Master of Law (LLM) Application and Brochure
Howard University School of Law
Dear Prospective Applicant,
The application is available from October 1, 2014 through March 15, 2015. We recommend applying as soon as possible.
THE MASTER OF LAWS PROGRAM (LL.M.)
The LL.M. program is designed to take advantage of both the academic strength of the School of Law and the resources available in Washington, D.C. Students observe both academic and practical aspects of the law and legal thought through basic courses and seminars that are supplemented by symposia, roundtable discussions, and L.L.M. forums. At the forums, L.L.M candidates discuss certain aspects of the law in their respective countries. L.L.M. students are encouraged to write a thesis under the supervision of faculty members, with the goal of seeking its proper publications.
The School of Law offers a general L.L.M. or a specialized L.L.M. degree. All degree candidates must successfully complete the following requirements:
•Credits – Earn a total of 24 academic credits.
•Required Course – Complete successfully the 2-credit course on “Legal Methods”.
•Residency – Be registered as a full-time resident for a minimum of 2 consecutive semesters.
•Research and Writing – Complete 4 hours of writing, either by writing a 4 credit thesis or by writing research papers in 2 seminars.
•General requirements – Otherwise satisfy the School of Law’s requirements for graduation.
•Specialized requirements – additional certificate in Comparative and International Law requires a minimum of 15 academic credits of designated courses in Comparative & International Law, with all writing requirements to be completed in that area of study.
Grading is on a numerical scale of 50-100. As an LL.M. candidate, you must maintain a minimum grade point average of 77 (C+). However, LL.M. candidates must earn a grade of no less than 70 (C) in each course in order to receive credit for that course. There is one special circumstance: the minimum acceptable grade for a thesis is 80 (B).
Although the School of Law maintains a basic law school curriculum to satisfy its J.D. candidates, it also offers a range of elective courses that change periodically. As an LL.M. candidate, you may select from the various courses as you design a program that interests you the most. LL.M. candidates are free to choose either a thesis or 2 seminars to fulfill the writing requirement. Many other combinations are possible. *Below are a few sample programs, based on a 12-15 credit hour semester schedule.
HUMAN RIGHTS (28 credits with thesis)
Comparative Law—3 credits (seminar) Constitutional Law I—3 credits Constitutional Law II—3 credits International Law—3 credits International Law of Human Rights—3 credits (seminar) Race, Law, and Change—3 credits (seminar) Civil Rights Planning—3 credits Administrative Process and Civil Rights—3 credits Thesis—4 credits Death Penalty— (seminar)
PRIVATE INTERNATIONAL LAW (32 credits with seminars)
Comparative Law—3 credits (seminar)
Conflicts of Law—3 credits Contracts—5 credits Corporations—3 credits Federal Taxation—3 credits International Law—3 Credits International Business transactions—3 credits (seminar) International Economic Law and Organization—3 credits (seminar) International Sales—3 credits Problems of World Order—3 credits (seminar) Thesis—4 credits
As an LL.M. candidate, you must have a first degree in law from an accredited law faculty of a foreign law school or an equivalent qualification to be determined by the School of Law’s Graduate Committee, along with a demonstrated high degree of academic excellence and promise.
Before your application can be reviewed, the Director of the Graduate Program must receive the following documents:
•A completed Application for admission to the School of Law’s LL.M. Program.
•A brief (2—3 pages) autobiographical statement that is typed and describes your professional goals and the role of an LL.M. degree in fulfilling those goals.
•Official transcripts of your record from both the university you attended as an undergraduate and the institution you attended for legal study. Each institution must send original transcripts directly to the Director of the Graduate Program.
•An essay in English of 5 typed pages written by you and describing either an aspect of your country’s legal system or your intended thesis dissertation.
•For applicants whose mother tongue is not English or for applicants from non-English-speaking countries, the results of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language Test) Test showing you have achieved a score of 550 paper Based Test (PBT) or higher, 79/80 Internet Based Test (IBT) score.
Inquiries about the TOEFL Test, should be directed to The Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08540, U.S.A., Attention: TOEFL.
•Two letters of recommendation as to your character and academic potential for participating in a graduate law program. At least one letter of recommendation must be written by a member of your law school’s faculty. Recommendations must be from persons not related to you and must be sent by each person directly to the Office of Admissions.
•A nonrefundable application fee of $60 in the form of a cashier’s check or money order listing Howard University as payee. No personal checks will be accepted.
•One passport-size photograph.
•Proof of the ability to study in the USA
•Statement of Financial Resources showing the ability to pay for the program no earlier than two months prior to enrolling.