Students from all over the world come to the University of Texas School of Law to increase their knowledge of the law and gain a valuable postgraduate degree — an internationally-recognized Master of Law. The Law school's LL.M. program is small, diverse, and extremely selective. LL.M. students from foreign countries and the U.S. are fully integrated into the academic life of the school, learning side-by-side with students enrolled in the J.D. program. The LL.M. class is global in reach, with 49 students from 12 countries in this year's entering class.
The LL.M. program is flexible and allows each student to design an individual course of study tailored to his or her academic and professional interests. Students complete most classes within the Law School, but may also complement their legal coursework with classes from other departments within the University.
The Law School offers a single LL.M. degree, with five different concentrations. The general program in "U.S. Law for Foreign Lawyers" provides a basic understanding of the U.S. legal system to professionals who received their first law degrees at foreign law schools. Students in this general program may focus on a particular area of law or sample courses in a wide variety of subjects. The four specialized concentrations provide the opportunity for a student to complete specified courses and obtain a certificate of specialization in: (1) business, (2) global energy, international arbitration, and environmental law, (3) intellectual property, or (4) Latin American and international law. The Law School will also consider, on an individual basis, a proposal to earn an ad hoc certificate of specialization in another area (such as health or human rights).
Students with a foreign law degree are eligible for all five concentrations. Students with a J.D. are eligible for: (1) Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law, and (2) Latin American and International Law. The Business and Intellectual Property concentrations are designed for students with a foreign law degree. The Law School will consider an application to one of those concentrations from a student with a J.D. and little background in the area.
Information about the LL.M. degree concentrations:
The LL.M. program is full-time and must be completed in residence within one calendar year. It begins with a mandatory orientation in mid-August, and most students complete the degree in the spring semester. A small number of students complete the degree during the summer semester.