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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
REQUIRED COURSES:
Business Associations (4 credits)
Contracts I (3 credits)
ONE COURSE FROM THE FOLLOWING:
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

REQUIRED COURSES:
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

REQUIRED COURSES:
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

TWO COURSES OUT OF THE FOLLOWING REQUIRED:
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

REQUIRED COURSE:
Taxation (3 credits)
ONE COURSE FROM THE FOLLOWING:
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
U.S.A.

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.

FAQs

What is an LL.M. in American Law for Foreign Program?
The SLU LAW LL.M. in American Law program is a master’s degree program aimed to provide specialized legal training for people who hold a first degree in law (J.D., LL.B. or equivalent).  Students benefit not only from working with SLU LAW’s outstanding faculty, but also by establishing professional relationships with other LL.M. students from around the world. Our LL.M. is designed to allow students to have more flexibility in creating a curriculum that matches their interests and experiences.  

Students have the opportunity to choose a “track” or an area of focus to concentrate their legal studies while at SLU LAW.  While the tracks are not mandatory, they are designed for the LL.M. in American Law for Foreign Lawyers degree program and are advised in cooperation with the program director. We offer a commercial and business law track, health law track, intellectual property track, labor and employment law track, and taxation law track. 

Who is eligible for admission?
Our LL.M. in American Law for Foreign Lawyers programs accepts both domestic and international students, however it is only open to foreign law school graduates. Applicants must have completed a basic law degree from a recognized college, university or law school outside the United States. Students must have excellent academic records and strong professional and/or academic recommendations. Professional experience and demonstrated leadership skills will also be taken into account in admissions decisions.

Application Process

How do I apply?
Download a printable application form or apply online through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC).

How much is the application fee?
We do not have an application fee for the LL.M. in American Law for Foreign Lawyers program.

Is the LSAT test required for the LL.M. program?
No, the LSAT test is not required for admission to the LL.M. program.

How long is the LL.M.  program?
The LL.M. program is a two-semester and at least 24-credit hour program that generally starts in the fall semester (start date in August) and concludes in the spring semester (graduation date in May). While it is not common, students may start in the spring semester (state date in January) and graduate in the fall semester (graduation date in December).

Do you allow transfer credits from previously completed law degrees into the LLM program?
No, students must complete at least 24 credit hours at SLU LAW to obtain the LL.M. degree.

Do you require an evaluation of documents of international applicants?
We require a certified English translation of transcripts that are in a foreign language.

Can students send the application and the required documents by email?
Yes, students can send the application and the supporting documents by email.  Please note, an official copy of the transcript must be turned in or mailed to SLU LAW upon matriculation into the program.

How and where should I send the recommendation letters?
Recommendation letters MUST be sent directly from the recommender via mail or via email to Tara Maulood at tara.maulood@slu.edu.

Do I need to take an English language proficiency test?
International students whose native language is not English and did not receive a bachelor's degree or graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution within the United States are required to take the TOEFL exam or the IELTS exam.

What is the minimum required TOEFL or IELTS score for direct admission?
An 85 TOEFL score or a 6.5 IELTS score are the minimum required TOEFL or IELTS scores for direct admission.

Do you accept Doulingo English Proficiency Exam?
Yes, 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.

What is the minimum required Doulingo test for direct admission?
The minimum Doulingo test score for the LL.M. in American Law for Foreign Lawyers program is 110.

How long will it take to process my admission application?
The Admissions Committee reviews all applications and makes admission decisions within two to four weeks.

What if my TOEFL or IELTS or Doulingo score is lower than the required minimum score for direct admissions?
If your TOEFL score is below an 85 or your IELTS score is below a 6.5, we have two options for you depending on your English proficiency level:

  1. You may register for the Academic English Program at Saint Louis University where you will take 11 credits of Academic English and 1 credit of Legal English. OR
  2. You may enroll in the INTO SLU LL.M. Graduate Pathway Program

What concentrations or tracks does SLU LAW offer for LL.M. students?
SLU LAW offers 5 tracks for the LL.M in American Law degree:

  1. Business and Commercial Law Track
  2. Health Law Track
  3. Labor and Employment Law Track
  4. Intellectual Property Law Track
  5. Taxation Law Track

Does SLU LAW offer a part-time LL.M. in American Law program?
Yes, SLU LAW offers a part-time LL.M. in American Law program. However, international students who are on a F-1 or J-1 student visa must be full-time students due to U.S. immigration laws.

Does SLU LAW offer an online LL.M. in American Law program?
No, SLU LAW does not offer any online programs.

Does SLU LAW offer deferred admissions?
Yes, we can defer your admission for up to two semesters.

Can I start the LL.M. program in January?
Most students start the LL.M. in American Law for Foreign Lawyers program in August and graduate in May.  However, it may be possible for students to start in January and graduate in December.

Can I transfer from the LL.M. program to the J.D. program?
Yes, LL.M. students who do very well in the LL.M. program may be able to transfer to the Two-Year J.D. program.

Financial Aid and Living Cost

What is the tuition for the SLU LAW LL.M in American Law for Foreign Lawyers program?
The current tuition rate is $43,600 per year.

What other costs can I expect during my study at SLU LAW?
Please plan for book expenses, health insurance, housing and food, and other miscellaneous expenses. 

When is the tuition payment due?
Tuition must be paid a week before the start of the program.  However, payment plans may be arraigned.

Does SLU LAW offer wire transfers to pay for tuition from a country outside of the United States?
Yes, international students can pay their tuition from their home country using Flywire.

Does SLU LAW offer scholarships for international students?
Yes, international students are eligible for merit-based and need-based scholarships.

Can international students apply for a loan in the United States?
To apply for a federal loan through the Free Application for Federal Aid (“FAFSA”), the student must be a permanent legal resident or a U.S. citizen.  However, there are private banks that give loans to international students.

Does SLU LAW have on-campus housing?
No, there is no on-campus housing for law students.  However, the Admissions team provides support for students wishing to find apartments.

 The Bar Exam

Can international students take the bar exam?
Each state sets its own standards for admission of attorneys. Please refer to the American Bar Association’s Comprehensive Guide for Bar Admissions. 

Many of our LL.M. graduates have sat for various bar exams, including the New York bar exam and the Missouri bar exam. The New York State Board of Law Examiners lists the relevant requirements here.

Does SLU LAW provide bar preparation resources, classes, and workshops?
Yes, SLU LAW provides students excellent resources and bar preparation programs free of charge through our Academic Resource Center

In February 2020, the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar released a comprehensive set of data on bar passage outcomes for ABA-approved law schools. Saint Louis University School of Law had a passage rate of 97.96% while the national average was 89.5%. This puts SLU LAW at 14 out of the 198 U.S. law schools, coming in just behind Harvard and New York Law and just above Cornell University.

Visa and Immigration Law Issues
All international students are subject to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations. For questions on getting a visa, students should rely on the Saint Louis University Office of International Services.

When will I receive my I-20?
After the SLU LAW Admissions Committee grants you admission into the LL.M. program, the Saint Louis University Office of International Services will begin the visa application process.  Once you show proof of all relevant visa documents and financial information, the Office of International Services to will generate your I-20. 

After completing the LL.M., can I stay in the summer to work?
Yes, U.S. immigration law currently permits F-1 student visa holders, who were continuously enrolled in an LL.M. program for two semesters, to apply for post-graduate Optional Practical Training (“OPT”). The Optional Practical Training allows F-1 students to remain in the U.S. for up to one year to undertake law-related, paid or unpaid, employment.

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

 

 



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