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Thesis or Seminar Writing Options

All LL.M. candidates must complete a two-hour writing requirement. To fulfill this requirement, students must select either the thesis or the seminar paper writing option.

Thesis:  To fulfill this requirement, students must submit a thesis written independently under the guidance of a faculty adviser for which the LL.M. student receives two hours of course credit. Students who are completing the thesis independent of another course, are required to prepare a paper commensurate with what would be expected in a two-hour seminar course.

All students electing to take the thesis option are required to take the 2-credit hour Scholarly Writing for International Lawyers class in the spring. Students are not required to conduct an oral defense of their thesis and can elect to have the thesis graded on a pass-fail basis.

Seminar Paper: LL.M. students who opt not to write a thesis must satisfactorily complete an an upper-level seminar course that requires the research and writing of a significant paper in conjunction with a course that is 2-credit hours or more. This paper will be undertaken under the supervision and grading of the professor teaching the course.