The MU School of Law offers a collegial environment, reinforced by a small student body and a low faculty-student ratio. The intimacy of this setting, coupled with reasonable cost, consistently high bar passage rates, a network of alumni around the globe and access to top scholars in the legal world, make MU Law one of the best values in the nation.
The LL.M. program requires 24 credit hours of study. A minimum of 12 credits are required courses in dispute resolution and the remaining 12 credits are electives. Students choose electives according to their interests. With approval of the director of the LL.M. Program, students can apply six (6) credits of graduate-level courses outside the Law School toward the LL.M. graduation requirements.
International students often request suggestions for additional training in the U.S. legal system and English language skills. Recommended programs are listed below under Recommended Training Options for International Students.
Students studying full-time can complete degree requirements within one academic year. Part-time students in a continuous course of study can complete the program within two academic years.
See the LL.M. Course Descriptions for the required core courses with some recommended electives relevant to the dispute resolution field.
Students who want more formal training about the U.S. legal system or English language skills have several programs to consider. Participation in any of these programs is optional and should be based on the student's needs and abilities as well as the cost and time involved. Pay particular attention to any time constraints related to obtaining a student visa. A few U.S. law schools offer summer courses for their LL.M. students that provide an introduction to the U.S. legal system. Students from outside the LL.M. programs of these universities are welcome to attend. Full details on schedules, curriculum, costs, etc., can be found on their web sites.
Each student will be able to choose electives according to his/her interests and statement of purpose for enrolling in the LL.M. program. The following are some recommended electives because of their obvious relevance to the dispute resolution field. NOTE: Some courses may not be offered in some years.
In addition to the recommended electives outlined above, the MU Law School offers courses in many areas. Course descriptions are available on the J.D. Curriculum Section. Please note: Every effort is made to teach each of these courses every year, but the ability to offer them depends on faculty availability and budget constraints.
Some of the concentrated areas in the J.D. curriculum include: