Degree Programs: LLM in U.S. Legal Studies

Golden Gate University (GGU) provides a very flexible LLM program. It provides core training in United States law for foreign attorneys and law graduates with an option to prepare taking a state bar examination. Alternatively, interested students may opt to concentrate in a particular area of US law (See Program Highlights below for details). Students have the freedom to pursue customized study plans and to choose the courses or programs that are most advantageous to their goals. Students may start the program in August, January, or June.

A benefit of the LLM in US Legal Studies is that students can work in paid law-related positions while in school and for a year after graduation. To qualify for clerk positions in law firms, public interest agencies, and nongovernmental organizations, attorneys must have a basic grasp of US law and research methods.


The LLM program in US Legal Studies teaches foreign-educated lawyers about the basic foundations of American law and prepares them to understand, analyze, and write about issues in American law. The degree requires the completion of 24 units, including two required courses that must be taken during the first semester. During the second semester, students may choose any electives that interest them. Graduates of the program will understand the foundations of US law, know the basics of several specific areas of US law, gain strong legal analysis skills, perform effective legal research, apply legal authority to facts, and write documents in acceptable US format with correct citations. They will be prepared to succeed in their electives using the approach and skills that they have learned, and at the end of their studies will be prepared to work in an American law office or similar setting as an intern/extern.


The program is flexible. Students in the LLM in US Legal Studies Program can study core US law, prepare for the bar, or focus on one of the specialties listed below. Students have a lot of choices among courses.




For each concentration, students must successfully complete the concentration course requirements. All concentration coursework must be completed before graduation. The diploma and transcript will list all concentrations that were successfully completed.

To apply for a concentration in the LLM in US Legal Studies Program, download the application from the Law Registrar. This in addition to the Application for Admission to the LLM Program.


To earn an LLM, Students must complete 24 units with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5. Classes are offered during the day as well as during the evening to accommodate working professionals. Students may attend full-time and complete the program in as few as two semesters. Alternatively, students may attend part-time. All students must finish the degree requirements within three years of matriculation.



  • Introduction to the United States Legal System (3 units)
  • Graduate Legal Writing and Research or Writing and Research (2 units)
  • Directed Study, Thesis, Curricular Practical Training, or Clinic (1 - 3 units)



As a student in the LLM US Legal Studies the student may concentrate on an area of law: Corporate & Commercial Law; Immigration Law; Labor and Employment Law; Litigation and Lawyering Skills; Property Development/Real Estate Law; US Legal Practice. For more information, contact the program adviser at

Example Electives Include:
  • Accounting For Lawyers
  • Administrative Law
  • Advanced Legal Research
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Antitrust
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Banking and Financial Institutions Law
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Business Associations
  • Business Planning
  • Civil Litigation: Pretrial Phase
  • Civil Practice Clinic
  • Civil Procedure I & II
  • Commercial Finance
  • Community Property
  • Comparative Anti-Trust Law
  • Constitutional Law I & II
  • Contracts I & II
  • Corporate Taxation
  • Courtroom as Theater
  • Criminal Litigation
  • Criminal Procedure I & II
  • Debtors Rights and Creditors Remedies
  • Evidence
  • Federal Courts
  • Federal Income Taxation
  • Insurance Law
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Dispute Resolution
  • International Taxation
  • International Trade Regulation
  • Judicial Externship
  • Lawyering Skills: Client Advocacy
  • Mediation Skills Training
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private International/Conflict of laws
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Property I & II
  • Real Estate Litigation Seminar
  • Remedies
  • Sales
  • Securities Regulations
  • Settlement of Litigation Disputes
  • Solving Legal Problems
  • Torts I & II
  • Trial Advocacy
  • Wills and Trusts
  • Writing and Research I & II
  • Wrongful Convictions