The Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree is awarded upon the satisfactory completion of a program of study approved by the Committee on Graduate Studies. Graduates of American law schools must complete a minimum of 20 semester hours of course work and a thesis reflecting a substantial degree of scholarship and original research. The LL.M. program for graduates of foreign law schools does not include a thesis requirement. Such students, instead, are required to complete a minimum of 24 semester hours of course credit, including at least one course for upper-level writing credit.
The Committee on Graduate Studies will appoint a faculty member to serve as a graduate adviser for each LL.M. candidate. The graduate adviser has primary responsibility for reviewing and approving the specific course program being pursued by the candidate.
A candidate must maintain continuous registration in the LL.M. program by registering for at least one course in each Fall and Spring semester, commencing with the semester in which the candidate enters the program, until the candidate shall have completed the required semester hours of credit. A candidate who fails to maintain continuous registration in the program from the semester of entry will be dismissed from the program. Exceptions to the continuous registration requirement may be granted by the committee in its discretion upon a showing of good cause in a timely petition.
LL.M. students who are graduates of American law schools, or law schools in countries which follow the common law and in which English is the primary spoken language, are required to attain a final cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher. LL.M. students who are graduates of foreign law schools in countries which either do not follow the common law or in which English is not the primary spoken language, are required to attain a final cumulative G.P.A. that is equal to that required of J.D. students. "Final cumulative G.P.A." shall be calculated at the end of the semester in which the candidate accumulates 20 or 24 semester hours of course work, as appropriate, and shall include all semester hours earned toward the LL.M. degree up to that point.
The LL.M. thesis required of graduates of American law schools must be prepared under the supervision of a thesis advisor and be approved by a thesis committee and the Committee on Graduate Studies. The Committee on Graduate Studies will appoint the thesis advisor and will also appoint a thesis committee to review the completed thesis. The thesis committee is comprised of the candidate's thesis advisor and two other members of the faculty selected by the Committee on Graduate Studies for their interest and competence in the area of the candidate's thesis research. A majority of the thesis committee must approve the candidate's thesis before it is considered for approval by the Committee on Graduate Studies.
All requirements for the LL.M. degree including submission of the thesis must be completed no later than four years from the date of entrance into the program. A candidate's date of entrance is the start of the Fall or Spring semester following the candidate's acceptance into the program.
Not more than six semester hours (nine quarter hours) of credit received from another law school or as a special student at this law school may be applied toward the LL.M. degree requirements, and the acceptance of any such credit shall be at the discretion of the Committee. No credit earned by a candidate prior to receiving the first degree in law may be applied toward the LL.M. degree requirements, except that, where a candidate has earned credit in excess of the first degree requirements before receiving that degree, the Committee may, in its discretion, accept up to six semester hours of such credit toward fulfillment of the LL.M. requirements. Such excess credit may not be applied toward the LL.M. degree requirements if earned for courses taken earlier than the semester in which the candidate completes the requirements for the first degree. Not more than a total of six hours of credit earned in any of the ways specified in this paragraph may be applied toward the LL.M. degree requirements.
For those candidates required to write a thesis as a prerequisite to obtaining the LL.M. degree, the candidate must register for three credits of Master of Laws (LL.M.) Thesis, LAW 890, during the semester in which the candidate commences work on the LL.M. thesis. A candidate must register for LAW 890 in the Fall or Spring semester immediately following that in which the candidate attains 20 credit hours, or in the candidate's seventh semester in the program, whichever is earlier. With the approval of the candidate's graduate advisor, a candidate may elect to register for LAW 890 earlier, concurrently with the completion of required course work. A candidate who has completed LAW 890, but who has not yet completed the thesis, shall register for one credit of LAW 890 in each succeeding Fall and Spring semester until the thesis is submitted. A grade of "T" shall be entered each semester for LAW 890 while work on the thesis is in progress. Upon acceptance or rejection of the thesis by the Graduate Studies Committee, a grade of "P" or "F" will be entered for those credits, but such grades will not be computed in the candidate's final G.P.A.