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Berkeley, California 985 Followers 522 Discussions
Berkeley Law Berkeley Law is one of the top law schools in the U.S. Berkeley Law offers four program options to earn the LL.M. degree: the traditional track, a 9-month academic year program; the hybrid option, one in-residence summer term bookended by 2 terms of online study (spring and fall terms); the professional track, in which students complete their degree over 2 consecutive in-residence summer terms; and the thesis track, a 9-month academic year program that includes a thesis.

Full-Time: LL.M. Traditional Track, LL.M. Professional Track, LL.M. Hybrid Option, LL.M. Thesis Track, J.S.D. more…

Distance Learning: LL.M. Hybrid Option more…

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Melbourne, Australia 159 Followers 96 Discussions
Melbourne Law School The online LLM (Global Competition and Consumer Law) is one of only a few courses in the world, that covers every major aspect of policy, law, economics and institutions in this field from multiple perspectives: government, practitioner, business and enforcement. If you are looking to establish or advance your expertise in the area of global competition and consumer law - this course is for you.

Full-Time: Master of Laws (LL.M.), Master of Banking and Finance Law, Master of Commercial Law, Master of Competition and Consumer Law, Master of Const... more…

Distance Learning: LL.M. in Global Competition and Consumer Law more…

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Boston, Massachusetts 290 Followers 329 Discussions
BU Law Boston University School of Law (BU Law) is one of America’s most distinguished law schools. The core of the BU Law learning experience is superior instruction and a supportive, dynamic learning environment in which professors guide, inspire and challenge. The school’s roughly 280 LLM students enroll in five distinct LLM programs, and bring an astounding mix of backgrounds and interests to campus, coming from law schools throughout the United States and from more than 45 countries worldwide.

Full-Time: LL.M. in American Law (for non-US lawyers), LL.M. in Banking and Financial Law, LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law, LL.M. in Taxation more…

Part-Time: Executive LL.M. in International Business Law more…

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New York City, New York 269 Followers 220 Discussions
Fordham Law Located in the heart of Manhattan, Fordham Law’s eight LL.M. degrees offer the opportunity to specialize in fields that are evolving as the law, economy, technology, and times demand. The breadth of offerings in each program is matched only by the enthusiasm and experience that our professors bring to the classroom. Students can gain experience from an externship or clinic and participate in our many Centers and Institutes, student organizations, and journals.

Full-Time: LL.M. in Banking, Corporate, and Finance Law, LL.M. in Corporate Compliance, LL.M. in Fashion Law, LL.M. in Intellectual Property and Inform... more…

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Houston, Texas 53 Followers 62 Discussions
Houston Law Center (UHLC) With more than 200 courses, UH Law Center’s curriculum is one of the most extensive of LL.M. programs in the U.S. Located in Houston, students will study in the nation’s fourth-largest city, which is also a global leader in healthcare, energy, international business and other disciplines. We offer six distinct programs that allow students to select a program that supports their professional and personal goals.

Full-Time: LL.M. in U.S Law, Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Law LL.M., Health Law LL.M., Intellectual Property & Information Law LL.M., Int... more…

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New Orleans, Louisiana 66 Followers 80 Discussions
Tulane Law Graduate legal education is a significant aspect of Tulane Law School. Tulane has a unique tradition in civil, comparative, and international law, as well as special expertise in maritime law and in energy and environmental law. Students and scholars come from all over the world to study at Tulane and to experience life in New Orleans, one of the most diverse and cosmopolitan cities in the United States.

Full-Time: General LL.M., LL.M. in Admiralty, LL.M. in American Law, LL.M. in Energy & Environment, LL.M. in International & Comparative Law, SJD (Doct... more…

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London, United Kingdom 68 Followers 141 Discussions
City Law School The City Law School is one of London's major law schools. Located in the heart of legal London, we offer courses for everyone interested in the Law profession, no matter what stage of your career or where you are from. Our personalised approach to your learning provides an intimate, friendly and stimulating environment to study. At The City Law School you will benefit from our student-focused services, high quality teaching staff and extensive connections with the practising profession.

Full-Time: Master of Laws (LL.M.), Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution LL.M., Criminal Litigation LL.M., Dispute Resolution LL.M., European Commerc... more…

By Research: MPhil / PhD more…

Distance Learning: International Business Law LL.M. more…

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Charlottesville, Virginia 178 Followers 194 Discussions
Virginia (UVA) Law Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Law is consistently ranked among the top-10 law schools in the U.S. Virginia's LL.M. program provides an American legal education to lawyers who have obtained their first law degree in their home countries. Through a highly selective program of fewer than 50 students, the Law School's LL.M. candidates take classes alongside J.D. students, allowing participants to fully engage in the community and plan their own courses.

Full-Time: General LL.M. more…

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Environmental Law

Environmental Law is an increasingly relevant LL.M. specialization as activists, businesses, politicians and policymakers grapple with climate change and how to prevent it. It is also an increasingly popular specialization among LL.M. students. Environmental Law programs cover local and international frameworks for environmental protection, the use of natural resources and climate change prevention. Students are also exposed to various related topics including water law, business and trade, indigenous land issues, environmental justice and historic preservation. An LL.M. in Environmental Law prepares students for work in private law firms, as environment and sustainability advocates, as educators and policymakers, and for work in international bodies.

Energy Law

Many governments and other bodies around the world play regulatory roles around energy, resulting in a complex patchwork of laws covering everything from coal extraction to pumping gas into a car. And increasingly, energy production intersects with laws governing environmental protection. With an LL.M. in energy law, students can come to terms with the various aspects of the energy field, and get caught up on recent regulatory shifts, economic changes, and the related forces that are continuously affecting the industry. Some LL.M. programs in energy also look at emerging trends in the field, such as the regulations covering the production of clean energy or changes in land use policies. An LL.M. in energy can help lead to careers in the public sector, in private law firms whose practices focus on the energy space, or NGOs and other international organizations.

Competition Law

Generally speaking, competition law—often referred to as antitrust law—seeks to prevent the rise of monopolies or cartels. Prominent cases like the litany of antitrust battles between Microsoft and the US government, as well as the legal difficulties that Google is facing as it expands globally, show the complex issues that firms face as they grow. Because of the delicate interplay between economics and competition, those who pursue LL.M.s in Competition Law might study a range of topics, from economic analysis to intellectual property rights. And indeed, graduates of LL.M. programs in Competition Law have gone on to provide expert advice in intellectual property and business law, serve with governmental and international regulatory bodies, and become specialized consultants for companies, legal firms and government.

Maritime/Admiralty Law

Maritime law—sometimes known as admiralty law—regulates activities that take place on the sea. Many countries have their own laws which govern maritime activities within their borders, but there are also various treaties and conventions which provide a framework for international maritime laws. Students pursuing an LL.M. program in Maritime or Admiralty Law will be exposed to a number of issues important in the field, including regulation of shipping, marine insurance, and international trade. And increasingly, LL.M. programs in Maritime Law are also exploring related topics, such as marine pollution and climate change. An LL.M. in Maritime Law can prepare grads for a variety of jobs, including maritime specialists in private law firms, legal analysts at maritime insurance firms, or positions at international bodies.

Banking/Finance/Securities Law

Thinking about doing an LL.M. in Banking or Finance Law? Many are, since the world’s banking, finance, and securities sectors—not to mention related industries—are huge, highly regulated, and constantly evolving. Because of the size and dynamic nature of these industries, the laws that govern them are often highly complex, which means that lawyers skilled in these areas can be in high demand. That's why the best Banking & Finance LL.M.s leverage up-to-date research in the fields, which may be produced by research centers that are hosted by law schools. These LL.M. programs will cover a range of financial topics, ranging from financial law to corporate law, and may address issues like central banks, mergers and acquisitions, and bankruptcy, among others. Some programs may also delve into subjects like corporate finance, international banking, and economics. 

An LL.M. program in Banking/Finance/Securities Law can prepare grads for a variety of positions in the financial sector: some LL.M.s go on to work for law firms representing financial services companies; others go on to help individuals or corporations navigate the complex web of contracts and regulations. Additionally, an LL.M. in Banking or Finance can help for those looking to land a job as in-house counsel at a bank or another financial services firm, or even in a regulatory body.

See the top 10 Banking & Finance LL.M. programs below.

Intellectual Property (IP) Law

Intellectual property law—often just called “IP” law—serves to protect the rights of the people who have created artwork, or who own patents, trademarks, and other intellectual property. As you might imagine, the legal issues involved in this area can be thorny—especially in the age of the Internet, when artistic works are shared every day, sometimes legally, and sometimes not—and experienced IP lawyers are often needed to do everything from filing patent applications to drafting licensing agreements, and even defending trademark owners from infringement in court. An LL.M. program in Intellectual Property Law can help legal professionals get caught-up with current laws around patents, copyrights, and antitrust issues; some LL.M.s might even delve into specific fields where IP law applies, such as entertainment law. Fortunately, there are many career opportunities for a legal professional who has an LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law. Indeed, there are entire law firms dedicated to IP law; jobs can also be found in the legal departments of non-legal firms that own or manage artistic works, technology, or other intellectual property.

Health/Medical Law

The healthcare field and related industries are huge: globally, at least two trillion dollars are spent each year on healthcare, according to some estimates. The sheer size of the field means that it’s governed by a complex set of laws, protecting patients, doctors, patents on medical devices, and more. The scope also means that LL.M. programs in Health Law and Medical Law can cover a huge array of topics, from contracts to bioethics. Grads who have LL.M.s in Health Law might go on to a variety of different careers, for healthcare providers, medical insurance companies, medical device manufacturers, and more.

European/EU Law

The European project offers a fascinating case study for LL.M. studies, looking at how the laws of European Union member states and those of their union intersect.

As common EU law increasingly permeates the law of individual member states, with legal integration a common goal, there are ample career opportunities for students doing LL.M. programs in European law. As if this area wasn’t already dynamic enough, the UK’s planned exit from the EU—“Brexit”—has thrown a spanner in the works, and European law scholars are right on the cutting edge, analyzing how European member states will negotiate its legal fallout. Those who pursue LL.M.s in EU law often head towards careers in European institutions – the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the European Central Bank – as well as roles in the commercial realm, in advocacy, management and academia.

US Tax Law

Taxation, and the laws that govern how it works, permeate the everyday lives of citizens all over the world. For lawyers in the US – as well as those based overseas whose practice touches on US tax laws – LL.M. programs in US Tax Law provide in-depth understanding and practical experience. An LL.M. in Taxation prepares graduates for working as tax specialists in law firms, in corporations wanting to plan and strategize their tax, in government and in academia. Other types of lawyers also work in response to tax policy: lawyers working in family law, property, finance, energy and healthcare can all benefit from specialized study in tax law.

International Tax Law

Globalization has created opportunities and challenges for the world’s international businesses, policymakers and governments. Taxing international dealings appropriately – and getting the best deal at the other end – has become a complicated task that demands experts in the field of international tax law. For those looking to comprehend how tax regimes around the world interact, LL.M.s in international taxation as well as related master’s degrees provide the opportunity to study how citizens, businesses and governments manage the challenges of international taxation. For those who pursue an LL.M. concentration in international tax law, careers in global corporations, policymaking, accountancy and government await.

Environmental Law / Energy Law / Resources Law

A listing of LL.M programs in Environmental Law and Energy Law, offered by law schools all around the world. Get info on LLM tuition, rankings, scholarships, TOEFL / IELTS scores, and more at LLM GUIDE.

Name School
Environmental Law Center International Scholarship Vermont Law School
Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic Fellowship Vermont Law School
The Faculty of Law Scholarship in Environment and Sustainability University of Ottawa - Faculty of Law
Institute for Energy and the Environment Global Energy LLM Fellowship Vermont Law School
George Perkins Marsh Conservation Scholarship Vermont Law School
Energy and the Environment Scholarship Vermont Law School
First Nations Scholarship Vermont Law School
U.S. - Asia Partnership for Environmental Law LL.M. Fellowship Vermont Law School
UNEP - Georgetown Law Center Global Environment & Sustainability Law Fellowship Georgetown University Law Center (GULC)
The Kololian Family Scholarship for International Law Students University of Ottawa - Faculty of Law
Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme University of Reading School of Law
Commercial Law Partner Discounts University of Reading School of Law
Public Law Scholarship University of California, Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall)
International Commercial Law Fellowship Pace University - Elisabeth Haub School of Law
Food and Agriculture LL.M. Fellowship Vermont Law School
Edward Barry McDougall Memorial Scholarship for Graduate Studies in Law University of Ottawa - Faculty of Law
George David Family Scholarships University of Edinburgh - Edinburgh Law School
The M. Elaine Johnston Scholarship University of Michigan Law School
Erin J.C. Arsenault Fellowships in Space Governance McGill University - Faculty of Law
LL.M. in the U.S. Legal System Scholarship University of Cincinnati - College of Law
Joseph Weiler Scholarship Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon (UCP) - Católica Global School of Law
Frederic G. Corneel Scholarship Boston University School of Law (BU Law)
RGSL Excellence Award for Outstanding Foreign Applicants Riga Graduate School of Law (RGSL) · Rīgas Juridiskā augstskola
The University of Dundee Global Excellence Scholarship Taught Postgraduate University of Dundee - School of Law
Global Health Law Scholars Georgetown University Law Center (GULC)
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