JD & LLM Dual Degree

A Juris Doctor/Masters of Laws Dual (JD/LLM) degree program is an excellent option for law students seeking careers in highly specialized areas of law, helping them stand out to employers.

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A JD/LLM dual degree program provides law students with extra training and education in a specialized area of law, such as tax law or international law. Read on to learn more about the courses and admission requirements for this dual degree program.

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General Degree Program Information

The LLM component of the dual program offers law students advanced legal study of their selected practice area which gives them an advantage when finding jobs. While the coursework required for the JD/LLM degree will vary depending on the legal concentration of the LLM, here are some courses students will have to take to complete this dual degree program:


The course on property teaches students the basic concepts of property law, and the kinds of property interests within real property and intellectual property. First-year level courses in this field will focus on real property, where students will learn about the different types of land ownership, private and governmental interests in land, and land use restrictions. Students will also be exposed to some problem areas within property law, such as private land use, landlord/tenant issues, and eminent domain.

Criminal Law

Criminal Law will teach students the principles, concepts, and general doctrines of substantive criminal law. Students will learn about the elements of different crimes, the defenses and excuses for such crimes, and punishments for crimes, with a focus on imprisonment. The history of Anglo-American criminal law will also be explored to provide context to the present state of modern penal law.


This course offers an introduction into the foundations of contract law, focusing on what creates a contract, how to enforce promises, and remedies for breaches of contract. This course will offer an overview of different kinds of agreements, such as contracts for the sale of goods, the sale of land, employment contracts, family agreements, service agreements, and other types of agreements.

Civil Procedure

In civil procedure, students will learn the basics of the civil litigation process, the phases of a lawsuit, and the responsibilities of an attorney from before a lawsuit is even filed in court. This course will focus on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Students will study the rules in detail and how they relate to each other and other areas of law.


A tort is a wrongful act not covered by contract leading to civil legal liability. The course on torts will teach students the different bases of tort liability, the function of tort law, and how it relates to other legal areas. Students will also learn about the different types of torts and how to identify the elements of each tort.

Program Admittance Requirements

Students seeking a JD/LLM dual degree will apply for their LLM after being admitted to law school, with students applying for an LLM during their second year of law school, but no later than their third year. There is no specific bachelor's degree required for admittance to law school, though students must be pursuing their JD for admission to the dual program. GPA and LSAT score requirements will also vary by school, but the JD/LLM dual degree program can be competitive, so having a stronger GPA and LSAT score will help applicants stand out. Students may need to complete certain legal courses prior to applying for an LLM, for example, some schools require students to complete a number of Tax Law courses prior to consideration for an LLM in Taxation.

For law students with specific career goals in specialized practice areas, a JD/LLM dual degree program will provide students with the legal knowledge needed to succeed as a lawyer and provide deeper knowledge of their chosen practice area. A JD/LLM also helps new graduates stand out in the job market, showing their dedication to a particular practice area of law.

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