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6.2 Program of Study

  1. For graduates of United States law schools, the graduate law program consists of elective courses and a thesis together comprising twenty semester units of credit.
  2. For graduates of foreign law schools, the graduate law program consists of two required courses, or their equivalent, worth three semester units of credit, and elective courses worth a total of 17 semester units of credit. The required courses are Law 200A, U.S. Legal System Seminar, a one semester, two-unit course; and Law 207, Legal Research, a one-unit course.
  3. On a showing that the LL.M. student has already received credit for courses equivalent to the required courses, the LL.M. director may waive either or both of the required courses. If the director waives a required course, the director may require the student to take other courses specially designed for, or of special value to LL.M. students.
  4. With the approval of the LL.M. Director and the candidate's faculty advisor, graduates of a foreign law school may, in lieu of the writing requirement contained in 6.1E, write a graded thesis equivalent in quality and substance to a substantial law review article worth between four to eight semester units of credit.
  5. Credits earned in an approved LL.M. preparation program may be considered the equivalent of the course entitled U.S. Legal System Seminar, but shall not transfer to reduce the 20 semester units of credit required to earn an LL.M. degree.
  6. LL.M. students may enroll in any course. Enrollment in clinical courses requires approval of the instructor and completion of any prerequisite requirements. Students may not receive credit for courses that are substantially similar to courses previously taken at a law school.
  7. With the consent of the LL.M. director, and on a showing that the course complements the student's course of study or research, an LL.M. student may enroll in one course (up to three units) offered by University departments outside the law school.
  8. LL.M. students may not receive credit toward their degree for courses taken at another law school.
  9. The policy on the transfer of UC Davis LL.M. students into the J.D. program is as follows:
    1. UC Davis LL.M. students will be eligible for admission into the J.D. program as transfer students. This policy does not apply to LL.M. students from other law schools or to students in the U.C. Davis LL.M. Program in International Commercial Law.
    2. UC Davis LL.M. students who desire to enter the J.D. program will not be required to take the LSAT.
    3. UC Davis LL.M. students who desire to enter the J.D. program must submit a statement of purpose indicating their reasons for wishing to enter the J.D. program and how completion of the J.D. program will enhance their career goals.
    4. The decision as to whether to accept a UC Davis LL.M. student for transfer into the J.D. program will be made on the basis of the student's academic performance as a UC Davis LL.M. student, the information contained in the student's LL.M. application, the LL.M. student's statement of purpose, and any recommendations that have been submitted by UC Davis professors. A recommendation by a UC Davis professor is not required for a positive decision.
    5. UC Davis LL.M. students and UC Davis LL.M. graduates who are interested in transferring into the J.D. program may request consideration for transfer. Requests for transfer will not be accepted during a UC Davis LL.M. student's first semester nor more than three years after graduating from the UC Davis LL.M. program.
    6. In consultation with the Chair of the Admissions Committee and the Director of the LL.M. program, the Dean shall be responsible for consideration of requests by UC Davis LL.M. students for transfer into the J.D. program.
    7. The primary criterion for acceptance into the J.D. program shall be academic performance at UC Davis during the two semesters of the LL.M year. UC Davis LL.M. students who have not achieved a grade point average of 3.0 at the conclusion of the LL.M. academic year will generally not be accepted. In calculating the grade point for transfer purposes, grades for U.S. Legal System Seminar, Legal Research, Introduction to U.S. Legal Methods A and B, and U.S. Legal Methods A and B will not be counted. To be eligible for transfer to the J.D. program, UC Davis LL.M. students must have at least 15 units of graded coursework.
    8. UC Davis LL.M. students who are accepted for transfer into the J.D. program will receive credit toward the J. D. degree for all coursework completed during their LL.M. program except U.S. Legal System Seminar, Legal Research, Introduction to U.S. Legal Methods A and B, and U.S. Legal Methods A and B.
    9. UC Davis LL.M. students accepted for transfer into the J.D. program must take all first year courses except for first year courses completed during their LL.M. year.
    10. UC Davis LL.M. students transferring into the J.D. program must complete all requirements for the J.D. degree no later than 84 months after beginning the LL.M. program.
    11. UC Davis LL.M. students will receive an LL.M. degree upon successful completion of the LL.M. program and will receive a J.D. degree upon successful completion of the J.D. program. UC Davis LL.M. students accepted for transfer into the J.D. program must choose one of the following options:
      1. J.D. Program A: The former LL.M. student completes all three years of a standard J.D. program. The former LL.M. student retains the LL.M. degree but receives no credit for any LL.M. course work.
      2. J.D. program B: UC Davis LL.M. students who are accepted into the J.D. program and who choose this option will be considered holders of the LL.M. degree until completion of the J.D. program. Because the J.D. degree is based in significant part upon work completed for the LL.M. degree, the LL.M. degree will at the time of graduation from the J.D. program merge completely into the J.D. degree and will no longer exist as an independent degree.
    12. LL.M. students with a J.D. degree from an American law school will be ineligible for transfer into the J.D. program.
    13. The above procedure is the exclusive means by which UC Davis LL.M. students may be admitted to the J.D. program.