LL.M. in American Law

  • Master of laws (LL.M.)
  • Starting date: January; August
  • Tuition Fee: $51,500.00 USD
  • Language: English
  • Program type: Full-time
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Specialization: U.S. Law

Program description

Syracuse Law's LL.M. in American Law is a 24-credit program. Students may enroll in either the fall or the spring semester, and will complete their program over the course of one academic year. LL.M. students enroll in courses to teach the foundations of the American legal system and are fully-immersed in the College of Law community, taking their elective courses alongside our J.D. students.


The College of Law offers more than 100 courses in substantive legal topics as well as specializations including Intellectual Property & Technology Commercialization Law; International & Comparative Disability Law; International Business Transactions, Corporate, & Commercial Law; International Human Rights Law & International Criminal Practice & Procedure and National Security & Counterterrorism Law.


The ability to refine your English-language skills, tailor your studies, engage with internationally-known faculty, and receive personalized academic and career counseling are just some of the attractive and unique features of our program.



The College of Law’s course offerings are divided primarily on a semester basis (Fall and Spring) constituting one full academic year. LL.M. students must complete 24 Law credits (minimum 12 credits per semester) in the academic year to qualify for graduation.


Each student must fulfill the Writing Requirement in either semester by producing a 25-page (minimum) research paper that can be accomplished through one of our many seminar classes or by Independent Research credit.


Required Courses :


  • Introduction to American Legal Studies
  • Legal Writing for LL.M. Students
  • International LL.M. Skills Course
  • Professional Responsibility
  • A Writing Requirement

Elective courses :

Students are provided with personalized academic advising, a Faculty Advisor, a Faculty Mentor, and peer mentors to assist in selecting courses based upon their own professional goals and interests.



Our LL.M. students are encouraged to enroll in courses that satisfy their professional and academic interests. For a complete list of courses with descriptions, please review our Course Descriptions and Course Options by Subject