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Harvard University

Founded in 1636, Harvard University is the oldest establishment of higher learning in the United States.

The University, founded 16 years after the arrival of the Pilgrims in Plymouth, Massachusetts, has more than 18,000 degree candidates, including undergraduates and students in 10 principal academic units.

Over 14,000 people work at Harvard, including more than 2,000 faculty. There are also 7,000 faculty appointments in associated teaching hospitals.

Harvard is consistently ranked among one of the top academic institutions in the world.

The law school

Harvard Law School (HLS) offers a lively and creative learning environment, a student body that comes from every state in the U.S. and more than 70 countries around the world and a varied and enthusiastic faculty—whose expertise spans a broad array of legal subjects.

Around 1,900 students attend HLS each year: 1,680 J.D. students, 160 LL.M. students, and 50 S.J.D. candidates.

The program of study features more than 260 courses and seminars that cover a broad range of traditional and emerging legal fields.

A Harvard Law education prepares students for success in law practice, business, public service, teaching, and more. Most HLS students are pursuing a J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree, while many others are earning an LL.M. (Master of Laws) or the S.J.D. Doctor of Juridical Science.

Harvard Law School also offers many joint degree programs, coordinated programs, and concurrent degree opportunities with other schools within Harvard University.

Tuition fees

Entry Requirements

In order to be considered for the LL.M. Program, an applicant must have a J.D. (Juris Doctor) from an accredited U.S. law school or a first law degree (J.D., LL.B. or the equivalent) from a foreign law school.

All students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 22 credit hours and a maximum of 26 credit hours in one academic year; most students complete between 22 and 24 credits. Students also must satisfy some specific course and written work requirements.

International LL.M. students are required to take at least one of the following courses in American Law: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Corporations, Criminal Law, Property, Taxation, and Torts. International students also must write either the 75- to 100-page LL.M. paper, the more extensive LL.M. thesis, or a paper of 25 or more pages that involves independent reflection, formulation of a sustained argument and, in many cases, outside research. Both types of papers may be written either independently or in conjunction with a seminar.

The Program

The LL.M. (Master of Laws) program is a one-year degree program that typically includes 150 students from more than 60 countries.

Most of a student's program will be drawn from the regular Harvard Law School Curriculum - some 250 courses and seminars each year, offered to J.D. and graduate students alike.
Some of the approved concentrations offered in the LLM program are:
-Human Rights
-Corporate Law and Governance
-International Finance

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