LL.M. Program Information

Oklahoma City University School of Law invites applications for the Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in American Law. This degree program is open to qualified applicants who hold a first law degree from a university outside the United States.

Degree requirements

Candidates must complete a minimum of 24 credits of academic work, but they may choose to enroll in up to 30 credits of academic work with no additional tuition charge1.

Curriculum

Required courses:

7 credits, consisting of:

Legal Analysis (1 credit)
Introduction to the American Legal System (3 credits)
Legal Research and Writing for LL.M. Degree Candidates (3 credits)

Elective courses:

Each candidate must complete a minimum of 17 and a maximum of 24 credits of elective courses, which may be selected from courses offered in the J.D. curriculum to suit each candidate’s career goals.

The School of Law will provide academic counseling to assist each student design a curriculum that meets his or her goals.  A student may select a curriculum that concentrates in a particular field of law, such as criminal justice, business law, energy law, alternative dispute resolution, Native  American law, etc.  A student may instead select a general curriculum.  (Course selections are subject to approval of the LL.M. Program Director and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.)

Time required for completion of the degree

LL.M. degree candidates must be in residence at Oklahoma City University School of Law for two semesters, commencing with a fall semester (that begins in August each year).  However,  LL.M. degree candidates may spread their courses over a longer period, up to 24 months, with the payment of a small administrative fee (see Tuition below).

Tuition

The all-inclusive fee is $32,000. This covers all tuition and university fees associated with the program, but it does not include the administrative fee for extending the time to complete the program beyond two semesters. The administrative fee for an extension beyond the two required semesters for students who enter in August of 2014 is $500 for each summer term plus $1,000 for each additional fall or spring semester beyond the initial two semesters.

Other costs

The cost of books, school supplies, housing, meals, medical insurance and uncovered medical costs, visa and SEVIS fees, and spending money is estimated to be $17,250 per academic year. In addition, LL.M. students must pay for airfare to and from Oklahoma City.

English Proficiency Policy

Applicants whose first law degree program was not taught in English must submit an official score result from either TOEFL or the IELTS test.  The minimum score for such applicants on the internet-based TOEFL is 90, and the 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 also submit an official score result from either TOEFL or the IELTS test.  In such cases, applicants 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 language proficiency.  Simply meeting the minimum TOEFL or IELTS standards is not necessarily sufficient and will not ensure academic success.  In addition to the  English language test, interviews for English proficiency may be required; any such interviews would be conducted in the applicant’s home country.

Application Process

Space is limited and admission is selective. Applications received on or before April 1, 2014 will receive favorable consideration.  The application deadline is June 1, 2014.

Application instructions are here.

LL.M. degree applicants may be interviewed in person or electronically to determine the applicant’s career goals and English language proficiency.

Upon admission, students will be asked to provide a Financial Certification documenting sufficient funds to cover the costs of attendance for one academic year.


1 Course selections must be approved by the LL.M. Program Director and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. J.D. course offerings are described here. 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. The projected course schedule for 2014-2015 can be accessed here. 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.