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LL.M. Degree Overview

Drake Law School's graduate law program, open both to American and international students on a full-time or part-time basis, allows each student to pursue an individualized course of study toward an LL.M. (Master of Laws) degree. Drake Law offers an LL.M. in Individualized Legal Studies, as well as an LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law. The LL.M. is an internationally recognized higher academic degree which establishes that the recipient has achieved an advanced understanding of U.S. and international legal principles and is qualified to compete effectively in the globalized legal environment. Any applicant who holds a J.D. (Juris Doctorate) degree from an ABA-accredited law school, an LL.B., or an equivalent degree from a foreign law school is eligible for the LL.M. An LL.M. degree is ideal for American students who seek an advanced curriculum that facilitates their transition to practice or for practitioners who seek to expand their practices into new areas. For an international student, an LL.M. attests to the student's knowledge and understanding of American law and culture, as well as to the student's English language proficiency. An international student who wishes to practice in the U.S. and who holds an LL.M. may, in some states, sit for the state bar exam and obtain a license to practice law in the United States.

LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law

The LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law program at Drake Law School provides an exceptional learning environment to prepare transnational IP lawyers for today’s global business environment. The program also offers an innovative curriculum that combines legal theory, policy analysis, practical experience and professional skills development. The faculty consists of scholars with a wide range of expertise in intellectual property law, as well as experienced attorneys practicing in the field.

Application materials and instructions for the LL.M. program can be found here.

Click here for LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law Graduation Checklist.


LL.M. in Individualized Legal Studies

The philosophy of the LL.M. in Individualized Legal Studies program is to allow each student to build his or her own program to fit their individual career goals and interests. All students must successfully complete 24 hours of law credit drawn from the regular Drake Law School curriculum. Some curriculum requirements vary for domestic and international students.  A student may design his or her own concentration by devoting 12 of these 24 credit hours to a specialized area of study of the student’s choice, or the student may pursue one of several areas of concentration including:

Application materials and instructions for the LL.M. program can be found here.

Click here for LL.M. in Individualized Legal Studies Graduation Checklists.

Joint J.D. and LL.M.

With the approval of the Program Director, candidates who have taken relevant courses at Drake Law School as part of their J.D. program (including students earning a J.D. from another ABA-accredited law school who visited Drake Law School for two semesters or participated in the summer programs sponsored by Drake Law School) may be permitted to apply up to nine (9) semester hours for credit toward the LL.M. degree. This accelerated option makes it possible for students to earn both the J.D. and LL.M. degrees with substantial savings in time and money. J.D. coursework can be used to satisfy the basic, LL.M. paper, and experiential training requirements. Students who have claimed nine (9) credits toward the LL.M. degree under the J.D./LL.M. option and need to complete the experiential training requirement will be able to count their internship or clinic participation toward the 12 required in-house credits of regularly scheduled class sessions.

Application materials and instructions for the LL.M. program can be found here.

M.J. Degree Overview

Drake's graduate law program is open to both American and international students on a full-time or part-time basis.  The Master of Jurisprudence program is open students who have received a bachelor's degree, but have not earned a J.D. or its foreign equivalent.  Credits earned as an M.J. student are not transferrable should a student later decide to pursue the J.D. program.  


M.J. in Intellectual Property Law

The Master of Jurisprudence (M.J.) in Intellectual Property Law program targets those who do not have a law degree, such as doctoral students in other disciplines, policymakers, government officials, business executives, intellectual property agents, scientists, technology developers and journalists.

Application materials and instructions for the M.J. program can be found here.

Click here for M.J. in Intellectual Property Law Graduation Checklist. 


M.J. in Individualized Legal Studies

The philosophy of the M.J. in Individualized Legal Studies program is to allow each student to build his or her own program to fit their individual career goals and interests. All students must successfully complete 24 hours of law credit drawn from the regular Drake Law School curriculum. Some curriculum requirements vary for domestic and international students. Candidates may choose a pre-set concentration in Business Law, Human Rights and Global Citizenship, or Sustainable Development, or design a curriculum to fit individual career goals.

Application materials and instructions for the M.J. program can be found here.

Click here for M.J. in Individualized Legal Studies Graduation Checklists.


Additional Information

Living in Des Moines

Drake’s location in Iowa’s capital city of Des Moines is one of the Law School’s great strengths. A regional hub for government, publishing, business, insurance, and more, Des Moines offers law students access to internships, clerkships, and professional opportunities at the state capitol, in state and federal courts, and in thriving corporations. Des Moines, a city of a half-million people, is an affordable and excellent place to live and learn.

International Student Support

Students at Drake Law School have full access to the university's International Center, which is dedicated to serving the needs of international students. The Office coordinates visa paperwork and runs an international student orientation providing students an opportunity to connect with other international students outside of the law school.


For additional information about the application process for the LL.M. and M.J. Programs, contact Kara Blanchard, Director of Admission and Financial Aid.



 
Last Modified: 3/24/2014 11:18:00 AM by Ann Van Hemert