McGeorge School of Law

LLM Defined

LLM (Legum Magister or Master of Laws) Degree Defined

The Legum Magister or Master of Laws degree is an advanced law degree that is usually only open to those who have a first law degree. For U.S. students, entry into an LLM program requires completion of a JD degree. For international students, entry into an LLM program typically requires completion of a first (LL.B.) degree in law. The LLM degree allows a candidate to specialize in a particular area of law or become familiar with another country's legal system. The LLM degree is typically awarded after successful completion of one year of full-time post-graduate law study (a part-time option, extending study over a longer period, is available at some law schools). If other requirements are met, an LLM degree may qualify a foreign-trained law graduate to sit for some states' bar exams.