LL.M. Curriculum & Technology

The LL.M program aims to give students a solid grounding in the fundamentals of American law. To this end, students in the fall semester will complete basic, required courses in Legal Research and Writing and Introduction to American Law. The rest of the program is elective; students work with the program director to choose classes from the law school that are tailored to their particular career goals.

The LL.M. in American Law for Foreign Lawyers is designed to fit the needs and goals of each student in the program. With careful, individual counseling, a student may design a personal curriculum track that will provide a broad foundation in legal theory and the American legal system or a concentration in such areas as commercial law, environmental law, health law, intellectual property, administrative law, constitutional law or other areas. More than 100 courses and seminars are offered every year. Click here to view the list and short descriptions of courses in the Florida State University College of Law curriculum. Most courses are offered annually, and new courses are regularly added to the curriculum.

To facilitate the transition into the American legal academic culture, LL.M. students must attend a two-week, non-credit orientation before the beginning of fall semester. The orientation is conducted in conjunction with a similar program for other selected entering students. The orientation includes tours of the law school facilities, classes, administrative information sessions and social events. Classes will introduce LL.M. students to fundamentals of the American legal system and to the Socratic teaching method used in American law schools.

Florida State Law has been recognized as one of the "most wired" law schools in the country. We are proud of the law school's cutting edge technology that enhances our classroom teaching and provides students with exciting and innovative research capability. Courses like the Internet Trade Simulation provide our students the opportunity to interact in real time with students in China to understand both the negotiation process and the business culture.

To be able to take full advantage of these technological capabilities, all entering students, including LL.M. students, are required to have laptop computers. Students have wireless web access within the law school buildings as well as free Internet dial-up access, Web-based e-mail, the BlackBoard Course Management System and free access to many web-based legal research resources. Go to an overview of FSU's technology resources online.