Foreign Scholars Program

An LL.M. degree from the University of Houston Law Center is recognized worldwide as a mark of high achievement – and Foreign Scholars program has included lawyers from all corners of the world, including Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia. 

Students in the Foreign Scholars LL.M. Program work closely with their faculty advisor to design a general course of study that touches on multiple subject areas or build a curriculum around the student’s specific interests.  Students admitted to the Foreign Scholars Program also have the option of earning a certificate of specialization in Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Law; IPIL; Health Law; International Law; or Tax.

For most of their Law Center coursework, Foreign Scholars attend classes with J.D. and LL.M. students who were schooled in the United States.  The diversity of our classrooms enhances the learning environment and fosters opportunities for Foreign Scholars to collaborate and network with fellow LL.M. students.

All program requirements can be met in two semesters (fall and spring).  Foreign Scholars have the option of attending on a part-time basis, which allows them up to three years to complete the program.  Students must be continuously enrolled every fall and spring semester, and students are responsible for complying with all visa restrictions or requirements.

To earn their LL.M. degree, Foreign Scholars are required to complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of approved courses and maintain the minimum grade point average that applies to their course of study.  Additionally, Foreign Scholars must enroll in the following courses as part of their 24 credit-hour requirement:  Introduction to American Law, which builds an important foundation for legal studies; and Lawyering Skills and Strategies, which provides an overview of vital skills to be used as a student and practitioner. 

The Law Center offers one of the largest course selections in the United States.  Foreign Scholars enjoy the latitude to pursue specific interests by selecting courses in a variety of practice areas, including:

Business and Commercial Law
Constitutional and Criminal Law
Employment and Labor Law
Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Law
Family Law
Government Regulation
Health Law
Intellectual Property & Information Law
International Comparative Law
International Law and Admiralty
Law and Society
Procedure and Practice
Real Property, Trusts, and Estates
Taxation

* Not all classes are offered every year, and offerings are subject to change. Please check the Law Center website for current course offerings.  Lawyers who earned their degree outside of the United States are also required to complete Introduction to American Law and Legal Research and Writing.  Courses previously taken at other schools – including the Law Center – may not be credited toward the program requirements.