Master of Laws (LL.M) program is a one year program that targets only those individuals who are authorized or licensed by their jurisdictions/governments to practice law. ECPSR's LL.M program offers vast opportunities for lawyers from different countries that have completed their prior legal Bachelor's degree studies or its equivalent and seek to return to their home countries to contribute to the legal profession.
The LL.M program is flexible, enabling applicants to select from three specialties, Estate Planning and Management, Conflict Resolution, and Homeland Security. Each specialization must include the following courses: LL.M 559 Legal Research and Writing, and GRES 690 Master's Thesis.
Students must complete all the required foundation courses. Each course is valued as 3 Credits except where noted.
Core Courses (9 Credits)
- LL.M 559 Legal Research and Writing
- GRES 690 Master's Thesis (must be taken at the last semester of the program, valued as 6 credits); thesis guidelines
Program Specialties (15 Credits)
Candidates must select one of three program specialties. Each course is valued as 3 Credits except where noted.
- MCA 510 Information Technology Management
- MCA 525 Project Management
Estate Planning and Management
- LL.M 513 Probate & Real Estate Law
- LL.M 519 Contracts
- LL.M 521 Business Law
- LL.M 602 Civil Litigations
- LL.M 635 Corporations Law
- LL.M 505 Contemporary Issues in Terrorism
- LL.M 511 Homeland Security and Terrorism in the United States
- LL.M 530 Preparedness in Response to Terrorism
- LL.M 600 Homeland Security and Personal Freedom
- LL.M 614 Interviewing and Investigation
- LL.M 500 Theory in Conflict Resolution
- LL.M 546 Conflict Resolution in the Workplace
- LLM 551 Conflict Resolution and Communication
- LL.M 603 Conflict Negotiation and Mediation
- LL.M 660 Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Demonstrate the ability to identify and comprehend fundamental concepts in substantive law, legal theory, and procedure in national and international law contexts.
- Gain knowledge and critical thinking skills in the performance of competent legal analysis, reasoning, and problem solving.
- Demonstrate the ability to undertake national and international legal research.
- Acquire communication skills, such as effective listening and critical reading, writing in objective and persuasive styles, as well as oral advocacy.
- Demonstrate skills in engaging with others in different of legal settings and contexts.
- Comprehend legal ethics relevant in the representation of clients, performance of duties as an officer of the courts as well as the resolution of ethical issues.
- Demonstrate keen understanding of ethical responsibilities in the representation of clients, officers of the court as well as public citizens responsible for the quality and access to justice.
- Demonstrate thorough comprehension of theories, philosophy, role, and implications of the law and its institutions.
- Demonstrate proficiency in legal analysis, problem solving; reasoning and oral and written communication.
- Demonstrate ability for legal research.
- Master substantive law as necessary for effective and responsible participation in the legal profession.
Each course is valued as 3 credits except the thesis valued as 6 credits. Total Credits required for LL.M in any specialty is 24.