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LLM in Individualized Legal Studies

Drake Law School offers an LLM in Individualized Legal Students to allow you to build your own program to fit your career goals and interests.

Program Overview

The philosophy of the LLM in Individualized Legal Studies is to allow each student to customize his or her own program to fit individual professional goals and interests.

The LLM degree is designed for students who have already earned their JD, LLB, or comparable law degree.

Download the LLM/MJ in Individualized Legal Studies Brochure.


All students must successfully complete 24 hours of law credit drawn from the regular Drake Law School curriculum.

However, a student may design his or her own concentration by devoting 12 of these 24 credit hours to a specialized area of study of the student’s choice, or the student may pursue one of the following areas of concentration:

  • Business Law Concentration
  • Criminal Law Concentration
  • International Law and Global Citizenship Concentration
  • Sustainable Development Concentration

For more detailed information, see the LLM/MJ in Individualized Legal Studies curriculum.


Learn more about applying to Drake Law School.

Individualized Legal Studies Program Director:

Ellen Yee, Director of International Programs; Professor of Law
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For more information, contact the Office of Admission and Financial Aid at 515-271-2782 or

Law School News
February 20, 2020
John Gilbertson, a third-year student at Drake University Law School, was recognized onstage during GRAMMY Week 2020 at the 22nd Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Event and Scholarship Presentation, hosted by the Recording Academy. His paper, titled Play It Again Sam: The Free-Market Case for Government Intervention in the Music Streaming Sector, received runner-up in the Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition, winning him a trip to Los Angeles and a $2,500 scholarship.