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Program Overview

Flexible Curriculum

An important characteristic of the LL.M. program is the flexible approach offered in fashioning an individual program for each student. Georgia Law has a comprehensive curriculum with course work  offered in all major areas of U.S. law. Students take 10 to 14 course credit hours each semester.

The LL.M. degree is awarded upon successful completion of or approximately eight courses, typically completed in one the academic year. Of those 24 credit hours, there are three required courses comprising nine credit hours for all LL.M. students: Legal Research and Writing for LL.M. Students, The Law and the Ethics of Lawyering, and either Constitutional Law I or Civil Procedure I.

Other than the Legal Research and Writing for LL.M. course designed specifically for foreign-trained lawyers, and an optional Introduction to U.S. Law course available only to LL.M.students, all other courses will be comprised of both LL.M. and J.D. students. LL.M. students for whom English is a second language will normally be given 50% extra time on all in class timed examinations. Additionally, such students will be permitted to use and English translation dictionary during exams.

LL.M. candidates may choose the All-Courses track or the Essay track. The All-Courses track gives students the opportunity to create an individualized program of study by selecting courses specific to their interests from the School of Law's extensive curriculum. The LL.M. degree offered at the University of Georgia is awarded without reference to specialization, although such specialization may be apparent from the student's study program.  Those students who opt for the Essay track must write a scholarly paper 60-90 pages in length for six credits under the supervision of a faculty member. The LL.M. degree is awarded upon the successful completion of 24 hours of course credit during an academic year.

1. All Courses Track

Requirements - (9 hours)

·         Legal Research and Writing for LL.M. students (3 hours)

·         Constitutional Law I or Civil Procedure I (3 hours)

·         Law and the Ethics of Lawyering (3 hours)

Electives - (15 hours)

·         Students may choose courses in their area of interest to satisfy the additional 15 credit hour requirement.

 

2. Essay Track 

Requirements - (15 hours)

·         Legal Research and Writing for LL.M. students (3 hours)

·         Constitutional Law I or Civil Procedure I (3 hours)

·         Law and the Ethics of Lawyering (3 hours)

·         A 60-90 page essay supervised by a full-time mentor of the law faculty (6 hours)

 Electives - (9 hours)

·         Students may choose courses in their area of interest to satisfy the additional 9 credit hour requirement.

 

Degree Approval

At the end of the second semester of resident study, the Law School will review the LL.M. candidate’s academic record. Each LL.M. candidate is required to maintain a 2.7 (B-) average for all the course work. When all requisites are fulfilled, graduation is authorized by the deans of the School of Law and of the Graduate School.

 

Orientation

LL.M. students are introduced to the University of Georgia before the beginning of classes through the optional orientation program sponsored by International Student Life.  International Student Life offers a week-long orientation for foreign-educated students in late July/early August. All LL.M. candidates are required to participate in a School of Law LL.M. orientation program in August before classes begin.

Highlights from the ISL orientation program include information concerning immigration issues, taxes for non-residents, housing assistance, course registration procedures, Social Security Cards, UGA payroll, cross-cultural adjustment, life in Athens and at the University of Georgia and campus tours.  Past LL.M. students attest to the tremendous advantages of attending the International Student Orientation. All entering international LL.M. students are strongly encouraged to attend.

 

Facilities

The school’s first-class learning facilities include Hirsch Hall, Dean Rusk Hall and the Alexander Campbell King Law Library—with more than 600,000 digital and print volumes. The Law Library provides resources and expertise to LL.M. students. It is also a bright and popular spot for students to study and prepare for class.

In addition to full access to all of the facilities of the Law School, LL.M. students at the University of Georgia also enjoy other benefits such as membership to the Ramsey Center. The Ramsey Center offers an indoor pool, basketball courts, racquetball courts, weights, fitness classes, and personal training. Also, students can enjoy the many sports and cultural events hosted by UGA.

LL.M. students may also take advantage of The University of Georgia’s Family and Graduate Housing facilities, designed to provide convenient and comfortable living at a minimal cost. Nearly 1,300 graduate students and their families live in one- and two-bedroom apartments in one of three on-campus communities. Off-campus housing options are also available.
 

Career Services and Bar Licensure Opportunities

The mission of the Career Development Office (CDO) is to provide students with the tools, resources, and guidance necessary to enable them to secure fulfilling employment in line with their career goals and individual qualifications. Navigating the legal job search can be challenging, but CDO staff are committed to supporting students throughout the process.

CDO assists LLM students with a variety of services including:

  • Individual career counseling
  • Participation in the International Student Interview Program in New York City
  • Online job postings through Symplicity
  • Job search strategy
  • Résumé and cover letter critique
  • Online resources
  • Remote interviewing room (for video and telephone interviews)
  • Faxing and postage for job search-related materials

A handful of U.S. states, including Georgia, New York and California permit foreign law graduates to sit for their bar examinations if they meet specific requirements*. The curriculum of the University of Georgia LL.M. program offers students the courses they need to meet the curricular requirements for these bar examinations. The Georgia bar examiners require that a foreign-trained attorney have licensure to practice in a foreign country prior to taking the bar examination. Neither New York nor California require foreign licensure prior to taking the bar examination.

 

*The rules regarding bar exam eligibility are subject to change, and therefore the University of Georgia LL.M. program does not guarantee any student's eligibility to take the bar examination. Applicants interested in taking any bar examination should visit that state’s bar examination website and other resources for full information regarding eligibility rules.