Undergraduate Degree - Master of Laws Programs

Program:
Master of Laws Programs
Program Code:
3347 American Legal System
Program Level:
Law Advanced
Award Type:
Master of Jurisprudence
Start Term:
FS13
College:
MSU College of Law
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Requirements as represented in Degree Navigator are not available for this program.

College of Law

Master of Laws Programs


The Master of Laws (LL.M.) and Master of Jurisprudence (M.J.) programs are open to both domestic and international students. Participants may enroll on either a full-time or part-time basis.

The LL.M. program provides a rigorous academic program to advance the legal training of those who already hold a J.D., LL.B. or an equivalent law degree. The M.J. program provides an equivalent academic program, without the opportunity for licensure to practice law, for students who do not have a law degree.

The M.J. in Legal Doctrine and Analysis is only offered after a student has successfully completed the first-year required J.D. curriculum.

Admission

Admission to the LL.M. or M.J. program, with the exception of the M.J. in Legal Doctrine and Analysis is based on the:

  1. applicants academic record;
  2. applicants professional accomplishments; and
  3. recommendations from persons with knowledge of the applicant’s capability to participate in a rigorous graduate-level academic program.

Applicants must submit all of the following items:

  1. a brief statement of interest in the Michigan State University’s College of Law LL.M. or M.J. program. The statement may be one or two pages in length and should be a sample of professional writing sufficient to demonstrate comprehension of writing skills in English.
  2. two or more letters of recommendation.
  3. transcripts indicating degrees earned. Unofficial transcripts may be sent with your application, however official transcripts must be received prior to enrollment. If the transcripts are not in English, the transcripts must be translated and certified or notarized. Transcript information will be verified for the College of Law by an independent transcript evaluation service.
  4. the scores from an English Language Proficiency test, such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE A), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Unofficial test results may be sent; however, official scores must be received prior to enrollment.

International applicants must provide evidence of sufficient financial support to fulfill the program, including tuition, books, medical insurance and living expenses during the program, and proof of medical insurance.

LL.M. and M.J. in Global Food Law

Both degree programs are offered entirely online and are designed for working professionals in the food and agriculture industry, law, government, and related areas who wish to enhance their working knowledge or to seek careers in the field of international food law.  Students should have an earned Juris Doctor (J.D.), Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), or comparable law degree.

Academic Requirements

All students must complete 24 credits within five academic years with a 2.0 minimum cumulative grade-point average. Students who are pursuing the M.J. degree must complete an additional 2 credits in item 3. below.

1. All of the following courses (9 credits):
LAW 810A Food Regulation in the United States 3
LAW 810D International Food Laws and Regulations 3
LAW 810K Administrative Law: Focus on Food Safety and Labeling 3
2. At least 15 credits from the following courses:
LAW 512B International Business Transactions 3
LAW 512K International Commercial Arbitration 3
LAW 624 Directed Study 3
LAW 810B Food Regulation in the European Union 3
LAW 810C Food Regulation in Canada 3
LAW 810E Animal Health, World Trade, and Food Safety 3
LAW 810F Codex Alimentarius: The World Food Code 3
LAW 810G Food Regulation in Latin America 3
LAW 810J Food Regulation in Asia 3
LAW 810M Regulation of Agricultural Production and Marketing 3
LAW 810N Survey of Intellectual Property in Agriculture 3
LAW 810P Biotechnology Law and Food Products 3
LAW 810Q Global Risk Regulation – Food Focus 3
LAW 810R United States Food Imports: Process, Regulations, and Food Safety 3
Additional courses may be approved by the Associate Dean for Graduate and International Programs and Director of the Global Food Law Program.
3. Students who are pursuing the M.J. degree must complete an additional 2credits in the following course:
LAW 807A Foundations of Law and Legal Research 2

LL.M. and M.J. in Intellectual Property and Communications Law

Both degree programs offer advanced course work in a full range of intellectual property and communications law.

Students are strongly encouraged to design their own courses of study with the assistance of their faculty advisors. The LL.M. and M.J. curriculum includes a wide variety of courses and seminars.

Academic Requirements

All students must complete 24 credits within two fall and spring semesters with a 2.0 minimum cumulative grade-point average. A longer time period may be granted with a waiver.

1. The following course:
LAW 804 Common Law Research, Writing and Advocacy  3
Students who have a Juris Doctor degree are not required to complete this course.
2. A minimum of two courses from the following:
LAW 533B Copyright Law  3
LAW 533K Patent Law  3
LAW 533N Trademark and Unfair Competition  3
LAW 533Q Communications Law and Policy  3
3. At least 14 credits of course work in Intellectual Property and Communication from a list of approved courses maintained in the Michigan State University College of Law.
4. Additional credits from courses listed below to meet the requirement of 24 credits. Courses used above may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
LAW 504 Antitrust Law  2
LAW 520 Entertainment Law  2
LAW 533A Advanced Patent Law  2
LAW 533C Cyber Law  3
LAW 533D E-Commerce  3
LAW 533E International Intellectual Property  2
LAW 533F Licensing Intellectual Property  2
LAW 533G Media Law  2
LAW 533J Patent Application Preparation  2
LAW 533R Patent Litigation  2
LAW 533Z Intellectual Property and Cultural Protection  2
LAW 534 Biotechnology and Pharmacy Patents  2
LAW 535D Intellectual Property Survey  3
LAW 551B Constitutional Law Topics: Free Expression  2
LAW 558S Biotechnology Law Seminar  2
LAW 609 Sports Law  2
LAW 624 Directed Study  1 to 4
LAW 625A Law Externship 3
LAW 630T Great Lakes First Amendment Law Clinic I  4
Additional relevant MSU Law or MSU courses may be used with approval by the student’s faculty advisor.
5. Students whose English language skills fall below a defined level may be required to complete an additional 6 credits in the following courses:
LAW 804C Advocacy for Foreign-Educated Lawyers 3
LAW 804D Reading Comprehension Skills for Foreign Lawyers 3

LL.M. and M.J. in the American Legal System

For many attorneys around the world, the successful practice of law requires an understanding of the American legal system. The LL.M. program in the American Legal System is designed for foreign-educated lawyers who want to advance their careers with knowledge of the laws and regulations of the United States. The M.J. is designed for individuals who do not have a law degree, who will use the knowledge to aid in understanding legal principles used in their profession, business or home countries.

Academic Requirements

All students must complete 24 credits within two academic years with a 2.0 minimum cumulative grade-point average. A longer time period may be granted with a waiver. Students pursuing the M.J. degree must complete 27 credits.

1. The following course:
LAW 804 Common Law Research, Writing and Advocacy  3
2. Three of the following courses:
LAW 500F Criminal Law  3
LAW 500R Torts I  4
LAW 616B Criminal Procedure I  3
LAW 805 Civil Litigation Practice and Procedure for Foreign Lawyers  3
LAW 806A American Constitutional Law  3
Additional relevant MSU Law courses may be used with approval by the student’s faculty advisor.
3. Additional credits in courses to meet the requirement of 24 credits. Courses used above may not be used to fulfill this requirement. Students should consult their faculty advisor for a list of approved courses.
Students whose English language skills fall below a defined level may be required to take the following courses:
LAW 804A Legal English I for Foreign Lawyers  3
LAW 804B Legal English II for Foreign Lawyers  3
4. Students pursuing the M.J. degree must complete the following course:
LAW 807A Foundations of Law and Legal Research 3

M.J. in Legal Doctrine and Analysis

This program is designed to give current J.D. students who do not plan to complete the J.D. program the opportunity to receive the M.J. degree after successfully completing the first-year J.D. curriculum.

Admission

Students must meet the admission criteria for the Juris Doctor (J.D.).

Academic Requirements

All students must complete the following:
LAW 500F Criminal Law 3
LAW 500G Property 4
LAW 500R Torts I 4
LAW 530A Civil Procedure 4
LAW 530B Contracts 4
LAW 530F Contract Negotiation 1
LAW 530J Advocacy 2
LAW 530K Foundations of Law 0 to 1
LAW 530S Constitutional Law and the Regulatory State 4
One of the following courses:
LAW 530D Research, Writing and Analysis 2
LAW 530E Research, Writing and Analysis: Intellectual Property Perspective 2
LAW 530N Research, Writing and Analysis: Criminal Law Perspective 2
LAW 530Q Research, Writing and Analysis: Social Justice Perspective 2