LL.M. programs continue to grow in popularity among domestic and international students. And law schools are responding to this demand by adding new programs or alternative timeframes for completing degree requirements.
The University of Florida Levin College of Law now offers a Masters in Environmental and Land Use Law and is currently accepting applications for Fall 2009. Students admitted to the program are eligible to participate in the UF Conservation Clinic and may apply for an optional summer’s semester in Costa Rica. Students design their curriculum but are required to take 6 credit hours in courses from other areas of the university and whose content is substantially non-law. The one-year post-JD program is open to experienced attorneys as well as recent law school graduates.
The DePaul University College of Law in Chicago recently announced its new Master of Laws in International Law. This program offers three concentrations: International Aviation Law & Policy; International Business, Commercial & Trade Law; and International Human Rights Law & Policy and Criminal Justice. The inaugural class will begin studies in January 2009. DePaul also offers LL.M. programs in Health Law, Intellectual Property and Taxation. Foreign applicants should note that completing an LL.M. degree does not permit them to sit for the Illinois Bar exam or to enter the Illinois Bar.
Berkeley Law/Boalt Hall unveiled a new Summer LL.M. program designed for international students who, although employed, are able to take shorter leaves from their careers. It is an intensive three-month program for two consecutive summers. The school says that successful completion of the program should allow the student to meet all educational requirements to sit for the California Bar Exam.
On the financial front, the International Legal Studies Program at American University’s Washington College of Law announced five full tuition scholarships. There is an October 1 application deadline for the spring semester. The school’s website has complete information.
Finally, an LL.M. day will be held in Frankfurt, Germany, on October 11, 2008. The program is free but you must register by October 5. Representatives from several prominent U.S. law schools and international law firms will be there. For more information, please visit the sponsor’s website.
By Robbie Walker, who has extensive experience, both in the US and Japan, helping applicants gain acceptance to leading LL.M. programs.