About the LLM Program
The LLM Program in American Law is a one-year program of study for international lawyers and students who have law degrees from institutions in their home countries who wish to enhance their legal careers by studying the laws of the United States. Some students choose to extend their course of study of U.S. law for longer than one year for various reasons. Our graduates typically return to their home countries to resume or advance their legal careers in corporate law, public policy, litigation, public service, investment banking, and a wide range of other specialties related to international law.
The program is not designed to prepare students to take U.S. bar exams or to practice in the United States although many of our graduates elect to take the New York State Bar Examination to enhance their international credentials. The LLM is not a terminal US degree and does not guarantee a job for you in the US even if you do pass the NY Bar. Based on this philosophy, we highly recommend that you consider pursuing a JD degree at Wake Forest if you plan to practice in the US.
Our program is a full-time program, beginning in the fall semester. We offer small classes that include both American JD students and LLM students, a supportive mentoring program, and the talents of Wake Forest’s dedicated faculty. The Wake Forest University School of Law has offered strong international programs for over a decade, and many faculty members are experts in international legal issues.
The LL.M. Program at Wake Forest University School of Law has a long-standing tradition for preparing its graduates for significant leadership roles. Its alumni include prominent private attorneys, judges, government officials, in-house attorneys, general counsels, and S.J.D. candidates.