LL.M. students must complete 26 credit hours to satisfy all degree requirements.
Students must successfully complete courses totaling at least 26 credits in courses or other credit programs offered by the School of Law. A student may not transfer or apply credits earned elsewhere toward degree requirements at Maryland.
Students who do not hold a J.D. degree from a U.S. law school must take our 3-credit course entitled Introductory Survey of American Law. Students electing the Thesis Option take the LL.M. Research Colloquium. There are no other required courses, allowing great flexibility in course selection.
Student coursework will vary based on the student’s chosen area of specialization. Students work closely with a faculty supervisor to design a customized course of study in the area of specialization.
Students must earn at least 12 of the 26 credits required for graduation in courses within the area of specialization. The course catalog details courses available within the various areas of specialization. The course catalog provides a comprehensive list of courses offered at the School of Law.
No more than 4 credits of externships or practicums may be counted toward the 26-credit degree requirement. A student may not receive credit toward LL.M. degree requirements for elective Moot Court or other teams or for work on student publications.
Most students complete the degree requirements during one academic year of full time study. However, part-time study is an option. In any event, students must complete degree requirements within 36 months of initial enrollment in the School of Law.
A student who returns to the School of Law after an approved period of absence may be subject to changes in the graduation requirements that apply to the class with which the student is expected to graduate. The student must contact the Program Director and the Office of Registration and Enrollment to discuss requirements.
Students who wish to write a thesis in the area of specialization may do so. A student will earn 6 credits toward degree requirements for satisfactory completion of the scholarly thesis.
Satisfy the requirements of good standing in regard to both character and academics.
In regard to character,
In regard to academics, maintain a weighted cumulative average of at least a 2.67.
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