LL.M. Degree Program

LL.M. Academic Requirements

LL.M. candidates with a U.S. law degree are required to complete 24 semester hours of course work. LL.M. candidates with a first law degree from a foreign university must complete 30 semester hours of course work, including Introduction to the U.S. Legal System & U.S. Legal Research for Graduate Students.

All LL.M. students must take at least four core courses, approved elective courses and one course that satisfies the LL.M. writing requirement. Some of these requirements may be fulfilled with transfer credit.

The LL.M. program may be completed on a part-time basis with the approval of the associate dean for academic affairs and the director of graduate law programs. Part-time students must complete the program within four calendar years from the date of matriculation.

Core Courses

LL.M. candidates must take at least four of the following core courses:

Copyright Law, 2 credits
Cyberspace Law
, 2 credits
Electronic Commerce, 2 credits
Intellectual Property Law, 3 credits
      International Intellectual Property Law, 2 credits
Licensing Intellectual Property, 2 credits
Patent Law, 2 credits
Trademarks and Unfair Competition, 2 credits

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Writing Requirement

All LL.M. candidates must complete a substantial legal research and writing paper in connection with a course or an independent study project supervised by a faculty member. Courses that satisfy the writing requirement include the Independent Study for Graduate Students as well as any of the four-credit capstone courses listed above.

This requirement may be waived by the associate dean for academic affairs, after consultation with the director of graduate law programs in some instances where circumstances indicate a more educationally profitable use of the candidate's time and effort.

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Academic Good Standing

To remain in academic good standing, U.S. LL.M. students must maintain a 2.2 GPA. International LL.M. students must maintain a 3.0 GPA and will be graded using the grading norms and practices of the University of Dayton's Graduate School as a guideline.

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LL.M. Admission Process

All candidates for the LL.M. degree are required to have a first degree in law from an ABA-accredited U.S. law school or from a foreign university authorized to confer such a degree by the government of the country in which it is located.


Applicants will be evaluated for admission on academic and personal criteria including prior academic performance in law school, undergraduate and other professional schools, as demonstrated by grade point average (GPA) in relevant course work, standardized test performance and other relevant criteria. We will also consider employment experience and other personal and professional accomplishments.


All candidates for the LL.M. degree must be fluent in English. Learn more about our requirements for English proficiency.

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Application Requirements

Learn more about application requirements and how to apply to the LL.M. degree program, click here.

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