Can I specialize?
Yes. You can either complete a general degree in U.S. law or specialize in one of the following areas:
What are the requirements for graduation?
LL.M. students must complete a total of 24 credit hours and complete the following courses: Introduction to Law, Legal Writing and Research, and one first-year course in the fall semester. Students are allowed up to three semesters to complete their programs, although most students complete all the requirements in two. In addition, all LL.M. students must attend and successfully complete a 2-week orientation in early August.
What courses can I take?
In addition to Introduction to Law, Legal Writing and Research, and one required first-year common law course (torts, contracts, criminal law, property, constitutional law, or civil procedure), LL.M. candidates are generally free to take any courses subject to the course prerequisites or the permission of the instructor.
Will I take courses with the J.D. students?
Yes. With the exception of Introduction to Law and Legal Writing and Research, you will take all of your courses alongside J.D. students.
Is it possible for LL.M. students to apply to the J.D. program?
UC Hastings does offer a J.D. transfer program which allows qualifying UC Hastings LL.M. students to apply to the J.D. program using grades and faculty recommendations instead of an LSAT score. If accepted, the transfer will occur after you have completed the requirements for the LL.M. program. However, if you are admitted into the J.D. program as a transfer student, you will NOT receive your LL.M. degree. Instead the credits you have obtained through the LL.M. program will be applied towards the satisfaction of your J.D. degree, and you will be required to spend another two years of study in order to satisfy all of the requirements for the J.D. degree. LL.M. students from other law schools are not eligible for this transfer program.
Who can apply?
The LL.M. program in U.S. Legal Studies is for candidates who have received, or will receive prior to enrolling at UC Hastings, a law degree from a recognized law school outside of the United States. At this time, if you have received a law degree from a U.S. law school you are ineligible for the LL.M. program. To see a list of minimum degree requirements by country, click here.
What are the requirements for admission?
Candidates will need to have received their law degree by August and must provide transcripts showing that they were in good academic standing. LL.M. candidates must also demonstrate English fluency with a TOEFL score minimum of 90 iBT or 600 PBT or an IELTS score of 7. In extremely rare cases, if you are unable to take the TOEFL, we may consider other evidence of a high degree of English fluency.
Where can I get information about applying for the TOEFL?
Contact the Educational Testing Services (ETS) on the web. The school code for the TOEFL is 4342.
How do I apply?
*The LSAC requirement will be waived and we will accept paper applications if you are a current student or a graduate of our exchange partner universities. Please contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions about the application process.
What is the cost?
Tuition is estimated to be $47,500 for the 2017-2018 academic year. This figure is subject to legislative, gubernatorial and UC Hastings Board of Directors action. For more information, please visit our LL.M. Costs and Scholarships page.
How much does it cost to live in San Francisco?
Estimated living costs including housing, food, personal expenses, books, and transportation will cost about $26,000 for the academic year.
Is there any financial aid available?
UC Hastings offers a limited number of scholarships to LL.M. students based on both merit and need. If you wish to apply for a scholarship, you will need to answer the scholarship application questions on your online LSAC application. For more information, please visit our Scholarships and Financial Aid page or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How long is the Program?
The LL.M. program lasts one academic year from early-August through May.
Do you admit people in the spring semester?
LL.M. students are only admitted for the fall term which begins in August.
Do you have a part-time or summer LL.M. program?
We do not have a formal part-time or summer LL.M. program. However, each year a number of students begin their LL.M. program by attending the UC Hastings Summer Legal Institute.
How many students are in the program?
There are generally 25 to 40 students who enroll in the program each year.
Is there housing available?
UC Hastings is one of a limited number of urban law schools with housing devoted exclusively to its students. To download an application form online, please contact UC Hastings’s Housing Department. We do recommend that you apply for housing early as space is limited and is offered on a first-come-first-served basis. The housing department also offers resources to assist students in finding off campus housing. For additional information please contact Housing Services at email@example.com or 415-557-0985.
How do I obtain a visa?
Accepted students will be sent the required forms to apply for a visa with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country.
If I receive an LL.M. degree from UC Hastings, am I eligible for admission to a U.S. Bar?
If you are already a practicing lawyer in your home country, you can apply to sit for the California State Bar examination.
If you are not admitted to the bar in your own country, but have a first-degree in law from your country, you may apply to sit for the California State Bar exam if you have the required number of years of study. In general, this means that in addition to your LL.B. degree you must have been awarded an LL.M. degree from an ABA accredited law school with a minimum of 20 credits of legal education. You must also have taken at least 12 credits of courses related to subjects tested on the California Bar exam, including Professional Responsibilities. For more information, you should consult the California State Bar Examiners Rules for qualifying to take the bar exam.
The requirements for taking the New York Bar Exam are similar to those of California, but not the same. To learn more about the eligibility requirements for the New York Bar exam, visit the website of the New York State Board of Law Examiners.
If you are interested in being admitted to another state bar, you should consult the rules for that state bar.
What kind of career assistance does UC Hastings offer its LL.M. candidates? What are my prospects for finding work in the United States?
Our experienced Office of Career & Professional Development (“Career Office”) and a dedicated LL.M. career counselor welcome the opportunity to work with LL.M. students. The Career Office offers specific resources and programming for LL.M.s, including tailored workshops on resume and cover letter writing, networking, and interviewing, as well as ample opportunity for individual career counseling.
Foreign-trained LL.M. students should be aware that many factors affect an LL.M. student’s success in securing permanent or temporary employment as an attorney in the United States, including the extremely competitive nature of the U.S. legal job market, the varied bar eligibility and admissions requirements, and the restrictions imposed under U.S. immigration laws. Both long-term and temporary job opportunities for foreign attorneys in the U.S. are limited. The applicants’ level of fluency in various languages, including English, academic performance, and prior legal experience greatly affect their marketability. However, despite the odds, the Career Office is committed to helping LL.M. students succeed in their career and professional development goals.