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LL.M. Degree Requirements

Our LL.M. program requires two semesters of study and a minimum of 24 credit hours of course work. The LL.M. is designed to provide lawyers trained outside of the United States with a high-level understanding of the U.S. legal system that will enhance their legal career.

Foreign-trained LL.M. students are required to take the following courses:

  • Introduction to the U.S. Legal Systems — This course provides students with an overview of the U.S. legal system, and occurs in an intensive format during the first two weeks of the LL.M. students’ semester in August.  
  • Legal Analysis Writing and Research for LL.M. Students — This course instructs students in American legal analysis and discourse. The course helps students develop skills in three fundamental areas of United States legal practice: (1) common law legal analysis, (2) case law research, and (3) effective communication of legal analysis.

Transfers to the J.D. Program

Please visit our J.D. Admissions website for information on the J.D. Program for Penn State Law LL.M. candidates.