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Loyola University Chicago

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Program Options

The LLM Program for International Lawyers offers two tracks: Immersion in U.S. Law for Foreign Lawyers, and International Law with Focus Option. To graduate, students must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.3. Students may complete the graduation requirements in one year (full-time option) or within two years (part-time option). All classes are offered at the downtown Water Tower campus of Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Even though some courses are mandatory for all international students, we designed the program to allow for maximum flexibility in course choice. Two mandatory classes are specifically designed for all foreign LLM students to introduce core concepts of the U.S. legal system and legal research and writing methods. In all other classes, the foreign LLM students join the regular JD classes to enhance their immersion in the U.S. academic and legal culture. The Office of International and Foreign LLM Programs and individual faculty members are available to provide academic guidance, assisting students with developing individualized curricula to ensure that they meet their academic goals and professional interests. All course choices must be approved by the Office of International and Foreign LLM Programs.

Immersion in U.S. Law

Track I is designed for foreign lawyers who plan to sit for the New York bar exam and/or stay in the U.S. to practice.

Many international LLM students wish to take a bar exam to obtain an U.S. license to practice law. Each state issues and administers its own rules about eligibility to take the exam, the subjects tested, and general bar admissions requirements. Practicing lawyers, including JD graduates, generally obtain a license in each state in which they plan to practice.

One of the few states that permits foreign lawyers with an LLM degree to sit for the bar exam is New York. The vast majority of foreign LLM graduates who decide to sit for a bar exam do so in New York. Illinois generally does not permit LLM graduates to sit for the bar exam. However, lawyers licensed in a foreign country who are in good standing as an attorney and have practiced law in that country for at least five out of the last seven years may qualify to sit for the bar exam in Illinois.

Bar rules are different in each state. For an overview and links to most state bar authorities, visit the website of the National Conference of Bar Examiners. We advise you to regularly review the information provided by the bar admission agency of each specific jurisdiction because bar admissions rules are subject to frequent change.

The curriculum for Track I has been designed to include the core courses currently required by the New York State Board of Law Examiners for foreign lawyers obtaining an LLM degree.

Although Loyola University Chicago School of Law offers this track with required courses intended to aid the students in satisfying the eligibility and admissions requirements to sit for New York's bar exam, we make no representation or guarantee that any applicant, student, or graduate of our LLM Program for International Lawyers will be qualified to sit for the New York or any other state bar examination. 

The rules have recently changed and are subject to additional changes. We strongly encourage prospective applicants to check the admission requirements for any state bar to which they are interested in seeking admission prior to enrolling in our LLM Program.  For more information, please visit http://www.ncbex.org/

In addition to the core courses in U.S. law, students in this track may choose from the more than 250 classes offered each year to complete their curriculum. This rigorous curriculum provides a thorough training in U.S. law and legal skills critical to advising clients in the U.S. and globally.  

Graduation Requirements

Mandatory Classes (15 credits)

Elective Classes (8 credits)

*Please review our Model Curriculum for detailed information about course choices. 

International Law with Focus Option

Track II allows students to study international law and choose their own focus area.

Students in Track II enjoy great flexibility to design their own curriculum to match their academic interests and professional goals. In addition to the classes specifically designed for foreign lawyers, students are required to take at least 7 credit hours in private and public international law. Students may choose to focus on any of the law school’s specialty areas represented by Loyola’s faculty, including:

All of Loyola’s specialty areas have strong international and comparative components. We also encourage students to create their own specialty focus.

The faculty members in Loyola’s institutes and centers are looking forward to working with the foreign LLM students. 

Graduation Requirements

Mandatory Classes (6 credits)

Elective Classes (18 credits)

Please review our Model Curricula for detailed information about course choices.


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