LL.M. Program

“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


Program Details

The UC Hastings LL.M. program offers a vibrant mix of academic coursework, professional development opportunities, and community-building social events. Our faculty nurtures students to develop their own arguments and to freely express their views in a supportive environment. All courses, with the exception of Introduction to Law and Legal Research and Writing for Masters Students, are taken together with UC Hastings Juris Doctor students. LL.M. candidates may receive a general degree in U.S. Legal Studies or they may elect to specialize in one of eight areas and receive an LL.M. and a Certificate of Specialization upon graduation. Our Advisors help students plan out their course schedules to meet their personal and professional goals. Please click here for the LL.M. program brochure.

Degree Requirements

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 Writing and Research 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.
Program Learning Outcomes

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.