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General Master of Laws (LLM)


Course Description

The general master of laws (LLM) at Delaware Law is designed for attorneys from the U.S. and abroad who seek to expand their knowledge in a specialized area of current practice—or who want to develop a new area of legal expertise. The program welcomes graduates of American JD programs as well as international students who have completed a degree in law from a qualifying non-U.S. law school.

Delaware Law offers a general master of laws program with several unique concentrations from which to choose. The general master of laws program is designed for attorneys from the U.S. and abroad who seek in-depth training in their current specialized area of practice—or those who want to develop a new area of legal expertise. We offer several concentrations, some of which are available in an online format.

Students who choose to complete a general master of laws program at Delaware Law School in a seated class format, may enjoy campus life with our on-campus housing, access to exercise facilities, involvement in student clubs, and the opportunity to visit local courthouses and government.

We are pleased to offer some of our general master of laws programs in an online format. A qualified student from anywhere in the world with a high speed Internet connection can now earn an LLM entirely online from Delaware Law. Our online LLM programs are ideally suited for business lawyers and law graduates from around the world who are currently engaged in or interested in a business law career within government, industry, or private practice, and who wish to advance their expertise in several specialized concentrations without the expense or disruption of relocating to the United States for a traditional on-campus program. Please note, however, that the LLM programs that are offered entirely online will not by themselves permit the graduate to take a bar examination in the United States.

Degree Requirements

To earn a general LLM, students must complete 24 semester hours of coursework. Typically, the 24 semester hours of coursework can be completed in one academic year. Students in an online LLM program have the option to structure their program at a more flexible pace, completing the program over two years. All coursework, however, must be completed within four years from the date of matriculation.

Concentrated Specialties

General LLM students may choose from one of the following concentrations:

American Legal Studies | Criminal Law | Environmental Law | International & Business Law | Corporate Law Regulatory Analysis & Compliance | Health Law Regulatory Analysis & Compliance | Health Law Global Compliance & Ethics | Corporate Law Global Compliance & Ethics | Higher Education Compliance

Visit the website http://delawarelaw.widener.edu/prospective-students/graduate-programs/general-llm-programs/

GENERAL LLM CONCENTRATIONS (ON-CAMPUS ONLY)

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

Learn more about our programs for foreign-trained attorneys (http://delawarelaw.widener.edu/prospective-students/graduate-programs/programs-for-foreign-trained-attorneys/)

Criminal Law (on-campus only)

The General LLM with a Concentration in Criminal Law provides a focused curriculum for students seeking a career as a prosecutor, defense attorney, district attorney, and more. Classes will focus on areas such as criminal law and procedure, white-collar crime, federal criminal law, the death penalty. Students must take at least 12 credits in criminal law courses. These must include Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure I, Criminal Procedure II, Evidence, and at least two other criminal law related courses.

LLM American Legal System and LLM Research, Writing, and Analysis courses are required for foreign-trained attorneys.

Environmental Law (on-campus only)

The General LLM with a Concentration in Environmental Law offers students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in the legal and policy issues that impact environmental law. Students must take at least 12 credits in environmental law courses. These must include the introductory course in environmental law, and at least one of the following environmental-related courses:

- Climate Change Law
- International Environmental Law
- Natural Resources Law
- Energy and Public Utilities Law
- International Trade and the Environment
- Ocean and Coastal Law
- Toxic Torts
- Environmental Justice

LLM American Legal System and LLM Research, Writing, and Analysis courses are required for foreign-trained attorneys.

International & Business Law (on-campus only)

The General LLM with a Concentration in International & Business Law is designed to provide students with a focused curriculum on how international and business law intertwines in the global legal arena. Students must take at least 12 credits focused on business law and international studies. These must include Business Organizations and International Law. Students may also choose from the following classes to achieve the required credits:

- Immigration & Naturalization Law
- International Business Transactions
- Business Principles
- Business Planning
- International Regulatory Affairs
- Corporate Governance

LLM American Legal System and LLM Research, Writing, and Analysis courses are required for foreign-trained attorneys.

GENERAL LLM CONCENTRATIONS (ONLINE ONLY)

- 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.

- Global Compliance & Ethics (Health Law or Corporate Law focus) (online only)

This concentration introduces students to a rapidly emerging field that is often global in scope. Students may choose to focus their LLM in Global Compliance & Ethics in either health law or corporate law. Students will study the regulations impacting the health or corporate industries and through practical skills assessments will learn to develop, implement, and maintain a compliance program in an international environment. Foreign-trained attorneys are required to take Introduction to Law and Critical Legal Analysis & Writing.

- Higher Education Compliance (open to U.S. J.D.s only) (online only)

Designed for students who hold a U.S. J.D., this concentration seeks to expand the role of the compliance officer in higher education, by offering knowledge of the regulations that impact higher education, and providing practical skills assessments focusing on how to develop, implement, and maintain a compliance program in a higher education institution. This concentration is not open to foreign-trained attorneys.

Admission Requirements

Learn about our admission requirements (http://delawarelaw.widener.edu/prospective-students/graduate-programs/graduate-programs-admissions/).

Visit the Cost of Attendance page for tuition rates and other fees. 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.

For more information, or to request a copy of the curriculum or course offerings for the general LLM concentrations, please contact our Graduate Programs Office (http://delawarelaw.widener.edu/prospective-students/graduate-programs/contact-us/).

Find out how to apply here - http://delawarelaw.widener.edu/prospective-students/graduate-programs/graduate-programs-admissions/

Visit the General Master of Laws (LLM) page on the Widener University website for more details!

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