The University of Texas School of Law, in conjunction with the University of Texas Institute of Latin American Studies, is pleased to announce the introduction of a new program in Latin American and International Law for the degree of Master of Laws (LL.M.) The new one-year program takes advantage of the unique faculty talents and course offerings of the University of Texas, adding a new focus to the existing LL.M. Program. It is designed for highly qualified legal practitioners and scholars from both the United States and abroad who seek to increase their understanding of the transnational legal environment in the Americas. This includes matters of international trade and investment, international human rights, international environmental law, legal problems of the U.S.-Mexico border region, and specific legal regimes of Mexico and other Latin American states.
Admission and Application
An application can be obtained from The University of Texas School of Law. The application process will follow the same procedures as those of our existing LL.M. program, the details of which are set forth in a brochure available with the application.
Applicants to the Latin American & International Law LL.M., however, should specifically indicate in the cover letter to the application that they are applying to this program. Students whose native language is not English or whose first law degree is not from a law school where English is the principal language should note that they must obtain a score of at least 600 on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL).
For further questions, please contact the Law School.
Students may construct their own program tailored to their own academic and professional interests. Courses may be taken in the Law School, the Institute of Latin American Studies, and any other department of the University, subject to approval by the student's Law School faculty adviser. The total number of credit hours must be no less than 24.
Because of the importance of a foreign language to the practice of law in the Americas, students completing the LL.M. program will be required to demonstrate before graduation a basic proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish or Portuguese. Although Spanish or Portuguese fluency is not required when of beginning the program, those with it will find their experience greatly enhanced, as a number of courses and lectures offered by the University of Texas take place only in those languages. In special circumstances, proficiency in another language may satisfy the language requirement.