LLM GUIDE News Latests News Sun, 20 May 2018 17:56:42 +0200 <![CDATA[Boston University School of Law Announces New LL.M. Leadership Scholarships]]> Boston University School of Law has announced a new category of LL.M. scholarships set to be the highest-value awards offered to LL.M. students.

Students admitted to the LL.M. Leadership Program will receive LL.M. Leadership Awards, will enjoy the title of LL.M. Leadership Scholars, as well as access to special professional networking events throughout the academic year.

The small number of new scholarships are open to everyone applying to be admitted to BU Law's LL.M. program beginning Fall 2018, who have at least three years' work experience.

No additional application is required, but students will be selected based on their leadership potential, as demonstrated by their professional track records.

Read more on the BU news release announcing the new LL.M. scholarships. 

You can also learn more about the school's LL.M. programs by going to BU's Full Profile at LLM GUIDE.


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https://llm-guide.com/news/2018/05/boston-university-school-of-law-announces-new-llm-leadership-scholarships Fri, 04 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[City Law School Set to Launch an LL.M. in Maritime Law in Dubai]]> City Law School has partnered with the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Academy of Law to offer an LL.M. in Maritime Law in Dubai.

The new LL.M. is set to launch in 2019. It's designed for professionals, law graduates, and lawyers working in the maritime sector. It will cover a number of topics relevant to the maritime industry, including shipping contracts, insurance, admiralty practice, international sale of goods, and commercial arbitration.

Dubai's maritime industry is thriving due to the presence of one of the world's busiest ports. Dubai's shipping industry was expected to be worth some $66 billion in 2018, according to a 2017 analysis by Oxford Business Group.

The LL.M.'s content will be delivered by City Law School academics as well as practitioners and guest lecturers. Classes will be held in intensive weekend blocks, so that working professionals can fit the LL.M. into their busy schedules.

City Law School already runs an LL.M. in Maritime Law from its home campus in London. It also operates a Maritime Law LL.M. in Greece.

Please see the school's news release for more information about City's new Dubai-based LL.M. in Maritime Law.

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https://llm-guide.com/news/2018/05/city-law-school-set-to-launch-an-llm-in-maritime-law-in-dubai Wed, 02 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Institute for European Studies (IES) Announces LL.M. specialization in Data Law]]> The Brussels-based Institute for European Studies (IES) has announced the launch of a new LL.M. specialization in Data Law.

The new LL.M. specialization explore various topics related to data law, including cybersecurity, privacy, and data regulation. It will include the following courses: "International and European Data Protection Law," "Data Policies in the European Union," and "Case Study on Global Privacy and Data Protection."

Amid the fast-paced changes in this space—the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, goes into effect this month—an increasing number of law schools around the world have launched LL.M. programs in related fields such as cybersecurity.

In addition to the new specialization, IES also offers two other specializations as part of its LL.M. in International and European Law program: Public Law and Business Law.

For more information, please see the IES news release announcing the launch of the LL.M. specialization in Data Law. You can read more about the school's LL.M. offerings on IES' Full Profile on LLM GUIDE.

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https://llm-guide.com/news/2018/05/institute-for-european-studies-ies-announces-llm-specialization-in-data-law Tue, 01 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[George Mason Launches Online LL.M. in US Law]]> George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School has announced plans to launch a new Online LL.M. in US Law.

The new program is aimed at international attorneys who want to learn more about the basics of the American legal system and laws in the US. As such, the curriculum covers a wide range of topics in US law. Required courses include Introduction to United States Law, Economics for Lawyers, and Professional Responsibility. Students can round out their studies through elective courses covering topics like constitutional law, corporate law, criminal law, torts, trusts and estates, and conflict of law, among other electives. 

The LL.M. can be completed entirely online, and requires no attendance on campus.

George Mason's new Online LL.M. allows for a degree of flexibility, so that busy students can balance work and life commitments. The program can be completed in less than one year, according to the school.

To apply for the program, applicants should have completed a JD from an ABA-approved law school or an equivalent degree from a law school outside the US. Experience outside the US may be considered as well.

Some applicants may need to submit proof of English language proficiency, such as a TOEFL or IELTS score.

George Mason's new Online LL.M. in US Law is set to launch this fall and will offer a spring intake as well. 

For more information, please see the George Mason news release announcing the new Online LL.M.

The school also offers an Online LL.M. in Global Antitrust Law & Economics, as well as various in-class LL.M. programs. To read more, please see George Mason's Full Profile at LLM GUIDE.

 

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https://llm-guide.com/news/2018/04/george-mason-launches-online-llm-in-us-law Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Samford University Launches Online LL.M. and MSL Programs]]> The Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, in Alabama, has announced the launch of an Online LL.M. as well as an Online Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree programs.

The two programs will be delivered entirely online, and each will take 24 months to complete. The LL.M. is designed for lawyers who want to expand their knowledge of law, while the MSL is aimed at non-lawyers who are interested in pursuing a law degree.

The programs will offer concentrations in the following topics:

  • Financial Services Regulatory Compliance
  • Health Law and Policy
  • Higher Education Law and Compliance
  • Legal Project Management

Both the Online LL.M. and the Online MSL are set to launch this fall.

For more information, please see the Samford news release announcing the launch of the new Online LL.M. and MSL programs.

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https://llm-guide.com/news/2018/04/samford-university-launches-online-llm-and-msl-programs Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[US News and World Report Publishes 2019 Best Law Schools Ranking]]> The US News and World Report has released its annual law school rankings for 2019. 

Yale, Stanford, and Harvard are the top three schools, once again, in that order. In fact, the top seven positions are held by the same schools that held them last year.

There was some minor shuffling in the rest of the top 10. The University of Virginia, which was tied for eighth last year with the University of Michigan-Ann-Arbor, has fallen to spot number nine, where it's tied with the University of California at Berkeley (last year, Berkeley ranked 12th). 

US News determines the ranking by using metrics such as peer reviews, placement success, bar passage rates, and other factors. 

The publication also ranks law schools by specialty. For instance, Vermont Law School holds the top position for Best Environmental Law Programs, while Pepperdine University leads the pack for Best Dispute Resolution Programs.

The full law school rankings are available on the U.S. News and World Report website.

LLM Guide offers its own Top 10 lists for a various law specialities, focusing on LL.M. programs.

Below, you can find a list of the top 20 law schools, according to US News:

US News' Top 20 Law School Ranking 2019

2019 Rank Law School Change from 2018
1 Yale no change
2 Stanford no change
3 Harvard no change
4 University of Chicago no change
5 Columbia no change
6 New York University (NYU) no change
7 University of Pennsylvania no change
8 Michigan - Ann Arbor no change
9 (tie) University of Virginia -1
9 (tie) UC Berkeley +3
11 (tie) Northwestern - Pritzker -1
11 (tie) Duke -1
13 Cornell no change
14 Georgetown +1
15 UT Austin -1
16 UCLA no change
17 Vanderbilt no change
18 WUSTL no change
19 USC no change
20 University of Minnesota +3

 


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https://llm-guide.com/news/2018/04/us-news-and-world-report-publishes-2019-best-law-schools-ranking Fri, 06 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Florida's Stetson University Launches New Master of Jurisprudence Programs]]> Florida's Stetson University College of Law has announced the launch of three new Master of Jurisprudence programs, aimed at non-lawyers. 

The new programs include a one-year Master of Jurisprudence in International and Comparative Business Law, as well as two part-time programs: one in Healthcare Compliance and the other in Aging, Law, and Policy.

The M.Jur in International and Comparative Business Law will be a residential program, while the part-time M.Jur options will be delivered online.

All three M.Jur programs will start this fall.

Students who will need a visa should apply by April 1. The deadline for domestic applicants who do not need a visa is July 1.

Stetson University also offers a full-time LL.M. in International Law as well as Online LL.M. programs in Advocacy and Elder Law.

For more information, please see the Stetson news release announcing the new M.Jur programs.

Read more about alternatives to LL.M. degrees that do not require a background in law.


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https://llm-guide.com/news/2018/03/floridas-stetson-university-launches-new-master-of-jurisprudence-programs Wed, 28 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Penn Law Announces Two-Day Program on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)]]> The University of Pennsylvania Law School (Penn Law) has partnered with the SDG Fund to deliver a two-day program in Silicon Valley.

The forum will focus on sustainable development goals (SDGs) and how they intersect with business, technology, and human rights. It will be aimed at public and private sector sustainability professionals and will feature a variety of panel discussions and keynotes. 

The program will be held in Silicon Valley on May 17 and 18. 

For more information, please see Penn Law's SDGs, Business, Technology, and Human Rights program page.


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https://llm-guide.com/news/2018/03/penn-law-announces-two-day-program-on-sustainable-development-goals-sdgs Tue, 27 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Bucerius Law School Announces Full-Tuition LL.M. Scholarship]]> Germany's Bucerius Law School has announced a new full-tuition scholarship program for its Master of Law and Business Program (LLM/MLB).

As part of the new Bucerius Global Scholars program, two to four professionals will be awarded full-tuition scholarships (covering the program's 22,000 EUR cost), plus a living stipend. 

To apply for the new scholarships, applicants must submit an essay identifying a current legal or business controversy affecting a part of the world and present a solution to the controversy. Additional documentation, as well as a written statement about why the applicant should receive assistance, is also required.

Applications for the new scholarships are due on April 15.

For more information, or to apply, please see the Bucerius Global Scholars program webpage.

Read more about the law school on Bucerius' Full Profile at LLM GUIDE.

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https://llm-guide.com/news/2018/03/bucerius-law-school-announces-full-tuition-llm-scholarship Thu, 15 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[University of Utah to Launch a Master of Legal Studies Degree]]> The University of Utah's Quinney College of Law has announced that it will launch a new Master of Legal Studies degree program this fall.

The new MLS program is specifically designed for people interested in the law but don't want to practice as an attorney.

The program will be delivered on a part-time schedule, with classes held ever other Friday and Saturday. It will take three semesters to complete.

The MLS' course curriculum will includes classes like "Conflict and Legal Crisis Management;” “Contracts in the Modern Economy;” “Procuring and Managing Legal Services;” and “Lawsuits and Litigation.” Students will also be able to choose from a list of elective classes from the school's JD curriculum. 

An increasing number of schools are launching Master of Legal Studies degrees and other master's-level programs in law aimed at non-lawyers. These are different from LL.M. programs in that most LL.M.s will require a JD or other undergraduate law degree to apply.

Utah's new MLS program will launch in September 2018. 

For more information, please see the University of Utah's Master of Legal Studies program webpage.


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https://llm-guide.com/news/2018/03/university-of-utah-to-launch-a-master-of-legal-studies-degree Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[George Washington University Launches LL.M. Specialization in National Security and Cybersecurity Law]]> George Washington University Law School has announced plans to launch a new LL.M. specialization in National Security and Cybersecurity Law, according to the school.

With the new specialization, the school plans to leverage its Washington, DC location to help students understand core concepts in national security and cybersecurity law. Additionally, the curriculum will touch on a range of other topics, with classes like "Information Privacy Law," "E-Commerce," and "Counterterrorism Law," among others.

The new LL.M. specialization comes just over a year after the school opened its Cybersecurity Initiative, which puts on public events and publishes research in the cybersecurity space. 

An increasing number of law schools, mostly in the US, are offering LL.M. programs in Cybersecurity, which promise to help students hone their expertise in this burgeoning area of law. In 2016, the University of Maryland launched an LL.M. in Cybersecurity; Loyola Law School in Los Angeles also offers a similar program, while the New York-based Albany Law School recently announced an Online LL.M. in Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law.

George Washington's new LL.M. specialization in National Security and Cybersecurity Law will launch this fall. Interested parties may contact llmadmissions@law.gwu.edu or apply for the program.

Read more about George Washington University Law School on the school's Full Profile at LLM GUIDE.


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https://llm-guide.com/news/2018/02/george-washington-university-launches-llm-specialization-in-national-security-and-cybersecurity-law Fri, 09 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[e-fellows.net to Host LL.M. Days in Munich and Berlin This Spring]]> e-fellows.net will host one LL.M. day in Munich on March 17, with another to be held in Berlin on April 7.

Law students, trainees and interested LL.M. applicants will have the chance to meet representatives from law schools in the USA, the UK, Australia, Spain, and the Netherlands, who will present their Master of Laws programs and be available to answer questions about their programs.

The LL.M. days will include group sessions and a careers fair, plus lawyers from leading law firms will discuss their experiences on various LL.M. programs during a panel discussion.

The LL.M. Days will include the law schools from the following universities, with more to be announced:

  • Boston University (Boston, USA) – Munich only
  • Columbia Law School - Munich only
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, USA)
  • Emory University (Atlanta, USA)
  • George Washington University (Washington D.C., USA) – Munich only
  • IE Law School (Madrid, Spanien)
  • Penn State Dickinson Law (Carlisle, USA) – Berlin only
  • University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, USA)
  • University of Groningen (Groningen, Niederlande)
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, USA)
  • University of Sydney (Sydney, Australia)
  • University of Texas (Austin, USA)
  • University of Virginia (Charlottesville, USA)

Additionally, the LL.M. Day in Munich will also feature a presentation about the American Bar Exam and the British Solicitors Qualifying Exam, which will be of interest to those aiming to practice law in the future.

Interested participants must register on the e-fellows.net website. Applications close mid-March.


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https://llm-guide.com/news/2018/01/e-fellowsnet-to-host-llm-days-in-munich-and-berlin-this-spring Fri, 26 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[New Scholarship for LL.M. Students at The University of Groningen]]> The Netherlands' University of Groningen has announced a new scholarship available to LL.M. applicants who come from within the EU.

The 500 EUR scholarship, called the EU Talent Grant Law, is open to students who are planning to study on one of the law faculty's English-language LL.M. programs.

These include the Master of Laws in Energy and Climate Law, the Master of Laws in European Economic Law and the Master of Laws in International Human Rights Law, among other programs.

The scholarship covers about 25 percent of the LL.M. tuition fees.

Applications for the grant are now open, and will run until May 1.

For more information, see the program website.


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https://llm-guide.com/news/2018/01/new-scholarship-for-llm-students-at-the-university-of-groningen Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Baylor Law School Launches Executive LL.M. in Litigation Management]]> Baylor Law School has announced a new executive LL.M. designed to enable graduates to strategically manage litigation.

The Executive LL.M. in Litigation Management is expected to welcome its first class in fall 2018, and will focus on applying strategy and management skills to the business of litigation.

The 14-month program will primarily involve 10 hours of online learning per week, allowing students to keep up with professional commitments. But they will also gather on campus three times during the program for intensive residential study.

Applications are open now and more information is available on the program website.


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https://llm-guide.com/news/2018/01/baylor-law-school-launches-executive-llm-in-litigation-management Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Georgia State University Adds LL.M. Concentrations in IP Law, Environmental and Land-Use Law]]> Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta will soon offer two new concentrations on its LL.M. program.

From August 2018, LL.M. students will be able to choose concentrations in Intellectual Property Law or Environmental and Land-Use Law.

In the Intellectual Property (IP) concentration, students will learn how to apply legal concepts in different IP settings, including prosecution, litigation and transactional work.

Meanwhile, in the concentration in Environmental and Land-Use Law students will learn to work collaboratively with planners, engineers, developers and government officials, while using their legal skills.

The two new LL.M. concentrations offered alongside three existing concentrations that were aimed at foreign lawyers. The school says the new additions will allow American-trained lawyers to further their legal training in one of the two specific areas.

For more information, see the program website.


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https://llm-guide.com/news/2018/01/georgia-state-university-adds-llm-concentrations-in-ip-law-environmental-and-land-use-law Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[CUHK to Launch an LL.M. in Energy and Environmental Law]]> The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has announced plans to launch an LL.M. in Energy and Environmental Law in 2018.

According to the school, the program was designed to meet increased demand for legal professionals with expertise in energy, environmental and infrastructure law. The new LL.M. will address energy investment and trade, project finance and infrastructure development, clean energy and climate change mitigation. It will also delve into energy and sustainability challenges, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.

The required courses for the new LL.M. in Energy and Environmental Law include "International and Comparative Energy Law," "International and Comparative Environmental Law," "Principles of Environmental Law," and "Project Finance and Infrastructure Law."

Full-time students can complete the program in one year. Part-time students can typically complete the program in two years.

CUHK's LL.M. in Energy and Environmental Law will launch this fall. Applications are now being accepted.

For more information, please see CUHK's LL.M. in Energy and Environmental Law course webpage. Read more about the school's LL.M. offerings on CUHK's Full Profile at LLM GUIDE.

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https://llm-guide.com/news/2018/01/cuhk-to-launch-an-llm-in-energy-and-environmental-law Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[University of Amsterdam Launches Law & Finance LL.M.]]> The University of Amsterdam's Amsterdam Law School has announced that it will launch an LL.M. program in Law & Finance.

For the new LL.M., the Law School has partnered with the Amsterdam Business School. Like the other full-time LL.M.s at Amsterdam Law School, the LL.M. in Law & Finance is one year long and will be conducted in English. It will cover a variety of topics at the intersection of law and finance; courses include "Business Organisations and Corporate Finance Law," "Accounting and Financial Reporting," and "Insolvency Law and Corporate Finance," for example. 

According to the law school, this LL.M. may lead to careers such as legal counsel for in-house legal departments, consultants, and compliance experts in the financial industry, among others.

The LL.M. in Law & Finance will launch in September 2018.

For more information, please see Amsterdam Law School's LL.M. in Law & Finance program webpage.

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https://llm-guide.com/news/2018/01/university-of-amsterdam-launches-law-finance-llm Tue, 02 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Albany Law School Announces Online LL.M. in Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law]]> New York's Albany Law School is launching a brand new LL.M. in Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law, which, quite fittingly, will be taught entirely online.

Classes will include Cybercrime and Digital Evidence; Cybersecurity and Supply Chain Management; Cyberspace Law and Global Privacy Law, among others. There will also be a research and writing project included in the program.

The LL.M. in Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law is open to both domestic and international lawyers, who will be able to study online from anywhere in the world, without having to relocate.

Albany Law School also offers an online master’s degree in legal studies, with a specialization in Cybersecurity and Data Privacy. 

Increasingly, law schools are offering LL.M. programs in Cybersecurity for those interested in this burgeoning field.

For more information, visit the program website.


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https://llm-guide.com/news/2017/12/albany-law-school-announces-online-llm-in-cybersecurity-and-data-privacy-law Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Loyola Law School Launches New Bar Track for LL.M.]]> Los Angeles-based Loyola Law School is adding a new track to its LL.M., designed to streamline international students towards the California and New York Bar Exams.

The new Bar Track, beginning next semester, will help international students prepare to sit the bar exam, which allows them to practice law in the US. Usually this would mean having to undertake a separate course, following the LL.M. program.

The new track has three main parts: an intensive workshop weekend in the fall and an Essentials of Bar Writing course, plus students will be given additional exclusive bar resources in the lead-up to the exams in July.

Some students will also be offered one-on-one tutoring, where necessary.

For more information, see the Loyola Law School website.


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https://llm-guide.com/news/2017/12/loyola-law-school-launches-new-bar-track-for-llm Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Indian Bar Association Announces LL.M. India Fair Dates for May 2018]]> The LL.M. India Fair 2018 will be held on 9 May, 2018 in New Delhi and 11 May in Bangalore, hosted by the Indian National Bar Association.

The fair will be an opportunity for prospective Indian law students to connect with representatives from law schools in the US, Canada, Europe and Australia, and see which programs might be the best fit for them.

The following schools will be in attendance:

  • The University of Adelaide
  • USC Gould School of Law
  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • Nottingham Law School - Nottingham Trent University
  • St. Louis University School of Law
  • Monash University
  • The City Law School - City, University of London
  • Koc University Law School
  • The University of British Columbia
  • DePaul University College of Law

Prospective students can register for the events on the Indian Bar Association website.


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https://llm-guide.com/news/2017/12/indian-bar-association-announces-llm-india-fair-dates-for-may-2018 Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[University at Buffalo Announces New LL.M. in Environmental Law]]> The University at Buffalo School of Law is launching a brand new LL.M. in Environmental Law.

Students will study a range of environmental law topics, including land use, climate change policy, pollution control and international environmental law.

The program also offers plenty of opportunities for practical experience, including a large research project as well as a compulsory clinic, practicum or externship where students will work with clients on real environmental law cases.

The law school's location in New York State will provide a relevant backdrop to the program, with the nearby Niagara Falls as well as the Love Canal pollution disaster site both nearby.

The university itself has committed to achieving climate neutrality by 2030.


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https://llm-guide.com/news/2017/11/university-of-buffalo-announces-new-llm-in-environmental-law Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Virtual LL.M. Careers Fair Coming Up on December 1]]> Meeting with representatives from law schools and LL.M. programs can go a long way in making sure a program is the right fit for you.

But not all students are able to make campus visits or career fairs, which is why Career Eco is hosting a virtual fair for potential LL.M. students on December 1.

The fair, which will take place online between 9.00 am and 3.00 pm Eastern Time, will allow potential students to connect with representatives from a number of top US law schools, including:

  • University of Washington School of Law
  • UCLA School of Law
  • University of Virginia School of Law
  • Penn State Dickinson Law
  • Brooklyn Law School

and many more.

For more information, and to register, see the Career Eco website.


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https://llm-guide.com/news/2017/11/virtual-llm-careers-fair-coming-up-on-december-1 Wed, 08 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Info Sessions and Campus Visitors for LL.M. Applicants - Fall 2017]]> Many law schools are offering the opportunity to visit their campuses this fall, allowing LL.M. applicants to get a better sense of whether a school is the right fit for them.

Some schools' recruitment teams also travel around the country - and some internationally - to meet prospective students. Many schools have already announced dates for these events.

Here you will find info session details from the most-viewed law schools on LLM-Guide.com.

NYU

Stanford Law School

University of California, Berkeley Law

  • Law School tours taking place on November 17, followed by applicant info sessions with the Dean of Admissions 
  • The admissions team is also represented at many fairs and panels across the US 

Columbia Law School

  • Self-guided tours are welcome on a drop-in basis during office hours (Monday-Friday, 9.00am-5.00pm)
  • Their visitation program – including a tour of the law school and the opportunity to visit classes and the law library – will be held: November 9, November 22, December 7, January 11 2018, and February 1, 2018.

Georgetown University Law Center

  • Information sessions are scheduled occasionally. Check the school website for updates.

Harvard Law

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

  • Info sessions are posted on a rolling calendar of events on their website. Includes fairs within and outside the US.

University of Pennsylvania – Penn Law

  • The final info session will be held on November 6. This includes a student-led tour, a class visit and a Q&A with an admissions staff member. Registration required

George Washington University Law School

  • Info session dates will be published on the school’s calendar. They usually take place in the fall and winter leading up to a program beginning the following fall. 

University of Southern California (USC) – Gould School of Law

Boston University

Yale University

Northwestern University – Pritzker School of Law

  • Daily tours during the semester, as well as class visits, are available – register here.
  • For those unable to visit in person, the law school offers a virtual tour on its website. 

Fordham University School of Law

  • Make an appointment to visit the school on their website

University of Notre Dame Law School

  • During the fall, school visits are available Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays. These include a class visit, info session and tour of the school, plus optional Career Development Office info session and campus tour. 

Cornell Law School

  • Call to make an appointment for a school tour or class visit. More info here
  • The Cornell Law School recruiting team will be represented at law school fairs around the country. The schedule is on their website

University of Chicago Law School

  • Open House on November 20, including a school tour, class visit, and meet with students, faculty and staff. RSVP here

Duke University School of Law

  • Register for visits and guided tours on their website. There it is also possible to see a schedule of classes open for visitors.

University of Oregon School of Law

  • Prospective LL.M. applicants can register to arrange a visit.
  • The school will also be attending LSAC Law School Forums in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Boston in November.

University of Washington School of Law

 


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https://llm-guide.com/news/2017/10/info-sessions-and-campus-visitors-for-llm-applicants-fall-2017 Fri, 27 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Summer Law Programs 2018: Legal English & US Law]]> For non-native English speaking law students, Pre-LL.M. programs offer the chance to improve your language skills so you will be fully prepared for your LL.M. program when it begins in the fall.

Many law schools in the US and UK offer legal English courses over the summer, as well as programs on the local legal systems.

For those who aren’t familiar with US law, a short pre-law program can help them to cover the basics before starting their LL.M. program.

Here we list a number of summer law programs available to students preparing for LL.M. study.

You can also read more about summer law programs on the LLM GUIDE article Summer Law Programs for Incoming LL.M. Students.

LEGAL ENGLISH PROGRAMS

Washington College of Law - American University

Boston University

USC

Yale University

UC San Diego

Duke University

UC Berkeley

UC Davis

Vanderbilt University

Edinburgh University

Brooklyn Law School

Georgia State University

Fordham

George Washington University Law School

Georgetown University

LAW PROGRAMS

Boston University

Columbia University

Oxford University

Oxford Summer Law School runs 5 sessions:

  • Session 1: 1 July – 14 July
  • Session 2: 15 July – 28 July
  • Session 3: 29 July – 11 August
  • Session 4: 12 August – 25 August
  • Session 5: 26 August – 8 September

Yale University

Cambridge University

Washington University

UC Davis

Widener University

Bucerius

Cardozo

Cornell University

Fordham

Penn Law

Ohio State - Moritz College of Law

George Washington University Law School


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https://llm-guide.com/news/2017/10/summer-law-programs-2018-legal-english-us-law Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[The University of Hawaii at Manoa Lowers LL.M. Tuition]]> The University of Hawaii at Manoa's Richardson School of Law has announced that it is lower the tuition rate for its LL.M. program.

The program, which was previously priced at over $44,000, will now be available at $29,016.

The school is currently the only Hawaii-based law school ranked in the "Best Law Schools" ranking from US News & World Report.

Students undertaking the LL.M. at the University of Hawaii can pursue a number of specializations, including Business and Commercial Law, Conflict Resolution, Environmental Law, and Ocean Law & Policy, among others.

Applications for the LL.M. at the Richardson School of Law are accepted on a rolling basis between October 1 to May 1 of each year.

For more information, please see the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Richardson School of Law's LL.M. program webpage or the school's Full Profile on LLM GUIDE.


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https://llm-guide.com/news/2017/10/the-university-of-hawaii-at-manoa-lowers-llm-tuition Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[The Chinese University of Hong Kong Offers Three LL.M. Scholarships]]> The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Faculty of Law will award three scholarships for its LL.M. Programs for the academic year beginning fall 2018.

The LL.M. scholarship recipients will be chosen based on academic merit, as assessed by each applicant's application materials.

Application deadlines for admission to CUHK's LL.M. Programs are February 28, 2018 (1st round) and April 13, 2018 (2nd round).

Each LL.M. scholarship covers tuition fees, as well as a stipend for living expenses totaling $80,000 HKD.

For further information about the LL.M. scholarship, see the CUHK Faculty of Law website.

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https://llm-guide.com/news/2017/10/the-chinese-university-of-hong-kong-offers-three-llm-scholarships Wed, 11 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[LLM GUIDE Publishes New Top 10 Lists by Location]]> LLM GUIDE—the web's top destination for LL.M. applications, has published five new Top 10 Lists, which list the top LL.M. programs in specific geographical areas.

These editorial lists consider concentrations, existing rankings, and other factors to help future students find the best LL.M. programs in certain countries and some US states. The locations that the new Top 10 Lists cover are Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New York, and California. See links to the new Top 10 Lists below.

The new Top 10 Lists of the best LL.M. programs by location come just months after LLM GUIDE published its first series of Top 10 Lists. Those inaugural lists grouped the best LL.M. programs by law specialty, such as Banking / Finance, Environmental Law, and Maritime Law. Read more about LLM GUIDE's inaugural Top 10 Lists.

The new Top 10 Lists by location are designed to help potential LL.M. applications navigate an increasing range of LL.M. programs in popular destinations. 

Started in 2001, LLM GUIDE is the premier online source for LL.M. applicants, and lists over 2,500 LL.M.s and other programs offered by law schools all over the world. The site also hosts an active discussion forum, and regularly publishes news and articles for people interested in or applying to the world's top LL.M. programs.

LLM GUIDE's 2017 Top 10 LL.M.s by Location:

 

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https://llm-guide.com/news/2017/10/llm-guide-publishes-new-top-10-lists-by-location Mon, 02 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[George Mason Launches Global Antitrust Law & Economics LL.M. in an Online Format]]> George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School has announced that it will launch an online version of its LL.M. in Global Antitrust Law & Economics.

The online LL.M. is designed for busy professionals who can't afford to take a year off for a residential LL.M. Instead, this program is delivered through asynchronous online learning such as discussion boards, assessment activities, and more. 

It will take four semesters to complete the online LL.M. in Global Antitrust Law & Economics. The online LL.M. will not require any visits to the George Mason campus.

The program will provide students with "an advanced understanding of the laws that regulate the process of business competition and modern antitrust adjudication."

The school also offers an in-class version of the LL.M. in Global Antitrust Law & Economics. This program covers a range of topics, with classes such as "Global Antitrust Law," "Antitrust Economics," and "European Union Competition Law," for example.

Students who have attended a US-based JD program may waive one class from the online LL.M.

George Mason is currently accepting applications for the new online LL.M.'s inaugural January 2018 cohort.

For more information or to apply, please see George Mason's online LL.M. in Global Antitrust Law & Economics' course webpage.

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https://llm-guide.com/news/2017/09/george-mason-launches-global-antitrust-law-economics-llm-in-an-online-format Wed, 27 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Thomas Jefferson School of Law to Receive $25,000 Gift for LL.M. Scholarship Fund]]> The Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California will shortly receive a $25,000 gift for a new LL.M. scholarship fund.

The West Alliance LL.M. Scholarship Fund will provide tuition to students on the school's Online LL.M. program.

The scholarship fund will be made possible by a gift from West Alliance Injury Lawyers. The California-based firm specializes in personal injury law.

For more information, see the school's website.


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https://llm-guide.com/news/2017/09/thomas-jefferson-school-of-law-to-receive-25-000-gift-for-llm-scholarship-fund Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[e-fellows.net to Host an LL.M. Info Event in Frankfurt in December]]> The organization e-fellows.net will host an LL.M. info event in Frankfurt on December 2.

Attendees will be able to meet with law school representatives and learn about LL.M. programs offered all over the world. There will also be an LL.M. panel with lawyers from leading law firms and international companies discussing their experiences. 

To register for the event or to learn more, please see e-fellows' LL.M. info session webpage. Interested attendees must register by November 12.

The following law schools have already confirmed their attendance, with more to be announced:

  • Bond University (Gold Coast, Australia)
  • Cornell University (Ithaca, USA)
  • Emory University (Atlanta, USA)
  • George Washington University (Washington D.C., USA)
  • Golden Gate University (San Francisco, USA)
  • IE Law School (Madrid, Spain)
  • La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia)
  • Northumbria University (Newcastle, UK)
  • Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane, Australia)
  • UCLA, University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, USA)
  • UEA, University of East Anglia (Norwich, UK)
  • University of Groningen (Groningen, Netherlands)
  • University of Miami (Miami, USA)
  • University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia)
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, USA)
  • University of Sydney (Sydney, Australia)
  • University of Texas (Austin, USA)
  • University of Virginia (Charlottesville, USA)
  • UNSW Australia (Sydney, Australia)
  • Vanderbilt University (Nashville, USA)
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https://llm-guide.com/news/2017/09/e-fellowsnet-to-host-an-llm-info-event-in-frankfurt-in-december Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Fordham to Launch a Professional Track LL.M. Program]]> New York's Fordham Law School has announced plans to launch a new Professional Track LL.M. program,

In the new LL.M., students can begin their first semester in either August or January, then take up to 15 months off before completing the second semester.

Students who complete the program within two years of starting may become eligible to sit for the New York State bar exam.

The Professional Track LL.M. will offer students the option of specializing in one of eight areas:

  • Banking, Corporate and Finance Law
  • Corporate Compliance
  • Fashion Law
  • Intellectual Property and Information Technology
  • International Business and Trade Law
  • International Dispute Resolution
  • International Law and Justice
  • US Law

Fordham's new LL.M. is aimed at experienced lawyers looking to deepen their expertise or develop skills in a new field of law.

Fordham also offers a number of traditional, full-time LL.M. programs in areas like Banking, Corporate and Finance Law, Fashion Law, and Corporate Compliance.

Read more about the new Professional Track LL.M. on Fordham's website.

You can also browse Fordham's LLM GUIDE Full Profile for more information about the school's LL.M. offerings.


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https://llm-guide.com/news/2017/09/fordham-to-launch-a-professional-track-llm-program Thu, 07 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Samford University to Offer a Master of Studies in Law]]> Samford University's Cumberland School of Law has announced plans to launch a new Master of Studies in Law (MSL) program.

The new MSL will be delivered completely online and can be completed in 24 months (with students taking two classes per semester). Those who already have a JD can apply for advance standing, and reduce the amount of credit options that need to be completed.

Students in the new MSL may choose from one of four concentrations: Health Law and Policy, Financial Services Regulatory Compliance, Higher Education Law and Compliance, or Legal Project Management.

The program is designed primarily for nonlawyers interested in pursuing a graduate degree that will position them for advancement in their current field, although practicing attorneys may choose to pursue a degree that complements their current practice or opens doors to a new area of practice," says Laura Tomlin, director of graduate and professional programs at Cumberland School of Law.

As such, the new MSL will prepare graduates for careers in compliance, regulatory affairs, e-discovery, legal project management and more, according to Tomlin.

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Samford's new MSL is set to launch in the fall of 2018. 

For more information, please see the Samford news release announcing the launch of the new MSL.

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https://llm-guide.com/news/2017/09/samford-university-to-offer-a-master-of-studies-in-law Fri, 01 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Texas A&M Launches a Masters of Jurisprudence]]> Texas A&M University's School of Law will launch a new Masters of Jurisprudence this fall.

The new M.Jur. program will be held on the school's new center in San Antonio.

Students will need to complete 30 credit hours, which is about one-third of the credits typically required for a practicing lawyer’s Juris Doctorate degree. The program will cover principles of contract and commercial law, US and international legal perspectives on transactions, and more.

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The M.Jur is designed for working professionals who want to get a better understanding of how law impacts business.

The program will be delivered in a blended format, with classes meeting two evenings per week.

Texas A&M's main campus is in Fort Worth, Texas.

The school also runs several LL.M. programs, including a General LL.M., an LL.M. in Risk Management, and an LL.M. in Wealth Management.

For more information, please see Texas A&M's M.Jur. in San Antonio program webpage.


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https://llm-guide.com/news/2017/08/texas-a-m-launches-a-masters-of-jurisprudence Tue, 29 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) Extends its LL.M. Deadline to September 6]]> Applications for the Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) School of Law's LL.M. program will now remain open until September 6.

The school has allowed the extension following the inclusion of a number of new specialist modules.

QMUL School of Law offers a particularly broad range of modules, covering immigration law, insurance law, Islamic law, maritime law, arts and entertainment law and energy law, among many other subjects.

It is still recommended that applicants apply as soon as possible, particularly international students who need to allow ample time for visa processing.


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https://llm-guide.com/news/2017/08/queen-mary-university-of-london-gmul-extends-its-llm-deadline-to-september-6 Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[UC Berkeley School of Law Announces New Part-Online, Part-In-Residence Hybrid LL.M.]]> UC Berkeley School of Law is launching a new LL.M. hybrid option, which allows students to study online for two terms, with a summer term in-residence in between.

This new option will expand access to the program to those who are not able to take a full-year off work or live away from home for long periods of time.

The program will begin with the spring term, with students studying online from January to May.

This will be followed by the summer term, with students taking part in-residence in Berkeley. The in-house term will give them the chance to better network with their peers and program staff.

Finally, the fall term will be completed online, running until December, when students will complete a 1-unit online course and complete a 1-unit capstone project.

Aside from the schedule, the program will follow the same curriculum as the regular Berkeley Law LL.M. 

For more information, see the program website.


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https://llm-guide.com/news/2017/08/uc-berkeley-school-of-law-announces-new-part-online-part-in-residence-hybrid-llm Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[University of Cambridge Faculty of Law Announces New Commercial Law LL.M. Scholarship]]> The University of Cambridge Faculty of Law will soon be home to a new LL.M. scholarship open to those interested in pursuing careers in commercial law.

Commercial Barristers' Chambers One Essex Court has gifted the prize of 10,000 GBP and will offer a mini-pupilage to the scholarship recipient.

The winner will be chosen based on academic merit and the Faculty will prioritize applicants who would not otherwise be able to afford the study fees.


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https://llm-guide.com/news/2017/08/university-of-cambridge-faculty-of-law-announces-new-commercial-law-llm-scholarship Fri, 04 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Waseda University, Japan Announces LL.M. in Asian Economic Integration and Law]]> Waseda University Faculty of Law has announced an English-language LL.M. aimed at producing graduates equipped to work in the Asia-Pacific region.

The first cohort of the one-year full-time program will begin class in Tokyo in April 2018. 

The LL.M. is targeted at legal, business and government leaders looking to better understand how business and law intersect in Japan and its region.

The program will enable them to move into jobs where they can show business and legal leadership in Asia-Pacific.

For more information, see the program website.


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https://llm-guide.com/news/2017/07/waseda-university-japan-announces-llm-in-asian-economic-integration-and-law Mon, 31 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Emory to Offer an Online LL.M. Next Spring]]> Emory University School of Law has announced that it will begin offering its LL.M. online in spring 2018.

The online version of the school's LL.M. will be 15 months long and include three, 3-day residency sessions on the Emory Law campus in Atlanta.

Concentrations will be amiable in Business Law and Regulation and Healthcare Law, Policy, and Regulation.

The program is only available to applicants who have a JD degree from an ABA-accredited law school. It's scheduled to start in January, 2018.

Applications for the online LL.M.'s inaugural intake are due on November 15, 2017.

For more information, please see Emory Law's Online LL.M. webpage.

You can also read more about the school on Emory's Full Profile at LLM GUIDE.


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https://llm-guide.com/news/2017/07/emory-to-offer-an-online-llm-next-spring Thu, 13 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[University of Hawaii at Manoa Launches a Two-Year JD Program]]> The University of Hawaii at Manoa's Richardson School of Law has announced plans to launch a new, two-year JD program.

The Advanced JD—or AJD—will be open to both domestic and foreign-trained attorneys who are looking for a grounding in American law. For those who want to practice law in the US, the option of taking a US bar exam will be available. Foreign-trained individuals who pursue this program may be able to receive up to a year's credit toward a JD for their foreign law training.

The school will also launch a Doctor of Juridical Science program—or SJD—which will also be open to both domestic and foreign-trained attorneys. This program only requires one year in residence at the school; the goal would be for students to complete their dissertations by the end of the third year.

The University of Hawaii also offers an LL.M program with a number of available concentrations.

For more information, please see the University of Hawaii news release announcing the launch of the new programs.

You can read more about the University of Hawaii on the school's Full Profile at LLM GUIDE.

Read more about how a growing number of law schools are launching Two-Year JD programs aimed at foreign-trained attorneys.


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https://llm-guide.com/news/2017/07/university-of-hawaii-at-manoa-launches-a-two-year-jd-program Fri, 07 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Applications Still Open For These LL.M. Programs Beginning Fall 2017]]> If you're looking to start an LL.M. this fall and haven't completed all your applications just yet, you're not totally out of luck.

A number of schools in the UK and Europe, as well as a small handful in the US, are still accepting applications.

Here we list a number of schools in the UK, US, France, Germany, Spain and cross Europe where you can still submit your LL.M. application in time to begin this fall.

Please always double-check the law school's website to confirm final deadlines.

US

Boston University School of Law

  • Domestic applicants: July 31

American University - Washington College of Law

  • Domestic Students - July 1

Loyola University Chicago

  • Fall enrolment deadline: July 1
  • Online LL.M. deadline: August 1

New York Law School (NYLS)

  • Rolling admissions. Priority deadlines: August 1

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

  • Fall enrollment deadline for US citizens, permanent residents and applicants with F-1 visas: August 1

University of Oregon School of Law

  • Fall enrollment deadline for domestic students, transfer students, and students who have an F-1 visa: July 31

UK and Ireland

Queen Mary

  • July 31

Edinburgh

  • July 25

Glasgow

  • July 21 (international)
  • August 25 (EU/UK)

Aberdeen

  • July 29

Essex

  • July 1

Manchester

  • June 15 for international applicants
  • August 15 for EU applicants.

Dundee

  • July 31

Warwick

  • July 31 (international)
  • No formal deadline (EU/UK)

Northumbria

  • July 31 (international)

Cardiff

  • July 24 (latest)

UCD Dublin

  • July 31

Leeds

  • LL.M.: June 30 (international)
  • July 31 (UK/EU)

Leicester

  • August 31

Queen's Belfast

  • Up to end of August

Europe

Austria

University of Vienna (European and International Business Law Program)

  • August 31

Belgium

Ghent University

  • Deadline: Early July

France

University of Liège - Liege Competition and Innovation Institute

  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until program start in mid-September

Queen Mary (QMUL) - Paris

  • July 7

Sorbonne University International

  • Deadline: September for an October start

Paris I – Sorbonne

  • Deadline: September 20

Germany

ILF Institute for Law and Finance at Frankfurt University

  • Applicants from Germany: August 15
  • Applicants from all EU/EEA countries, Australia, Canada, USA, Japan, Israel, South Korea and New Zealand: July 31
  • All other nationalities: June 30

Munich University

  • Application deadline: July 15

Europa-Institut - Universität des Saarlandes

  • Deadline: September

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU Berlin)

  • Application deadline: September 11

The Netherlands

Erasmus School of Law

  • Deadline, LL.M., international students: July 1
  • Deadline, LL.M., EU students: August 1
  • Deadline, LL.M., Dutch students: August 15

Portugal

Lisbon Católica

  • Rolling application deadlines, program starts in September

Spain

IE Law School

  • Rolling deadlines

ISDE

  • Rolling deadlines

ESADE Law School

  • Rolling deadlines

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https://llm-guide.com/news/2017/06/applications-still-open-for-these-llm-programs-beginning-fall-2017 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Georgia State Law to Launch an LL.M. in Health Law]]> Georgia State University College of Law (GSU Law) has announced plans to launch an LL.M. in Health Law this fall.

The new LL.M., offered through the school's Center for Law, Health & Society, is designed to prepare graduates to work in practice or policy work in the health law field. 

The required courses for the LL.M. cover various topics topics in health law, including finance & delivery and quality and access. For the remainder of the program, students can choose from a variety of elective courses. 

The new LL.M. in Health Law will be available in full- and part-time formats. 

GSU Law also offers a Health Law certificate option for its JD students.

The school strongly advises that applicants have three years of post-JD experience prior to enrolling in the LL.M.

For more information, please see GSU's LL.M. in Health Law course webpage.

Read more about GSU Law's LL.M. programs on the school's Full Profile at LLM GUIDE.

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https://llm-guide.com/news/2017/06/georgia-state-law-to-launch-an-llm-in-health-law Thu, 08 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Applications Now Open for Pepperdine University's New Online Master of Legal Studies]]> Pepperdine University School of Law is now accepting applications for the school's new Online Master of Legal Studies, with the first cohort of students expected to begin the program in August.

The online master program - which can be completed in a few as 16 months - enables students to undertake the study without having to relocate, minimising disruption to their work and family lives.

The program is designed for mid-career professionals who are non-lawyers, equipping them with the skills and expertise to deal with legal and regulatory challenges in various industries.

Students can opt to study for the concentration in dispute resolution as part of the program.

Two in-person residencies at the school's Malibu campus in California will allow students to forge deeper connections with fellow students and faculty.

The program's first application deadline is coming up on June 9.


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https://llm-guide.com/news/2017/05/applications-now-open-for-pepperdine-university-s-new-online-master-of-legal-studies Fri, 26 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[The Guardian Releases 2018 Law School Ranking]]> As part of its annual university guide, UK publication The Guardian has released the 2018 edition of League Table for Law, which ranks law schools in the UK.

As was the case last year, Cambridge tops this year's ranking, and is followed immediately by Oxford.

Queen Mary (QMUL) has risen two spots this year to take the number-three position.

Durham has also risen and this year places fourth.

LSE, which was ranked third last year, has dropped to fifth for the 2018 ranking. Dundee has climbed from position eight to number six.

The University of East Anglia has jumped from number 10 last year to number seven this year.

Leeds—which rose 14 spots—York and UCL round out the top ten, in that order. You can see the top 20 law schools and their changes from last year, below.

For its university guide, the Guardian ranks the schools based on a variety of metrics, including student satisfaction, student to staff ratio, and the percentage of graduates who find graduate-level jobs within six months of graduation.

See more about rankings on  LLM GUIDE's LL.M. Rankings page.

The Guardian's 2018 Law School Ranking

2018 Rank Law School Change from 2017
1 Cambridge no change
2 Oxford no change
3 QMUL +2
4 Durham +3
5 LSE -2
6 Dundee +2
7 UEA +3
8 Leeds +14
9 York +9
10 UCL -5
11 KCL -7
12 Edinburgh Napier +12
13 London South Bank +45
13 Queen's, Belfast -2
15 Kent no change
15 Nottingham +2
17 Aberdeen -4
18 RGU -9
19 Edinburgh -7
20 Ulster +19
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https://llm-guide.com/news/2017/05/the-guardian-releases-2018-law-school-ranking Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[Fordham University School of Law Launches Legal English Institute]]> Fordham University School of Law is launching a Legal English Institute which will run a Legal English program for international law students.

Students can choose between credit and non-credit study on the program which will be taught in Manhattan, New York City.

The three-and-a-half month program is a little longer than the standard Legal English summer program that many other law schools offer. But those who choose the for-credit option can use it as the beginning of their LL.M. studies, needing only two additional semesters of study to obtain a full LL.M.

The program, which will run for the first time beginning this August and then again in January, includes an introduction to the U.S. legal system and courses in lawyering skills, communication for lawyers and legal professional identity.

The program is open to students who have studied law outside the United States.

Contact Fordham University School of Law for more information on the program.


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https://llm-guide.com/news/2017/05/fordham-university-school-of-law-launches-legal-english-institute Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[New Scholarship on Offer for NYU Law's Graduate Tax Program]]> New York University School of Law will soon be home to the McDermott Will & Emery Scholarship, named after the international law firm offering the award.

The annual $10,000 scholarship will be awarded to an LL.M. student on the Graduate Tax Program who is interested in focusing on Estate Planning Studies.

Applicants will be assessed on academic excellence and their potential to contribute to the field of estate planning.

Recipients will be expected to publish an article on a topic related to estate planning during the academic year.

For more information about the program and scholarships, see the program website.


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https://llm-guide.com/news/2017/05/new-scholarship-on-offer-for-nyu-law-s-graduate-tax-program Fri, 19 May 2017 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[A New Cross-Border Legal Studies LL.M. from the University of Buffalo School of Law]]> From fall 2017 the first students will be admitted to the University of Buffalo's new Cross-Border Legal Studies LL.M. program, which aims to prepare students for cross-border legal interactions in their future careers.

The program will cover various kinds of cross-border legal issues including trade, tax, immigration, real estate and corporate law.

The University of Buffalo is located in New York state, just 20 minutes from the border with Ontario, Canada.

The program aims to make use of its unique location by exposing students to legal interactions playing out across this border.

The school says many of its alumni already deal in these kinds of cases both in Buffalo and Ontario, so the program's focus makes sense for students hoping to make connections and work in the region.

International students are also welcome to apply for the program; they will be offered a legal writing and research class, as well as an introduction to the US legal system.

Graduates with a first law degree may apply for the program. More information is available on the program website.


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<![CDATA[Maastricht University to Run Intensive Course in International Tax Law & Policy]]> Maastricht University's new Excellence Course in International Tax Law & Policy will commence in January 2018 and run for 10 weeks.

The program aims to critically study OECD and UN tax treaties, and will also cover cases from other countries, as well as subjects like transfer pricing. 

The intensive course will run over four or five days for each of the 10 weeks and is worth 12 ECTS, which can be applied to the university's LL.M. in International & European Tax Law, should a student wish to transfer to the full LL.M. program.

The program has five places available to non-LL.M. students, with 10 LL.M. students making up the rest of the class.

The course fees are 5000 EUR.

For more information, please see Maastricht University's Excellence Course in International Tax Law & Policy webpage.


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<![CDATA[University of Ottawa Launches New LL.M. in Health Law, Policy and Ethics]]> The University of Ottawa's Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics is now accepting applications for the university's newest LL.M. concentration in health law.

The new concentration is available to those who select the LL.M. in Research.

The program will run for the first time in the 2017-2018 academic year.

Courses are offered in English and French, and applicants are encouraged to get in touch with the centre about their research interests in order to see what the program can offer them.

The Centre's faculty include academics researching topics like informed consent, reproductive technology, health system governance, refugee and migrant health, mental health law and biotechnology, among other subjects.

Graduates will be well-equipped for careers in academia, healthcare governance, health professional associations, hospital associations and insurance companies.

The Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics welcomes applicants from Canada and the world, and says financial support is available.

More information and scholarship details can be found on the program's brochure (available online as a pdf).


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<![CDATA[Melbourne Law School Offers New Scholarship For LL.M. & JD Students From India]]> Melbourne Law School has announced a new scholarship for international students from India who have been accepted onto the school's LL.M. or JD program.

The Alex Chernov Scholarship will be awarded for the first time in 2017 for students commencing in 2018.

The scholarship will cover the tuition fees for the three-year Juris Doctor program or the one-year LL.M. program.

The scholarship is named after Hon Alex Chernov AC QC, a Melbourne Law School alumnus who is a former governor of the Australian state Victoria, where Melbourne is the capital.

He was previously a Judge of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria and Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, and founded the Australia India Institute.

The scholarship recipient will be mentored by Chernov.

The aim of the scholarship is to promote business connections between Australia and India.

Students offered a place on either of these programs will automatically be considered for the scholarship.

For more information, see the school's website.


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<![CDATA[Boston University School of Law Launches Online Certificate in Financial Services Compliance]]> The new certificate in Financial Services Compliance at Boston University School of Law can be completed entirely online, allowing professionals both from law and other professions to study alongside their work from wherever they are.

The certificate program is taught by  the same faculty on the school's Graduate Program in Banking & Financial Law.

The 12-credit certificate program, to begin in Fall 2017, builds on the school's existing Graduate Tax Program and the Executive LL.M. in International Business Law.

Courses will include Fundamentals of Compliance, Defining a Robust Financial Services Compliance Function, Financial Services Compliance & the Management of Risks, Consumer Financial Services and Banking Structure & Regulation.

Certificate program graduates who then wish to pursue a full LL.M. program and are admitted will be able to apply their 12 certificate credits to the 24-credit LL.M.

For more information and to apply visit the program website.


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