University of California, Davis School of Law (UC Davis)

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University of California, Davis School of Law (UC Davis)

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Programm Types

The UC Davis LL.M. program integrates American and international law students at all levels of study and provides LL.M. candidates with a broad curriculum of many different courses over ten months of study. Through the LL.M. program, international law graduates are able to gain a basic knowledge of the U.S. legal system and also have the opportunity to develop special expertise in a particular area of law. Come to King Hall for our:

  • General - Customized LL.M.: Working with the program director, you will tailor your curriculum to either gain a basic knowledge of the U.S. legal system, or to focus on any area of legal scholarship supported by King Hall's world-class curricula. The General LL.M. is designed to fit each student's needs, including preparation for a bar exam.
  • LL.M. with a Pre-Planned Specialized Area of Study: Select a specific area of focus based on the School of Law curriculum. Our law school curriculum offers many areas of focus. Common selections include business law, private or public international law, criminal law and procedure, intellectual property, human rights and social justice law, public interest law, environmental and natural resources law, health law and bioethics and many others in our School of Law curriculum.
  • Two-Year Extended and Two-Year Advanced LL.M. Options: For some students, a longer period of study is vital to meeting educational and career goals. 
  • Spring Start LL.M. Option: For some students, starting the LL.M. program in spring semester is vital to meeting educational and career goals.
  • Bar Preparation: The UC Davis School of Law also provides excellent preparation to participants who choose to take a Bar examination.

All LL.M. students are invited to take advantage of our pre-LL.M. programs. Learn US academic preparation skills, fundamentals of the US legal system, improve your English, and prepare for your LL.M.

Attainable degrees

  • Master of Laws (LL.M.)

The Master of Laws (LL.M.) is a fully customizable degree programs, in which curriculum is tailored specifically to each student's educational needs and professional goals.

Duration of LL.M. program

The LL.M. program is a 10-month course of studies. For some students, a longer period of study is vital to meeting educational and career goals. 

7 certificate programs

  • Business 
  • Criminal 
  • Environmental 
  • Immigration
  • Intellectual property
  • Public service 
  • Tax

Typical first year schedule

UC Davis School of Law operates on a semester system, with 15 weeks in the Fall Semester and 15 weeks in the Spring Semester. A typical schedule includes classes five days a week, with some classes starting as early as 8:00 a.m. and finishing as late as 4:30 p.m. Some classes are held in the evening. Most classes meet two or three times a week for 50-75 minutes per class meeting. There are no classes scheduled from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. on any day of the week.  We design the schedule this way to allow you to take part in the myriad lunchtime events, such as guest speakers, information sessions on special program offerings, and student organization meetings.

Beyond your class schedule, you will need to allow time to study and prepare for class.  How much of each work day you should spend on studying is a very individualized decision.  A common guideline for the students is to plan to spend two to three hours studying outside of class for every hour spent in class. The LL.M. program offers a multitude of study skills workshops throughout each term to help you build effective and efficient study habits that work for you.  In addition, we strongly encourage all LL.M. students to attend offices hours with professors as often as possible, to ask questions and receive support.  We all want you to succeed, so please ask for help!

UC Davis University Library ranked among the top research libraries in North America

UC Davis School of Law students have access to a number of premier libraries at UC Davis and within the UC system, including the Law School's own Mabie Law Library.

The library is under the direction of the Dean of the School of Law, with advice from the faculty. The Director of the Library is a member of the faculty.

The Mabie Law Library supports the research, scholarship, and curriculum needs of its faculty and students by developing a law library with relevant resources, in both print and electronic formats, and providing legal research assistance to its constituents.

Some facts about the Mabie Law Library:

  • The Mabie Law Library houses over 375,000 print volumes and volume equivalents, and provides access to a wealth of online resources it licenses.
  • The Mabie Law Library has specialized collections that focus on business law, environmental law, intellectual property, immigration law, constitutional law, and public interest law.
  • The Mabie Law Library is both a federal and California government selective depository, with a strong collection of governmental resources
  • The Library has a rich print collection of international, foreign and comparative legal materials, with access to many online source materials. The collection covers private and public international law, including such sub topics as: international trade and development, commercial transactions, intellectual property rights, corporate governance, globalization, international litigation and arbitration and human rights.
  • The Library has access to interdisciplinary resources, both journals and databases available electronically via the California Digital Library (CDL), a repository of licensed online information made available by the University of California for students, staff, faculty and on-site users.