Details & Requirements

The LL.M. Program

The Masters of Laws (LL.M.) degree in American Law is open to qualified applicants who hold a first law degree from a university outside the United States.  The degree requires the completion of 24 credits and may be completed in one academic year or over a period of up to 24 months if a student’s visa permits.

Curriculum: A Total of 24 Credits Earned over a Minimum of Two Semesters

LL.M. candidates must complete the following two required courses, consisting of six credits:

  • Introduction to the American Legal System (3 credits)
  • Legal Research and Writing for LL.M. Degree Candidates (3 credits)

LL.M. candidates must complete 18 credits from elective courses.  Degree candidates  may select their courses from throughout the JD curriculum.*  The School of Law provides academic counseling to assist each student to design a personalized curriculum that meets his or her interests and career goals.  Students may choose a general curriculum or one that focuses on a particular field of law, such as:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Advocacy
  • American Indian Law
  • Energy and Natural Resources Law
  • Financial Services and Commercial Law
  • Health Law
  • Homeland Security Law
  • Public Law
  • Real Estate Law Practice
  • Wills, Trusts, and Estates
    • Estate Planning
    • Wills and Trusts

*Course selections must be approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Courses that are required for J.D. students may be taken as electives by LL.M. students. Not every course listed in our J.D. curriculum is offered every semester. Enrollment priority in J.D. courses will be given to J.D. students. Thus, it is possible that an LL.M. student may not be able to enroll in a particular course in the preferred semester, or even during that student’s time in the LL.M. program. Such incidents are expected to be extremely rare. Course scheduling and enrollment caps in J.D. courses will be managed to meet the goals of LL.M. students to the maximum extent possible.

Tuition, Fees and Scholarships

Tuition, including a general university fee, is $1,180 per credit.  There is also a modest Student Bar Association fee each semester.

Limited scholarship funds are available and are awarded on a case-by-case basis.  LL.M. applicants may apply for these funds after they have been admitted to the program.  Applications will be considered in the order in which they are received as well as the applicant’s academic record and promise for success.   There are scholarships reserved for successful applicants from schools of law in China that have cooperation agreements with Oklahoma City University School of Law.

Additional costs include books, school supplies, housing, meals, medical insurance and uncovered medical costs, visa and SEVIS fees, and spending money.  These additional costs are estimated to be $18,250 per academic year.

Upon admission, international students will be asked to provide a Financial Certification documenting sufficient funds to cover the costs of attendance for one academic year.  Payment of tuition and fees for both semesters of the LL.M. program must be made prior to the start of the student’s first semester.

English-Language Proficiency Policy

Applicants whose first law-degree program was not taught in English must submit an official score result from either the TOEFL or the IELTS test. The required minimum score on the Internet-based TOEFL is 90, and the required minimum IELTS score is 6.5. Applicants whose law-degree program was taught in English but whose degree-granting institution is located in a country where English is not the primary language, must submit documentation from the university’s registrar confirming that English was the medium of instruction.

Applicants whose primary language is not English must have strong English-language proficiency. Simply meeting the minimum TOEFL or IELTS standards does not assure academic success. In addition to the English language test scores, interviews for English proficiency may be required; any such interview will be conducted by telephone or the Internet.

Law School Application Process

Space is limited and admission is selective. Applications received on or before March 1 of each year will receive first consideration. The application deadline is June 1, 2017. There are two ways to apply: (1) by using the Law School Admission Council LL.M. Credential Assembly Services (LSAC CAS) or (2) by sending application materials directly to the School of Law.  To learn how to apply for the LL.M. American Law Program, read our application instructions.

Bar Admission Plan

The LL.M. degree programs at American law schools do not adequately prepare international students to pass a bar exam in the United States.  If you are interested in taking a bar exam in the United States, we encourage you to consider our two-year Juris Doctor (JD) degree program for students who completed their first law degree at a university outside the United States.


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