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LL.M. in American Law for Foreign Lawyers

SLU LAW offers a one-year Master of Law (LL.M.) degree in American Law for foreign law graduates. The main feature of the LL.M. program is its attention to the individual needs of its students.

After an introduction to U.S. law, the curriculum allows each LL.M. student to work with a faculty advisor to design a course of study meeting the student’s personal goals and interests. Students also receive intensive academic advising, writing support services, assistance in locating housing and aid in acclimating to SLU LAW.

Our highly qualified students are offered a comprehensive curriculum with significant coursework opportunities in international and comparative law, health law, employment law, business, commercial and tax law, criminal litigation, civil litigation, urban development, immigration, land use and environmental law and intellectual property.

Opportunities are also available for coursework at Saint Louis University's Chaifetz School of Business, College for Public Health and Social Justice or 44 other graduate programs.

 SLU LAW may award partial or full-tuition scholarships to incoming students based on academic credentials, career achievements and need.

Curriculum and Requirements  

LL.M. students 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. Each year the fall semester begins in August and ends in December; the spring semester starts in early January and ends in May. Students choose from the full range of courses and seminars offered at SLU LAW. Students may select up to 3 credit hours of courses from Saint Louis University's Chaifetz School of Business, College for Public Health and Social Justice or 44 other graduate programs.

LL.M. students are required to complete a 3 credit hour course in legal research and writing and a foundation course in a common law subject such as contracts, torts or property. Additionally, LL.M. students take at least 2 credit hours for which they 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 6 credit hours. No more than 8 of the 24 credit hours may consist of an LL.M. thesis, seminars, or research papers.

For a list of courses and areas of law that you can focus on during your LL.M. studies, please click here.

LL.M. in American Law for Foreign Lawyers Tracks

Students seeking the LL.M. in American Law for Foreign Lawyers have the opportunity to choose an area of focus to concentrate their legal studies on while at SLU LAW. While the tracks are not mandatory, they are designed specifically for the LL.M. in American Law for Foreign Lawyers degree program and are advised in cooperation with the program director.

I: Commercial and Business Track (8 credit minimum)
Adviser: Michael Korybut
Business Associations (4 credits)
Contracts I (3 credits)
Entrepreneurship Law (3 credits)
Negotiations (2 credits)
Secured Transactions (2 credits)
Securities Regulation (3 credits)
Taxation (3 credits)
The Commercial and Business Law Track requires a total of at least 8 credits. Additional commercial and business law designated courses will count toward the track, based on availability and approval by the adviser.

II: Health Law Track (8 credit minimum)
Adviser: Amy Sanders

Health Care Law (3 credits)
Administrative Law (3 credits)
The Health Law Track requires a total of at least 8 credits. In addition to the courses listed above, a student may choose an additional 2 credits of health law designated courses. Any additional health law designated course will count toward the track, based on availability and approval by the adviser.

III: Intellectual Property Track (6 credit minimum)
Adviser: Yvette Liebesman

Intellectual Property Survey (3 credits)
The Intellectual Property Track has a 3-credit minimum from the following courses based on availability and approval by the adviser. The following courses have been approved as electives for the Intellectual Property Track but may not be offered every year:
Anatomy of a Patent (2 credits)
Copyright (3 credits)
Intellectual Property Law Research (1 credit)
Patent Law (2 credits)
Seminar: Emerging Health Technologies: Innovation, Law and Policy (2 credits)
Seminar: International Intellectual Property Law (2 credits)
Seminar: Intellectual Property and Creative Businesses (2 credits)
Seminar: Intellectual Property and Global Entrepreneurship (2 credits)
Seminar: Law and Regulation of Science (2 credits)
Sports Law: Labor Wrangling (2 credits)
Trademark and Unfair Competition (3 credits)

IV: Labor and Employment Track (8 credit minimum)
Adviser: Matt Bodie

Employment Discrimination (3 credits)
Employment Law (3 credits)
Labor Law (3 credits)
The Labor and Employment Law Track has one course out of the following or any other labor and employment law course based on availability and approval of adviser:
Alternative Dispute Resolution (2 credits)
Business Associations (4 credits)
Contracts I (3 credits)
Employee Benefits Law (3 credits)
Negotiations (2 credits)
Seminar: Employment Law (2 credits)
Workers’ Compensation (1 credit)

V: Taxation Law Track (6 credit minimum)
Adviser: Kerry Ryan

Taxation (3 credits)
Corporate Taxation (3 credits)
International Taxation (3 credits)
Partnership Taxation (3 credits)

Bar Exam

Many of our LL.M. students have chosen to sit for the bar exam. SLU LAW offers various bar exam preparation workshops and offers detailed guidance on how to take the bar successfully.

LL.M. students who wish to satisfy the New York State Bar Skills and Values Requirement under Pathway 1, should complete the courses listed in Saint Louis University School of Law's Pathway 1 Certification. Saint Louis University School of Law has developed a plan identifying and incorporating into its curriculum the skills and professional values that, in the school's judgment, are required for its graduates' basic competence and ethical participation in the legal profession, as required by ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for the Approval of Law School Standard 302(b), (c) and (d), and has made this plan publicly available on the law school's website on the following link, Saint Louis University School of Law New York Bar Skills and Values Requirement Pathway 1 Certification.

How to Apply
Step 1:

Download a printable application form, or apply online through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC)

Step 2:

Complete the application form and submit it along with all supporting documents via mail to the address below. When you submit your application, please mail the following supporting documents:

  • An official diploma from each postsecondary school you have graduated from, including English translations. Academic transcripts and diplomas must be translated into English by the appropriate head of department of the candidate's university. All such translations must be on official university letterhead. They should also identify which academic courses mentioned in the transcripts were counted for the award of the Degree in law, including specifications as to whether the degree was a graduate or undergraduate degree. The candidate's application cannot be considered for admission to the LL.M program until these official materials are received.
  • Two letters of recommendation in sealed envelopes. We prefer to receive letters of recommendation from college instructors who are familiar with the applicant's academic work. Recommendations from employers, supervisors and associates are welcome for those candidates who have been away from the classroom for a period of time.
  • A written personal statement. The personal statement may contain information about any special factors, achievements, concerns or plans that the candidate would like to bring to the attention of the admissions committee. Whatever the content, the statement should reflect the candidate's own writing style. Candidates should pay attention to brevity and clarity of thought and expression. Please limit the statement to 500 words or less.
  • A current résumé
Step 3:

Have your official TOEFL Score sent to SLU LAW (institutional code 6629). We accept a minimum score of 85 for the internet-based exam, 223 for the computer-based exam and 563 for the paper-based exam. We will also accept an IELTS score of at least 6.5.

Our Mailing Address

ATTN: Center for International and Comparative Law
Saint Louis University School of Law
100 N. Tucker Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63101

Due to the challenges of administering English proficiency tests during the COVID-19 pandemic, Saint Louis University School of Law will temporarily accept the Duolingo English proficiency test, in lieu of the IELTS and TOEFL exam. The minimum score for the LL.M. in American Law for Foreign Lawyers program is 110.

International students may register for the Duolingo English proficiency test online and may take the test from any computer that has a camera, audio and reliable internet. Test takers will need a passport, drivers license, or national or state ID to take the exam. The exam takes an estimated 45 minutes to complete.  Results are generally received within a few days of exam completion. Please visit the resources below to learn more about the Duolingo English proficiency test.

Information on preparing for the exam

Take the exam or practice exam

Cost of Attendance and Financial Arrangements

Financial arrangements for funding a course of study in the LL.M. in American Law for Foreign Lawyers program must be made well in advance of commencing studies at SLU LAW.

Information regarding tuition and fees, living expenses and other costs

Information regarding financial arrangements for international students

Assistance With Visa Application and Living Arrangements

Admitted students will receive assistance in applying for a student visa, locating housing and becoming oriented to SLU LAW. Information about the visa application process can be found here.

Application Deadline

Applications for the LL.M. program are accepted on a rolling basis starting on September 1 of each year for admission the following fall. Applications will not be reviewed until all required materials are received by SLU LAW. Applications for the academic year should be submitted by March 10 to ensure that visa paperwork can be processed in time for admission in the fall.

Testimonials from Former LL.M. Students

"Saint Louis University School of Law's LL.M. degree program gave me a thorough understanding of how the American legal system works. It also gave me the opportunity to form the necessary professional relationships to start my legal career in St. Louis. One of the great strengths of the program is the close professor-student interaction, which always made me feel that the faculty truly cared about my professional success."

Gustavo Arango ('05)

Attorney in St. Louis, Missouri

"I’m Béatrice from Mauritius Island and I pursued my legal studies in France, England, and the U.S. I’m currently living and working in St. Louis at Charter Communications Inc. Getting my LL.M. at SLU LAW was definitely a great decision. The curriculum was comprehensive and provided a nice overview of American law and the common law system. The professors were knowledgeable, approachable, and understanding. Not only was it good for my career, but I also made some lasting friendships with my classmates.

Béatrice Zdrodowski (Lasse) ('14)

Attorney in St. Louis, Missouri

"I really enjoyed my time at Saint Louis University School of Law. It was a great opportunity to further my education. The faculty and staff members were very nice and made LL.M students feel very welcome. The classes were very interesting and the professors were always there to answer my questions. Being part of SLU's LL.M program was a rewarding experience and prepared me for the NY Bar exam."

Souhella Makouri ('15)

Attorney in New York City, New York

  LLM graduates

Where LL.M. graduates are working now

Where are LL.M. Program for Foreign Lawyers students from? 
Armenia Israel     Russia
Azerbaijan Kazakhstan                             Serbia
Bosnia and Herzegovina                   Korea South Africa         
Canada Kyrgyzstan Spain
China Mauritius Sri Lanka
Columbia Mauritania Sweden
Croatia Moldova Taiwan
Denmark Nepal Tajikistan
Eritrea Nigeria Tanzania
France Pakistan Thailand
Germany Poland Ukraine
India Romania Uzbekistan


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