"LSU Law offers not just simply an education, but a community of professors and administrators who truly care about each student or prospective student on a personal and educational level."
The first-year class in Fall 2012 includes graduates from 69 colleges and universities throughout the nation and world. The median LSAT of entering students is 157; average GPA is 3.38.
LL.M. (Master of Laws) Program
Consistently ranked among the top LL.M. programs at a public law school, the LSU Law Center is the only law school in the United States with fully developed programs in both common and civil law. Our exceptional faculty is comprised of noted scholars and outstanding legal professionals. The faculty's depth of knowledge of both common and civil law provides students with one of the most thorough and profound Comparative Law programs available.
The Law Center complex is equipped with the latest in computer technology and provides free WiFi access to all students. Our Law Library is considered one of the best in the country; it contains the full complement of state, federal, and international legal materials, as well as resources that are not available elsewhere.
NEW! LL.M. graduates under proper visa status may now sit for the Bar Exam in Louisiana. Please see the details below in "Required Courses."
The Law Center offers an advanced program of study leading to the degree of Master of Laws (LL.M.). This degree requires two semesters in residence and a minimum of 26 credit hours of study.
The LL.M. degree in Comparative Law is open to students with either Civilian or Anglo-American training who seek a firm foundation in the American common law taught from the unique perspective that only a truly comparativist institution can offer.
All LL.M. candidates must attend a special Orientation program held at the Law Center beginning two weeks prior to the start of the fall semester.
The Orientation program will acclimate the students to the language and study of law at a United States law school, as well as provide opportunities for course selection, completion of enrollment and administrative requirements, and other activities to orient students to life as a U.S. law student. Orientation also includes a trip to the Louisiana Supreme Court in New Orleans, located in the historic French Quarter, and to the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge.
LL.M. students also take Introduction to United States Law, a first-semester comparative study of the institutions and concepts of Anglo-American and Louisiana laws (with an overview of how the common law evolves compared to the civil law), and Legal Research & Writing, a practical skills component to help them prepare for professional legal writing.
The LSU Law Center then offers candidates a full range of law courses, seminars, and skills development classes, especially in the business, transactional, corporate, and commercial law areas that are often important to international lawyers.
Classes are also available in: civil and international law; intellectual property law; labor and employment law; environmental law; law, science and public health; constitutional and administrative law; family law; torts, admiralty and insurance; professional responsibility and the practice of law and procedure (including international criminal law and white-collar crime); and other areas.
If you are thinking about or planning to take the Louisiana Bar Exam, there are some requirements set by the Louisiana Supreme Court that you will need to consider when planning your courses. To be eligible to sit for the Bar, you must successfully complete 14 credit hours in professional law subjects in any of the following categories: Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Corporations or Business Organizations, Evidence, Federal Jurisdiction, Federal Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Louisiana Civil Procedure, Louisiana Obligations Law, Professional Responsibility, Taxation, Torts and Uniform Commercial Code. No more than 4 credit hours in any one subject shall be counted toward this requirement. The LL.M. program staff can provide comprehensive course recommendations for those applicants who may wish to take the Bar Exam upon completion of their degree.
Legal Research & Writing
Each candidate must complete an academic legal writing project, either as an independent supervised research project or a seminar paper. All candidates attend the Legal Research Workshop and regularly meet with Law Center faculty members and instructors for assistance and feedback on their writing.
Every student receives instruction in print and computer-based legal research, with free unlimited access to Westlaw, Lexis-Nexis, and HeinOnline, to learn to conduct both practical and academic legal research. The LL.M. Program staff and the librarians meet with LL.M. candidates during Orientation and during the semester to assist them in making full use of the extensive and unique resources at the LSU Law Library.
Tuition, Financial Aid & Scholarships
Tuition for the 2012-2013 LL.M. Program is $17,086 for Louisiana residents. For non-residents of Louisiana, a fee of $17,388 is added to the cost of tuition, for a total of $34,474. Mandatory student fees total approximately $1,800 per year. The cost of living for a student in Baton Rouge is approximately $700-$900 per month, with housing available on or off campus.
Candidates may apply for financial assistance from the Law Center, which includes "full scholarships" (tuition and non-resident fee waiver) or "partial scholarships" (non-resident fee waiver only). Scholarship awards do not cover the cost of the mandatory fees. For example, a student who is awarded a "full scholarship" (tuition plus a waiver of the non-resident fee) would be responsible for the cost of the mandatory fees, textbooks, living expenses, and travel expenses. A student who is awarded a "partial scholarship" (a waiver of the non-resident fee) would be responsible for the cost of tuition ($17,086), plus mandatory fees, textbooks, living expenses, and travel expenses.
Candidates may also apply for the A.N. Yiannopoulos Scholarship. Established by former LSU Professor and Tulane Professor Emeritus A.N. Yiannopoulos - an internationally renowned scholar of civil law, comparative law, and maritime law – the scholarship awards $1,000 per semester to an incoming LL.M. student who has exhibited exceptional academic achievement. The application for the the above-named scholarships is incorporated in the application for the LL.M. program. All scholarship decisions are made by the LL.M. Program Committee of the law faculty.
There are financial aid and scholarship programs offered to international students by private organizations. Many of the awards are targeted to specific countries. An excellent search tool to identify these programs is Edupass.
The Fulbright Commission offers opportunities for scholarships to citizens from almost all countries.
The Organization of American States (OAS) offers opportunities for loans and scholarships. The Leo S. Rowe Pan American Fund of OAS offers loan opportunities for Latin American and Caribbean applicants. The OAS also awards academic scholarships to undertake graduate studies for residents of Member States.
Candidates may also wish to apply for private loans from U.S. banks or financial institutions.
The LL.M. Program is highly selective in nature. Only candidates who have exhibited exceptional ability in the past and whose record, as a whole, promises high potential for the future will be considered for admission to the program. Applicants must have completed a Juris Doctor from an ABA approved law school, or its equivalent from an approved foreign law school. Admissions decisions are made by the LL.M. Program Committee of the law faculty.
Students will be admitted in the fall semester, beginning in August. There is no spring semester admission.
The priority deadline to submit completed applications is February 1. Late applications may not receive full consideration regarding financial aid.
Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate to the LL.M. Program Committee their ability to conduct both classroom and research work in English. A minimum score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based) or 100 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is generally required. In addition to this score, a writing sample may be required by the LL.M. Program Committee for use in admission decisions. Conditional acceptance with an approved English as a Second Language (ESL) course is possible.
Applications should be accompanied by the following supporting materials:
Requirements for Awarding of the Degree
Please submit applications to:
Graduate and International Programs
LL.M. Program staff may be contacted by telephone at 225/578-7831 or 225/578-1126, or by email at email@example.com