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University of Georgia

The University of Georgia ("UGA") is a public university located in Athens, Georgia in the United States. Founded in 1785, the university claims it is the oldest public university in the US.  UGA offers seventy-nine degree programs in a wide range of disciplines and enrolls about 26,000 undergraduate and about 9,000 graduate students from the United States and around the world every year. UGA was tied for 20th in U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 list of the 50 top public universities in America.

Campus Life is a primary point of contact for students through more than 600 registered student organizations; student programming groups; social fraternities and sororities; student leadership programs and volunteer services; and international and multicultural programs. The 425,000-square-foot Bernard B. and Eugenia A. Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activities is one of the largest and most comprehensive fitness/exercise facilities for students and faculty in the country, and has been rated by Sports Illustrated as the best such facility in the US.

The University of Georgia has approximately 180 International Cooperative Agreements (ICAs) in over 50 countries. These agreements allow for the formal development of activities such as faculty and student exchanges, collaborative research, seminars and workshops, and/or service programs.

The law school

The Dean Rusk Center was established in 1977 to expand the scope of research, teaching, and service in international law and policy in order to increase understanding of international issues, provide a sound basis for foreign policy decision-making, and contribute solutions to global problems. Today the Center serves as a nucleus for collaboration between University of Georgia School of Law faculty and students, the law school community, and diverse international partners on foreign and transnational legal and policy matters.

In fulfillment of its mission to globalize legal education at the University of Georgia, the Rusk Center administers a Master of Laws (LL.M.) program that brings students from around the world to our campus to deepen their knowledge of international and U.S. law. Every year the Center also invites scholars from abroad to engage in collaborative research with faculty and to teach short courses that enhance the law school's educational offerings. In addition to faculty exchange programs with foreign universities, the Rusk Center administers a popular study abroad semester program for Georgia Law students at the University of Oxford and highly praised summer programs in Beijing and Shanghai, and Brussels and Geneva. The Global Internship Program with placements in thirty countries around the world provides another excellent opportunity to gain international experience.

Tuition fees

Expected 2012-2013 Tuition: $35,000

Health insurance estimates: $ 1,080

Books and supplies: $ 1,500

Living expenses: $10,000

Total: $47,580

Entry Requirements

Students from other countries who wish to apply for the LL.M. must hold a degree equivalent to the Juris Doctor from a recognized law school, must have an academic record and proposed program of study acceptable to the Georgia Law faculty.

Furthermore, applicants must possess proficiency in English as demonstrated by satisfactory results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). LL.M. applicants need to score at least 100 on the Internet-based test (equivalents: 600-computer-based, 250-paper) of the TOEFL to be considered for admission to the program.

U.S. law students who wish to pursue the Master of Laws degree must hold a J.D. degree or the equivalent from a law school that is a member of the Association of American Law Schools and that is approved by the American Bar Association.

Each student's qualifications and record of legal studies must reflect high scholarly aptitude, and the data required in the LL.M. application forms must present a well-conceived plan of study and research.

The Program

The University of Georgia (Master of Laws) LL.M. Program offers a limited number of qualified and highly motivated persons who already hold law degrees the opportunity to pursue an individually fashioned program of course work in areas of law in which they are professionally interested. Except for the Graduate Seminar, LL.M. candidates take courses and seminars open to J.D. students. The LL.M. degree is awarded upon the successful completion of 24 semester hours of academic credit during two consecutive semesters of residency of an academic year. The academic year consists of a fall semester of 15 weeks, beginning in the second half of August, and a spring semester of 15 weeks, commencing in the second half of January.

LL.M. candidates may opt for the All-Courses track in which case their program will consist of course offerings. Alternatively, candidates may elect to follow the LL.M. Essay track, substituting the LL.M. Essay for six semester credit hours of courses. LL.M. candidates who opt to prepare the LL.M. Essay have until December 1 of the calendar year in which they completed the required residency to submit their completed and graded work to the law school registrar.

LL.M. candidates who have received their training outside of the United States are expected to expand their knowledge of the American legal system. These students take the two-semester credit Graduate Seminar I in the fall semester. Both American and foreign LL.M. candidates take Graduate Seminar II (one semester credit hour) in the spring semester.

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