LL.M. Degree Requirements

All students must earn a cumulative grade-point average of C+ (2.3) or better to graduate and are required to take these courses:

  • Introduction to United States Law
  • Lawyering Foundations [Legal Research and Writing for LL.M. program students]

Track 1 requires a minimum of 24 credit hours, inclusive of the required courses. Students are encouraged to write a thesis, though it is not required. Students in this track will not be eligible to take the Georgia bar examination; it is not intended to qualify graduates to take any U.S. bar examination.

Track 2, the bar-preparation track, requires a minimum of 26 credit hours inclusive of the required courses. It requires satisfactory completion of two required courses: Introduction to United States Law and Lawyering Foundations. Also, track 2 is tailored only to meet the requirements of the Georgia Board of Bar Examiners. Therefore, track 2 students wishing to take the bar examination in any other state should consult the requirements of that state to ensure their course of study will meet that state’s requirements.

Students may elect to take a three-hour directed study leading to a thesis. This directed study course and an acceptable thesis will count toward graduation requirements.

Earning an LL.M. does not in and of itself qualify foreign lawyers to practice law in the United States. Each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories regulates the admission of attorneys to the practice of law within its jurisdiction. The requirements for bar admission vary from state to state, and can be quite complex. A foreign-trained lawyer who plans to sit for a bar examination in the United States should carefully investigate the relevant requirements prior to beginning his or her studies.

The American Bar Association (ABA) and the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) provide information about bar examinations published in The Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements on their websites. Foreign applicants should refer to Chart 4: Eligibility to Take the Bar Examination and contact the board of examiners in the state(s) in which they wish to take the bar examination using the directory in the guide.

Georgia State Law courses prescribed for Track 2, the Georgia Bar examination qualification track, have been carefully tailored to conform to the specific requirements of the Supreme Court of Georgia and the Georgia Board of Bar Examiners.

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