American Legal System for Foreign-Educated Lawyers and Professionals—LL.M. and M.J.* (East Lansing, Michigan)
LL.M. and M.J. candidates are required to successfully complete a total of 24 credits* during their years of study in the United States, and spend roughly half of their credits in J.D. classes with American students. Required courses include:
- Research, Writing & Advocacy: International LL.M. (3 cr.)
- Three of the following:
- American Constitutional Law for LL.M. (3 cr.)
- Business Enterprises (3-4 cr.)
- Civil Litigation Practice and Procedure for Foreign Lawyers (3 cr.)
- Contracts (3-4 cr.)
- Criminal Law (3 cr.)
- Criminal Procedure I (LL.M.) (3 cr.)
- Professional Responsibility (3 cr.)
- Other core courses as approved by the faculty
- additional classes to total 24 credits.*
Beginning in Fall 2014, students whose English language skills fall below a defined level may be required to take the following three courses in our Law Institute, or Legal English bridge program) and complete a total of 33 credits to graduate (courses vary by semester), These courses must be completed successfully before the student can enroll in traditional LL.M. course work. Students take these courses along with one full academic course, such as Civil Litigation Practice and Procedure for Foreign Lawyers, or American Constitutional Law-LL.M..
- Reading Comprehension for Foreign Lawyers
- Advocacy for Foreign Educated Lawyers or Negotiation for Foreign Educated Lawyers
- Legal English I for Foreign Lawyers
Course offerings may vary from year to year.
Students must complete the LL.M./M.J. degree in no more than two years.
*M.J. students (students without a prior degree in law) must complete 26 credits (i.e., they must complete a 2-credit “Foundations of Law” class (offered online)).