LL.M. Handbook

Transfer Credit

Credit Toward LL.M. in Dispute Resolution Graduation Requirements for Non-Law Courses/Transfer Credit

With approval of the Director of the LL.M. Program, students may apply to the LL.M. in Dispute Resolution graduation requirements up to six (6) graduate credits of university or college courses from outside the MU Law School. This limit includes independent study courses supervised by faculty in units other than the MU Law School. Credit toward the LL.M. in Dispute Resolution degree for a non-MU-Law School course will be granted only under the following conditions:

  • The course must be a graduate-level course and clearly marked as such on the transfer transcript complete with credit hours and a grade. If taken at the University of Missouri-Columbia, it must be numbered 5000 or above.
  • The transfer coursework is from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or an overseas institution that is recognized by its country’s Ministry of Education as a graduate degree-granting institution.
  • The course must involve at least 14 class-hours per credit (based on 50-minute class-hours).
  • The course must be related to the student’s program of study. Students must submit a copy of the course syllabus if possible.
  • The semester hours of the non-MU-Law School course will be counted in the student’s total number for the semester.
  • The grade must be B or higher.
  • The transfer coursework is not online, extension or correspondence credit.

Normally, the Director of the LL.M. Program must approve the course in advance of the student’s work. In unusual situations, the Director of the LL.M. Program may approve application of credits earned within four (4) years prior to initial enrollment in the LL.M. in Dispute Resolution Program if the credits were for work closely related to the student’s work in the LL.M. in Dispute Resolution Program and were taken for graduate credit. Credits will not be applied from the student’s J.D. degree program or equivalent. A written request must be submitted to the Director of the LL.M. Program and include the following:

(a) Institution, course name, number, and instructor;
(b) Description how the course relates to the student’s program of study.