LL.M. candidates are required to successfully complete at least 24 credit hours of classes over two semesters of study. All LL.M. candidates must take Introduction to U.S. Legal Systems (Fall, 2 units), Legal Writing and Research (Fall, 2 units), and one of the following first-year required courses: Contracts, Torts, Criminal Law, Property, Constitutional Law, or Civil Procedure. The Associate Dean for Global Programs and the Director of International Students help students tailor their remaining courses to their own interests.
LL.M. candidates who choose to pursue a Certificate of Specialization in one of seven areas of specialization must earn at least 12 credits in their chosen area.
We offer LL.M. candidates approximately 130 courses including 50 small seminars. Our faculty nurtures students to develop their own arguments and to freely express their views in a supportive environment. Typically, most classes have 50 or fewer students and none are larger than 100. Few other U.S. law schools have as wide of a selection of courses open to LL.M. and J.D. candidates alike.
You can review a list of courses in our Academic Catalog. Please note that certain courses, particularly seminars, may not be offered each year.
All courses, with the exception of Introduction to U.S.Legal Systems and Legal Writing and Research, are taken together with UC Hastings Juris Doctor students.
All LL.M. candidates must attend a 2 week orientation program prior to the beginning of classes.