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Exploring Harvard’s LLM Degree – The Ins and Outs

Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, offers its LLM students an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge, skills, and expertise in law and build successful law careers. Not only can they learn all about U.S. law, but the students with a JD degree from any U.S. or Puerto Rican school also have an opportunity to learn about the legal theory.

LLM students are free to plan their own course of study and choose from some 500 courses and seminars each year from the diverse Harvard Law School Curriculum. The only requirement is that each of them takes one core course in U.S. law.

The courses for this requirement include:

  • Antitrust Law and Economics – U.S.
  • Contracts
  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Corporations
  • Criminal Law
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Legislation and Regulation
  • Property
  • Separation of Powers
  • Taxation
  • Torts

International LLM students are also encouraged to take at least one course on legal history, legal theory, policy analysis, or legal process. They also must write a research paper either independently or in conjunction with a course or seminar.

Apart from the regular courses and seminars, LLM students can pursue a limited number of credits at other Harvard faculties and schools in the area. There are also a lot of different extracurricular and co-curricular offerings with no academic credit, such as various workshops and interactive information sessions.

All LLM students at Harvard Law School must complete a minimum of 23 credits and a maximum of 28 credits in one academic year, as well as fulfill the necessary expectations for some specific course and their writing projects.

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