The DePaul Master of Laws (LLM) in International Law provides an intensive one-year course of full-time study* that emphasizes the theoretical background and practical skills lawyers need to excel in international law practice.
There are concentrations in five key areas of global practice:
- International Aviation Law & Policy
- International Business, Commercial & Trade Law
- International Cultural Heritage Law
- International Governance & Rule of Law
- International Human Rights Law & Policy and Criminal Justice
The DePaul international law program is designed for both experienced attorneys and recent law school graduates from the United States and abroad who wish to:
- Earn an advanced law degree to assist in the pursuit of a career with law firms, governmental and nongovernmental agencies, and academic institutions worldwide
- Obtain practical and theoretical knowledge of international law and its interaction with the laws of the United States and other countries
- Learn the research, analytical and communication skills required to succeed in international law practice
- Represent clients engaged in international transactions and relationships
- Establish a network of professional international contacts and clients
- Work with faculty experts in international and U.S. law
- Interact with students from diverse legal cultures
Additionally, foreign lawyers and graduates will:
- Improve English language skills and gain an understanding of the U.S. legal system
- Earn an advanced law degree from an ABA-accredited U.S. law school, which may allow them to take the bar examination in several U.S. jurisdictions.**
* Graduates of ABA-approved U.S. law schools may complete the program on a part-time basis. Program may be completed in one to four years.
** Lawyers with a foreign law degree who wish to take a U.S. bar examination after graduating from the DePaul program should familiarize themselves with the eligibility and general requirements of the particular bar exam they wish to take.
With the exception of students admitted to and enrolled in the joint JD/LLM program, credits earned as part of the JD program do not count toward the LLM degree. At the discretion of the program director, students may received credit for courses previously taken during the foreign equivalent of a JD program.