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LL.M. Degree Program in American Law

Located in the heart of downtown Boston, New England Law offers a Masters of Law (LL.M.) in American Law for lawyers with law degrees from institutions outside the United States who want to increase their knowledge of the American legal system. Students in the LL.M. program are often eligible for generous financial assistance at New England Law.

The LL.M. program features a thorough orientation to American culture and legal education. The major themes of the U.S. legal system are addressed, and students can choose to specialize in one of 11 areas of study.

Our students love New England Law and we think you will, too. Here’s why:

  • A world-class environment – Top credentialed faculty.
  • Downtown location in Boston, a premier city and legal community in the northeastern U.S.
  • Proven pathways to pursue your interests in many legal practice areas.
  • Real-world learning – Numerous opportunities to learn practical legal skills.
  • A global network of graduates spanning the United States, 39 countries, and 96 legal practice areas.

For more information about New England Law’s LL.M. program and our friendly, diverse student community, please contact us at admit@nesl.edu or 001-617-422-7210.

Program Overview

Do you have a law degree from an institution outside of the United States and want to learn more about the American legal system? Then the LL.M. degree in American Law is the right program for you.

An application fee of $100 (U.S.) and all supporting materials must be received by the law school by the priority application deadline of March 15, or the extended deadline of June 1 of the year a student seeks admission to the LL.M. Program.  If your first language is not English or if you did not earn a law degree at an institution where the primary language of instruction is English, you must take and receive a minimum score of 100 on the internet based test or 250 on the computer based test on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

TOEFL, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541, Telephone (609) 771-7100.

Register with LSAC, Then Apply

We recommend that applicants register with LSAC's LL.M. Credential Assembly Service. For a fee, LSAC will collect, authenticate and distribute a student's university records and TOEFL score, if required. Applicants must still complete New England Law | Boston's application and submit all required application fees. The LSAC service serves only to authenticate non-United States or non-Canadian credentials that are needed in addition to a completed admission application.

Applicants must comply with United States immigration laws regarding the study of law and are responsible for obtaining any required visas.

LL.M. Degree Program's Details

Degree Requirements

  • LL.M. degree granted: LL.M. in American Law
  • Length of Study: two consecutive semesters as a full time student, starting in fall
  • Required Credits:
    • 24 credit hours (approximately ten courses)
    • 2.0 minimum grade point average
  • Course and Writing Requirements
    • Constitutional Law
    • Law and Ethics of Lawyering
    • Substantial Writing Requirement (may be satisfied by completion of a seminar or Legal Research and Writing I or II)

Admissions Requirements

Law degree or equivalent from a university or law school outside the United States

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): minimum score of 250 on the computer based test or 100 on the internet based test
  • Completed application form by March 15 of the year a student seeks admission
  • $100 (US) application fee

Click the “Submit LSAC Application” button to begin your application process.

The application form is also available for download.

Curriculum

  • Constitutional Law
  • Law and Ethics of Lawyering
  • More than 100 courses offered regularly
  • Opportunity to specialize in area of expertise
    • Business Law
    • Civil Litigation
    • Criminal Law
    • Environmental Law
    • Family Law
    • International Law
    • Intellectual Property/High Technology Law
    • Public Interest Law
    • Real Estate/Land Use Law
    • Tax Law
    • Trust and Estates Law

Program

  • Expanded orientation program on American legal education and American culture
  • Faculty overviews of major themes in United States legal system
  • Individual faculty adviser for each LL.M. student
  • Designated LL.M. liaison library staff person
  • Presentations by leading area practitioners and officials

Living Arrangements

Centrally located, downtown campus surrounded by theaters and nightlife

  • Excellent access to public transportation
  • Housing information on the private Boston rental market provided
  • Additional orientation by J.D. students

Post Degree Opportunities

  • Qualification for one time, one-year visa extension for optional practical training that permits work in United States legal sector
  • Increased eligibility for application to sit for certain United States bar examinations

Tuition

$46,974 (U.S.) (2016-2017)

Nonimmigrant Student Requirements

New England Law | Boston is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.

Nonimmigrant students should be aware that any visa or entry requirements of the United States government are the responsibility of the student.

In addition to entry requirements, nonimmigrant entrants from all countries may also be required to register with the federal government.

Entry requirements and visa information are available from the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement website.