General LL.M.

  • Master of laws (LL.M.)
  • Starting date: May; August
  • Tuition Fee: $46,400.00 USD
  • Language: English
  • Program type: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Specialization: U.S. Law ; General law


Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. You should receive a decision letter within four weeks of our receipt of your complete application materials.

A complete file should include: 

  • This complete NUSL LLM Application Form 
  • A Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (CV) 
  • A two-page Personal Statement of Purpose written by you 
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts in a sealed envelope
  • Credential evaluation of your international first professional law degree transcript (if applicable)
  • An official score report for the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT®) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 

Note: If English is your first language or if you completed your first professional law degree in English, you are not required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score report. 

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The General LLM Program, which requires the completion of 33 quarter credits, features:

  • A Minimum of Required Courses: LLM students in the General Program who obtained their first law degree outside the US benefit from three foundational courses: Legal Research and Writing I & II as well as Introduction to the US Legal System.
  • A Maximum of Elective Courses: If you wish, you may focus your studies in a particular substantive area, such as corporate law, commercial law, trade law, public international law, intellectual property or international human rights.
  • Co-op: All LLM students in good academic standing spend a full quarter (10-11 weeks) completing a full-time legal practice experience. Co-op is an integral part of the LLM curriculum — no less important than your 33 credits of course work. Northeastern has developed placement opportunities with law firms, companies, clinics, court houses, government agencies, community organizations, NGOs and advocacy groups around the world. Where you do your co-op — where in the world and where within the profession — is up to you.
  • Independent Research and Writing: All LLM students identify an area of law they are interested in exploring in the form of an independent research project and paper.

Some of the areas in which you might focus are:  

  • Business, commercial and trade law
  • Public international and comparative law
  • Intellectual property law
  • Law and economic development
  • Human rights law
  • Health and social insurance law
  • Criminal law
  • Labor and employment law
  • Property law
  • Constitutional and comparative constitutional law

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