From the 2009 News Archive
Maryland Law Launches New LL.M. Degree Program
The University of Maryland School of Law will begin offering a Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program in fall 2009, building on the Law School's nationally recognized specialty programs to offer an advanced degree for individuals eager to engage in scholarly explorations of pressing legal issues.
"The reputation of our outstanding specialty programs sets us apart from other law schools. The Maryland LL.M. will leverage that strength by attracting advanced students and legal practitioners eager to study with our renowned faculty and develop a specialization in one of the fields for which we're so well known," said Dean Karen Rothenberg.
The full-time, one-year program is intended for American lawyers with a J.D. who want to develop expertise in a specific area, and for international lawyers and foreign law students seeking advanced training in U.S. law. Students will be required to specialize in an area of established expertise at the School of Law, including: Business Law; Clinical Law; Constitutional Law; Environmental Law; Health Law; and International and Comparative Law.
LL.M. candidates will be required to complete an original, scholarly thesis of publishable quality in their area of specialization. The Program will be limited to no more than 20 students per year, ensuring students will receive personalized attention from their faculty supervisors, particularly in writing their thesis.
Associate Dean Michael Van Alstine describes the Maryland LL.M. as a good fit for lawyers who either want to specialize their legal practice in one of the fields offered by the Program, or who are interested in pursuing an academic career.
"Maryland Law offers an extensive curriculum in each of the specialty areas, and LL.M. students will be able to develop a deep understanding of their subject area though a wide range of advanced courses and seminars," he said. "As they complete their thesis, they'll be working one-on-one with some of the top law professors in the country."
Applications are being accepted now through May 1, with offers of admission extended on a rolling basis. For more information and to apply, visit www.law.umaryland.edu/llm or call 410-706-3492.
"This is a major step in the continuing growth of our internationally recognized specialty programs amid the increasing globalization of both the study and the practice of law," said Dean Van Alstine. "The creation of this Program will strengthen our specialty programs by attracting outstanding students from the United States and around the world and this in turn will further enhance the academic reputation of the entire Law School."