The Catholic University of America

Curricular Requirements

To earn the LL.M. degree, students must complete 24 credits. Students may enroll full-time or part-time. Full-time students can complete the program in one academic year while part-time students can complete the program in one and a half years or three semesters. Students may enroll in an array of upper division courses, seminars, directed research and writing tutorials, legal externships, skills training and clinical courses. At least 16 of the required credits must be directly related to the concentration area, while remaining credits may be earned by taking general electives. LL.M. students with a U.S. or Canadian first degree are required to take at least one course with a writing component as part of their course work.

International students must take a legal research and writing course which will familiarize them with the American legal system and ensure proficiency in American legal analysis and writing. International students may be required to take a first-year common law course and they are encouraged to select at least one upper division course which requires completion of a paper or other written work product. International enrollees for whom English is not their first language, must earn a TOEFL score of at least 600.

Students who successfully complete all academic requirements receive a General Masters of Law degree with a  concentration in a specialized course of study.