The LL.M. in Comparative Law is designed exclusively for graduates of foreign law schools who want to enhance their understanding of the American legal system and the English common law system from which it evolved.
The program builds on the University of Florida=s renowned international studies programs as well as decades of involvement by its law faculty in international legal issues S including trade, environmental and land use law, human rights, law revision and constitutional reform.
Students earn the LL.M. in Comparative Law upon successful completion of 26 semester hours of work. This includes four credits for the summer An introduction to American Law@ course, a three-week required course that introduces students to various aspects of the study of law in America, including the Socratic method of instruction, case briefing, legal research, simulation exercises, and final examinations. The purpose of the course is to prepare students to successfully engage with American students and professors in the J.D. courses in which they will be enrolled beginning in the fall semester. The course also helps students acclimate to the law school and the university community prior to the start of the regular academic year.
The 26 semester hours of work also include a research paper supervised by a faculty member, for which the student may receive up to two credit hours. During the fall and spring semesters, and with the director's approval, students choose their remaining credits from more than 100 courses and seminars offered each year in the J.D. and LL.M. in Taxation curriculums. Students also benefit from a weekly tutorial session with the director.
Facts & Figures
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Loans Offered: Domestic students are eligible for Federal Financial Aid.
Locale: Midsize City
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