Master of Laws (LL.M.) in American Legal Studies

On-Campus and Online Degree Overview

The Master of Laws (LL.M.) with a concentration in American Legal Studies meets the needs of international attorneys who wish to be trained in American law. Designed for graduates of accredited institutions outside the U.S. who have already earned a JD-equivalent law degree, Regent's LL.M. with a concentration in American Legal Studies offers students a rigorous academic experience plus the unique benefit of studying American law from a Christian worldview with a U.S. News & World Report leader in online education.

In addition to our standard courses in American law, LL.M. students may take courses in many different areas, including but not limited to corporate, commercial and transactional law; constitutional law; public law; alternative dispute resolution; intellectual property law; family law; and criminal law and procedure, among others.

LL.M. in American Legal Studies Highlights

*Please note that the online LL.M. in American Legal Studies will resume in Spring 2015.

Curriculum: View courses and course descriptions.
Length: 24 credit hours. Students typically complete this degree in one year and may begin the program in either the fall (August) or spring (January) semesters.
Format: Delivered entirely online or entirely face-to-face
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Features: Students learn from a faculty of internationally-recognized professors, practitioners and legal scholars from some of the nation's finest schools, including Harvard, Yale, Duke, the University of Chicago and the University of Virginia. A U.S. News & World Report recognized leader in online education, Regent University allows you the opportunity to earn a rigorous LL.M. without leaving home, family or employment to study abroad. Our LL.M. program in Virginia, taught in the context of a Christian worldview, prepares future and practicing attorneys for lifelong success.

Integration of Faith and Law

Faith-law integration is exemplified by "Christian Foundations of Law," a required course introducing students to the historical and philosophical roots of English and American law. The course encourages students to ask: "Why?" Why do we enforce contracts? Why do we punish crime? Why do we forbid the taking of life, liberty and property without due process of law?

By exploring a multidisciplinary breadth of classic texts in history, philosophy and theology, full-time and part-time students gain an appreciation of the biblical foundations of the law and legal institutions of the United States.