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2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

United States Business Law Major, LLM

The LLM degree is for foreign lawyers. It is a one-year program, intended for students who have earned a foreign law degree and desire to augment their existing education with training in United States business law. The program is based on the existing concentration in Business Transactions, with the addition of an introductory course designed to introduce foreign-educated lawyers to the structure of the American legal system and the basics of U.S. law.

Campus Code

Knoxville Campus

Admissions Standards/Procedures

  • Applicants will be required to
    • hold a foreign law degree (such as an LLB) qualifying them to apply for or sit for a licensing examination that would enable them to practice law in their home jurisdiction and
    • demonstrate a command of the English language sufficient to allow them to achieve success in their course work here in the United States.
      • Students for whom English is not their first language must submit a score of at least 570 (paper-based exam) or 88 (internet-based exam) points on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam, or a score of at least 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or other comparable evidence of English proficiency in order to be considered for admission to the LLM program.
    • The first of these qualifications will be highly variable and dependent upon the country and jurisdiction in which the prospective student practices or lives.
    • Prospective applicants to the LLM program will be required to show unequivocal proof of their graduation from a recognized degree granting institution in their home country before gaining admission to the degree program.
    • Applicants with degrees from foreign institutions must have earned a minimum of a 2.00 on a 4.00 scale or its equivalent on all undergraduate work and must have been in good academic standing upon graduation from their legal degree granting institution.
    • Before admission can be granted, applicants must document availability of sufficient funds for 12 months of studies, either in the form of savings, grants, loans, or otherwise reliable sources of funding.

Academic Standards

  • Students must maintain a 2.00 grade point average.
  • Students are expected to graduate at the end of one academic year.  With appropriate administrative approval, students may be allowed to take longer to complete their LLM degree, extending their studies into the summer by enrolling in summer courses.  

Credit Hours Required

24 credit hours

Required Courses