The Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) is an advanced law degree. An LL.M. student with a J.D. degree from
a U.S. law school must complete a thesis that reflects a substantial degree of scholarship and original research as well as at least 20 hours of course work. An LL.M. student who has a law degree from a foreign law school must complete 24 hours of course work, including an upper level writing course but does not have to write a thesis. A successful applicant will have a proven record of scholastic accomplishment in legal studies, a coherent plan of study, normally including a specialized concentration in an area of the law, and a commitment to the study of law as an intellectual discipline. Applicants to the LL.M. program must have earned a first degree in law from an accredited United States law school or an equivalent law degree from a foreign university or college. Application Requirements .