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Degree & Certificate Programs

DePaul University College of Law is the only law school to offer both a JD certificate in Arts and Museum Law, as part of the Intellectual Property Law program, and an LLM in International Law with a concentration in International Cultural Heritage Law.

As the first programs of their kind in the United States, these concentrations provide extensive coursework and unique cross-curricular offerings, supplemented by specialized externship opportunities, to students and attorneys interested in art, museum, and cultural heritage law.

Certificate in Arts and Museum Law

To earn a Certificate in Intellectual Property: Arts and Museum Law, a student must complete the 86 semester hours required for the Juris Doctor degree and satisfy all JD requirements. Within the elective course work required for the JD degree, a student must complete at least 15 credit hours from the listed courses and seminars and earn a minimum GPA of 3.20 in the Certificate courses. If a student takes more than one of the non-core elective courses listed below, the student can select which course will count towards the certificate, and the grade in that course will be subject to the minimum 3.20 GPA requirement. Students may apply for only one Certificate.

Previously taught courses, courses offered in other DePaul Colleges, and new courses and seminars that may be added to the curriculum may qualify for the Certificate with approval. In addition, with approval, students may substitute a different writing seminar or a three-credit independent study for the required writing assignment.

Academic credits received from law school journals, including the Journal of Art, Technology and Intellectual Property Law, do not count toward the credits required for the Certificate.

For additional course requirement information, please visit our JD Program Certificate in Arts and Museum Law page.

LLM Concentration 

To earn the LLM in International Law, a student must complete 24 semester hours of credit with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0. A summer term is counted as a semester for this purpose. Students who complete 24 credit hours with a GPA below the 2.0 GPA required to earn the degree will not be permitted to continue taking classes to improve their GPA. A student is automatically dismissed if he or she has a cumulative GPA below 2.0 for any three consecutive semesters.

The LLM program may be completed on either a full- or part-time basis but it must be completed within five years. With the exception of students admitted to and enrolled in the joint JD/LLM program, credits earned as part of the JD program do not count toward the LLM degree. In addition, no credit is given for law courses taken before a student is admitted to and enrolled in the LLM program.

As part of the International Law LLM degree program, DePaul's LLM concentration in international cultural heritage law provides extensive coursework and unique cross-curricular offerings to attorneys interested in expanding their training in this field.

For additional information on our LLM program, please visit our degree requirements page along with a full list of required and elective courses for the International Cultural Heritage Law Concentration.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​