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Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

The Master of Laws program begins with an orientation that introduces graduate students to DePaul's faculty, staff, library, computer and research facilities. Students who received legal training outside the United States 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.

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.

Course Requirements

Courses must be selected from the LLM in International Law courses listed below. Candidates must complete the required courses and additional elective courses in their area of concentration, to meet the total requirement of 24 credit hours.

Required Courses for International Students

Course Title Semester Hours
LAW 322INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN LAW AND LEGAL SYSTEMS3
LAW 556INTRODUCTION TO LEGAL WRITING AND RESEARCH3

Core Courses

Course Title Semester Hours
LAW 422INTERNATIONAL LAW3
LAW 448INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS3

Students must successfully complete the required core coursework and complete the additional credit hours in one of the following areas of concentration:

International Business, Commercial & Trade Law

Course Title Semester Hours
Select from the following:18
LAW 230
UNITED STATES FOREIGN RELATIONS LAW
LAW 248
PRIVATE INTERNATIONAL AVIATION LAW
LAW 250
SENIOR RESEARCH SEMINAR
LAW 290
ANATOMY OF A DEAL: FROM INCEPTION TO CLOSING
LAW 297
CUSTOMS LAW
LAW 349
INTERNATIONAL TRADE LAW
LAW 460
BUSINESS PLANNING
LAW 513
INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW
LAW 522
U.S. CUSTOMS LAW AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE
LAW 524
EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM
LAW 583
STUDY ABROAD: MADRID, SPAIN
LAW 588
STUDY ABROAD: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
LAW 593
STUDY ABROAD: HAVANA, CUBA
LAW 608
INTERNATIONAL TAXATION

International Governance & Rule of Law

Required Course
Course Title Semester Hours
LAW 482INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS I3
Elective Courses
Course Title Semester Hours
Select elective courses from the following:15
LAW 221
INTERNATIONAL LAW OF WEAPONS CONTROL
LAW 349
INTERNATIONAL TRADE LAW
LAW 390
POST-CONFLICT JUSTICE
LAW 428
INDEPENDENT STUDY
LAW 513
INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW
LAW 516
IMMIGRATION LAW AND POLICY
LAW 583
STUDY ABROAD: MADRID, SPAIN
LAW 585
STUDY ABROAD: HEREDIA, COSTA RICA
LAW 588
STUDY ABROAD: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

International Human Rights Law & Policy and Criminal Justice

Required Course
Course Title Semester Hours
LAW 482INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS I3
Electives
Course Title Semester Hours
Select elective courses from the following:15
LAW 208
HUMAN RIGHTS PRACTICUM: CHIAPAS
LAW 221
INTERNATIONAL LAW OF WEAPONS CONTROL
LAW 227
CHILDREN'S HUMAN RIGHTS UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW
LAW 230
UNITED STATES FOREIGN RELATIONS LAW
LAW 250
SENIOR RESEARCH SEMINAR (approved topic)
LAW 258
WOMEN'S HUMAN RIGHTS UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW
LAW 260
INTERNATIONAL LAW THESIS
LAW 286
INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW PRACTICUM
LAW 349
INTERNATIONAL TRADE LAW
LAW 390
POST-CONFLICT JUSTICE
LAW 429
LEGAL CLINIC I (approved topic)
LAW 513
INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW
LAW 514
LEGAL CLINIC II (approved topic)
LAW 516
IMMIGRATION LAW AND POLICY
LAW 517
ASYLUM AND REFUGEE LAW AND POLICY
LAW 553
STUDY ABROAD: BERLIN, GERMANY
LAW 583
STUDY ABROAD: MADRID, SPAIN
LAW 588
STUDY ABROAD: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

International Cultural Heritage Law 

Additional required courses:

Course Title Semester Hours
LAW 250SENIOR RESEARCH SEMINAR3
or LAW 428 INDEPENDENT STUDY
LAW 535ART AND THE LAW3
Elective Courses
Course Title Semester Hours
Select elective courses from the following:12
LAW 250
SENIOR RESEARCH SEMINAR (approved topic)
LAW 271
TRADEMARK & UNFAIR COMPETITION LAW
LAW 297
CUSTOMS LAW
LAW 338
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY FOR CORPORATE TRANSACTIONAL LAWYERS
LAW 344
COPYRIGHT LAW
LAW 349
INTERNATIONAL TRADE LAW
LAW 407
CONFLICT OF LAWS
LAW 455
LEGAL DRAFTING (Art Market Transactions and/or other approved topic)
LAW 482
INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS I
LAW 513
INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW
LAW 522
U.S. CUSTOMS LAW AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE
LAW 524
EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM
LAW 608
INTERNATIONAL TAXATION

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