Comparative Law, LL.M. | University of San Diego | San Diego, United States
12 months
1960 USD/credit 49000 USD/year
1960 USD/credit 49000 USD/year
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For over 40 years, the Comparative Law program at University of San Diego has provided international law school graduates with the opportunity to design a program that specifically suits their academic interests and professional goals.


Key Program Features

The Comparative Law program at University of San Diego offers candidates maximum flexibility in selecting courses from a contemporary and dynamic curriculum, and is ideal for attorneys, judges, professors and other graduates of international law schools.

USD was recently recognized as 1 of only 5 universities to receive NAFSA's 2015 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization. The award is given annually to schools that are "making significant, well-planned, well-executed and well-documented progress toward comprehensive internationalization."

Courses for this program may be selected from many subject areas, including Business and Corporate Law, Criminal Law, Environmental Law, Intellectual Property, International Law, and Taxation

Combining fundamental courses in U.S. Law with the opportunity to select from a broad variety of electives allows candidates to develop a highly personalized LLM program

Studying alongside JD and LLM students from the U.S. and around the world prepares LLM candidates to deal effectively with U.S. attorneys on questions of common interest, and to gain a comprehensive understanding of the law and policy in a wide array of subjects.

Career Advancement

Candidates work closely with the Director to design a program that fulfills not only the degree requirements, but also the candidate's professional goals

Our Career and Professional Development office offers individualized career counseling appointments, as well as many other resources ranging from networking events to résumé writing workshops to information about specific job opportunities

Students are invited to participate in internationally renowned job fairs designed specifically for international attorneys who are LLM candidates

Alumni of this program are employed in numerous legal fields in the United States and around the world, including as judges, government officials, and attorneys working in business and corporate law, taxation law, commercial and banking law and international law

Student visa regulations permit LLM candidates to gain additional practical experience by completing "Optional Practical Training," which allows students to find a placement with a U.S. law firm or agency for up to 12 months after finishing the degree

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Bankruptcy
  • Contract Drafting
  • Corporate Counsel Externship
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Tax
  • Finance & Accounting for Lawyers

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


25 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Apply online through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC)
  • Official Law School Transcript(s)
  • Official Law School Class Rank
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Please submit a brief personal statement (1-3 pages) which addresses: the nature and extent of your legal background, other related professional experience, why you will be a successful candidate for this degree, how you plan to make use of your graduate degree, and any additional information you deem important
  • Two letters of Recommendation
  • International applicants are required to establish English competency through successful completion of an English language test (TOEFL or IELTS) 
  • Letter of Good Standing

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    49000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1960 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    49000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1960 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for San Diego

1400 - 2455 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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