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Learn which LL.M. Program Suits You

Depending on your purpose, you can choose an LL.M. program that could be best applicable to your academic or professional goals. Below is a short discussion on the different LL.M. Programs.


Full-time General LL.M.

The General LL.M. usually occurs for 1 year and is taken by students who would like to have a general study of the U.S. law or tailor their study according to their academic or professional interests.

Usually, students who want to sit for the U.S. bar opts for this program as they are free to choose courses required in the bar*

*Check our article on the U.S. Bar to find out which States allow LL.M. graduates to sit for their bar exam.

Short Program LL.M.
(Accelerated LL.M.)


This program best suits students who would like to build-up on their credentials in a short period of time. Usually, this is taken by international students with personal or professional obligations that limit their capacity to spend much time abroad for a full-time degree.

Short programs are not designed for foreign-educated students who would like to sit for the bar.

Example:

Part-time LL.M. Program
(Executive LL.M.・Part-time Summer LL.M.・Correspondence LL.M.)


This type of program is primarily designed for students with professional obligations that can limit their capacity to spend much time abroad. Differing from the Short Program, Part-time LL.M. programs take 3-5 years to accomplish and are usually held during the summer term. Most programs under this category do not qualify students to be eligible to sit for the U.S. bar.

Other Executive programs employ distance education or online courses to correspond to the situation of working professionals. Currently, only the State of California considers those who graduated through correspondence learning to sit for their bar exam.

Example:


Specialization and Certificate LL.M.

Students can choose to either acquire a specialized degree on a certain field of law or acquire a certification for his or her chosen field. This program is apt for individuals who would like to earn a specialization or move careers in a certain field of law.

An LL.M. degree specialization is a degree program designed to provide students with the needed background for a specialized practice of law such as the LL.M. in Tax Law.

Example:

A certificate or concentration on the other hand is a program that requires a student to take defined courses in a certain field of law. Differing from a specialized degree program, a concentration will grant a student a certification and not a degree in the said field.

Example:


Joint-degree or Dual-degree

A joint-degree or dual-degree program allows a student to receive two different degrees for almost the same duration of the program. Usually this includes partnership between two colleges in the same university or a partnership with another university within the same country or abroad.

This is apt for individuals who would like to gain two degrees within the duration of the LL.M. program or to those who would like to maximize their LL.M. experience in different countries.

Example:

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