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LL.M. Degrees


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LL.M. Programs

The St. Mary’s University School of Law offers various LL.M. degree programs:

Any of the LL.M. degrees may be completed in full-time status in one academic year, which consists of two semesters, fall and spring. This process can take as little time as nine months.

What Does LL.M. Stand For?

LL.M. stands for Legum Magister, which is more commonly called Master of Laws. It contains two “L”s due to its Latin origins, where the second “L” makes the first “L” plural.

LL.M. vs J.D.

The LL.M. degree in American Legal Studies is a nine-month program with global credibility. It is open to students who have finished a law degree in a foreign country.

International Application Requirements

The LL.M. program admits two cohorts each year: fall and spring.

While we have rolling admission, foreign LL.M. applicants are encouraged to submit a complete application package at least two months before the commencement of the semester in which the applicant intends to begin his or her first semester of study.

This helps ensure that the I-20 can be processed by the University’s International Student and Scholar Services Office in enough time for the applicant to secure a student visa for study in the United States.

For more information about admission requirements, visit the admission page to get your application checklist.