Please note: The courses below do not count toward the 14-credit Government Procurement curriculum requirement.

  • Federal Courts (6232)
  • Labor Law (6266)
  • Business Planning (6296)
  • Corporate Taxation (6302)
  • Employment Discrimination Law (6390)
  • Administrative Law (6400)
  • Antitrust Law (6402)
  • Health Care Law (6410)
  • Legislation (6416)
  • Legislative Analysis and Drafting (6418)
  • Local Government Law (6422)
  • Public Law Seminar (6426)
  • Environmental Law (6430)
  • Patent Law (6471)
  • International Business Transactions (6522)
  • International Commercial Law (6524)
  • Law and Accounting (6602)
  • Government Lawyering (6671)
  • Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (6676)
  • Negotiation and Conflict Management Systems Design (6681)

Course Descriptions

Director: J. Whealan
Faculty Advisers: M. Adelman, R. Brauneis, D. Karshtedt, 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.

All candidates for the LLM degree must complete a total of 24 credit hours, including course work that satisfies the written work requirement. Those working towards a specialized degree must complete the minimum required number of hours in courses listed below for that program. Related courses are recommended for the remaining course work.


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)
  • USPTO Post-Grant Patent Proceedings (6495)
  • Intellectual Property Law Seminar (6496)**
  • Selected Topics in Intellectual Property Law (6497)**
  • Government Procurement of Intellectual Property Seminar (6512)
  • Legal Drafting (IP) (6652)

*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 2017–2018, Intellectual Property Law Seminars may include Legislation, Multinational Protection of IP, and Advanced Entertainment Law. Intellectual Property Law Generic Courses may include Trade Secrets.

Courses Related to Intellectual Property Law

Please note: The courses below do not count toward the 14-credit Intellectual Property curriculum requirement.

  • E-Commerce (6283)
  • Sports and the Law (6295)
  • Antitrust Law (6402)
  • Communications Law (6412)
  • Telecommunications Law (6414)
  • Information Privacy Law (6486)
  • Formation of Government Contracts (6502)
  • Genetics and the Law (6616)
  • Law and Medicine (6617)

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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)
  • 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)
  • International Dispute Resolution (6682)
  • 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 2017–2018, Public International Law Seminars may include Arms Control, and Codifying International Law; International Business Transactions Seminars may include International Economic Disputes.

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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 a research paper(s). 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)
    • Water Pollution Control (6434)
    • 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.

Courses Related to Environmental Law Admiralty (6293)

Please note: The courses below do not count toward the 16-credit Environmental and Energy curriculum requirement.Administrative Law (6400) 

  • Food and Drug Law (6408)
  • Legislative Analysis and Drafting (6418)
  • Formation of Government Contracts (6502)
  • Performance of Government Contracts (6503)
  • Genetics and the Law (6616)
  • Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (6676)
  • International Dispute Resolution (6682)

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Co-directors: A. Robinson, S. Saltzburg

All candidates for the LLM degree must complete a total of 24 credit hours, including course work that satisfies the written work requirement. Those working towards a specialized degree must complete the minimum required number of hours in courses listed below for that program. Related courses are recommended for the remaining course work.


Courses

24 credits from the following courses are required, although students may substitute 6 hours in other courses with permission of the program director.

  • 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)
  • The College of Trial Advocacy (6683)
  • 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.

The law school’s broad curriculum provides unparalleled opportunities for students to develop litigation and dispute resolution skills and simultaneously to increase knowledge in a substantive area of law, such as environmental, intellectual property, health, or government procurement law. The directors of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program encourage students to consider using 6 of their 24 required hours in substantive or other litigation-related courses.

Courses related to Litigation and Dispute Resolution

  • Criminal Law (6210)
  • Civil Procedure I (6212)
  • Civil Procedure II (6213)
  • Introduction to Advocacy (6217)
  • Professional Responsibility and Ethics (6218)
  • Evidence (6230)
  • Advanced Evidence Seminar (6231)
  • Complex Litigation (6236)
  • Remedies (6238)
  • Litigation with the Federal Government (6240)
  • Appellate Practice (6246)
  • Scientific Evidence Seminar (6248)
  • Civil Procedure Seminar (6249)
  • Admiralty (6293)
  • Modern Real Estate Transactions (6330)
  • Criminal Procedure (6360)
  • Adjudicatory Criminal Procedure (6362)
  • White Collar Crime (6364)
  • Criminal Tax Litigation (6365)
  • Computer Crime (6369)
  • Forensic Science (6370)
  • Criminal Law and Procedure Seminar (6379)
  • Antitrust Law (6402)
  • Congressional Investigations Seminar (6420)
  • Lawyers, Lobbying, and the Law (6421)
  • Environmental and Toxic Torts (6449)
  • Environmental Negotiations (6458)
  • Environmental Crimes (6464)
  • Environmental Crimes Project (6465)
  • Environmental Legislation Project (6467)
  • Environmental Lawyering (6469)
  • The Federal Circuit (6477)
  • Patent Appellate Practice (6483)
  • Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in the U.S. International Trade Commission (6489)
  • Government Contracts Advocacy (6505)
  • International Litigation (6528)
  • Immigration Law I (6538)
  • Immigration Law II (6539)
  • International Criminal Law (6554)
  • International Arbitration (6556)
  • International Negotiations (6558)
  • Human Rights Lawyering (6568)†
  • Professional Responsibility and Ethics Seminar (6599)
  • Consumer Mediation Clinic (6620)
  • Public Justice Advocacy Clinic (6622)
  • Prisoner and Reentry Clinic (6623)
  • Family Justice Litigation Clinic (6624)
  • Criminal Appeals and Post-Conviction Services Clinic (6625)
  • Vaccine Injury Litigation Clinic (6626)
  • Immigration Clinic (6630)
  • Health Rights Law Clinic (6631)
  • International Human Rights Clinic (6633)
  • Law Students in Court — Civil Division (6634)
  • Intensive Clinical Placement (6638)
  • Law Students in Court — Criminal Division (6639)
  • Trial Advocacy (6640)
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Competition (6642)
  • Pre-Trial Advocacy (6643)
  • Mock Trial Competition (6645)
  • Mediation (6646)
  • Client Interviewing and Counseling (6650)
  • Advanced Appellate Advocacy (6653)
  • Advanced Field Placement (6667)
  • Field Placement (6668)
  • Public Interest Lawyering (6670)
  • Government Lawyering (6671)
  • The Art of Lawyering (International) (6672)
  • Field Placement Tutorial (6673)
  • Human Rights Advocacy and Dissemination (6830)†
  • European Intellectual Property Law (6852)*
  • Military Justice (6873)
  • Comparative Military Law (6874)

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Co-directors: G. Maggs, 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.

All candidates for the LLM degree must complete a total of 24 credit hours, including course work that satisfies the written work requirement. Those working towards a specialized degree must complete the minimum required number of hours in courses listed below for that program. Related courses are recommended for the remaining course work.


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)
  • Selected Topics in National Security Law (6869)**
  • 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 2017–2018, Public International Law Seminars may include Arms Control; National Security Law Seminars may include Autonomous Fighting Vehicles, FISA, and Government Oversight and Investigations.

Courses Related to National Security and U.S. Foreign Relations

Please note: The courses below do not count toward the 14-credit National Security and U.S. Foreign Relations curriculum requirement.

  • Litigation with the Federal Government (6240)
  • Admiralty (6293)
  • Legislation (6416)
  • Veterans Law (6423)
  • Computer Law (6484)

Contact LLM Admissions

Contact LLM Admissions

GW Law Graduate Programs 2000 H St., NW Washington, DC 20052 202.994.7242 llmadmissions@law.gwu.edu