The traditional track of our LL.M. program, which takes place during the standard academic year from August to May, provides students with a range of opportunities, from obtaining a basic knowledge of the U.S. legal system to undertaking original research on a particular aspect of law. Designed to integrate American and international law students at various levels of study, the traditional track allows candidates to satisfy degree requirements by enrolling in courses and seminars from among those offered to law students pursuing the J.D. degree. Aside from a few core curriculum courses specifically designed for international students, LL.M. candidates may select law courses as they see fit, with the exception of a few that are restricted to the J.D. curriculum. For details on specific course restrictions, e-mail the Advanced Degree Programs Office.
A candidate for the LL.M. degree completes a program of resident study consisting of a minimum total of 21 units (international students) or 20 units (students who already have a US law degree). Students tailor the program to meet their individual needs, taking into account educational background and career objectives.
Berkeley Law’s LL.M. program is a general degree program. In addition to earning the degree, students seeking in-depth training in a particular area of law may earn a Certificate of Specialization. Click here for more information.