LL.M. in American Law (NEW)

  • Master of laws (LL.M.)
  • Starting date: July; August
  • Tuition Fee: $52,000.00 USD
  • Language: English
  • Program type: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Specialization: Legal Practice; U.S. Law


This degree is intended primarily for international students who hold a first degree in law (JD or LLB or equivalent) from a non-U.S. law school and who wish to establish eligibility to take a state bar examination in the United States, where permitted by state bar authorities. The degree will give students from foreign jurisdictions a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles of U.S. law and the American legal system, as well as an appreciation for law practice in the United States.

The academic program is designed to enable students who earn the degree to satisfy the American law school course requirements of the Bar Admissions Committees of Louisiana and New York. These two U.S. states are among those whose rules permit foreign lawyers to sit for their bar exam subject to, inter alia, completion of certain coursework in American Law. Students seeking to take the bar examinations in these two states, or any other state, must still meet all other eligibility requirements of the state in which they seek to take the bar examination, and are therefore urged to review those requirements at the earliest possible time. The Louisiana Supreme Court rule permitting foreign lawyers to sit for the bar exam is located here.

The degree requires successful completion of 24 credit hours of coursework. In addition to the required Introduction to the Law of the United States course (a 2-credit course taught during the month of August), students must take at least 14 hours of coursework in the following subjects: Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Corporations or Business Enterprises, Evidence, Intellectual Property, Federal Civil Procedure, Taxation, Uniform Commercial Code, Torts, or (if planning to take the Louisiana bar exam) Louisiana Civil Procedure or Louisiana Obligations Law.

Students seeking this degree are also required to take either Common Law Property or Civil Law Property. Remaining hours of coursework for the degree may be selected from any other courses open to graduate students at Tulane Law School.


The LLM program is for individuals who already hold the first law degree. The preferred and most reliable application method is to apply on-line.  This link will take you to the Tulane Law School LLM application forms. Support is provided by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).  The Tulane application fee is automatically waived for applicants who apply electronically through the LSAC. We offer the waiver to help offset the costs associated with the LSAC's Credential Assembly Service. We regret that we are unable to offer refunds for any reason.


Hard copy application materials in pdf format can be provided upon request; contact admissions@law.tulane.edu or call 504.865.5930.

LLM applications for fall semester enrollment can be submitted after September 1 of the previous year and as late as May 1, but we strongly encourage candidates to complete the application process by the end of March. This is particularly important for international candidates because of the time required to process visas and immigration documents. Candidates wishing optimal consideration for scholarships should try to complete the application process by March 1.


Applications for the LLM programs are considered complete only when we have received the following:


1. the completed graduate studies application form


2. the application fee (we accept personal checks, money orders, and credit card payments)


3. complete transcripts of work at all colleges, universities, and law schools attended, whether or not a degree was granted. See the Credential Evaluation and Analysis section below for details.


4. letters of recommendation from two of the candidate's current or former law professors; these may be written on the forms provided or on the recommender's own letterhead. Please note that the letters should be sent to us or to the LSAC directly from the recommenders and should not be sent by the candidate.


5. English proficiency testing is NOT required if the applicant's native language is English or if English was the language of instruction during the applicant's first law degree. All other applicants should arrange for Tulane Law to receive an official test score report.

Applicants who must complete English proficiency testing should take: 

• The TOEFL internet-based test , or
• The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or 
• The TOEFL paper-based test , along with the Test of Written English (TWE) 

The vast majority of our admissible applicants achieve a score of 575 or higher on the TOEFL paper test or 90 or higher on the TOEFL Internet-based test. Successful applicants who take the TWE typically receive a score of 3.5 or higher. The vast majority of our admissible applicants who take the IELTS achieve a band score of 7 or higher. 

Tulane Law School accepts TOEFL and IELTS scores for up to three years after the test administration. Please request that ETS forward TOEFL scores to Tulane Law School (Institution #6832, Department 3). Please request that IELTS test scores be sent to Tulane Law School, Office of Admission – Graduate Programs, 6329 Freret Street, New Orleans, LA 70118