LLM Degree Requirements

Two-Semester LL.M. Degree Program

 

Credit Hours Required

  • 24 credit hours
  • Students must register for a minimum of 10 credits per semester and may not register for more than 17 credits in any one semester.

Length of Program

  • This full-time, two-semester program must be completed within two consecutive semesters.

Courses Required

  • Although students may choose their own coursework, most LL.M. students choose to take first-year J.D. courses including Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property, and Torts.  Students who wish to sit for a state bar examination should review these requirements carefully and select courses that will meet the state's application requirements.
  • Legal research and Writing (2 credits) is a required course and should be taken in the first semester of the LL.M. Program.

Grade Point Average

  • LL.M. degree candidates must earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 to earn the LL.M. Degree.

Grading Policies

  • Please reference the grading policy page to review grading options.
  • LL.M. students may elect in any semester, to be graded on an Honors/Pass/Fail scale rather than on a letter-grade scale, for all the coursework in that semester.  Such an election must be made by 4:00pm on the last day of Add/Drop week in that semester and, once made, is irrevocable.  This option must be exercised with respect to all coursework in a semester.  Please find additional grading policy information in the Taking Classes at William and Mary page.
 
Three-Semester LL.M. Degree Program

 

Credit Hours Required

  • 34 credit hours
  • Students must register for a minimum of 10 credits per semester and may not register for more than 17 credits in any one semester.

Length of Program

  • This full-time, three-semester program must be completed within three consecutive semesters (not including the summer term).
  • Students are required to successfully complete, or have in progress, a total of at least 34 credits and satisfy all graduation requirements toward the LL.M. two semester program to be eligible for and continue in the three semester program.

Courses Required

  • Although students may choose their own coursework, most LL.M. students choose to take first-year J.D. courses including Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property, and Torts.  Students who wish to sit for a state bar examination should review these requirements carefully and select courses that will meet the state's application requirements.
  • Legal research and Writing (2 credits) is a required course and should be taken in the first semester of the LL.M. Program.
  • For the three-semester LL.M. Degree with Specialization, students will select courses from specific areas of law including business law, constitutional law, criminal law, intellectual property law, international law and justice, and methods of dispute resolution. A minimum of 10 credit hours must be taken in the area of specialization over the course of three consecutive semesters. Students who meet these requirements, will receive their LL.M. degree with a designation that they have specialized in a subject-matter area.

Grade Point Average

  • LL.M. degree candidates must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 to earn the LL.M. Degree.

Grading Policies

  • Please reference the grading policy page to review grading options.
  • LL.M. students may elect in any semester, to be graded on an Honors/Pass/Fail scale rather than on a letter-grade scale, for all the coursework in that semester.  Such an election must be made by 4:00pm on the last day of Add/Drop week in that semester and, once made, is irrevocable.  This option must be exercised with respect to all coursework in a semester.  Please find additional grading policy information in the Taking Classes at William and Mary page.