Program Options for Applicants with Non-US Law Degree

Lawyers who earned their law degree outside of the United States can apply to:

  • Concentration Program (Specialty Programs)
    • Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Law
    • Health Law
    • Intellectual Property & Information Law
    • International Law
    • Tax Law
  • LL.M. in U.S. Law

Lawyers admitted to any program who earned their law degree outside of the United States are required to take two courses their first semester; *Introduction to American Law (5319) and *Lawyering Skills and Strategies (5314).

Comparison of Options for Foreign Educated Lawyers

Program/Concentration

Total Credits

Required Coursework

Required Grade Point Average

Writing Requirement

Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Law LL.M.

 

24

15 credits of EENR coursework, 
*two required courses

2.5

Thesis Optional

Health Law LL.M.

 

24

18 credits of health coursework to include Advanced Health Law (5108),
*two required courses

2.5

Thesis Optional

Intellectual Property & Information Law LL.M.

 

24

15 credits of intellectual property and information law coursework, *two required courses

2.5

 

Thesis Optional

International Law LL.M.

 

24

15 credits of international law coursework, *two required courses

2.5

 

Thesis Optional

Tax Law LL.M.

 

24

18 credits of tax law courses to  include Tax Ethics (5288) and Tax Research (5151), *two required courses

2.5

 

Thesis Optional

LL.M. in U.S. Law

24

*Two required courses

2.0

None

Bar Examination

Non-US educated lawyers planning to take a U.S. bar examination are responsible for researching bar eligibility requirements before applying to an LL.M. program. Eligibility requirements (for non-US educated lawyers) vary from state-to-state and may include completion of a U.S. LL.M. degree from an ABA-accredited law school, completion of specific courses during their LL.M. studies or past practice in their home country for a specific period of time. The National Conference of Bar Examiners Guide lists each state's eligibility requirements, http://www.ncbex.org/