LL.M. Academic Requirements

LL.M. candidates with a U.S. law degree are required to complete 24 semester hours of course work. LL.M. candidates with a first law degree from a foreign university must complete 30 semester hours of course work, including Introduction to the U.S. Legal System & U.S. Legal Research for Graduate Students.

All LL.M. students must take at least four core courses, approved elective courses and one course that satisfies the LL.M. writing requirement. Some of these requirements may be fulfilled with transfer credit. Optional certificates in applied business, criminal, cyber and intellectual property law are available to students interested in pursuing an additional specialization.

The LL.M. program may be completed on a part-time basis with the approval of the associate dean for academic affairs and the director of graduate law programs. Part-time students must complete the program within four calendar years from the date of matriculation.

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Core Courses
Elective  Courses 
Writing Requirement 
Academic Good Standing 
LL.M. Admission Process 
Application Requirements

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Core Courses

LL.M. candidates must take at least four of the following core courses:

Administrative Law, 3 credits
ADR for the Litigator, 3 credits
Constitutional Law, 4 credits
Contracts I, 2 credits
Contracts II, 3 credits
Criminal Law, 3 credits
Criminal Procedure Investigation, 3 credits
Cyberspace Law, 2 credits
Intellectual Property Law, 3 credits
Real Property I, 4 credits
Real Property II, 3 credits
Remedies, 3 credits
Torts I, 3 credits
Torts II, 3 credits

Elective Courses

LL.M. candidates may select their elective courses from any core course listed above and the following courses:

Antitrust Law, 3 credits
Business Organizations, 3 credits
Civil Practice & Procedure, 4 credits
Conflict Management & ADR, 3 credits
Copyright Law, 2 credits
Electronic Commerce, 2 credits
Entertainment Law, 3 credits
Externship in Law and Technology, 4 credits *To learn more about Externshipsclick here.
Federal Taxation of Business Entities & Owners, 3 credits
Independent Study-Graduate, 1 or 2 credits
International Business Transactions, 2 credits
International Intellectual Property Law, 2 credits
International Law, 3 credits
Law of Video Gaming, 1 credit
Legislation, 3 credits
Licensing Intellectual Property, 2 credits
Patent Law, 2 credits
Trade Secret Law, 2 credits
Trademarks and Unfair Competition, 2 credits

Capstone: Business Planning for Small Business, 3 credits
Capstone: Commercialization of Intellectual Property, 4 credits
Capstone: Cybercrimes, 4 credits
Capstone: Patent Litigation, 4 credits
Capstone: Patent Practice and Procedure, 4 credits
Capstone: Trademark Prosecution and Practice, 4 credits

Writing Requirement

All LL.M. candidates must complete a substantial legal research and writing paper in connection with a course or an independent study project supervised by a faculty member. Courses that satisfy the writing requirement include the Independent Study for Graduate Students as well as any of the four-credit capstone courses listed above.

This requirement may be waived by the associate dean for academic affairs, after consultation with the director of graduate law programs in some instances where circumstances indicate a more educationally profitable use of the candidate's time and effort.

Academic Good Standing

To remain in academic good standing, U.S. LL.M. students must maintain a 2.2 GPA. International LL.M. students must maintain a 3.0 GPA and will be graded using the grading norms and practices of the University of Dayton's Graduate School as a guideline.

LL.M. Admission Process

All candidates for the LL.M. degree are required to have a first degree in law from an ABA-accredited U.S. law school or from a foreign university authorized to confer such a degree by the government of the country in which it is located.

Academic, Professional and Personal Accomplishments

Applicants will be evaluated for admission on academic and personal criteria including prior academic performance in law school, undergraduate and other professional schools, as demonstrated by grade point average (GPA) in relevant course work, standardized test performance and other relevant criteria. We will also consider employment experience and other personal and professional accomplishments.

English Proficiency

All candidates for the LL.M. degree must be fluent in English. Learn more about our requirements for English proficiency.

Application Requirements

Learn more about application requirements and how to apply to the LL.M. degree program, click here.

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