General Master of Laws Program (LL.M.)

Widener’s General LL.M. program is designed to allow students the option of selecting from several concentrations. The program is open to international students who have completed a first degree in law from a non-U.S. law school that fulfills the academic requirements for the practice of law in that country, as well as graduates of American Juris Doctor programs. This degree is ideal for attorneys seeking in-depth training in an area of law in which they currently practice or for those planning to develop a new area of practice. Students can build their General LL.M. Program from one of the following four concentrations:Degree Requirements
Students must take a minimum of 12 credits focused on corporate law, regulatory compliance or international studies. These courses may include:
  • International Law
  • Critical International Legal Issues
  • Immigration & Naturalization Law
  • International Business Transactions
  • Litigating the Corporate Case
  • Corporate Compliance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Global Compliance
  • International Regulatory Affairs
Students must take at least 12 credits in environmental law courses. These must include the introductory course in environmental law, and at least one of the following core courses:
  • Climate Change Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Energy and Public Utilities Law
  • International Trade and the Environment
  • Ocean and Coastal Law
  • Toxic Torts
  • Environmental Justice
  • International Leader Scholarship available based on academic merit and financial need.
  • Fulbright scholarships are available for qualifying students.
This concentration is only available to international students who do not have a J.D. from an ABA accredited law school, and is designed to prepare these students for a bar exam and legal practice in the United States. In addition to the required Introduction to U.S. Law and LL.M. Legal Writing courses, students must take Professional Responsibility, Evidence, and Constitutional Law I. Students must take at least two more foundational or bar-tested courses, such as:
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • Federal Income Tax
  • Criminal Procedure I & II
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Property I & II
  • Torts
  • Administrative Law
  • Wills and Trusts
Students must take the introductory courses: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure I, Criminal Procedure II, Evidence, and at least two criminal law related courses such as:
  • Advanced Problems in Criminal Law
  • Capital Punishment, Cybercrime
  • Domestic Violence
  • International Criminal Law
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Scientific Evidence and Expert Testimony
  • Seminar: Forensic Evidence
  • Sentencing, White Collar Crime
  • Criminal Law Clinics
Accomplished and Involved Faculty
Widener Law’s accomplished and involved faculty members offer a diverse range of specialties and a wealth of experience. Our professors are active in state, federal and international legal issues. Our adjunct faculty includes members of the Judiciary, partners from large corporate law firms, and other government officials. With first-rate instruction and a wealth of options, Widener’s Master of Laws will prepare you for a dynamic career both nationally and internationally.