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LLM in American Law
"New England Law is a highly supportive environment, and everyone from students to staff is willing to help." —Heather Taylor, LLM student from Aberdeen, Scotland 

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 LLM in American Law is the right degree program for you.

Program Highlights

  • An orientation program on American legal education and American culture
  • Overviews by faculty members of major themes in the US legal system
  • An individual faculty advisor for each LLM student
  • A designated library staff person as a liaison to the LLM students
  • Presentations by leading area practitioners and officials


  • More than 100 courses offered, including Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, and Ethics of Lawyering
  • Opportunity to specialize in many areas, including:
    • Business Law
    • Tax Law
    • Intellectual Property/High Technology Law
    • International Law
    • Environmental Law
    • Civil Litigation
    • Public Interest Law
    • Real Estate/Land Use Law
    • Trusts and Estates Law
    • Family Law
    • Criminal Law

Living Arrangements

Our centrally located campus is in the heart of downtown Boston, surrounded by theaters, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. We offer:

  • Excellent access to public transportation
  • Housing information on the Boston rental market

Postdegree Opportunities

Our LLM Program provides our graduates:

  • Qualification for a one-time, one-year visa extension for practical training that permits work in the US legal sector
  • Increased eligibility to sit for certain US bar examinations

Degree Requirements

  • Two consecutive semesters as a full-time student, starting in the fall
  • 24 credit hours (approximately 10 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 the completion of a seminar or Legal Research and Writing I, II, or III)


  • $49,408 USD (2018–2019)
  • Students in the LLM Program are often eligible for generous financial assistance at New England Law.

Requirements for Admission

  • A law degree or equivalent from a university or law school outside the United States
  • A minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 250 on the computer-based test or 100 on the Internet-based test
  • More About Our Application Requirements

Requirements for Nonimmigrant Students

New England Law | Boston offers assistance with the visa process. Applicants must comply with US immigration laws. Nonimmigrant students should be aware that any visa or entry requirements of the US government are the responsibility of the student. In addition, nonimmigrant entrants from all countries may be required to register with the federal government.

Entry requirements and visa information are available at:

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