General LL.M. Program

  • Master of laws (LL.M.)
  • Starting date: Spring; Fall
  • Tuition Fee: $73,730.00 USD
  • Language: English
  • Program type: Part-time; Full-time
  • Duration: 1 year; 2 years
  • Specialization: Criminal Law; Labour; General law

About

Director: R. Fairfax, Jr.

 

The General LLM program allows the student to design his or her own course of study in order to examine a range of issues in U.S. law. Students working toward the General LLM should consult with the senior associate dean for academic affairs and the designated thesis adviser in order to design a comprehensive program of study tailored to the student’s specific needs. Students may wish to concentrate their studies in one or more areas, such as constitutional law, criminal law, labor law, corporate law, or health care law, but may select courses from all areas of the curriculum.Thesis (6690-91) and a minimum of 20 credits are required. If the thesis is waived, an additional 4 credits, including two graded on the basis of a research paper, are required.

Deadlines

U.S. Law School Graduates

Applications are due by May 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester. If you wish to submit an application after the deadline, please contact Graduate Programs at 202-994-0715 or grad@law.gwu.edu.

 

Non-U.S. Law School Graduates

All application materials must be submitted by March 15. For applicants who also wish to be considered for a scholarship, the application, along with all other required materials, must be submitted by March 1.

Curriculum

In order to earn the Master of Laws degree, all non-U.S. law school graduates must fulfill the following requirements: 

 

  • Completion of 24 credit hours, including the required curriculum in the specialized programs ; 
  • Attendance for a residence period of a minimum of two consecutive semesters; 
  • Achievement of a cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 at the time all requirements are met (2.67 for non-U.S. law school graduates who previously earned an LL.M. from a U.S. law school); 
  • Completion and acceptance of a thesis unless this requirement has been waived ; 
  • Completion of Law 694, Fundamental Issues in U.S. Law.


The General LL.M. students should consult with the senior associate dean for academic affairs and the designated thesis adviser in order to design a comprehensive program of study.

Students may choose to concentrate their studies in one or more areas, such as constitutional law, labor law, corporate law, and health care law.