The LL.M. degree program consists of 24 credits hours of study and can normally be completed in a year, although a part-time option is available for domestic students in the LL.M. in dispute resolution program. The highly-selective nature of the programs allows students to individualize their plan of study in light of their specific needs and interests. Applicants come from a variety of walks of life and from a wide array of countries.
LL.M. in Dispute Resolution
Established in 1999 as the first of its kind in the United States, the Mizzou LL.M. in Dispute Resolution is designed to assist lawyers and other dispute resolution professionals develop a deeper and broader understanding of the role that conflict plays in society, and of better ways to manage conflict through the design and implementation of appropriate, effective and fair dispute resolution processes. Required courses generally meet one day a week which allows students to complete the program on a part-time basis while continuing to work. Small enrollment in the classes provide all students with the opportunity to work closely with our extensive resident faculty which is comprised of some of the most prolific dispute resolution teachers and scholars in the country. Over the years we have been fortunate to have a very diverse student body. Our graduates include practicing lawyers, dispute resolution professionals, judges, and professors in a variety of disciplines.
LL.M. in American Law
The Mizzou LL.M. in American Law provides an introduction to the American legal system and U.S. legal practice for students who earned their first degree in law outside the United States. Beyond the 6 credit hours of required courses – introduction to U.S. law, professional responsibility, and legal research and writing – students can customize their study in fields such as intellectual property, commercial law, international law, environmental law, and employment law. NOTE: Final approval for this program by the Coordinating Board for Higher Education in the State of Missouri is expected in April 2016.