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.
Key Bar Examination Sites
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 in either track 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.
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.
Students interested in taking the bar examination in other states such as New York and California are responsible for ascertaining that the bar preparation curriculum satisfies the particular requirements of any states in which they are interested.
Georgia State Law offers flexible programs for full-time and part-time students with day and evening classes. Part-time LL.M. students are expected to complete it within 24 months. The program must be completed in person.