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LL.M. Degree Program

LL.M. Academic Requirements

Keller Hall from the skyLL.M. candidates with a U.S. law degree (i.e., J.D.) from an ABA-approved law school are required to complete 24 semester hours of course work. LL.M. candidates with a first law degree from a foreign university or from a non-ABA-approved law school (along with a U.S. bar license or proof of eligibility to sit for the bar exam) must complete 30 semester hours of course work, including Introduction to the U.S. Legal System or Introduction to U.S. Law and Legal Institutions for LL.M. Students (if pursuing the LL.M. degree online).

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. Optional certificates in applied business, criminal, cyber, intellectual property law and United States Legal Practice are available to students interested in pursuing an additional specialization.

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.

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Core Courses
Elective Courses 
Writing Requirement 
Academic Good Standing 
LL.M. Admission Process 
Application Requirements

Core Courses

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

Administrative Law, 3 credits
Business Organizations, 3 credits
Constitutional Law I, 4 credits
Constitutional Law for LL.M. Students, 3 credits
Contracts I, 3 credits
Contracts II, 3 credits
Contracts and Sales for LL.M. Students, 3 credits
Criminal Law, 3 credits
Criminal Procedure Investigation, 3 credits
Criminal Law & Procedure for LL.M. Students, 4 credits
Cyberspace Law, 2 credits
Intellectual Property Law, 3 credits
Real Property I, 4 credits
Real Property II, 3 credits
Real Property for LL.M. Students, 3 credits
Remedies, 3 credits
Torts I, 3 credits
Torts II, 2 credits
Trial Practice Civil or Trial Practice Criminal, 3 credits

Elective Courses

In addition to taking the courses required for the LL.M. degree, LL.M. students should fulfill the remainder of their semester hour requirements by taking: 1) any required “core” course; 2) any capstone course approved for the LL.M. degree; or 3) any elective course approved for the LL.M. degree. In order for a capstone or elective to be approved for the LL.M. degree, students must satisfy any course prerequisites.

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 capstone courses listed above. The Legal Analysis, Reasoning, Research, Writing, and Communication for LL.M. Students 2-credit course is required to satisfy the LL.M. Writing Requirement for all students completing the LL.M. degree online or with the United States Legal Practice Certificate. 

This requirement may be waived for students completing the degree through on-campus study 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.

Academic Good Standing

To remain in academic good standing, 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.

LL.M. Admission Process

All candidates for the LL.M. degree are required to have a first degree in law or equivalent from an ABA-approved U.S. law school, from a foreign university authorized to confer such a degree by the government of the country in which it is located or from a non-ABA-approved U.S. Law school if they also hold an active U.S. bar license.

Academic, Professional and Personal Accomplishments

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.

English Proficiency

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

Application Requirements

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

Office of Graduate Law Programs

Director of Graduate Law Programs

Phone: 937-229-3899


Keller Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2772