LLM in American Legal Studies

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About the Program

The American Legal Studies LLM is exclusively foreign law graduates with a first degree in law, including an LLB or equivalent. Students are immersed in practice skills-oriented classes and work directly with an advisor to tailor a their program of study to suit their needs. Students with the intentions of taking the California bar are provided expert bar preparation. Students may specialize in

  • Intellectual Property
  • International Trade & Investment
  • Sports & Entertainment Law
  • General American Law


All students will attend a week-long orientation program to orient them the law school environment, law classes and campus resources. Students may choose from a wide variety of law classes tailored to their specialty. The program is 24 units to complete and includes the following types courses:

  • Introduction to American Law for Foreign Students
  • Core American Law courses taken with JD students
  • Practice Skills Classes
  • Bar Preparation Classes

Required Classes

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will demonstrate:

  1. Foundational Understanding: Demonstrate a basic understanding of the structures of the U.S. legal system and how the common law system operates in the U.S.;
  2. Professional Responsibility: Demonstrate a basic understanding of the substantive doctrine and theory of professional responsibility;
  3. Substantive & Procedural Law: Demonstrate an understanding of substantive and/or procedural laws (as applicable to their area of interest and requirements of relevant bar exam); and
  4. Legal Communication: Demonstrate effective legal communication


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