Each of the LLM concentrations is one-year (12-months) in length, starting and ending in August. Students are encouraged to apply by May 4.
Each of the concentrations combines a core of required courses with a diverse range of elective courses and practical legal experience. The curriculum provides students with a strong substantive foundation in the area of specialization (health policy and law/human rights/law and economic development) while giving them substantial freedom to choose their own courses and pursue their own work interests. Students also gain hands-on legal experience through “Co-op” and complete an independent research and writing project.
Health Policy and Law
The Health Policy and Law concentration is designed to meet the needs of lawyers who are working in health policy and law and hope to enhance their skills, or lawyers who wish to enter this rapidly growing field. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, public health challenges, global public health issues, and questions about bioethics, this is a burgeoning field with tremendous opportunities for those with an LLM.
The Human Rights concentration is designed for both US- and internationally trained lawyers preparing for careers working with NGOs, advocacy groups, community organizations, and others dedicated to supporting human rights through the legal system. Students are invited to join in the School of Law’s cooperative efforts with scholars, institutions and advocates nationally and internationally to address issues of human rights and the promotion of economic, social and cultural rights.
Law and Economic Development
Students in the Law and Economic Development concentration will have the opportunity to explore how legal professionals can participate in processes and contribute to policy choices intended to benefit their fellow citizens economically, politically, and socially.