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. 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, previous attendance at a U.S. institution, or proof that English is the applicant’s native language. http://www.umaryland.edu/ois/international/admissions.html
Out-of-State Student Tuition: $25,432 per academic year
Maryland Resident Tuition: $37,514 per academic year
2013-2014: Part-Time Program (tuition is charged on a per credit basis)
Out-of-State Student Tuition: $1,603.00 per credit
Maryland Resident Tuition: $1,099.00 per credit
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.
Students may enroll in up to 17 credits each semester. However, most students pursuing the LL.M. program on a full-time basis enroll in 12 to 15 credits each semester. Students pursuing the degree on a part-time basis would enroll in between 6 and 9 credits each semester.
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.