Continuing our discussion on professional master’s programmes, today we will talk about law programmes at US universities. International students have various options to pursue master’s programmes in law in the United States.
The Master of Laws (LLM) is a popular law degree appropriate for international students. The degree is offered with a variety of specialties and students are generally allowed to design the programme on their own.
Another option is the Master of Comparative Law (MCL), also called Master of Comparative Jurisprudence (MCJ). Since the US legal system is different from those of other countries, this programme acquaints international students with common law as practiced in the United States.
Programmes in international law or international business law are also of interest to foreign students. While pursuing master’s programmes in law, international students can observe the US legal system, including courts and government agencies.
Almost all master’s programs in law last one year and generally admit students only for the fall semester. Entrance requirements include a first degree in law, a strong academic background, letters of reference, a statement of purpose and/or writing samples, and a high level of English proficiency as demonstrated by TOEFL or IELTS. The first degree in law could be a Juris Doctor (JD) from a US law school or a first law degree (JD, LLB or the equivalent) from a foreign law school.Most graduate law programmes do not require standardised admissions tests.
It is important for readers to understand that the first professional law degree in the US is the juris doctor (JD). JD programmes are of three years duration, and are pursued after four years of undergraduate (bachelor’s programme) study in any major.
Admission requirements for the programme include fluency in English, good undergraduate academic record, and a satisfactory score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). JD programmes do not usually focus on a single concentration, but a student may opt for courses that emphasise particular subject areas, such as taxation or international law.
The JD degree prepares its candidates for the practice of law in the United States. However, to practice in the United States, graduates must also pass […]