Santa Clara University School of Law, located in Santa Clara, California, offers an LL.M. degree in International and Comparative Law. We offer to lawyers, judges and law professors an opportunity to experience the evolving legal culture of the world from the vantage point of our overseas programs’ dynamic centers of commerce and learning throughout the world.
The program offers not only courses at the Law School, but social and professional contact with other leading legal authorities, judges, and captains of industry.
Participants seeking the LL.M. degree must complete 24 semester hours of credit. These units must include:
I. . Successful completion of the academic portion of at least one Santa Clara University School of Law summer study abroad program; OR enroll as a full-time law student for one semester at a law school with which the School of Law has a cooperative agreement. These classes will satisfy part of the 24 units required for the degree, and satisfy one or more of the area of study requirements outlined in II below.
II. To achieve a well balanced background in international and comparative law, students should take at least one course from each of the following categories of classes: (i) public international law; (ii) private international law; and (iii) comparative law. The specific list of approved courses may be found on the International Law Certificate website under the heading “Current List of Approved International Law Certificate Courses.” The student’s overall course of study must be approved by the Director of Graduate Legal Programs. Courses outside this list, unless taken on one of our study abroad programs, must also be approved in advance by the Director of Graduate Legal Studies.
III. Students must complete a written research paper either in conjunction with a class approved by the Director of Graduate Legal Programs or as Independent Research (course # 298) under the supervision of a faculty member.
IV. Elective Courses: Most upper-division courses are open to enrollment by LL.M. candidates. The program assumes as a minimum one academic year plus one summer in residence. The requirements for the degree must be completed within two academic years from matriculation.