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Future LLM Students

DePaul University College of Law

25 East Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604-2287, USA
Phone: 312.362.8185 | Email: gradlaw@depaul.edu
Website: go.depaul.edu/llm

Introduction

College of Law exterior.DePaul University is the largest private university in Illinois and enjoys the advantages of its vibrant, urban setting. Its strong reputation for academic excellence is distinguished by its dedicated faculty, unrivaled professional skills training, and its genuine sense of community.

Located in the heart of Chicago’s business and legal communities, the College of Law affords extensive contact with Chicago’s legal community. It is within walking distance of the state and federal courts, government offices, and many law firms.

DePaul law alumni include former mayors of Chicago, numerous state and federal judges, and managing partners of Chicago law firms. The college offers full-time, part-time, and summer programs. DePaul is fully accredited by the ABA and is a member of the AALS and the Order of the Coif.

Fall 2016 Law School Enrollment (including LLM students)

  • Total law school enrollment: 742
  • Full-time: 597
  • Part-time: 145

Computer Facilities

  • Wireless connectivity throughout the law school
  • 5th floor: Lewis Center (Microsoft Word, Internet, email)
  • 2nd floor: Lewis Center (Microsoft Word, Internet, email)
  • 13th floor: Lewis Center (Microsoft Word, Internet, email)

Law Library

  • 4th, 5th, and 6th floors dedicated to Law Library (I-Share, CALI, Bloomberg Law, FDsys, Westlaw, LexisNexis, HeinOnline, BNA, LegalTrac.)
  • Total volumes: 424,098 (including microfiche)
  • Librarians: 6
  • Support staff: 8
  • Seating capacity: 493 seats
  • 12 group-study and media-viewing rooms

Housing

Although Chicago has more than 200 distinct neighborhoods, most DePaul law students live in communities near DePaul’s main campuses and the city’s cultural hub. Popular choices include some of Chicago’s most interesting and vibrant areas, such as the Gold Coast/Streeterville, Wrigleyville/Lakeview, Printer’s Row/South Loop/West Loop, and Lincoln Park.

University-Affiliated Student Housing

Located in the Loop, just south of the College of Law, University Center (UC) offers furnished apartments and suites. Created in conjunction with neighboring Columbia College and Roosevelt University, UC provides an excellent living experience in the heart of Chicago. Amenities include a rooftop garden, multimedia rooms, an exercise center, a food court, laundry facilities, shops on the lower level, 24-hour security, and keycard access to the building and elevators.

For students looking for living options in Lincoln Park, 1237 West is a DePaul-affiliated residence complex that houses nearly 600 students. The state-of-the-art building is only steps away from the Lincoln Park campus and public transportation, and sports loft-style living, private bedrooms, two study rooms per floor, wireless Internet access, laundry facilities, keycard access, 24-hour security, a 24/7 fitness center, and indoor parking.

LLM Programs/Areas of Concentration

Law students sit with open laptops, listening to their professor give a lecture. DePaul offers Master of Laws (LLM) programs in Health Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Law, Taxation, and US Legal Studies. Our LLM programs are designed to provide foreign-trained lawyers and graduates of non-US law schools with an understanding of the US legal system, and to provide US lawyers and law graduates with expanded knowledge and training. You may complete an LLM program through an intensive, one-year course of full-time study or on a part-time basis.

Each program is described more thoroughly below. Additional information can also be found on DePaul’s website, or by contacting:

Office of Law Admissions
Attn: LLM Programs
25 East Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60604
USA

Phone: 312.362.8185
Fax: 312.362.5280
Email: gradlaw@depaul.edu

Please Note

The LLM in US Legal Studies and the Two-Year JD for International Lawyers are the only degree programs offered at DePaul University College of Law that qualify international lawyers to sit for a US bar examination in selected jurisdictions. Earning an LLM degree in Health Law, IP, International Law, or Taxation at DePaul University College of Law does not qualify international lawyers to sit for the bar examination in any state.

Health Law

Established in 1986, DePaul’s LLM in Health Law is led by outstanding full-time faculty and leading attorneys. The health law curriculum evolves as health care law and technology change, addressing the demand for lawyers with specialized credentials in this field. LLM students may earn course credit while gaining valuable practice experience through externships. Additionally, LLM students may participate in programs conducted by the Health Law Institute.

Intellectual Property Law

DePaul’s LLM in Intellectual Property Law is regarded as one of the most extensive programs in the country, and the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology, which oversees the program, is an innovative leader in the field. With more than 30 course offerings, the program addresses the need for specialized training in intellectual property and information technology law.

International Law

Blurred people walk past an urban Barnes & Noble retailer. Thin, deciduous trees stand in front of the store.DePaul’s LLM in International Law provides an intensive one-year course of full-time study that emphasizes the theoretical background and practical skills lawyers need to excel in international law practice. (Graduates of ABA-approved US law schools may complete this program on a part-time basis instead.)

Concentrations in four key areas of global practice are available:

  • International Business, Commercial, and Trade Law
  • International Cultural Heritage Law
  • International Governance and Rule of Law
  • International Human Rights Law and Policy and Criminal Justice

The DePaul International Law program is designed for both experienced attorneys and recent law school graduates from the United States and abroad who wish to

  • earn an advanced law degree to assist in the pursuit of a career with law firms, governmental and nongovernmental agencies, and academic institutions worldwide;
  • obtain practical and theoretical knowledge of international law and its interaction with the laws of the United States and other countries;
  • learn the research, analytical, and communication skills required to succeed in international law practice;
  • represent clients engaged in international transactions and relationships;
  • establish a network of professional international contacts and clients;
  • work with faculty experts in international and US law; and
  • interact with students from diverse legal cultures.

Additionally, foreign lawyers and graduates will improve English language skills, gain an understanding of the US legal system, and earn an advanced law degree from an ABA-accredited US law school.

Taxation

For more than a quarter century, the LLM in Taxation has offered a comprehensive curriculum that provides instruction in both the substantive and procedural aspects of tax law. Courses range from the basics of personal and business income taxation to advanced problems in corporate and partnership taxation, estate and gift taxation, and state and local taxation. The full-time faculty is complemented by prominent and skilled adjunct faculty, balancing scholarly and practical approaches to the program.

US Legal Studies

The Master of Laws in US Legal Studies is designed for students who received a first degree in law outside of the United States. It begins with an orientation that introduces graduate students to DePaul’s faculty, staff, library, and computer and research facilities. Students also will participate in special courses introducing them to the differences between civil and common law systems, the foundations of the US legal system, the methods of legal reasoning and analysis, and the basics of legal writing in the US legal system.

Application Process

Suggested application deadlines are as follows:

  • fall semester (begins in August): July 1
  • spring semester (begins in January): November 1
  • summer term (begins in June): April 1

Tuition and Scholarships

  • Tuition: $1,530 per credit hour
  • Full-time (24 credit hours; 2016–2017 academic year): $36,720

Applicants are considered for scholarships at the time that they apply. While a limited number of partial-tuition scholarships may be available, we do not offer full-tuition scholarships. Many of our LLM students finance their studies either fully or partially with loans.

Requirements

  • Completed application form (Applicants are encouraged to apply online; however, a printable application form (PDF) is also available.)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement (essay)
  • Résumé
  • Application fee of $40 US dollars. You may submit the $40 application fee by personal check or have someone submit the check on your behalf. Checks should be made payable to the Office of Law Admissions.
  • Official law school transcript
International Applicants—Additional Requirements
  • Evaluated transcripts are required for applicants with an international law degree: LSAC LLM Credential Assembly Service is preferred, but other recognized evaluating agencies approved by the National Association of Credential Education Services (NACES) are accepted.
  • A TOEFL or IELTS score is required for applicants who were educated at a foreign institution where English was not the primary language of instruction.
  • Conditional admission is available for students who otherwise have a strong overall academic record, but cannot demonstrate the necessary English proficiency. Prospective students seeking conditional admission can submit the ELA Application Placement Essay instead of the TOEFL or IELTS exam score. For more information, please contact gradlaw@depaul.edu.

Student Organizations

  • Advocates
  • Art and Cultural Heritage Law Society
  • Asian Pacific American Law Student Association
  • Black Law Student Association
  • Child and Family Law Association
  • Decalogue Society
  • Entertainment and Sports Law Society
  • Environmental Law Society
  • Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy
  • If, When, How
  • Intellectual Property Law Society
  • International Law Society
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers
  • Latino Law Student Association
  • Multicultural Law Student Association
  • Muslim Law Student Association
  • National Lawyers Guild
  • OUTlaws
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Public Interest Law Association
  • Society for Asylum and Immigration Law
  • Student Bar Association
  • Veterans Advocacy Student Organization
  • Women’s Bar Association

Career Services

Alumni, faculty, and students contribute to an active and aggressive job-search network. The teaching and publishing reputations of the faculty, as well as the largest alumni bench and bar network in the Chicago area, complement five full-time DePaul law career services officers. Programs offered by Law Career Services include

  • one-on-one job-search strategy sessions with experienced counselors
  • myriad opportunities to connect with alumni
  • public and private externship opportunities
  • résumé, interview, and professional development skills training
  • public- and private-sector job postings
  • mock interview opportunities

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