Law (LL.M.)

If you already have a law degree, Saint Louis University’s School of Law offers two Master of Laws (LL.M.) programs. SLU’s Center for Health Law Studies offers the LL.M. in health law. For those holding a degree of law from a foreign country, the LL.M. in American law for foreign lawyers pro­gram offers opportunities to study the American legal system.

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About the Programs

Health Law

SLU’s Master of Laws in health law is a one-year program that was created for two types of lawyers: those seeking an in-depth introduction to the practice of health law and those who have a health law background but who are seeking exposure to new developments in health law.

This highly selective program allows each student individual attention and close faculty supervision. LL.M. students at SLU are encouraged to complete scholarly writing, attend the health law colloquia and participate in directed research projects. You may choose from a range of foundational and specialized health law and policy courses and learn from faculty with more than 177 years of collective health law teaching experience. LL.M. students are also offered externship opportunities including the “Health Law Semester” in Washington, D.C.

LL.M. for Foreign Lawyers

This one-year master's degree for foreign law graduates provides an introduction to U.S. law. The main feature of the LL.M. program for foreign lawyers is its attention to the individual needs of its students. Each LL.M. student is partnered with a faculty member who provides guidance on class selection and professional goals. Students also receive intensive academic support services and assistance in locating housing and orienting to the SLU LAW community.

Program Highlights

Students in the LL.M. program have access to SLU School of Law’s top-tier faculty as well as to leading scholars, practitioners, and employers. You will also have access to our network of more than 1,150 health law alumni across the country.

Health Law Curriculum and Program Details

Requirements for SLU’s LL.M. in health law include:

  • 24 credits of law courses
  • Master’s thesis of publishable quality
  • Up to six credits of directed research
  • Up to six credits in academic disciplines outside the law school
LL.M. for Foreign Lawyers  Curriculum and Program Details

LL.M. students at SLU complete 24 credit hours of coursework over two semesters, generally in the fall and spring, with the opportunity to continue through the following summer to complete a thesis. Students choose from the full range of courses and seminars offered at SLU’s School of Law and may select up to three credit hours of courses from Saint Louis University's Cook School of Business, School for Public Health and Social Justice, or 44 other graduate programs.

LL.M. students are required to complete a three credit hour course in legal research and writing, as well as a foundation course in a common law subject such as contracts, torts or property. Additionally, LL.M. students produce a written work, such as a seminar paper or a directed research paper. LL.M. students may elect to write an LL.M. thesis for six credit hours. No more than eight of the 24 credit hours may consist of an LL.M. thesis, seminars, or research papers. 

Faculty
  • John J. Ammann
  • Jon Baris
  • Matt Bodie
  • S. Paige Canfield
  • Miriam A. Cherry
  • Erika Cohn
  • Kelly Dineen
  • Monica Eppinger
  • Susan A. FitzGibbon
  • Chad W. Flanders
  • Bradley E. S. Fogel
  • Robert Gatter
  • Marcia A. Goldsmith
  • Joel K. Goldstein
  • Thomas L. Greaney
  • John M. Griesbach
  • Stephen F. Hanlon
  • Justin Hansford
  • Malcolm J. Harkins III
  • William P. Johnson
  • Samuel P. Jordan
  • Michael Korybut
  • Kerrin McCormick Kowach
  • David A. Lander
  • Patricia H. Lee
  • Jeffrey E. Lewis
  • Yvette Joy Liebesman
  • Dana M. Malkus
  • Marcia L. McCormick
  • Susan W. McGraugh
  • Antonia Miceli
  • Kelly Mulholland
  • Carol A. Needham
  • Henry M. Ordower
  • Elizabeth Pendo
  • Karen Petroski
  • Jeff A. Redding
  • Brendan Roediger
  • Christine E. Rollins
  • Gary L. Rutledge
  • Kerry A. Ryan
  • Amy N. Sanders
  • Karen Speiser Sanner
  • Ann M. Scarlett
  • Thomas L. Stewart
  • Lisa Sonia Taylor
  • Aaron Taylor
  • Constance Z. Wagner
  • Anders Walker
  • Sidney D. Watson
  • Alan M. Weinberger
  • Douglas R. Williams
  • Molly J. Walker Wilson
  • Michael Wolff
Careers

 SLU’s LL.M. in health law prepares attorneys to work in the nation’s leading law firms specializing in health law. Graduates also work in large health care systems, federal and state agencies, academic medical centers, and provider trade associations. Selected employers of SLU health law LL.M. alumni include:

  • Epstein Becker & Green P.C., New York
  • Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, Baltimore
  • Baylor Health Care Systems, Dallas
  • Polsinelli P.C., Dallas
  • Quarles & Brady LLP, Phoenix
  • Express Scripts Inc., St. Louis
  • Genesis Health Systems, Davenport, Iowa
  • Arent Fox LLP, Washington D.C.
  • Oshner Health Systems, New Orleans
Scholarships and Financial Aid

Health Law

Saint Louis University School of Law awards scholarships to incoming health law LL.M. students based on outstanding academic credentials and exceptional career achievements. Students can apply for scholarships by separate letter. Applicants for scholarships are considered within several weeks of admission to the LL.M. program in health law.

LL.M. for Foreign Lawyers

SLU’s School of Law awards partial tuition remission to a select group of admitted LL.M. applicants. Applicants who wish to be considered for the partial tuition remission award should apply to the LL.M. Program and complete the scholarship portion of the application. 


Applicant Criteria

Health Law

Applicants should possess a J.D. degree.

LL.M. for Foreign Lawyers

If you have completed a first degree in law from a university or law school outside of the United States that qualifies you for bar admission in your home country, you may apply to this program.

Application Requirements

Application
Transcript(s)
Two letters of recommendation
Résumé
Personal statement

Requirements for International Students

Application Deadlines

Though applications may be considered until March, we recommend that students apply by mid-December for the following fall semester.

Review Process

Applications to both LL.M. programs are reviewed on a rolling basis.