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LLM in Comparative Legal Studies
The Master of Laws (LLM) in Comparative Legal Studies engages students in the common law system practiced by United States attorneys so as to enhance their standing as lawyers or professionals in their own jurisdictions. In addition, students can develop a specialization that may not have been available in their previous schools. Students can take advantage of Pace’s oustanding programs in international business law, international public law, criminal law, and intellectual property law to deepen their understanding of these key fields.
Current graduate students come from diverse countries and backgrounds. Some have practiced law abroad, while others are recent graduates. The program has welcomed practicing attorneys and recent law school graduates from the Americas, the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia. International students become more fluent in the English language and in legal English, enabling them to practice more effectively in the global legal environment. Some graduates qualify to practice law in the United States to enhance their credentials to practice transnational law.
The LLM in Comparative Legal Studies is a one-year, full-time program or a two-year, part-time program designed for students whose first law degree was earned outside the United States.
Candidates are required to complete 24 credit hours of coursework, including a faculty-guided writing project or seminar paper, while sustaining a grade point average of at least 2.33 (out of 4.0).
Comparative Law LLM Research and Writing
Research and writing are essential skills for lawyers of all cultures and legal systems. Pace offers many opportunities to enhance writing skills in English with an eye toward producing a required seminar paper or guided research paper of high quality.
While many students return home after graduation to resume their practice, other Pace graduates seek work in the United States either for a professional training internship or for long-term employment. The Director for International Programs, the Assistant Dean for Environmental Law, and others make every effort to help students find the best public and private sector career opportunities to fit their interests.