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LL.M. for International Lawyers

We take your education personally.

When you commit to earning your LL.M. degree, you deserve a school that will enrich and cultivate your experience. The LL.M. program at Loyola is designed to bring a personal approach to your studies. With a maximum of 10-20 students each year, our dedicated faculty and staff can devote all the time and attention you need to get the most out of your time at Loyola.

Louisiana is one of only three mixed jurisdictions in North America and Loyola has a rich tradition in civil law and common law education. We rank among the very few law schools offering both coursework and certificates in common law and civil law. This will give you added flexibility in deciding where to practice—whether that is in Louisiana, elsewhere in the American Union, or abroad.

But while you are in school you will spend the year living in one of the most international and culturally diverse cities in the country: New Orleans

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What Makes Loyola Unique?

  • Study Civil Law and Common Law in the mixed jurisdiction of Louisiana.

  • Qualify to sit for the bar exams in Louisiana, New York and other jurisdictions.

  • Work with an individual faculty mentor assigned to you to assist with your academic success.

  • Consult with our dedicated career services team to help you achieve your career goals.

  • Enjoy small, personalized legal research and writing classes. 

  • Undertake U.S. and overseas internships, special projects and public interest activities.

  • Study in Loyola’s overseas summer programs.

  • Take specialized elective courses with J.D. students to immerse in U.S. legal education.

  • Join J.D. students in strong student organizations.

  • Receive a first rate U.S. legal education in a program dedicated to its LL.M. students.

  • Prepare to work in a globalized economy.

  • Take complimentary skills courses to enhance your legal experience and knowledge.

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.

There are three specific requirements for this degree:

A. Two Required Courses:

    Introduction to United States Law

  • 2 credit hours

  • Offered each Fall semester

  • This course is designed exclusively for students who are enrolled in the Loyola LL.M. degree program in United States Law and who have already been awarded a first degree in law from a law school outside of the United States or Canada. The course will introduce students to U.S. legal history and sources of law, legal education and the legal profession, the judicial system, and selected areas of substantive law. Throughout the course students will engage in the art of case analysis and statutory construction.  

    Lawyering I (formerly Legal Research and Writing)

  • 3 credit hours

  • Offered each Fall semester

  • Students receive instruction in legal research, legal analysis, and legal writing. Throughout the semester, students research the law relevant to hypothetical client cases, apply that law to those cases, and draft memoranda setting forth law, analysis, and predictions as to the outcome of the cases. Students are exposed to both library research and computer research.

B. Writing Project Component

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. 

C. Elective Courses

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 to become a licensed attorney, you will need to complete the classes required by the state of your choice for the bar exam. 

 

Additional Academic Opportunities

Internship Credit

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.

Completing a Thesis

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.

Certificates in Civil Law and Common Law 

The College of Law offers a program granting a Certificate in Civil Law and a Certificate in Common Law. This unique certification program is based upon Loyola’s dual common law and civil law curricula and encourages substantial study of two legal systems. Students choosing to complete the requirements for the certificate acquire an understanding of the conceptual framework of each legal system. In an era of increasing recognition of the international marketplace, an individual with this understanding is well-equipped to address legal issues from the perspective of the two legal systems that prevail throughout much of the world.

An LL.M. student with a Common Law background can earn a Civil Law Certificate. An LL.M. student with a Civil Law background can earn a Common Law Certificate. Please see the Loyola College of Law Bulletin for more information regarding the requirements needed to complete a Civil Law or Common Law Certificate. 

Skills Courses

Special skills courses bring a more practical approach to legal education by supplementing regular coursework with training by attorneys, judges and professors.  The skills course calendar offers a current listing of upcoming events.

Summer Programs Abroad

Our Summer Legal Studies Programs take students to Austria, Greece and Panama and to gain a more holistic appreciation and understanding of the law by immersing them in the legal systems and cultures of their host countries. Each year many students participate in these innovative programs. LL.M. students are welcome to join JD students in studying abroad.

Individual Faculty Mentorship

Each LL.M. student is assigned a faculty mentor, usually a professor with a specialization in a field of study that meets the interest of the student. 

Field Trips

LL.M. students visit law firms and courts to bolster their practical understanding of law. Such opportunities are designed to provide a comparative experience regarding the practice of law.

Application Requirements

The LL.M. Program in United States Law is only open to students who will have already met at least one of the following requirements by the time they enroll in the College of Law (August for Fall semester students; January for Spring semester students):

1. Be qualified to practice law (admitted to the bar) in a foreign country

2. Completed the university-based legal education required in a foreign country to take the bar examination in that country.

(1) Complete a First Degree in Law from an Institution Outside of the U.S.

  • Students will have to provide an original copy of transcripts for the first degree in law.

(2) Complete LL.M. Application

  • Students are encouraged to use our official LL.M. Program Application. 

  • Loyola's College of Law employs a rolling admissions system. Students may enroll in August (Fall semester) or January (Spring semester). The August priority application deadline is May 1; the January priority application deadline is October 1.  

(3) Submit Two Letters of Recommendation 

  • We require two original letters of recommendation from your law school professors, employers, supervisors, or other persons qualified to appraise your academic potential for graduate legal studies. At least one letter should come from a law school professor. If you have work experience, one letter should also come from a work supervisor. "To Whom It May Concern" letters (which tend to be very general), letters from family and friends, and letters from prominent persons who have not supervised your work are not helpful.

  • Letters of recommendation must be written by the recommender on official letterhead and addressed to the LL.M. program Admissions Committee. If your recommenders are unable to print the letters on official letterhead, ask them to include an explanation as to why they are unable to do so. You must also include a work email address for each recommender on the online application form so we can contact her/him should we have questions about the letter or your candidacy. (If your recommenders cannot write in English, please submit certified translations together with the original letter). We reserve the right to disqualify letters written or translated, in part or whole, by the applicant.

  • Letters of Recommendation can be uploaded to the online application. Those who wish to submit the letters via mail may send both letters (in sealed envelopes with the recommender's signature across the back flap) to the following address:

LL.M. Programs
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
7214 St. Charles Avenue, Box 901
New Orleans, LA 70118

(4) Submit a Current Curriculum Vitae

  • The CV should include all education, work, and volunteer information. Students may also include any publication information or professional or academic information they consider pertinent to the application. 

(5) Submit Official Transcripts from All Colleges, Universities, and Law Schools Attended 

  • Students will have to provide an original copy of all transcripts, including a notarized translation in English if necessary.

(6) Submit Proof of English Language Proficiency 

THE TOEFL TEST

  • Students whose first language is not English must take the TOEFL.

  • Students must attain a score of at least 550 on the paper based version and a minimum TWE score of no less than 5.5, with the understanding that higher score on the TWE could off-set a less than minimum score on the TOEFL.

  • Students must attain a minimum score of at least 230 on the computer based version. 

  • Students must attain a minimum score of at least 89 on the Internet based version, with the following scores required:

    • Writing 25

    • Speaking 24

    • Listening 20

    • Reading 20, for a total of 89

  • The TOEFL code for the Loyola University College of Law is 6374.

IELTS

  • Students whose first language is not English may take the IELTS exam in lieu of the TOEFL.

  • Students taking this exam should attain a minimum score of 6.5. 

LL.M. Program Tuition 

  • LL.M. program tuition is $1,421.00 per credit hour for the 2019-2020 academic year. 

  • The total tuition cost (24 credit hours) for the 2019-2020 academic year is $34,104.00. 

LL.M. Program Fees

  • LL.M. applicants can expect University fees of approximately $1,500.00 for the 2019-2020 academic year. 

  • Students must also anticipate the costs of books, student health insurance, housing, meals, and transportation. For estimates of these costs, students should contact Tori Luwisch-deLaureal. 

LL.M. Program Funding Options

  • Loans may be available for qualifying students; please contact our Office of Law Financial Aid and Scholarships for more information.

  • Scholarships may also be available from Loyola based on merit and need. Students applying for such scholarships should obtain a form from Tori Luwisch-deLaureal. 

  • Scholarships from your home countries, the U.S. government, or private foundations may be available. For more information regarding such scholarships, please visit the LL.M. Roadmap website

On-Campus Housing

  • On-campus housing for LL.M. students is limited. However, our Office of Residential Life does its very best to accommodate all graduate international students in appropriate on-campus housing. 

  • If you are interested in living on Loyola's campus, please contact Tori Luwisch-deLaureal as soon as possible. 

  • For more information on Loyola's five student residence halls, please see the Residential Life website

Off-Campus Housing

  • Students may also wish to stay off-campus. The New Orleans metropolitan area is filled with apartments and homes for rent. Please contact Tori Luwisch-deLaureal for off-campus housing recommendations. 

 

U.S. Citizens / Green Card Holders

  • U.S. Citizens and Green Card holders do not need a U.S. visa. 

F-1 and J-1 Visas

  • All other students must apply for an F-1 or J-1 visa. 
  • Students applying for an F-1 or J-1 visa must show sufficient funds to provide for educational, living, and personal expenses for one year before Loyola University will issue the necessary I-20 document. 
  • If you have questions regarding F-1 or J-1 visas, please contact Dittmar Dittrich, Assistant Director for International Student & Scholar Services, in the Center for International Education. His email is dittrich@loyno.edu; his telephone number is 504-864-7550.

Other Visas

  • Students in the U.S. under a visa other than an F-1 or J-1 should consult an immigration attorney if they have questions about what is allowed under their visa status.