LL.M. American Law Concentration

LL.M. Program Duration

The Oregon LL.M. program is a full-time program and requires at least two semesters of study.

LL.M. Course Requirements

Students who elect the American Law concentration must complete at least 24 semester credits and may select courses from a wide array of the Law School’s course offerings.

American Law Required Courses:

  • LL.M. Seminar in both Fall and Spring Semester.
  • LL.M. Writing Requirement (see LL.M. Writing Requirement below)
  • Introduction to American Law (2 credits) (required for students who hold a law degree from a non-U.S. institution of higher education).
  • LL.M. Advanced Persuasive Legal Writing (2 credits) (required for students who hold a law degree from a non-U.S. institution of higher education).


Students who are pursuing the concentration in American Law may consider taking one or more of the following courses (if a student has taken the same or substantially similar J.D. course, the course may not be repeated in the Master of Laws program):

  • Civil Procedure
  • Contracts
  • Property
  • Constitutional Law
  • Legal Profession
  • Torts
  • Criminal Law, Criminal Investigation or Criminal Adjudication
  • Commercial Law
  • Family Law
  • Federal Income Tax I

Descriptions of all law school courses can be found here (click on course name for description): Law School Catalog.

Course offerings are subject to change each year, and not all courses are offered every year.  First-year J.D. Legal Research and Writing courses are not available to LL.M. students.

LL.M. Seminar Requirement

The LL.M. Seminar is an integrating experience for all LL.M. students, providing education on topics of current concern and introducing students to a variety of lawyers, officials, and natural environments in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. In the LL.M. Seminar, students work to enhance their legal writing and presentation skills in a collaborative setting.

The LL.M. Seminar is usually 2 credits in the Fall and 2 credits in the Spring.

LL.M. Writing Requirement

LL.M. students must complete a written comprehensive paper or project in connection with one of the concentration specific courses or as a concentration focused independent study legal research and writing course under the supervision of a faculty advisor.

Qualifications for Admission to the Bar

Students who are pursuing a Master of Laws degree in order to apply to take a state bar exam in the United States should review and confirm their eligibility and any course/degree requirements with the bar exam administrators in each state to which the student intends to apply.  The National Conference of Bar Examiners provides a general guide of bar admission requirements.  In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.