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2018-2019 Law School Student Handbook 
2018-2019 Law School Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

United States Legal Studies, LLM

General LLM (Master of Laws) Requirements:

  1. Successful completion of 24 or more units;
  2. A cumulative GPA of 2.50 on a scale of 4.0
  3. Successful completion of the courses required for the degree program;
  4. Completion of the program requirements within the number of years below:
    1. Environmental Law, 4 years
    2. Intellectual Property Law, 4 years
    3. International Legal Studies, 4 years
    4. Taxation, 5 years
    5. Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate, 5 years
    6. Dual LLM in Taxation and Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate, 5 years
    7. US Legal Studies, 4 years

Note: Program Directors may exercise the right to administratively withdraw any student who withdraws from two (2) or more courses without demonstrating special circumstances.

Required for Foreign Educated Students

Required for All Students

Complete one of the following:

Elective Courses

Students must complete the remaining units from the Law School’s course offerings. Alternatively, students may choose to concentrate in one of the following areas of law: Corporate & Commercial Law, Immigration Law, Employment Law, Litigation and Lawyering Skills, US Legal Practice, Property Development/Real Estate Law. Note that not all courses are offered every year.

US Legal Studies Concentrations

Students may elect to concentrate in a particular field of law and obtain an “LLM with a concentration.” Students should submit the application form to the Registrar’s Office by the deadline specified on the form. Students electing to earn a concentration must complete 16 units in a concentration, which will also count toward the 24 units needed for the LLM degree. Each concentration requires completion of 16 units of required and recommended courses, with the approval of the program director.

Academic Research Paper

Students may complete a substantial academic research paper in the concentration area, either in connection with certain courses or through a faculty-supervised directed study project.

Curricular Practical Training or Clinic

Students may complete 1-4 units of Curricular Practical Training  or clinic as part of the units required to complete a given concentration.

Corporate & Commercial Law Concentration

Immigration Law Concentration


Additional 13 Units

Students must complete an additional 13 units from among the following courses, for a total of 16 units:

Labor & Employment Law Concentration

Additional 10 units

Students must complete an additional 10 units from among the following courses, for a total of 16 units:

Litigation & Lawyering Skills Concentration

Property Development/Real Estate Law Concentration


  • 4 unit(s) (Will be waived if student has completed course at a US law school.)

Additional 12 units

Students must complete 12 additional units (16 if the Property requirement is waived) from the following courses, for a total of 16 units:

US Legal Practice Concentration