Concentrations

  • Consider an LL.M. degree with a concentration in a rapidly expanding field such as Health Law, Intellectual Property, Land Use and Urban Growth; or tailor a curriculum that matches your personal interests and goals.

Foreign-trained lawyers who complete Georgia State Law’s LL.M. program will become equipped to assume leadership positions in a variety of legal institutions, including law firms with an international practice, the judiciary and government, and in law faculties in their home countries.

Our program will help you achieve this through:

  • teaching you the skills essential to understand American law
  • enhancing your familiarity with American legal language and concepts
  • interacting with American law students and faculty
  • facilitating a means to create your global network of contacts
  • providing opportunities to refine and validate your English language skills
General Studies Curriculum

Our rich curriculum allows you to choose from one of Georgia State Law’s center-based programs or to design an individualized 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 workings of the American legal system.

Completing and mastering skills learned, in a prescribed legal area of coursework can open opportunities for professionals to be recognized as specialists in that area. Georgia State Law will consider, on an individual basis, an independent study proposal in an specialized area.

Note: A General Studies LL.M. from Georgia State Law does not qualify you to take the Georgia Bar Examination.

Two Year, Part-Time General Studies LL.M.

(4 Semesters, 26 Hours)

 

Year One/Fall Semester
Introduction to U.S. Law 3 credit hours*
Lawyering Skills for LL.M. Students 3 credit hours*

Total Fall Semester Part-Time = 6 hours

 

Year One/Spring Semester
Legal Writing for LL.M. Students 3 credit hours*
Research Methods for LL.M. Students 2 credit hours*
Elective 3 credit hours*

Total Spring Semester Part-Time = 8 hours

 

Year Two/Fall Semester
Elective 3 credit hours*
Elective 3 credit hours*

Total Fall Semester Part-Time = 6 hours

 

Year Two/Spring Semester
Elective 3 credit hours*
Elective 3 credit hours*

Total Spring Semester Part-Time = 6 hours

*Offered in the evening.

Note: Students may select five electives in their desired concentration.

 

 

 Year One, Full-Time General Studies LL.M.

 (2-3 semesters, 26 hours)

 

 

Year One/Fall Semester
Introduction to U.S. Law 3 credit hours*
Lawyering Skills for LL.M. Students 3 credit hours*
Elective I 3 credit hours*

Total Fall Semester Full-Time = 9  hours

 

Year One/Spring Semester
Legal Writing for LL.M. Students  3 credit hours*
Research Methods for LL.M. Students 2 credit hours*
Elective 3 credit hours*
Elective 3 credit hours*

Total Spring Semester Full-Time = 11 hours

 

Year One/Summer Semester

Elective 3 credit hours*
Elective 3 credit hours*

Total Summer Semester Full Time = 6 hours

 

*Offered in the evening

Note: Students may select to study five electives in their desired concentration. The three-semester plan is recommended for full-time students. However, those students who prefer to complete the entire program in two semesters may overload and take one additional elective class during both fall and spring semester.

 

Writing Requirement

There is no formal General Studies writing requirement. However, students may choose to complete a substantial research paper under faculty guidance by writing a seminar paper or by completing a directed research project that reflects substantial legal research and analysis in your area of interest or specialization.

Access to Courses Beyond the College of Law
You may satisfy part of your degree requirements by completing graduate-level courses in other Georgia State departments. Advanced approval for all non-law courses is required by the LL.M. Program director and the college’s associate dean for academic affairs. Enrollment in most courses within and outside of the College of Law is limited. Some courses require prerequisites; admission to those courses will require careful planning and may not be possible. The LL.M. program director or the associate dean must approve each LL.M. student’s course schedule in advance. There are no exceptions.