Asian & Comparative Law LL.M. Curriculum

Required Courses

Comparative Legal Studies Seminar

The central requirement of the Asian & Comparative Law specialization is satisfied by completing the Law B551 Comparative Legal Studies Seminar. The course provides an introduction to comparative legal scholarship and comparative methods for research in Asian, European and American law. The course emphasizes the development of analytical skills and comparative critical thinking.

American Legal System and Method

International students are also required to complete the Law B550A American Legal System and Method course. It provides a systematic and structured examination of the U.S. legal system and is designed to introduce students to the methods and materials for legal analysis, research and writing on U.S. law.

Elective Courses

Students are required to take at least three approved elective courses. The selection of courses varies from year to year depending on course availability. Here is a list of typical courses offered as approved electives:

For detailed course descriptions please see the Course Catalog. In case of scheduling difficulties, other special circumstances or if you are planning to take the bar exam, other courses may be substituted with the permission of the Program Director.

Other Law School Courses

For the remaining credits, students are free to choose their own courses. Most second and third year J.D. program courses are open to LL.M. students. Exceptions are courses taught in small groups and/or subject to capped enrollment, such as some clinical course offerings.