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Online LL.M. Frequently Asked Questions

About the Online LL.M. Program

A: LL.M. candidates with a first law degree from a foreign university or from a non-ABA-approved law school must complete 12 courses (30 credits) of work. LL.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. In addition to the LL.M. degree, students completing the Program online may also earn (at no additional cost and for no additional credits), a Certificate in United States Legal Practice


A: Students may earn both the LL.M. degree in American and Transnational Law and a Certificate in United States Legal Practice in as little as one year (3 semesters) or may take up to three years


A: Our Online LL.M. degree, with Certificate, focuses on U.S. law and legal practice. In addition, students will acquire practical skills, including legal analysis, research, writing, and communication skills. Graduates of non-ABA approved law schools (including foreign educated lawyers) will complete 30 credits of coursework through a series of 12 online courses including the following bar-tested subjects: Professional Responsibility, Business Associations, Evidence, Real Property, Torts, Trusts and Estates, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law & Procedure, and Contracts & Sales.


A: There is no set requirement for credits per semester. We recognize that many of our students have competing demands on their time - including work, family, and other personal and professional commitments. This online LL.M. program has been designed taking into account these considerations. As such, students in our Online LL.M. Program have the flexibility to take as many or as few courses as they like each semester. Our courses range from 2 credits to 4 credits each. Students pay tuition based upon the amount of credits in which they are enrolled each semester. 


A: Each credit corresponds to 700 minutes of instruction (not including the final exam) and each semester is approximately 13 weeks (not including the final exam period). You may review the Academic Calendar to see specific dates. Minutes of instruction include time spent listening to pre-recorded lectures, completing discussion posts, participating (or viewing) the four live sessions per class, and practicing bar exam style multiple choice questions and essays. It does not include time spent doing reading assignments, reviewing supplemental resources, or participating in optional office hours or review sessions.


A: Yes, the Program (including all exams) can be completed entirely online with no on-campus requirement. Courses are offered through Isidore, University of Dayton’s open-source Learning Management System or LMS that runs on the Sakai platform. Optional live sessions are offered through Zoom.  


A: Yes, all courses are offered in an asynchronous format. This means that all course content (including lectures, practice multiple choice questions and essays, etc.) is available for students to review at their convenience during the semester (on a week by week basis). Lectures can even be downloaded for future reference. Students are given interim deadlines for completion of course content and assignments, with at least half of the course completed before the mid-term examination. All courses (except LAW 4004) will have a mid-term examination that will be administered and proctored online in approximately the middle of each semester and a final examination that will be administered and proctored online at the end of the semester during a designated final examination period. Students may complete their exams on the day and time that works best for them during the designated exam period.


A: Our professors hold optional weekly office hours, as well as multiple live online review sessions during which students who value live interaction may connect with each other and their professor in an online classroom. The online review sessions are also recorded and made available for students to view at a later time. Online students also have multiple opportunities to interact with their professor and classmates through discussion boards in each class. Finally, students can request individual feedback from their professors throughout the course.


A: Yes, students may apply for admission to pursue the full degree or to take just a few classes as non-degree students. The same application process is followed and students simply note their non-degree preference on the application form.


A: No, there are no assigned textbooks for the online LL.M. courses. All reading materials for each course are included for free within each online LL.M. course. As such, students do not have to worry about the added time and expense of ordering textbooks and arranging shipment of those textbooks.


A: Yes, online LL.M. students get free access to supplemental online resources and study tools that help reinforce the concepts covered in class and give students a “head start” on tackling bar-style multiple choice questions and essays.


Bar and Career Prospects

A: Our online LL.M. curriculum is aligned with the current requirements for Washington bar admission. Students may review more about the Washington Bar's Admission and Practice Rules here. Our Online LL.M. consists of 30 credits- each credit corresponds to 700 minutes of instruction (not including the final exam). Thus, our Program is 21,000 minutes. All courses in the online curriculum focus on domestic US law. As noted on the course list, our Constitutional Law course is 3 credits (2100 minutes), Civil Procedure is 3 credits (2100 minutes), Professional Responsibility is 2 credits (1400 minutes), and our Legal Analysis course is 2 credits (1400 minutes). University of Dayton School of Law cannot guarantee bar eligibility. It is the responsibility of students to contact the state bar directly where they seek admission and evaluate their individual eligibility.


A: Our online LL.M. curriculum is aligned with the current legal education requirements for California Bar admission. Students may review the California Bar's legal education requirements for foreign educated applicants here. Our Online LL.M. consists of 30 credits (including Professional Responsibility and Bar-tested subjects). All courses in the online curriculum focus on domestic U.S. law. University of Dayton School of Law cannot guarantee bar eligibility. It is the responsibility of students to contact the state bar directly where they seek admission and evaluate their individual eligibility.


A: It may be possible that certain other states could allow a graduate of our program to be admitted in their jurisdiction on a case-by-case basis depending upon such factors as how long the prospective applicant has practiced law in another state jurisdiction, or the nature of the applicant's first law degree. You may learn more about each state's policies by reviewing the National Conference of Bar Examiners Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements found here. We strongly recommend any students seeking bar admission in a specific state to contact the state bar association directly and request additional guidance on eligibility criteria for graduates of non-A.B.A. approved law schools (including foreign law school graduates). University of Dayton School of Law cannot guarantee bar eligibility.  


A: Bar admission is determined on a state by state basis. Washington administers the Uniform Bar Exam. You may learn more about the Uniform Bar Examination and portability here. University of Dayton School of Law cannot guarantee bar eligibility. It is the responsibility of students to contact the state bar directly where they seek admission and evaluate their individual eligibility.


A: University of Dayton School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). This online LL.M. degree, with accompanying U.S. Legal Practice Certificate, focuses on U.S. law and the U.S. legal system. Earning the degree will demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of U.S. law and the U.S. legal system. This knowledge will help you – whether in law practice in the U.S. or handling U.S. legal matters overseas. University of Dayton School of Law’s Career Services Office is available to work one-on-one with online LL.M. students and help them explore their career opportunities. As an Online LL.M. student, you will be joining the University of Dayton alumni network. Finally, this LL.M. degree may help you meet eligibility requirements for bar admission in certain states. 


A: Obtaining bar admission in Washington State or California will allow you to practice law as a licensed attorney in that state. In addition, even if you do not live in one of these states, you may be able to practice in a field of exclusively federal law, such as Immigration Law. You may also be considered for in-house or corporate counsel opportunities, as many simply require bar admission in any U.S. jurisdiction. This additional graduate legal degree may also help your resume or curriculum vitae stand out to prospective employers in non-traditional law related careers (such as compliance, risk management, alternative dispute resolution/mediation, IP/patents, international trade, etc.).


A: Yes, University of Dayton School of Law’s Career Services Office is available to work one-on-one with online LL.M. students. You may learn more about this and meet Assistant Dean and Director of Dayton Law's Career Services Office, Tim Swensen, by viewing a recent webinar.


Admissions Process, Tuition and Financial Aid

A: The University of Dayton School of Law has rolling admissions for the online LL.M. program. Students may begin the program in January (Spring term), May (Summer term), or August (Fall term). The Academic Calendar for each term is posted on Dayton Law’s website: https://udayton.edu/law/registrar/academic_calendars.php. We strongly recommend that applicants submit their application as soon as possible and no later than 1 month before the first day of classes.


A: The Online LL.M. application is available through the Law School Admission Council website. You may create an LSAC account here and begin the process. The application is available under University of Dayton School of Law. Select the application for the appropriate term and year (Spring, Summer, Fall) as well as International (if you did NOT receive your first degree in law from a U.S. law school) or U.S. Student (if you received your first degree in law from a U.S. law school).

Step by Step Instructions for Applying

Once the application file is complete, including all supporting documents and no character and fitness issues, an admissions decision may be made within approximately 2 weeks. Please note that the review of your application may also include any federally required screening.


A: No, LL.M. applicants are not required to take the LSAT. Admissions screening is based on other criteria, including first degree in law, English proficiency, and academic and professional accomplishments.


A: The online courses for the LL.M. degree and the United States Legal Practice Certificate are specifically designed for students whose native language is not English. In addition, enrollment in these courses is limited to only LL.M. students. As such, there is additional flexibility in the English proficiency requirements for students pursuing the LL.M. degree and this certificate option online. 

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens, whose native language is NOT English, and who have NOT completed their basic legal or undergraduate studies in a university where instruction was in English: are required to take the TOEFL and attain a score of at least 80 (iBT) or take the IELTS and attain an overall band score of 6.5. Scores must be from a test taken within the past two (2) years. Scores from tests taken more than two (2) years prior to this application will not be accepted. In limited cases, applicants may submit (through LSAC along with their Admission Application) a written proposal and alternate proof of English proficiency to request a waiver of the TOEFL or IELTS and consideration for conditional admission. In such a case, following review of the proposal and alternate proof of English proficiency, applicants may be invited to demonstrate English competency through a video interview.


A: Dayton Law is committed to affordable, quality online legal education. Although the tuition rate for the 2022-2023 academic year is $1274/credit, generous partial tuition scholarships are available and interested applicants are strongly encouraged to email mioannides@udayton.edu for a preliminary scholarship assessment. University fees are currently $25/semester.

There are no additional costs for online LL.M. students, as all required reading materials are free. Students pay as they go through the Program based upon the credits in which they are enrolled each term. They have up to 3 years to complete the online LL.M. program and Certificate.

Financial aid is also available for U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens. Please direct all questions about Financial Aid to University of Dayton School of Law’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, +1.937.229.3555.


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