LL.M. General Law Studies Curriculum

The program consists of 26 credit hours and must be completed within two years.

Required Courses

In the online track, students must take 13 credits from the following courses:

Professional Responsibility (2 credits)

This course is an examination of the rules that regulate the legal profession including The ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, the ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct, the California Rules of Professional Conduct, and the Washington Rules of Professional Conduct. This course will allow students to gain a thorough understanding of the topics covered on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination, the California Bar Examination, and the Washington Bar Examination, including lawyer advertising, solicitation of clients, specialization, conflicts of interest, competence, legal malpractice, fees, confidentiality, and obligations to clients, the court, and society. Students will apply applicable ethics rules to identify and resolve ethical problems within the practice of law.

Legal Research and Writing (3 credits)

Legal Research & Writing (“LRW”) teaches students the fundamental lawyering skills of legal research, legal analysis, and legal writing. The course builds upon student learning from the Introduction to U.S. Law and Legal Systems course. More specifically, LRW allows students to apply their understanding of the U.S. legal system to professional legal writing. Students find, classify, and utilize various sources of law through effective research methodologies.  Students learn organizational skills needed to produce written predictive and persuasive legal analysis. The course also reviews transactional practice and the professional ideals attorneys must consider when representing clients. Students will perform legal research, organize and draft written legal analyses and agreements, and prepare for bar examination performance tests.
 

Civil Procedure (3 credits)

This course examines the procedural aspects of civil disputes in the U.S., under both state and federal systems, and looks at the court systems and the processes of bringing and defending cases. The course will examine the unique U.S. process of the discovery of evidence, including depositions and document production.
 

Constitutional Law (3 credits)

This course provides a broad overview of Constitutional Law, with emphasis on the subjects of federalism, judicial review, due process, and individual rights.
 

Introduction to U.S. Law and Legal System (2 credits)

This course introduces principles and structures of the legal system in the United States. Students will learn about the U.S. system of government, the U.S. judicial systems at the federal and state levels, U.S. sources of law, common law methodology, and the roles of legal professionals. It is designed to familiarize the student with the relevant and governing legal principles which are used in American jurisprudence, including substantive and procedural law with emphasis on legal terminology in our contemporary legal system.
 

Elective Courses

In addition to the required courses listed above, online students may choose to take 13 credits of elective courses from offerings in the U.S. Law LL.M. Program and the Logistics & Transportation Program. Select online J.D. courses are also available to General Law Studies LL.M. students in the online track. You may review past J.D. elective course offerings by visiting the Academic Calendar for the Program HERE.

Sample Online “Asynchronous” Electives

Torts
Contracts and Sales
Evidence
Business Organizations
Criminal Law and Procedure
Real Property
Wills, Trusts and Succession Customs Regulation
Government Contracts and Procurement
Immigration Law
Employment & Labor Law
International Business Transactions
Admiralty & Maritime Law
 

Course Descriptions

You may review course descriptions for the U.S. Law LL.M. electives HERE.

You may review course descriptions for the Logistics and Transportation LL.M. electives HERE.

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