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LLM in International Law

The LLM in International Law emphasizes the theoretical background and practical skills that lawyers need to excel in international law practice. The program is designed for both experienced attorneys and recent law school graduates from the United States and abroad who wish to earn an advanced degree in one of the following concentrations:

  • International Business, Commercial & Trade Law
  • International Cultural Heritage Law
  • International Governance & Rule of Law
  • International Human Rights Law & Policy and Criminal Justice

The DePaul international law program is designed for those who wish to:

  • Earn an advanced law degree to assist in the pursuit of a career with law firms, governmental and nongovernmental agencies, and academic institutions worldwide
  • Obtain practical and theoretical knowledge of international law and its interaction with the laws of the United States and other countries
  • Learn the research, analytical and communication skills required to succeed in international law practice
  • Represent clients engaged in international transactions and relationships
  • Establish a network of professional international contacts and clients
  • Work with faculty experts in international and U.S. law
  • Interact with students from diverse legal cultures

Additionally, foreign lawyers and graduates will improve English language skills and gain an understanding of the U.S. legal system. 

Please note that achieving the LLM degree at DePaul University College of Law does not qualify international lawyers to sit for the bar examination in any state, including New York and California.

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. At the discretion of the program director, students may receive credit for courses previously taken during the foreign equivalent of a JD program.


* Graduates of ABA-approved U.S. law schools may complete the program on a part-time basis.  Program may be completed in one to four years.