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LLM in U.S. Legal Studies

The Master of Laws in U.S. Legal Studies is designed for students who received a first degree in law outside the United States. It begins with an orientation that introduces graduate students to DePaul's faculty, staff, library, computer and research facilities. Students also will participate in special courses introducing them to the differences between civil and common law systems, the foundations of the U.S. legal system, the methods of legal reasoning and analysis, and the basics of legal writing in the U.S. legal system.

The LLM in U.S. Legal Studies provides students with the opportunity to meet the course requirements to sit for the bar exam in a select group of states. Students must review requirements of the particular state carefully and discuss individual course selection with their academic advisor.

To earn the LLM in U.S. Legal Studies, a student must complete between 24 and 32 semester hours of credit with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0, including six credit hours of required coursework. A summer term is counted as a semester for this purpose. Students who complete 32 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. 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. Students may be eligible to apply credits earned in the LLM program or in their first law degree toward a JD degree at the College of Law. 

Course Requirements

Courses must be selected from the list below to meet the total requirement of between 24 and 32 credit hours. Students seeking to substitute a course that is not on this list must speak with their academic advisor. 

Required Courses 

Elective Courses


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