“I would define my year at UC Hastings as a daily journey of discoveries. I enjoyed my full days of studying in an interesting and different environment and made the most of immersing myself in the American way of life.” –Benjamin Trouille, LL.M. Class of 2018
LL.M. candidates are required to successfully complete at least 24 credit hours of classes over two semesters of study, including:
- Introduction to Law (Fall, 3 units)
- Legal Research and Writing for Masters Students (Fall, 2 units)
- One of the following first-year required courses: Contracts, Torts, Criminal Law, Property, Constitutional Law, or Civil Procedure.
- All LL.M. candidates must attend a 2 week orientation program prior to the beginning of classes.
When you have completed the LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies degree, you will be expected to have acquired and developed the following skills:
1. You will gain substantive knowledge of basic concepts and theories of law in core legal areas and in their chosen areas of focus, if applicable.
2. You will understand the function, responsibilities, and powers of federal and state political and judicial institutions.
3. You will be able to find, read, and analyze U.S. legal authority and apply common law principles to hypothetical cases.
4. You will demonstrate effective analysis and communication skills for an audience of U.S. legal professionals.