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Wake Forest Law School student Naomi Adams.

Concentrations and Specialty Areas

Our LL.M. Program is designed to provide students with a high-level understanding of the U.S. legal system and LL.M. candidates may choose the courses that best suit their interests from our wide array of course offerings. Students have the opportunity to enroll in a wide variety of courses or to concentrate  their studies in a particular area of law.

LL.M. students may focus their studies in areas that best suit their academic interests and career goals. Popular topics of study include International Practice, Intellectual Property, Corporate and Business Transactional Law, and Real Estate and Property Law.

Due to the school’s wide variety of Legal Clinics and Pro Bono opportunities, students are encouraged to add an experiential learning element to their academic work.

Academic Specialization Programs

LL.M. students may specialize in certain areas of law during the program. Students who specialize will receive an additional certificate to acknowledge their specialization upon graduation and will receive annotation on their final transcripts.

Students may choose to specialize in one of the following areas of law: Business Law, Intellectual Property Law, Criminal Law, and Technology Law. Additional specializations are available and vary year to year. These additional specializations are available for the 2018-19 academic school year: Environmental Law, Human Rights Law, International Law. Students may also build their own specialization with the approval of the Academic Dean. 

In addition to the primary requirements of the LL.M. degree listed above, students wishing to specialize in a specific area of law must take at least nine (9) credit hours of approved courses in that area. The required first-year curriculum class may be used towards the required credit hours in the chosen specialization if it falls under that specialization’s list of approved courses or is approved by the Academic Dean to meet the specialization’s requirements. Candidates for the LL.M. degree may also choose to specialize in other areas of law with the guidance of their faculty advisor and permission of the Associate Dean of International Affairs.

Upon enrollment in the LL.M.  program, students will be assigned a faculty advisor and have the opportunity to consult with this person about selecting these and other J.D. courses that meet their specific goals and interests. LL.M. candidates may, with permission, take courses from an approved list of graduate courses in the University, including the Wake Forest University School of Business