LL.M. students attend classes full-time for one nine-month academic year, commencing in mid-August with a Fall semester of fifteen weeks. The LL.M. Program begins one week prior to the start of classes with a short summer course, American Law in a Global Context, designed exclusively for LL.M. students who do not hold a prior U.S. law degree. Following final examinations and Winter Break in December, classes resume in early January for the second and final fifteen-week semester, which concludes with law school Commencement in mid-May.
Twenty-two (22) units of credit, over two semesters, are required to obtain the LL.M. degree. Students may enroll in a minimum of eight (8) and a maximum of fourteen (14) units per semester. Aside from the short summer course for students who do not hold a prior U.S. law degree, there are no required courses for the LL.M. degree.
LL.M. students create their own program of study from our rich selection of advanced course offerings, and take these classes alongside the Law School's Juris Doctor (J.D.) students. Prospective students should bear in mind that, due to curriculum scheduling and faculty availability, not every class listed is taught each year. This is most often true in the case of specialized seminars. The final schedule of classes will be available shortly before the enrollment process begins in mid-July.
For further information about LL.M. degree requirements and UCLA School of Law policies, please see the LL.M. Summary of Academic Standards and the Frequently Asked Questions.
LL.M. students have the ability, should they choose, to pursue a specialized LL.M. degree. Specializations are available in the following fields, in which UCLA ranks among the top law schools in the nation:
With the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies, students may also develop their own specializations in fields of their choice. Please note, however, that students may not create individualized specializations that are substantially similar to existing specializations.
*Specialization requires a separate admission. Admitted students will receive further information.