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Official Guide to LLM, Master’s, and Certificate Programs8787 Baypine Road, Jacksonville, FL 32256, United States
Florida Coastal School of Law (Coastal Law) is located in Jacksonville, Florida, in the United States. Coastal Law’s JD program is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA), and Coastal Law’s online Master of Laws (LLM) programs have the acquiescence of the ABA. Coastal Law students come from approximately 46 states and numerous countries, representing more than 300 colleges and universities. They bring with them many diverse backgrounds and professional experiences from across the country and around the world. Our full-time faculty represent more than 50 ABA-accredited law schools from across the country, including University of California, Berkeley, School of Law; Duke University School of Law; Georgetown University Law Center; New York University School of Law; the University of Michigan Law School; the Florida State University College of Law; and University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law. Coastal Law provides high quality legal instruction with a focus on student outcomes, practice-readiness, and innovation. Coastal Law offers several innovative online programs, including an LLM in US Law for International Lawyers and an LLM or Certificate in Logistics and Transportation.
LLM Programs/Areas of Specialization
Coastal Law offers three LLM programs: one in the area of logistics and transportation, one in US law for International Lawyers, and a general LLM. All are offered online.
LLM in US Law
Coastal Law was the first US law school to offer the LLM in US Law for International Lawyers degree entirely online. Using the latest virtual classroom technology, students can listen to prerecorded lectures at their convenience. Students also have the opportunity to join distinguished US law professors in live, interactive review sessions. All students have access to the Desire2Learn online learning management platform, where they can view reading materials, take practice quizzes, watch podcasts, and interact with their professors and classmates in discussion boards.
Upon enrollment, students are provided with access to premier online legal research databases, LexisNexis and Westlaw. They are also given access to the Coastal Law Library electronic database. Additionally, LLM students may join student organizations and participate in on-campus student and alumni events, including networking activities and law symposia. They are also invited to participate in the annual Florida Coastal School of Law graduation ceremony in Jacksonville, Florida, each May. Although we welcome the opportunity for our US Law for International Lawyers LLM students to visit our campus, they are not required to do so.
Unlike other US Law for International Lawyers LLM programs, Coastal Law does not require students to leave their jobs and families for a year to come to the United States. Instead, Coastal Law offers a high quality legal education that is available to students who live anywhere in the world. All students need is a computer, an Internet connection, and the desire to advance in their careers with a US law degree.
Coastal Law’s JD program is accredited by the ABA, and the online US Law LLM program has the acquiescence of the ABA. The 26 credit-hour program typically takes one year to complete and provides a comprehensive overview of US law, enhancing the ability of students to meet the academic qualifications required to take a US bar exam. The courses and the program are designed, specifically, for foreign-educated attorneys and take into consideration that most of the US Law LLM students are not native English speakers. The program covers core academic subjects commonly tested on US bar exams, including constitutional law; civil procedure; evidence; contracts and sales; criminal law and procedure; real property; professional responsibility; business organizations; torts; wills, trusts, and successions; and legal analysis, reasoning, and communication.
Coastal Law’s US Law for International Lawyers LLM curriculum meets the requirements for both the California and Washington State Bar Exams. Additionally, since the fall of 2015, students have been able to take two credit hours of electives from our online LLM Program in Logistics and Transportation. These electives include courses in International Business Transactions, Immigration Law, Customs Law, etc.
There are three semesters each year in the US Law for International Lawyers LLM program: fall, spring, and summer. Students may begin the program in any of these three semesters. Coastal Law accepts applications to the US Law LLM program on a rolling basis.
The faculty of the US Law for International Lawyers LLM program consists of a distinguished group of professors from Coastal Law and other ABA-accredited law schools. These professors are leading scholars in their fields, and many are also former practitioners who bring the combination of practical experience and legal scholarship into the online classroom setting. Our professors enjoy interacting with their students and sharing their experience and knowledge of US law. All of our US Law LLM professors have completed training in online teaching and have substantial experience teaching in an online setting.
Tuition for the program is $765 per credit hour for a total cost of $19,890. Tuition for non-degree-seeking students is $1,300 per credit hour. This is a fraction of the cost of other LLM programs in the United States. Students can pay for the program as they go along each semester. There are no additional student fees or costs other than the cost of books for each course.
To qualify for admission to the US Law LLM program, applicants must have obtained their first degree in law from a country outside of the United States. Admission to the program is based upon a number of factors, including academic performance, work experience, and the applicant’s personal statement.
Applicants should apply through the LSAC LLM Credential Assembly Service. Three items are needed for Coastal Law to review an application:
- the electronic application (with a personal statement and résumé attached to it),
- an official transcript submitted for evaluation to a California bar-approved evaluation service (such as A2Z Evaluations), and
- with some exceptions, a TOEFL or IELTS score.
The US Law for International Lawyers LLM program does not require letters of recommendation or any additional documents.
LLM in Logistics and Transportation
Coastal Law offers the only LLM in Logistics and Transportation in the United States. Courses in either the 24-credit LLM program or the 12-credit Certificate Program include practical, “hands-on” instruction in the following areas: global risk compliance, contracting skills (both domestic and international), personnel matters and labor relations, international trade and business transactions, fines and penalties, transportation insurance, maritime law, and trucking, railroad, and aviation liability and litigation.
The program is entirely online and can be completed in approximately one year. Law school graduates are required to complete 24 credits in order to obtain an LLM degree or 12 credits in order to obtain a Certificate in Logistics and Transportation Law. Nonlawyers may enroll in the program and obtain a Certificate in Logistics and Transportation Regulation after completing 12 credits.
Accomplished Coastal Law professors and practicing attorneys teach the logistics and transportation courses. The faculty includes a licensed custom house broker, a former administrative law hearing officer, distinguished members of the military, and corporate counsel for large logistics companies.
Applications for this program are accepted on a rolling basis and students may begin the program in any of the five terms. Beginning in January 2016, students can matriculate into the program three times per year, at the start of the fall, spring, or summer semesters. The cost of the program is $600 per credit hour.
LLM General Law Studies
Coastal Law is proud to introduce to its suite of Online Graduate Legal Education Programs the LLM in General Law Studies. Attorneys with a law degree from anywhere in the world (including the United States and Puerto Rico) will get a comprehensive overview of US Law and the US legal system, and also be academically eligible to sit for the Washington and California State Bar Exams. In addition, students in the program work closely with the LLM administrative team to customize their course selection and sequencing. Students will complete 13 credits of required courses and 13 credits of electives. Through the electives coursework, students will have the opportunity to “specialize” in one of several concentrations, such as International Law, Logistics and Transportation, Business and Transactional Practice, and US Law Practice.
Every state has different requirements for its bar exam. Students interested in taking a US bar exam should consult that state’s rules.
Attorneys (including US and international) can complete the 26-credit LLM program entirely online and at their own pace. Students can select their courses and credits per term, and they can tailor the program to their individual needs and career goals. Students can complete the program in as little as one year or up to two years.
All required courses and a broad variety of electives are offered in an asynchronous online format, including prerecorded lectures (available in downloadable and mobile-friendly formats), free online reading materials, practice quizzes, writing exercises, and discussion boards that “bring to life” the legal topics covered in the lectures.
Recognizing the importance of live interaction in the online classroom, our professors hold live review sessions each semester in each class. Finally, our LLM administrative team also holds live, interactive online events with LLM professors and guest speakers at least once per month. These live events are all optional for students and provide a great way for students to interact with their professors, classmates, and members of the Florida Coastal School of Law community.
Tuition for the program is $1,000 per credit hour for a total cost of $26,000. Students can pay for the program as they go along each semester, and there are no additional student fees or costs other than the cost of books for each course.
Applicants should apply through the LSAC LLM Credential Assembly Service. Below are the items needed for Coastal Law to review an application:
- the electronic application (with a personal statement and résumé attached to it),
- an official transcript submitted for evaluation to a California Bar-approved evaluation service (such as A2Z Evaluations) or an official law school transcript for US law school graduates,
- with some exceptions, a TOEFL or IELTS score, and
- a scanned copy of your government-issued photo identification.
Please contact Lea Fernandes, LLM international recruiter, at email@example.com or at 904.256.1216 if you have any questions about the program.
Anybody requiring assistance in Spanish may also contact Ana Rexach, LLM project coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 904.256.1225.