Law (LLM)

The Master of Laws program offers an individually fashioned program of coursework in U.S. Law for qualified graduates of non-U.S. law schools.

Students who wish to apply for the LL.M. Program must hold a degree equivalent to the JD from a recognized foreign law school and have completed the educational requirements to be admitted to practice law in a country other than the U.S. Further, applicants from non-English speaking countries must possess a high level of proficiency in English as demonstrated on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Each student’s record of legal studies must display high scholarly aptitude, and the information required in the LLM application form must reflect a well-conceived plan of study.


The LL.M. degree is awarded upon the successful completion of 24 semester hours in an academic year. The academic year consists of a fall semester of 15 weeks, beginning in mid-August, and a spring semester of 15 weeks, commencing in January. Enrollment during the summer term may be allowed in special circumstances.

LL.M. candidates may choose between two different program tracks: the All-Courses track, in which all credit hours are earned through course offerings; or the Essay track, in which candidates research and write a 60-90 page essay worth six semester credit hours of courses.

Message from the Director:

We welcome your interest in the Masters of Law Program at the University of Georgia School of Law. Our LL.M. Program gives students the freedom to craft their own individualized program of study by selecting courses from the law school’s expansive curriculum.

The program offers the advantage of intensive study of the major subject areas of the law of the United States, including legal research and writing designed specifically for graduates of foreign law schools. LL.M. graduates also have the opportunity to sit for the Georgia or New York Bar exams in order to practice law in the United States.

One of the principal attractions of the UGA Law School is the friendly and informal interchange between the faculty and students. Moreover, the LL.M. students, who come from around the world, have many opportunities to interact among themselves and with the J.D. students, all of whom have studied at various colleges and universities in the United States before entering the School of Law.

School of Law
Hirsch Hall
Athens, GA 30602-6012
Graduate Legal Studies
School of Law
Athens, GA 30602-6012
Laura Tate Kagel