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LL.M. in American Legal Studies


The KU Law LL.M. in American Legal Studies will prepare you to take the New York Bar Examination. The curriculum, tied to the requirements set by the New York Bar Examiners, consists of the following:

Course Requirements

Students must complete the following 3 courses:

  • Professional Responsibility (2 credits - fall or spring semester)
  • Lawyering Skills I (2 credits - fall semester)
  • Introduction to Constitutional Law (4 credits

Students must complete a minimum of 6 credits from the following menu of courses:

  • Business Organizations (4 credits)
  • Conflict of Laws (2-3 credits)
  • Contracts (4 credits)
  • Criminal Law (4 credits)
  • Criminal Procedure (3 credits)
  • Evidence (3 credits)
  • Family Law (2-3 credits)
  • Property (4 credits
  • Torts (4 credits)
  • Estates and Trusts (3-4 credits)
  • Commercial Law: Payments Systems (3 credits)
  • Commercial Law: Secured Transactions (3 credits)

Electives: Students may take 10 credit hours in any course offered by KU Law, subject to relevant prerequisites.

Students seeking a more specialized curriculum may request approval from the Associate Dean for International and Comparative Law to waive one or more course requirements.

Grading System

An LL.M. student whose cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0 at the end of any regular semester is on probation. A student on probation is not in good standing for purposes of the rules of withdrawal or any other rules that require good standing.

All LL.M. students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 during the semester in which they complete 24 credit hours, or they will not be awarded the degree nor will they be permitted to continue in school. There is no appeal within this law school from this requirement.

LL.M. students are not subject to the mandatory grading guidelines applicable to students seeking a J.D. degree.

Students must complete all requirements for the degree within three years of initial enrollment.

Candidates for the LL.M. in American Legal Studies who are preparing for the New York Bar Examination should note carefully the points concerning ethical examination conduct in the following two documents issued by the New York State Board of Law Examiners.​

New York Bar Exam Conduct Guidelines

New York Bar Exam Memo

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Contact KU Law Admissions

Steven Freedman, Assistant Dean
Bryanna Hanschu, Director of Recruiting

103 Green Hall

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