Graduate Law Programs

Programs for foreign-educated lawyers

Three different Master of Laws (LLM) programs are offered to students who have completed legal training outside of the United States.  These programs allow students to spend one year in an intensive study program to gain exposure and immersion into the legal theory and practices of the U.S., and to engage in comparative study of the U.S. and other international legal systems.  Building on a base of required courses specific to the International LLM programs, each student will develop a individual plan of study leading to a Master of Laws degree in general United States and Global Legal Studies, or the more focused fields of Intellectual Property Law or International Business Law. Students in the general United States and Global Legal Studies program have the option to pursue a particular curricular concentration by consulting with the director of Foreign Graduate Studies and choosing a focus area in their elective courses.

LAWS 4901Foreign Graduate Seminar2
LAWS 4903U.S. Contract Law3
LAWS 4912U.S. Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis2
Elective courses as specified by chosen academic plan and approved by program director17
Total Units24

The specialized LLM degrees have additional required courses in the applicable specialty area.  Each LLM student’s course of study will be determined by the program director in consultation with the student and will be based on the student’s prior legal education, goals, and interests. After completion of the degree requirements, students may elect to spend a summer internship with a law firm or corporate legal department in the United States. Further information and admission materials may be requested from the Foreign Graduate Studies Program office.

Doctor of Juridical Science

The Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) offers advanced academic study of law for students who hold either a JD degree or an equivalent professional law degree from a country outside of the USA, and some promise for advanced academic study. The SJD program is highly individualized and tailored to the student's aspirations. The program will train graduates for positions of leadership in academia, research or policy making.  Students will spend at least two semesters in advanced coursework, as determined by the student's graduate program adviser.  The student will then undertake significant research resulting in the writing of a doctoral dissertation under the supervision of a selected faculty member.  Students must spend at least one full year in full-time residence at the law school.  Completion of the SJD program typically will require two to three years of full-time effort.  Further information and admission materials may be requested from the Foriegn Graduate Studies Program office.

International Criminal Law

The Master of Laws (LLM) program in International Criminal Law is a one-year advanced study program to students who hold the JD degree from a U.S. law school, or equivalent training from a school outside of the USA. It provides students with an in-depth knowledge of international criminal law and procedure, international humanitarian law, and national security law, and will equip them to practice international criminal law before international tribunals or national courts. Students will plan thier course of study by working closely with the Program Director.  Selected students will also have the opportunity to participate in one of our International Criminal Tribunal Externships during one of their semesters in the program.

Ancillary Programs

In addition to the legal training programs, the School of Law offers two programs that are are targeted to other professionals who seek advanced training is a specific area of law, but do not have a prior degree in law.

Master of Arts in Financial Integrity

This program is intended for professionals who design and implement anti-money laundering, counter-terrorism, counter-proliferation financing policies and related integrity initiatives. Taught by leading academics and practitioners from around the world, the MAFI program is the first of its kind offered by a major research university.  The program is offered on a part-time, year-round basis over 16 months through a series of intensive, three day weekend session meeting once every month. The program is 30 credits, consisting of 6 required courses, one elective, and a required capstone research project.  

More details on the program are available on the program website

Master of Arts in Patent Practice

The Masters in Patent Practice is designed to prepare students for careers as patent agents. Students must be eligible to sit for the patent bar exam, which requires an undergraduate degree in engineering, computer science, or a physical or biological degree. This degree is a viable alternative for students who want to pursue a career in patent practice without having to take the full 3-year JD. 

More details of the program may be found on the program website.

LAWS 4300Intellectual Property Survey3
LAWS 4302Patent Law3
LAWS 4315Patent Agent Lab3
LAWS 4820Patent Bar Review4
LAWS 5341Commercialization and Intellectual Property Management3
LAWS 4311Patent Preparation and Prosecution 13
LAWS 4312Patent Preparation and Prosecution 22
Electives 9
Total Units30