Widenener University Delaware Law School

Widenener University Delaware Law School

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The Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree program at Widener University Delaware Law School offers a first-rate legal education to lawyers, judges, government officials and others wishing to become educated about the field of Corporate Law and Finance.  We also offer a general LL.M. program that can be tailored to each individual’s interests to meet their personal and professional goals.  Foreign-trained lawyers may choose to take the American Legal Studies concentration to prepare for a U.S. bar exam.  While the Corporate Law and Finance and American Legal System LL.M. programs are available only on campus, Delaware Law also offers online-only concentrations in corporate law and compliance and health law and compliance.

 

 

 

LL.M. Program

 

The LL.M. program at Delaware Law School is a one-year, full-time, 24-credit course of study in a variety of topics, including Corporate Law and Finance, American Legal Studies, Corporate Law and Compliance, and Health Law and Compliance.  All programs are open to U.S. and foreign-trained lawyers, except for the American Legal Studies program, which is available only to foreign-trained lawyers. For each program there are a required courses, as well as elective courses, which students can select from a broad range of topics to tailor their program to their needs.  The LL.M. program is offered through the Graduate, International, Compliance, and Legal Studies department, which provides a dedicated staff available to assist students as the arrive on campus or as they get acclimated in the online programs.  We provide personalized advising to assist students with planning their courses of study. 

 

Application to the LL.M. program is available.  How to apply >

 

LL.M. in Corporate Law and Finance

 

With more than one million companies incorporated in Delaware, there is no better place to pursue a master of laws in corporate law and finance than Delaware Law. Our location in Wilmington – often referred to as the “Corporate Capital of America” – gives you a front-row seat to courts and law firms on the leading edge of corporate law.

The LLM in corporate law and finance is designed to prepare you for a successful future in today’s fast-paced global marketplace.  This degree is open to U.S. attorneys, as well as foreign-trained attorneys, which brings diversity and opportunity for career growth by establishing relationships with colleagues from around the world.

To earn a LLM in corporate law and finance, students must complete 24 semester hours of coursework at the graduate level, in corporate-related areas like commercial law, business acquisitions, or intellectual property. Graduate courses in corporate law and finance are worth between two and four semester hours of credit. At least 18 of the 24 semester hours must be completed in residence at Delaware Law, although students may complete this residence requirement as either a full-time or part-time student.

 

In order to qualify for the LLM, students must complete all program requirements within four years from the date of matriculation.

 

Required courses:

 

  • Business Organizations
  • Business Principles
  • Federal Business Regulations or Securities Regulations
  •  Seminar: Advanced Corporations

 

Additional required courses for students who have received their legal training abroad:

 

  • LLM Research, Writing, and Analysis
  • LLM American Legal System

 

Elective Courses:

 

Beyond the required courses, LLM students may choose corporate-related upper-level courses listed in the Delaware Law catalog to fulfil the electives requirement. Course offerings and credits per course are subject to change from year to year.

1. Where is Widener University Delaware Law School located?

 

Delaware Law School is located in Wilmington, Delaware.  The campus is conveniently located just two hours away from many large metropopises such as New York City, Washington D.C., Baltimore Maryland, and the New Jersey or Delaware beaches.  We are also just a short 30 minutes from historic Philadelphia.  We are located in the heart of what is known as the Brandywine Valley, a historic area filled with American history from the Civil War, museums, vineyards, farms, and within easy walking distance to a variety of shopping areas and restaurants.  Public transportation is available. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. What is the Delaware Law School campus like?

 

Delaware has all four seasons!  If you arrive in August, you will likely be met with a hot, sunny day.  If you arrive in January, you can expect cold temperatures (40 degree Fahrenheit) and maybe even snow! 

How to Apply

 

Choose from two options:

 

Option 1: Apply through Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) LLM Credential Assembly Service

 

Option 2: Apply directly to Delaware Law by downloading the Application Form (pdf) and submitting it, along with the required application materials listed below, via email to DelawareLawGICLS@widener.edu, fax to 302-477-2067, or standard mail to:

 

Delaware Law School

Graduate, International, Compliance, and Legal Studies

4602 Concord Pike

Wilmington, DE 19803

 

Items 1 through 6 are required from all graduate program applicants:

 

  1. Application & Application Fee
  2.  A completed application and $60.00 non-refundable application fee, payable to Delaware Law School.
  3. Official Transcripts
  4.  Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  5. Resume
  6.  The applicant must submit a resume. There is no page limit.
  7. Personal Statement
  8.  The applicant is required to submit a 2-page word statement of educational and professional goals, double-spaced, that will serve as both a statement of purpose and a writing sample. The thoughts and words of the statement must be uniquely those of the applicant. With the exception of basic proofreading, no other(s) may assist in the creation of this statement.
  9. Letters of Recommendation
  10.  The applicant must submit two letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s academic and professional potential. Letters of recommendation must identify you as a graduate program applicant.
  11. English Proficiency
  12. For applicants whose first language is not English, current TOEFL or IELTS scores showing sufficient proficiency in the English language is required. Delaware Law requires a minimum score of 83 on the Internet-based (iBT) TOEFL, or a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS to be competitive for admission to the program. Applicants must have taken the TOEFL or IELTS within two years of submitting their application.
  13.  Exemptions from English Proficiency Testing
  14.  International applicants are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement if they have received a baccalaureate or a graduate degree from a college/university/institution in any of the following: Australia, Belize, British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Republic of Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the United States, and Wales.
  15. Applicants requesting an English Proficiency waiver must complete the English Language Proficiency Test Waiver form (pdf).

 

 

 

Additional Information and Requirements for International applicants

 

If seeking F-1 immigration status, the international applicant must submit a Financial Documentation form (pdf). Immigration documents required for international students studying full time in the U.S. will not be issued until the student has completed the form.

 

 

Cost of Attendance

 

 

Tuition and fees are combined with expected living expenses to create a standard cost of attendance. A cost of attendance is also referred to as a budget. A student's financial aid in an academic year may not exceed the cost of attendance. Financial aid includes merit-based aid, loans, outside scholarships, and grants.

The charts below provide a breakdown of the 2018-19 Cost of Attendance based on program for fall/spring enrollment.

 

 

2018-2019 Cost of Attendance:

 

 

LLM and Dual Degree JD Programs will have a COA calculated based on the following components and expected per credit enrollment for fall/spring. Tuition is charged on a per credits basis and is $1,578/credit for JD/LLM classes.

 

Component

Off Campus

Commuter (Living With)

 

Books

$155 per course

$155 per course

 

Room & Board*

$12,312

$4,500

 

Personal Expense

$3,366

$3,582

 

Transportation

$2,916

$3,105

 

Fees**

$230

$230

 

Loan Fees***

$1,395

$1,395

 

*The Delaware Campus has residence halls for graduate students.

 **Fees include: Student Activity fee, Graduate Technology fee and Examsoft fee

***These fees apply only to students receiving financial aid loans.

Additionally, all international students are required to purchase the University medical insurance which averages $1,720.

 

Dependent Costs

 

If you plan to bring a spouse and/or children, there are additional amounts that you must show. Note that F-2 dependents cannot work.

 

Component

Spouse

per Child

Living Expenses

$6,090

$4,060

Medical Insurance*

$3,619

$2,320

TOTAL

$9,709

$6,380

*  The amounts listed are the prices for purchasing the University medical insurance for dependents. Students are not required to purchase the University insurance for their family members, but it is strongly advised that students provide comprehensive medical coverage for their family members. Therefore, the cost is included in the overall amount required for dependents.

 

In addition to tuition costs, students must have money to cover living expenses such as rent, food, books, health insurance, and other costs, and fund their travel to Delaware. We recommend that students budget $50,000 if they wish to complete the program in one academic year.

 

Scholarships are available.

 

Individual budgets may be altered to account for unusual or emergency situations that a student may encounter. These adjustments can only be made for expenses necessary for the student’s education. The student must fully document (copies of bills and detailed budget plan) any request for an increase in expenses.

 

 

Why Pursue an LL.M. at Delaware Law School?

 

Delaware Law Is Home to the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law

 

The Delaware Journal of Corporate Law is ranked #1 among student-edited journals for its case citations in federal and state court opinions under "Corporations and Associations" and "Commercial Law," and #2 among student-edited print journals for its citations in "Corporations and Associations." Learn more about the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law.

“Delaware is internationally recognized as a leading jurisdiction for corporate law. Today almost two-thirds of the Fortune 500 and most of the publicly traded companies in the U.S. call Delaware their legal home. Delaware business entity law is used by companies around the world to structure their complex business transactions and acquisitions. Our State's courts and legal community are at the center of the global corporate world. Delaware Law is an important partner in Delaware's success. If you are interested in learning about corporate law, Delaware Law is an excellent choice.” ~Former Governor of the State of Delaware, Jack Markell

General LL.M. Concentrations

 

 

American Legal Studies (on-campus only)

 

Available only to foreign-educated students who have completed a first degree in law from an academically qualified non-U.S. law school. This concentration can help foreign-trained attorneys prepare for a bar exam and legal practice in the United States. LLM American Legal System and LLM Research, Writing, and Analysis courses are required, as well as Professional Responsibility. Students must also take at least six credits of foundational or bar-tested courses, such as:

 

  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • Federal Income Tax
  • Criminal Procedure I and II
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Property I and II
  • Torts
  • Administrative Law
  • Wills and Trusts
  • Evidence
  • Constitutional Law

 

Additional required courses for students who have received their legal training abroad:

 

  • LLM Research, Writing, and Analysis
  • LLM American Legal System

 

Corporate Law Regulatory Analysis & Compliance (online only)

 

This unique program prepares candidates to respond effectively to new and complex regulatory demands. Students will explore the role of in-house counsel, the corporate compliance office, the elements of compliance, risk assessment, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, codes of conduct, crisis management, corporate integrity agreements, deferred prosecution and non-prosecution agreements, and corporate social responsibility. Students will learn the basic regulatory framework and will be trained in the skills that are essential for any compliance professional. Foreign-trained attorneys are required to take Introduction to Law and Critical Legal Analysis & Writing.

 

 

 

Health Law Regulatory Analysis & Compliance (online only)

 

This concentration is designed for attorneys who seek to expand their skills and experience in the health care field with a specialized focus on regulatory compliance. Students will explore the roll of in-house counsel, the corporate compliance office, the elements of compliance, risk assessment, the False Claims Act, codes of conduct, and corporate integrity agreements. Students will learn the basic regulatory framework and will be trained in the skills that are essential for any compliance professional. Foreign-trained attorneys are required to take Introduction to Law and Critical Legal Analysis & Writing. 

Career Services

 

 

 

Delaware Law School is committed to helping you chart a successful path towards achieving your goals, whatever they may be.  If one of your goals is obtaining a position practicing law in the United States, we stand ready to assist you with a variety of career counseling from mock-interviews to resume writing, and much  more. 

Please note that Delaware Law does not provide job placement services to LL.M. students.  Rather, we assist you in exploring career opportunities and shaping your professional development so as to maximize your potential.

 

 

Delaware Law School LLM students may wish to sit for state bar exams immediately after they graduate. Eligibility to sit for a particular state bar exam varies from state to state. Completion of the LLM degree  itself does not guarantee eligibility to take a bar examination. In some states, including New York, California, and Texas, the completion of an LLM degree along with certain other criteria will allow attorneys with a non-U.S. law degree to sit for the bar exam.   For more information, please refer to Chart 4 in the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admissions Requirements published by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE).

 

 

 

Housing

 

 

 

 

 

Delaware Law students may choose to live on-campus or off-campus.  Students opting to live on-campus will experience a robust environment and an opportunity to network with fellow students regularly.  Housing rooms are completely furnished and include:  1 extra-long twin bed, 1 wardrobe, 1 dresser, 1 nightstand, 2 bookcases, 1 writing table, 1 chair, refrigerator, microwave, heating/air conditioning unit, and Internet access.  Each floor also has a shared full kitchen and shared bathroom.

Engaged Faculty

 

 

 

 

 

Our accomplished and engaged faculty share a wide range of specialties and a wealth of experience. Our professors are active in state, federal, and international legal issues and are internationally known for their research and legal scholarship. Adjunct faculty include members of the judiciary, partners from large corporate law firms, and government officials. Together, they will help you prepare for a rewarding legal career anywhere in the world.

Diverse and Vibrant

 

Our LL.M. students are integrated with our U.S. law students to provide a robust, active, diverse and virbrant campus environment.  Engage with colleagues from around the world!