In order to be eligible for graduation from the Moritz College of Law with an LLM degree, candidates must accumulate a minimum of 24 semester credit hours through the successful completion of all coursework. Out of the 24 minimum credits, five (5) are comprised of required courses: LLM Analysis, Research & Writing (2 credits) and U.S. Legal Systems (3 credits). Students typically complete all required credits in two semesters, however, there is also the option to enroll in the three-semester program (see FAQs for details).
The following six concentration areas are pre-designed to meet the needs of many LLM students:
Increasingly, courts are moving beyond traditional trials and appeals to help clients find satisfactory resolutions to their disagreements. Negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and other processes are helping parties reach satisfying outcomes.
Moritz has one of the country’s finest programs in alternative dispute resolution (ADR), as it is consistently ranked among the nation’s top programs by our peers. Faculty members are national leaders in the ADR field, have published hundreds of books and articles, and frequently speak on or serve as mediators for high-profile disputes around the world.
Courses in ADR benefit students interested in litigation, transactional, and government practice as well as those interested in management and leadership.
Corporate lawyers handle a wide range of legal issues for corporations, including transactional, governance, litigation, and regulatory work. Nearly all of our students choose to take the Business Associations course to develop a basic understanding of the legal system under which corporations operate.
From issues arising at multibillion-dollar corporations to small businesses to nonprofit organizations, Ohio State offers numerous courses covering a range of issues related to corporate structure and governance, securities regulation and public offerings, corporate takeovers and mergers, foreign investment, corporate finance, and other challenges.
Ohio State boasts one of the nation’s pre-eminent criminal law programs. Accordingly, Moritz students considering a criminal practice have numerous opportunities to learn about every aspect of the criminal justice system.
A Moritz education challenges students to consider the philosophical and practical issues associated with crime, investigation, and punishment. Criminal law faculty members have argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, clerked for Supreme Court justices, and have worked at some of the most prestigious firms and prosecutor’s offices in the nation.
For most individuals engaged in the workforce, employment and labor law contributes greatly to the nature of the employer-employee relationship. Beginning with child labor statutes and running through age discrimination and pension laws, the law has something to say on nearly every issue confronting employees during their working years — wages, hours, fringe benefits, safety and health, job security, discrimination, and employee privacy.
At Moritz, students study employment and labor law with faculty who enjoy national reputations for their scholarship in this important public policy area. Students engaged in the critical analysis of constitutional, statutory, and common law issues are encouraged to confront complex and controversial public policy problems. Moritz graduates have gone on to represent unions, individual workers, private employers, federal and state government agencies, and public interest organizations active in this field.
Due to recent scientific and technological advances, lawyering in the digital age has become increasingly important and complex.
Students interested in intellectual property may study the principal forms of protection: copyright, trademark, and patent law. Moritz also offers multiple advanced intellectual property courses focused on issues related to the Internet and technology and protecting both copyright and ownership of material as well as privacy.
International law consists of two distinct parts. First, public international law includes the rules that govern the relations among nation-states to create order, prevent war, and facilitate cooperation. It also includes the study of several organizations that help govern the international community, such as the United Nations. The second focus of the area is on international business law, which concerns the rights and obligations associated with international exchanges of goods, services, and capital. It, too, includes the study of several organizations that help govern international business and trade, such as the World Trade Organization.
Among a robust list of course offerings taught by full-time faculty who are experts in these areas, Moritz offers concentrated, two-week courses taught by leading practitioners in our Distinguished Practitioners in Residence program.
In addition, LLM students may design a customized concentration or choose a general LLM degree, where they take various courses that interest them. Finally, students focusing on preparing for a U.S. bar exam may take general bar-tested subjects. All academic and course decisions are made in consultation with the Assistant Dean for International and Graduate Affairs.
This course introduces international students to U.S. legal analysis, writing, and research. Through interactive class exercises and written assignments, students gain experience with legal communications in the U.S. Course assignments include an email to a fictional law firm partner and an office memorandum addressing a simulated client’s legal problem.
The course in United States Legal System and Legal Tradition is designed to introduce foreign-trained lawyers to the unique aspects of law and legal practice in the United States. Topics include: 1) The Nature and Sources of American Law–The structure of the United States, and its courts, and how statutes and constitutional provisions are interpreted by courts. The idea of the common law and how the common law tradition influences how law is made and interpreted. 2) An Introduction to the “Structural” Constitution–An examination of the powers and interrelationship among the judicial, legislative and executive branches of the federal government; the idea of federalism and the relationship between the federal government and the states. 3) The Constitution and Rights–An examination of the role of courts in enforcing rights secured by the Constitution, including substantive and procedural due process, equal protection, freedom of speech and of the press, and the concept of unenumerated rights. 4) Introduction to Civil Litigation in American Courts–Introduction to civil procedure, including subject matter jurisdiction of the federal courts, personal jurisdiction, jury trial, pleading and discovery and adjudication without trial.
LLM Academic Concentrations
At Ohio State, LLM students have the option to enroll in courses that will qualify as a specialization in a selected area of law. By taking a minimum of 12 semester hours of related courses, the student earns a certificate for an academic concentration in the area.