Academic Requirements

The LL.M. degree requires the completion of 24 credits, chosen from the designated list of classes, with a grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better. A minimum of 16 credits must be earned from traditional classroom study and a maximum of 8 credits can be earned from pre-approved externships, writing projects, and/or co-teaching opportunities.

The 24 credits needed for the LL.M. degree can be completed in two semesters of full-time study. Part-time students generally complete the LL.M. degree in three or four semesters.  Absent extraordinary circumstances, students must complete the LL.M. degree within sixty months of matriculating in a given LL.M. program. 


Required Courses

  • LAW-915 | Ethics for Trial Lawyers (only offered in Spring semester)

One of the following Advanced Trial Advocacy courses:

  • LAW-708B | Plea Bargaining
  • LAW-795VI-001 | Advanced Trial Advocacy: Special Witnesses and Victim’s Rights
  • LAW-878 | Scientific Evidence and Expert Testimony
  • LAW-913 | Advanced Trial Advocacy: Litigating in a High Tech Courtroom
  • LAW-968 | Evidentiary Foundations & Objections
  • LAW-984A-001 | Advanced Trial Advocacy: Challenges and Obligations of a Prosecutor
  • LAW-994 | Litigating in the Digital Age: eDiscovery


Area of Concentration or Specialization

An area of concentration or specialization is not required for successful completion of the Advocacy LL.M. program. Students who wish to pursue a specialization must earn 12 credits in one of the following areas:

  • Civil Trial Advocacy
  • Criminal Trial Advocacy
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution