Individualized Study LL.M. Curriculum

Degree Requirements

  • A total of 24 credit hours is required for this degree. It is anticipated that the degree will be completed in one academic year (two semesters). Students may take longer if they wish, with the permission of the Director. For example, it may be possible to finish the few remaining hours in the summer following the academic year by taking summer courses either in New Orleans or one of our study-abroad programs.

  • All of the required 24 credit hours may be taken from among any courses in the College of Law’s course catalog, except courses that are associated with service on our law journals. If you intend to sit for a bar exam, you will need to complete the classes required by the state of your choice for the bar exam.

    • The 24 credit hours includes a writing requirement which may be fulfilled by taking a two credit hour law school seminar or a two credit hour independent legal research project under the supervision of a faculty member. An LL.M. student may be able to substitute the two credit hour seminar by completing a more extensive thesis under faculty supervision for up to a total of six credit hours. 

    • Up to four credit hours may be earned through a pass / fail internship with a law firm, court, or government agency. The College of Law does not promise that an internship will be available to the potential LL.M. candidate, but we will make best efforts to assist.

    • If a candidate chooses to write a thesis, the thesis may be completed after the candidate’s one year period of residency. But the LL.M. degree will not be awarded until the thesis is satisfactorily completed.

  • Students may take a concentration that includes those courses which are presently required by one or more of the six certificate programs that have been approved for LL.M. students at Loyola. Those who meet the requirements of a certificate would receive both the LL.M. degree and the certificate. Offerings are as follows:

  • Immigration and Citizenship Law

  • International Legal Studies

  • Environmental Law

  • Social Justice

  • Law Technology and Entrepreneurship

  • Civil Law

  • Common Law

Students are allowed to earn more than one certificate as part of their LL.M. degree. If a student wants to obtain either a Common or Civil Law certificate and one of the other certificates, this would be possible within the normal twenty four credit requirement for the LL.M. degree. On the other hand, if a student wants to obtain any other two certificates, then he or she would need to enroll for more than the minimum of 24 credit hours.

Applicants applying for the certificate in Civil Law would be required to demonstrate that their J.D. curriculum was based primarily in the Common Law tradition. Conversely, to be eligible for the Common Law Certificate, applicants be required that their J.D. curriculum was based primarily in the Civil Law tradition. 

  • ​With the permission of the Director or the Associate Dean, a student may pursue an individualized course of study that does not meet the requirements of any of the existing certificate programs in the College of Law. An applicant who desires an individually designed program would be required to submit with his or her application a proposed program of study that includes: (1) the selected coursework; and (2) a general statement outlining the area of concentration for a seminar or a directed writing program of at least two credit hours.

​Student who successfully complete such individually designed programs of study would receive the LL.M. degree, but no certificate.