The College of Law offers the Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in environmental and resource law for students wishing to pursue postgraduate study in the legal aspects of natural resources, the environment, international environmental policy, public lands, and energy. A prior law degree (J.D. or equivalent) is a requirement for admission to the program. The program is a full-time one year program (unless an extension is granted by the Director). An overall grade point average of B- or better is required for graduation.
1. Degree Requirements
The LL.M. degree requires completion of a total of 24 semester credit hours.
a. U.S. Law Degree
LL.M. candidates holding a U.S. law degree must complete the following:
(1) a minimum of 17 credits in courses from the approved list of natural resources, environmental, international and related law courses, seminars and clinical work; and
(2) at least one seminar requiring a major research and writing project (which may count towards the 17 credit minimum described above).
b. Foreign Law Degree
LL.M. candidates holding a foreign law degree must complete the following:
(1) Introduction to U.S. Law course (2 credits pass/fail) satisfied through selective portions of Civil Procedure and Legal Methods;
(2) one basic U.S. law course as approved by the College (3 to 5 credits);
(3) a minimum of 15 credits in courses from the approved list of natural resources, environmental, international and related law courses, seminars and clinical work; and
(4) at least one seminar requiring a major research and writing project (which may count towards the 15 credit minimum described above).
c. Thesis Option.
Upon approval by the College of Law, an applicant may complete an LL.M. thesis for 6 to 12 credits toward the 24 credits required for the degree. The thesis satisfies the seminar requirement.
Academic Senate – December 5, 1994;
Board of Regents – March 8, 1995; College Council – April 8, 2004
2. Pass/Fail Option
LL.M candidates have the option of taking one class per semester on a pass/fail basis. (This is in addition to the required Introduction to U.S. Law course, which is a pass/fail class, for candidates holding a foreign law degree.) The pass/fail option must be exercised by Friday of the third week of the semester. A student must earn a grade of “C” or better to be entitled to a “pass”.
College Council – April 27, 2000
3. Extended Examination Time for Foreign Candidates
LL.M. candidates whose native language is not English and who have not completed a post-secondary degree at a school in which the primary medium of instruction was English may apply to the Dean’s Office for additional time to complete in-class final examinations. The term “post-secondary degree” means a program of study which leads to the Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent or any post-bachelor’s degree. Other foreign LL.M. students presenting special circumstances may also apply for extra time to complete in-class examinations. Additional time up to twenty minutes for each hour of in-class examination may, in the discretion of the Dean, be granted. Applications for additional time must be submitted prior to the last day of class each semester.
College Council – March 8, 1995