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), but 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 several 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 the school’s recognized law journals. Classes will be set with the help of your mentor to help guide you in your area of expertise. If you intend to qualify to sit for any bar exam, you will need to complete the classes required by the state of your choice prior to taking the bar exam.
    • The 24 credit hours includes a research and 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 will make best efforts to arrange one for interested candidates.
    • If a candidate chooses to write a thesis this may be completed after the candidate’s one year period of residency on the Loyola campus, but the LL.M. degree will not be awarded until the thesis is satisfactorily completed.

​Students are allowed to obtain 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 have to enroll for more than the minimum of 24 credit hours.

In order for the applicant to apply for the certificate in Civil Law it would be required that the applicant’s J.D. curriculum was based primarily in the Common Law tradition. To be eligible for the Common Law Certificate, it would be required that the applicant’s 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 (1) includes courses to be taken and (2) a general statement outlining the area of concentration for a seminar or a directed writing program requiring at least two credit hours.

​A student who successfully completes such an individually designed course of study would receive the LL.M. degree but no certificate.