American Legal Studies, LL.M. | Online | St. Mary's University | United States
24 months
1534 USD/credit 18408 USD/year
1534 USD/credit 18408 USD/year
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The LL.M. in American Legal Studies at St. Mary's University is a degree for internationally trained lawyers. American trained lawyers are not eligible.


This degree satisfies the U.S. legal education requirement for the LL.M. graduate to sit for the Texas, California or New York Bar exams. Some jurisdictions require additional components, such as pro bono service, and each candidate is responsible for determining those requirements as set by each state.

Earning a graduate law degree in English from a U.S. institution can give you a comparative perspective on practicing law in your own country as well as enhance your job opportunities. You will also gain insights into the workings of common law structure and procedures as well as American legal traditions and doctrine. Candidates will also be challenged through active classroom learning and the Socratic method. If you have an LL.B. and plan to establish eligibility to sit for a state bar exam this program is right for you and can provide the insights and networking opportunities to help you succeed professionally.

The American Legal Studies concentration at at St. Mary's University is now available through online course curriculum.

Why an LL.M.?

Twenty-four credit hours are required to earn the LL.M. in American Legal Studies. Students have two years to complete the degree, but can complete the program in two semesters of full-time study. Candidates for the bar are strongly encouraged to investigate the requirements for the bar and to enroll in the courses that will be tested.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • American Legal System
  • Legal English for Foreign Students
  • Legal Writing and Research for LL.M.
  • Civil Procedure
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • Property
  • Torts
  • Constitutional Law

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


24 SCH



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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Professional résumé
  • Personal statement (within 800 words)
  • Two letters of recommendation: Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation from law professors, employers or other persons familiar with their academic and professional qualifications. All letters must be submitted on official letterhead.
  • English language requirement: LL.M. applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) prior to their admission to the LL.M. programs.
  • Official transcripts: Transcripts must be sent directly from all schools that an applicant has attended. “Official” means a copy of your original document certified by an officer of your school and stamped with official seals. Faxed copies and photocopies of academic records will not be accepted

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18408 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1534 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    18408 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1534 USD per credit during 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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