Design Your Course of Study
Individual Course of Study
Once admitted to the LL.M. program, incoming students will meet with the program director to choose a schedule option and design a course of study.
Create an Individual Course of Study
The individual course of study will consist of common law subjects blended with elective courses representing the student's particular area of interest. The course of study must be approved by the program director before classes in the program begin.
The 24 credit program consists of 18 required and 6 elective credits. 12 of the 18 required credits are chosen from common law courses typically studied during the first year of law school, such as contracts, property and torts. These required courses are 3 credits each. In addition, U.S. constitutional law and legal research are studied in classes specifically designed for foreign attorneys. The final required course is international law. These courses are 2 credits each.
The remaining six credits are elective courses from Cooley's curriculum chosen by the student and approved by the director. These courses are typically 2 credits each. The elective credits can also be earned in Cooley's Toronto foreign study program by taking courses with an international and comparative focus taught by Canadian lawyers. The courses taught in the Toronto Program are 1 credit each.