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The Master of Laws (LL.M.) program is designed primarily for graduates of foreign law schools wishing to study U.S. law and legal methods, and for foreign and U.S. law graduates seeking careers in legal education or government service. Admission is limited to qualified students who have proven ability in the study of law.
Candidates for the LL.M. degree must satisfy the following to earn their degrees: 1) must earn a minimum grade point average (GPA) of C+ (2.3) and accumulate fewer than three exclusion points during each academic year of enrollment; 2) successfully earn a minimum of 24 semester credits; 3) complete two semesters in residence. A semester in residence is one in which a student enrolls in a minimum of 12 credits towards the degree and receives grades of D or better for at least nine of those 12 credits; 4) satisfy the Law School’s upper-level writing requirement by completing at least one substantial research paper; and 5) conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the Law School’s academic and non-academic student conduct requirements.
LL.M. students are generally enrolled in courses and seminars with upper-level J.D. students. For program and admission details, contact the Office of Graduate Studies, University of Virginia School of Law, 580 Massie Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903, or visit www.law.virginia.edu/graduatestudies.