Our Academic Year Program.
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.
With a program timeline 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. In addition to earning the degree, students seeking in-depth training in a particular area of law may earn a Certificate of Specialization.
Traditional track students also have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities that take place during the standard academic year, such as Berkeley Law Centers and Clinics, Student-Initiated Legal Services Projects, journals, and field placements.