• Home
  • Academics
  • Degrees
  • LL.M. in Elder Law
  • Elder Law LL.M.
  • Curriculum

LL.M. in Elder Law

Curriculum

The requirements of the program are as follows:

  • a total of 24 post-J.D. credit hours
  • 12-14 post-J.D. credit hours of course work pursuant to an individualized plan
  • 6 post-J.D. credit hours in the Elder Law Externship
  • 4-6 post-J.D. credit hours of work on a faculty-supervised thesis on an elder law topic

To earn the LL.M. in Elder Law, a candidate must successfully complete a minimum of 24 credit hours with a GPA of 2.5 for those hours. The required curriculum includes a two-semester elder law research project, a two-semester clinical component, and a thesis.

Required Courses Credits
Elder Law Externship
(two semester sequence, 3 credits each)
6
Elder Law Research Project
(two semesters 1 credit each)
2
Elder Law LL.M. Thesis
(may be spread over 2-3 semesters)
4 - 6
TOTAL REQUIRED CREDITS 12 - 14
Course Course Hours
Elder Law Externship (two 3-hour fall/spring semester sequence) 6
Elder Law Research Project 2
Thesis 4 - 6
TOTAL CORE COURSE HOURS 12 - 14

In addition, the candidate will choose 10-12 credits of electives from the following courses. Other courses may be substituted with the approval of the Elder Law LL.M. Program Director or the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Elective Courses Credits
Law School Electives
Administrative Law 3
Business Associations I 1
Bankruptcy 3
Current Issues in Poverty Law 1
Estates and Trusts 3
Estate Planning: Principles 3
Estate Planning: Practice 3
Health Law and Policy 3
Law and Bioethics 2
Mental Health Law 2
Public Benefits Law 2 - 3
Public Policy Clinic (on approved Elder Law topic) 3
Qualified Retirement Plans 2
Non-Law Course Electives*
Social Work and Aging SW 833 3
Proseminar in Communications & Aging COMS 784 / PSYCH 785 1
Readings in Gerontology HDFL 741 3 - 5
The Psychology of Aging PSYCH 691 3
Gerontology Proseminar COMS 787 / HDFL 787 / PSYCH 787 3
TOTAL ELECTIVE HOURS (*maximum of 6 non-law) 10-12
DEGREE TOTAL 24

 

Why KU
  • One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks used at U.S. law schools
  • 2 KU law faculty were U.S. Supreme Court clerks
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 33 conviction reversals since 2009
  • 7,300+ alumni live in all 50 states and 18 foreign countries
  • #18 “best value” law school in the nation — National Jurist Magazine
  • 12 interdisciplinary joint degrees
  • 27th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation. — U.S. News & World Report
  • 70 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • Nearly 800 employment interviews at law school, 2012-13
  • Top 25% for number of 2013 grads hired by the nation’s largest law firms
  • 20th: for number of law alumni promoted to partner at the 250 largest law firms