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Master of Laws in American Legal Studies

Students who pursue the Master of Laws with a concentration in American Legal Studies at Regent University have the chance to explore the American legal system and the role of American lawyers. Read on to learn more about this LL.M. program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Laws with a concentration in American Legal Studies

School Offering Program:

Regent University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to Regent University's Master of Laws (LL.M.) in American Legal Studies program should be interested in developing a better understanding of American law and already have the international equivalent of a Juris Doctor from an accredited program approved by the ABA (or be in the process of earning a JD). All applicants to graduate programs at Regent University should have at least a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Designed specifically for students who already hold a law degree from outside the U.S., the Master of Laws in American Legal Studies could help students acquire knowledge of the American system of law, improve their proficiency in English, and interact with legal experts in the U.S. Students could leave the program with an understanding of substantive topics in law, common-law legal traditions, and the foundations of the American legal system.

This program is also designed to help students understand how Christian values and principles play a role in the legal system, and courses emphasize the biblical underpinnings of American law through an in-depth study of classic legal, theological, and historical texts. Students in this program have the opportunity to build the writing and research skills needed to work in the American legal system. This program could also provide an in-depth look at the role of the American lawyer.

Learning Format:

Online and on-campus

Program Length:

30 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Regent University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Master of Laws with a concentration in American Legal Studies:

Regent University's Master of Laws in American Legal Studies requires the completion of 30 credits, which includes 4-5 credits of required courses and 24-25 elective courses offered by the law school. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Regent University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Required Courses (5-6 credits)

  • Students select one:
    • Foundations of Legal Thought
    • Foundations of Law
  • Students select one:
    • American Legal System and Writing
    • Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing

Elective Courses (24-25 credits)

  • Students choose 24-25 credits of electives from the law school's J.D. catalog that are not focused on international law

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of Regent University's LL.M. in American Legal Studies could consider continuing their education by pursuing a research focused Ph.D. program in order to obtaining further specialized training on specific legal topics or to preapre for an advanced consulting or education career.

Additional degree options for graduates can include (but are not limited to):

  • Ph.D. in Law
  • Ph.D. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • Ph.D. in Justice Studies
  • Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy

Career Paths:

Graduates of Regent University's Master of Laws in American Legal Studies program could be ready to find careers in legal or consulting areas within the U.S. or to practice law in international countries with a better understanding of how to solve problems or present arguments from a U.S. perspective. Students who complete this program could also be qualified to sit for a U.S. bar exam, if its allowed by the selected jurisdiction.

Some possible positions that graduates could pursue include:

  • Corporate lawyer
  • Non-profit lawyer
  • Legal consultant
  • Human resources professional

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