LL.M. Curriculum and Program Tracks
Our LL.M. program for foreign-trained lawyers is one of many ways in which Georgia State Law molds the next generation of researchers and societal leaders. It builds on the university’s J.D. program, which has achieved national distinction in a relatively short time.
LL.M. graduates will be well equipped to assume leadership positions in their legal institutions, including law firms with an international practice, the judiciary and government, and in law faculties and those of related disciplines in their home countries. Our program will help you achieve this through:
- teaching you the skills essential to practicing American law
- enhancing how you counsel clients when negotiating with U.S. businesses and entities
- offering you externship opportunities with U.S. lawyers
- facilitating a means to create your global network of contacts
- providing opportunities to refine your English language skills
The LL.M. program offers two tracks:
- FLEXIBLE STUDIES (Track 1) enables students to customize their study and concentrate in particular areas, such as intellectual property, health law, land use and urban growth, conflict resolution and others, or to focus their study more generally across different areas.
- BAR PREPARATION (Track 2) allows students to focus on the requirements necessary to sit for a bar exam in a qualifying state, such as Georgia or New York. Georgia now allows foreign-trained lawyers to sit for its exam after completing a bar-focused LL.M. curriculum – an opportunity that Georgia State Law helped advance.
Both tracks include skills-training options.
In keeping with the flexible programs for which Georgia State Law is nationally recognized, there are both full-time and part-time options. Full-time LL.M. students can complete the program in nine months. Part-time LL.M. students must complete it within 24 months.
The LL.M. program director must approve each LL.M. student’s course schedule in advance. No exceptions.
Specialty Areas Include
Our rich curriculum allows you to design an individual course of study tailored to your academic and professional needs and interests. At the same time, you gain a solid foundation in American law and the skills-training essential for understanding the workings of the American legal system.
If you complete at least 12 credit hours of prescribed coursework in a particular area with a satisfactory grade-point average, you may become certified in that specialty. Georgia State Law will consider, on an individual basis, an independent study proposal for certification in a specialized area.
Students who wish to be certified in a particular legal specialty area must complete a substantial research paper under faculty guidance. Most students satisfy this requirement by completing a writing seminar or a directed research project for at least two credit hours that includes a substantial research paper reflecting legal research and analysis in your area of specialization.
Key Bar Examination Sites
Georgia does allow foreign-trained lawyers to take the bar examination after completing a prescribed, bar-focused LL.M. curriculum – an opportunity that Georgia State Law helped advance. Additional information about the new State Bar of Georgia rules:
- Supreme Court of Georgia Office of Bar Admissions LL.M. Curriculum Information
- Supreme Court of Georgia Ruling on LL.M. Requirements
Our curriculum is specially tailored to assure students of the best possible preparation at the lowest possible cost.
Full-time students in the Georgia bar track – those who plan to complete their LL.M. and take the Georgia bar examination – must complete their degree in the spring semester to be eligible for the summer Georgia bar exam. LL.M. students planning to sit for a U.S. bar examination, including California or New York, must familiarize themselves with the requirements of that state.
Track 2 Curriculum
Our bar preparation track curriculum is designed to meet the specific requirements of the Georgia Board of Bar Examiners.
|Introduction to U.S. Law||2 credit hours|
|Lawyering Foundations||3 credit hours|
|Civil Procedure I||3 credit hours|
|Professional Responsibility||2 credit hours|
|Constitutional Law I* or Group 1 or 2 Elective||3 credit hours|
|Constitutional Law II* or Group 1 or 2 Elective||3 credit hours|
|Group 1 Elective||3 credit hours|
|Group 2 Elective||3 credit hours|
|Elective||2 or 3 credit hours|
Group 1 Electives
Group 2 Electives