The Online LL.M. in American legal Studies is designed for internationally trained foreign attorneys and law graduates to develop foundational knowledge of the U.S. legal system and to provide a competitive edge in an increasingly global legal environment. The program is ideal for legal professionals in international law firms or corporations, non-profits, NGOs, or in public or government service. Flexible start dates allow students to begin in either the fall or spring semester and most students complete the program within four semesters (including summer).
The Online LL.M. Program is structured to provide maximum flexibility to students who wish to pursue a degree without taking a break from their careers or relocating. All mandatory program components are 100% asynchronous to enable students to set their own pace and participate from any time zone. In addition to the core courses, students will gain practical experience in legal writing, research and fundamental lawyering skills that will support transactional or litigation-focused practices.
Courses are taught by prominent legal scholars, subject matter experts, and leading practitioners and will incorporate multiple learning modalities, including on-demand pre-recorded lectures, quizzes, practice bar exam-style questions, discussion forums, and simulations. Most courses will offer optional synchronous components in which students can interact live with professors and other students.
U.S. Bar Exam Information
The Online LL.M. Program in American Legal Studies is designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the U.S. legal system and is not intended as a U.S. bar examination preparation course. However, after graduating from the program, many LL.M. students choose to take a U.S. bar exam in California, the District of Columbia, or Washington State, the jurisdictions that currently allow foreign-trained attorneys with online course credits to sit for the bar exam. Students who are interested in qualifying for the District of Columbia bar exam should plan on enrolling in at least 28 credits during their program of study.
We encourage students who are interested in taking a U.S. bar exam to review the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements, which lists bar eligibility requirements for the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The guide is published by the National Conference of Bar Examiners.