Law - Comparative
Application Deadlines
Fall:May 1
Contact Information: 
243 JRCB
Program Requirements: 

The J. Reuben Clark Law School created the Master of Law (LLM) program in 1988 to provide an opportunity for lawyers trained in jurisdictions outside the United States to study the U.S. legal system. The program provides maximum exposure to the U.S. legal system and interaction between master of law students and students seeking the juris doctorate degree. Students obtain a solid foundation in the basic principles of U.S. law while being allowed the flexibility to pursue personal academic interests. To ensure a superior educational experience for students in the program, admission is generally limited to six to eight students per year.

The master of law (LLM) degree is conferred upon successful completion of a minimum 24 credit hours earned during at least two semesters in residence following completion of a JD degree or its equivalent outside the United States.

Requirements for Degree.

  • Credit hours (24): credits toward the LLM degree must be earned during at least two regular BYU Law School semesters.
  • Required courses: each student will be required to complete Introduction to American Law as well as Legal Research and Writing during the fall semester. Additionally, each student is required to complete one of the regular first-year courses in the JD program. The course chosen to fulfill this requirement is determined by the student in consultation with his or her faculty-appointed advisor.
  • Written thesis: a student may earn up to 6 credit hours for a written thesis project supervised by an appointed thesis advisor and defended before that advisor and two additional readers. Although the written thesis is encouraged, it is not required for completion of the LLM degree.
  • The student chooses the remainder of his or her curriculum from the regular juris doctor course offerings.
Admission Requirements: 

Required Test

TOEFL (score of 590 if paper-based, 96 if internet-based or IELTS band score of at least 7.0)

Additional Requirements

  1. Law School Application form
  2. Letters of recommendation
  3. Official verification to practice law in native country
  4. Financial information
  5. $50 application fee
  6. Credential evaluation
Program Outcomes: 

Law and Legal System of the United States

Students will demonstrate competency in explaining and applying fundamental principles regarding the law and legal system of the United States.

Legal Analysis, Research, and Advocacy

Students will be able to engage in legal analysis, research, and advocacy pertinent to the United States legal system.

Program Stats

Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
Total Students 8
International 8
Female 4
Non-White 5
BYU Undergraduate 0
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree 0.7
Graduated Per Year 4.8
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year 5.6
Admitted Per Year 5.6
Percent Admitted 100.00
Average GPA 3.51