Lawyers from the U.S. with J.D. degrees who want to pursue a specific area of the law in more depth, including lawyers who are looking to retool their legal skills or refocus on a particular area of the law.
Lawyers from outside of the U.S. who want to enhance their knowledge of U.S. law or concentrate on specific areas of U.S. law.
Applicants will be matched with the faculty supervisor based on the details provided in the statement of scholarly intent. Students may express interest working with a particular faculty member, but the match will be made at the discretion of the law school and the faculty memberís availability.
The Program is designed to be completed during one year of full-time study. LL.M. students may enroll in a maximum of 14 credits per fall or spring semester. Most students will satisfy degree requirements, including the thesis option, within two consecutive semesters. However, we do permit part-time study, with the expectation that the degree would be completed within three or four semesters. Students pursuing the program on a part-time basis must complete the program within 36 months of initial enrollment in the School of Law. Please note that international students requiring a student visa can only enroll on a full-time basis.
Students may begin the Program in the fall semester only.
Coursework completed prior to enrollment in the LL.M. Program cannot be credited toward the LL.M. degree requirements. Students who previously studied at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, whether in the J.D. program or one of the School’s foreign exchange programs, may not apply credits earned prior to enrollment in the LL.M. program toward the LL.M. degree.
International Students who will need to obtain a visa based on attendance at UMB must demonstrate English Proficiency and Financial Responsibility. English Proficiency is proven by an official TOEFL score of at least 600 paper-based or 90 internet-based, an official IELTS score of at least 7, previous attendance at a U.S. institution, or proof that English is the applicant’s native language.http://www.umaryland.edu/ois/prospectivestudent/admissionstandards.html
We are pleased to announce that the University of Maryland has established a new tuition rate for its LL.M. program. Tuition for all LLM students will be charged at the rate of approximately $985 per credit, plus mandatory fees. This means that students taking two semesters to complete our 26-credit LLM program will pay $24,328 for the LLM program, plus mandatory fees. This special tuition rate makes our program competitive with much more expensive programs that award scholarships or tuition waivers to bring their tuition down to a reasonable level.
However, scholarships are available, so the cost may be less than these amounts. Students can expect additional costs of approximately $19,350 for living expenses for ten months. This estimate is intended only as a guide to help plan for your total costs. Actual figures and budgets are provided by the Campus Financial Aid Office. For additional information about tuition, please visit: http://www.fincsvc.umaryland.edu/sa/tuition.cfm. For additional information about Maryland Scholarships, please visit: http://www.law.umaryland.edu/prospective/llm/fellowships.html
LL.M. students may enroll in up to 14 credits each semester. Most students pursuing the LL.M. program on a full-time basis enroll in 12 to 14 credits each semester. Students pursuing the degree on a part-time basis would enroll in between 6 and 9 credits each semester.
You may be eligible to take the Maryland bar exam or certain other US bar exams after completing our LL.M. program, depending on the courses that you take. Bar admission requirements vary among jurisdictions. For more information about eligibility to take a bar examination and bar admission requirements in US jurisdictions, see the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements, published by the National Conference of Bar Examiners, as well as the website of the bar authorities for any state in which you are interested in taking the bar. International students wishing to be eligible to take a US bar exam may need to take certain courses. An academic advisor will guide you appropriately.
We strive to provide individualized attention to our LL.M. students, and we limit our class sizes to less than 20 students per academic year. Students in the LL.M. Program will take most classes with our JD students.
The list of required and recommended textbooks for each class is incorporated into the Course Catalog. Until you receive your section assignment you will not be able to determine your course schedule or required books. Once you have received your section assignment in late summer, you can create your booklist.
Once your section assignment and class schedule is confirmed, you can purchase your books at the University Bookstore or any other source you choose.
Some professors make some or all of the reading materials available in course packs, distributed at the School of Law, or online in Blackboard, the online course management system.
Crystal Edwards serves as our law school’s LL.M. Academic Advisor. Each LL.M. student develops an individual course of study. To ensure that your courses will satisfy the LLM degree requirements, please contact Crystal (email@example.com or 410.706.2091) to schedule a time to discuss your course preferences and finalize your schedule. We will register you for your fall semester classes during the summer.