Duquesne University School of Law

Foreign Lawyer LL.M. - Bar-Track Curriculum

The Bar-Track Curriculum provides foreign-trained lawyers with the foundations for practicing law in the United States. LL.M. students in this program gain grounding in the basic principles of American law in a curriculum of 25 credits designed to meet the requirements for foreign-trained lawyers to sit for the bar examinations in New York or California.

The Bar Track curriculum requires that students take and pass the following core courses in the semester listed in the chart below:

Fall Semester Credit Hours
Legal Research, Writing & Analysis I 1 credit
Introduction to the American Legal System 2 credits
Professional Responsibility 3 credits
Core Competencies for Legal Practice I 2 credits
Contracts I 3 credits
Constitutional Law I OR Property I 2 or 3 credits
Spring Semester Credit Hours
Legal Research, Writing & Analysis II 2 credits
Core Competencies for Legal Practice II       2 credits
Contracts II 3 credits
Constitutional Law II OR Property II 3 credits      

Elective Courses

In addition to the core courses, candidates may take up to two electives in courses offered by the School of Law, except for the first-year Legal Research and Writing course, Advanced Legal Reasoning, and any course for which they have not successfully passed a prerequisite course.  In addition, without the express written permission of the professor teaching the course, LL.M. students may not take the following courses: Advanced Legal Writing courses; courses linked to the Trial Advocacy and Appellate Advocacy programs; and Clinical and Externship courses. 

It is strongly recommended that students on the Bar Track take electives in subjects that are tested on the bar examination, including Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Civil Procedure, Sales and Corporations.

Grading

Examinations of LL.M. candidates on the Bar Track will be the same exams as, and will be subject to the same standards and grading scale, as J.D. candidates.

Unlike the accommodations made for LL.M. for foreign lawyers candidates in the General Curriculum, no accommodations will be made for LL.M. for foreign lawyers candidates on the Bar Track on account of their proficiency in the English language.  Please note that Duquesne University School of Law strictly adheres to a policy of non-discrimination and will make reasonable accommodations for students as required by law. 

Degree

Candidates may receive the LL.M. degree with honors.

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