The program is full-time and must be completed in residence within one calendar year. The two primary academic semesters are in the fall (from late August to mid-December) and in the spring (from mid-January to mid-May). There are limited course offerings during the summer semester (early June to mid-August). All students begin their studies in the fall semester with a mandatory orientation in mid-August. Most students complete the degree in the spring semester, although occasionally students complete the degree in the summer semester. A student may request an extension of time in which to complete the degree only under exceptional circumstances.
Students must complete at least twenty-four (24) semester hours of credit with a grade point average of at least 1.90. Candidates must maintain a grade point average of at least 1.80 to continue in the program. Students who fail one class will be placed on scholastic probation. A student who fails two classes in a single semester will be dropped from the program, regardless of the student's grade point average.
Enrollment for each concentration is limited. Applicants with a foreign law degree are eligible for all five concentrations. Applicants with a J.D. are eligible for all concentrations except U.S. Law for Foreign Lawyers.
The Law School has developed a number of courses for foreign LL.M. students. Current offerings include:
Students may satisfy part of the 24-credit degree requirement by completing graduate-level courses in other departments at the University. Non-law courses must be approved in advance by the director of the LL.M. program and the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. Enrollment in most courses within and outside the Law School is limited, and not all courses are available.
Each student's course schedule must be approved in advance by the director of the LL.M. program or his/her delegate.