Graduate Student Resources

Graduate Courses

All LLM students (both thesis- and course-based) and PhD students are normally required to take the Graduate Seminar in their course load. The Graduate Seminar (LAW 696) offers an advanced analysis of different orientations to research. Particular emphasis varies with the expertise of the instructor. Currently, the Graduate Seminar is on “The Philosophy and Practice of Academic Lawyering”. The Seminar explores liberal and illiberal views of law and scholarship. It also examines the practice of legal scholarship and provides participants with opportunities to discuss and exchange ideas on their own developing scholarly research.

The Faculty offers the Research Paper course (LAW 695) which is open to both JD and PhD students. Graduate students are encouraged but not required to take LAW 695.

The Faculty also offers LAW 699, "Advanced Legal Research and Writing: Social Science Research Methods and Legal Studies", that is taught every other year and will be offered next in January. It will address different social science research methods that can be used in legal research and writing. A substantial part of the course will be devoted to the practical aspects of scholarly legal writing and editing. Graduate students are encouraged but not required to take LAW 699.

Course-based LLM students are required to complete LAW 690, which comprises the major research paper requirement for the course-based LLM. Please see the section on Course-Based LLM for further details.

Graduate students also can take courses offered through the JD program. Courses will be taken under a graduate course designation with the course evaluation for the graduate student(s) in the course to be decided by the course instructor in consultation with the student(s). For those students taking the course-based LLM part-time, in the previous academic year, approximately 35 of 109 upper-level courses (32%) have been offered at times starting in the late afternoon or early evening and a number of upper-level courses are taught in one weekly three-hour block, including the mandatory Graduate Seminar and a few courses offered on Fridays. Our Comparative and EU Law in Spain course is offered in an intensive three-week period in May in Granada, Spain.

PhD and LLM students may also take graduate courses in other faculties instead of, or in addition to, graduate courses in law with the approval of the student’s supervisor and the Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) after consideration of the student’s needs and experience and the availability of courses.