The LL.M. in Law and Government is founded on the law of government, emphasizing the legal regulation of both the private and public realms of U.S. society. To that end, almost all of the approved courses for the Program are domestic in nature. In limited situations and reflecting the increasing interdependence of world society, some courses that cover international and global issues are approved.
Students build a curriculum from the 100+ approved courses in consultation with the Associate Director of the Program on Law and Government specifically taking into account each students' individual academic and career goals. Courses that are not on the approved courses list will not count toward the LL.M. degree and may not be taken. In particular, first-year JD courses, clinics, journals, and most international courses will not count toward the degree.
The LL.M. in Law and Government is not a bar preparation program. We do not allow students to take first-year courses and the Program does not offer official advice regarding the bar exam. However, foreign-trained attorneys may benefit from the diverse variety of U.S. domestic law courses and some have chosen to take the bar exam after completing the LL.M. in Law and Government. Helpful resources for bar review and legal employment in the U.S. include the National Conference of Bar Examiners Comprehensive Bar Survey (available at www.ncbex.org), the National Association of Law Placement (www.nalp.org), and state bar association web sites. Completion of the LL.M. in Law and Government does not guarantee that foreign-trained attorneys will be eligible to take a bar exam.