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Applying to the LL.M.

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The LL.M. in International and Comparative Law is a post-J.D. degree designed for American-trained lawyers who have already obtained a law degree and who will benefit from specialized training in international and comparative law. International students who have a foundation in American Jurisprudence are also welcome to apply.

An LL.M. degree in International and Comparative Law will improve your marketability to firms engaging in international policymaking or who represent clients with international interest. The program also gives the students opportunity to specialize in a field.

International Students

International students must study on a full-time basis. Foreign nationals who must maintain student visa eligibility must enroll in a minimum of 10 credit hours per semester during the regular academic year (Fall and Spring). Ten hours is also considered full time for purposes of financial aid eligibility.

The School of Law is a member of the International Association of Law Schools and the International Academy of Comparative Law (Académie Internationale de Droit Comparé).

Degree Plan

Students have two years to complete the degree but can complete the program in two semesters of full-time study. Courses taken in fulfillment of J.D. requirements may not be repeated.

LL.M. Courses

Students are required to take courses in both public international law and comparative law. Courses taken in fulfillment of J.D. requirement may not be repeated.

  • Public International Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Thesis and Research (Foreign-trained are exempt)

Other courses and seminars offered in the LL.M. program in International and Comparative Law include:

  • International Cyber Warfare
  • International Human Rights
  • Human Trafficking
  • International and Domestic Health Care Law
  • International White Collar Crime
  • International Law of the Sea
  • Import/Export Law
  • Immigration Law
  • International Arbitration
  • International Law of Stolen Art
  • International Litigation
  • Comparative Law
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Organizations
  • Doing Business with Mexico
  • International Alternative Dispute Resolution and Tribunals
  • European Union Law
  • Legal Spanish and the Mexican Legal System
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