LLM (Master of Laws) programs extend students' knowledge of legal matters and offer opportunities for them to obtain specialized experience in a specific area of law. To qualify, students should have either a JD from a JD-approved law school or a similar legal degree from an institution outside of the USA.
An LLM is a very challenging program, requiring strong analytical skills, as well as interpersonal, negotiation, and leadership skills. The program focuses on creating a program that will produce an individual who is competent in areas of law that relate to a specific business or industry and who will be able to present an efficient and well-developed argument and persuasive writing. Because the LLM is a demanding program and the required skills are advanced, many students choose to take only one or two years of coursework in advance of their chosen industry.
In order to qualify for an LLM degree in law, students should have an overall grade point average of 3.0, although some students may have more success if they are already in some sort of law-related position, as some employers look favorably on those with prior experience in the same field. The average time it takes to complete an LLM program is four years, and after completion, graduates can expect to work as lawyers or law assistants in a variety of settings.
One of the most common types of LLM programs offered by law schools are executive-level positions, including positions in the government, private consulting firms, or law firms. These positions often require extensive experience in the area of the law where the position is sought, such as experience working with tax issues, corporate governance issues, or litigation involving commercial entities, such as companies, law firms, and attorneys.
An LLM in law generally requires more work outside the classroom than in the classroom, as well as a significant amount of travel. As with any legal degree, students taking an LLM program are expected to be dedicated, committed, and skilled in both theory and application, as well as having excellent communication skills. The typical student must also have the ability to conduct research independently and be able to analyze and write an argument and report on the results of their research.
An LLM is an excellent choice for anyone who wishes to advance in their field of study through specialization and experience. The curriculum requires students to study a broad range of subjects related to the specific area of training and . . . . . . experience that a student intends to pursue. With an LLM degree, students can specialize in areas of law, including the areas of criminal law, corporate law, bankruptcy law, business law, intellectual property law, or other areas of specialization.