The University of Chicago Law School offers two graduate degrees at the masters level: Master of Laws (LL.M.) and Master of Comparative Law (M.Comp.L.) While most students elect to receive the LL.M., the M.Comp.L. will be awarded at the student's option if the same degree requirements are met.
Unlike a number of other law schools, the University of Chicago does not offer specialized graduate degree programs with a large number of graduate courses in a particular field such as taxation or securities regulation. There are no specific courses which LL.M. students are required to take at Chicago, nor are there courses they may not take. This means that students have the flexibility to create their own programs. LL.M. students often put together course and seminar schedules that reflect certain practice specialties such as corporate/securities, intellectual property, antitrust/regulation of business or commercial transactions among others. Most, however, also add other offerings in areas like constitutional law, legal theory, law & economics and comparative law to round out their academic experience. Other than an optional LL.M. writing course, there are no courses in the curriculum just for LL.M. students; LL.M. students will have all of their classes with students in the J.D. program.
The LL.M. degree is awarded to students who have successfully completed 27 course hours (generally nine courses) over three quarters while maintaining a grade point average of 170.