Master of Laws (LL.M.) Programs

Drake Law School offers various Master of Laws (LL.M.) programs on a full-time or part-time basis.

The LL.M. is an internationally recognized higher academic degree that establishes the recipient has achieved an advanced understanding of legal principles.

Drake Law School's LL.M. programs are open both to American and international students. Any applicant who holds a J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school, an LL.B., or an equivalent degree from a foreign law school is eligible for the LL.M.

An LL.M. degree is ideal for American students who seek an advanced curriculum that facilitates their transition to practice or for practitioners who seek to expand their practices into new areas.

For an international student, an LL.M. attests to the student's knowledge and understanding of American law and culture, as well as to the student's English language proficiency. An international student who wishes to practice in the U.S. and who holds an LL.M. may, in some states, sit for the state bar exam and obtain a license to practice law in the United States.

LL.M. in Compliance and Risk Management

The LL.M. in Compliance and Risk Management, offered by Drake Law School and Drake’s College of Business and Public Administration, responds to the growing need for employees to ensure that their companies are meeting government regulations and adhering to ethical standards.

The program combines the legal and business knowledge necessary to thrive in highly regulated fields such as financial services, insurance, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, agribusiness, and utilities.

Learn more about the LL.M. in Compliance and Risk Management.

LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law

The LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law program provides an exceptional learning environment to prepare transnational intellectual property lawyers for today’s global business environment.

The program offers an innovative curriculum that combines legal theory, policy analysis, practical experience, and professional skills development. Students choose from a wide and expanding array of basic courses and advanced seminars.

Learn more about the LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law.

LL.M. in Individualized Legal Studies

The LL.M. in Individualized Legal Studies program allows students to build their own program to fit individual career goals and interests.

Students must complete 24 hours of law credits from the regular Drake Law School curriculum. Students may design their own concentration by devoting 12 of the required 24 credit hours to a specialized area of study of their choice, or they may pursue one of several areas of concentration, such as Business Law or Criminal Law.

Learn more about the LL.M. in Individualized Legal Studies.

Note: With the approval of the program director, candidates who have taken relevant courses at Drake Law School as part of their J.D. program may be permitted to apply up to 9 semester hours for credit toward the LL.M. degree.

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