Students earn the LL.M. in Comparative Law upon successful completion of 26 semester credit hours of work that must include:
The 26-credit obligation includes four credits for the summer Introduction to the Comparative LL.M. Program, a three-week required program that introduces students to the fundamentals of the laws and legal system of the United States, as well as to various aspects of the study of law in this country, including the Socratic method of instruction, case briefing, legal research and writing, simulation exercises, and final examinations. The purpose of the program is to prepare students to successfully engage with United States students and professors in the J.D. courses in which they will be enrolled beginning in the fall semester. The program also introduces students to legal research and writing skills that are essential for a successful U.S. law student. Lastly, the course helps students acclimate to the law school and the university community prior to the start of the regular academic year. The summer program is currently divided into two courses supplemented by special orientation sessions.
Students must arrive at least one week prior to the start of the Introduction to the Comparative LL.M. Program courses (usually five weeks prior to the first Monday of the fall semester) in order to complete all the administrative pre-requisites for enrollment in the University of Florida and in the LL.M. Program at the Levin College of Law. This includes but is not limited to checking in with the International Center, the Graduate Admissions Office, and taking care of registration “holds.” Classes start during the summer term and students must then register for courses at the College of Law for the following fall and spring semesters.
All credits counted towards completion of the LL.M. must be earned while enrolled as an LL.M. in Comparative Law student. Credits must also be earned at the Levin College of Law in courses offered at our campus in Gainesville. LL.M. students may not earn credit for courses taught by the College of Law outside Gainesville. This includes, but is not limited to, study-abroad courses. Credits earned while a student is on an exchange program cannot be counted toward the LL.M. degree either.
The LL.M. in Comparative Law Program is part of the University of Florida Graduate School and is thus subject to the regulations published in the Graduate Catalog.
LL.M. in Comparative Law students are generally required to take six credits from the LL.M.-exclusive courses listed below and the remaining 20 credits from the general curricular offerings at the Levin College of Law. Specific choices are made with the counseling and approval of the program director.
Four courses are only available to LL.M. in Comparative Law Students:
LL.M. in Comparative Law students choose most of their credits from the general course offerings in the J.D. and Tax curriculum at the Levin College of Law with prior authorization from the Director. Florida’s comprehensive J.D. curriculum prepares students from around the world for a broad range of traditional and non-traditional legal careers. Course work develops students’ analytical ability, knowledge of the theory and practice of law, communication skills and understanding of the legal profession’s codes of responsibility, ethics and commitment to professionalism. Teaching methods include the traditional “case” and “Socratic” methods as well as problems, simulations, role-playing, and computer-assisted instruction.
You may review the listing and description of currently-offered courses in the Office of Student Affairs section of this website.
Unless otherwise expressly indicated, no deviations from this course of study are currently authorized by the College of Law Faculty or by the Graduate Council.
LL.M. students receive letter grades in accordance with University of Florida policy but the students are not counted when determining the mandatory class-mean grading policies applicable to J.D. classes. While no specific grade distribution or grading curve for LL.M. candidates is prescribed, the faculty recognizes that GPA requirements for the LL.M. differ from the requirements for a J.D. and that law graduates for whom English may be a second language may face difficulties that the typical UF law student does not. Nevertheless, LL.M. students are subject to the Graduate Catalog’s rules regarding a minimum 3.0 grade point average on the University’s 4.0 scale as detailed in the Graduate Catalog.
In addition to the overall GPA rules, LL.M. students must complete no fewer than four (4) credits in 7000-level courses with a minimum grade of 3.0 (a “B”) in order to have a “Graduate GPA” required for graduation by the University of Florida Graduate School.
The LL.M. in Comparative Law follows the grading policies as set forth in the UF Graduate Catalog.
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