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The program for international students, established in 1949, was among the first in the country. The law school’s LL.M. in international and comparative law has played an important role in training some of the foremost leaders around the world. We are proud of the more than 2,200 graduates from 80 countries who hold prominent positions in government, legal practice, business, the judiciary, and legal education worldwide. You will have the advantage of studying in Dallas, Texas – Dallas is not only an international business center, but a dynamic cultural center situated midway between the east and west coast of the United States in a region known for its mild, sunny climate.

Students are invited to take advantage of the many activities outside the classroom. At SMU Law, your learning experience will be enriched through year-round international conferences and lectures, bringing prominent international figures to campus to discuss current global legal issues. International LL.M. students take classes with American J.D. students and participate in our *Inns of Court Program* – a program that is introduced during orientation where students connect in small groups with fellow classmates, faculty, student leaders, career advisors, and alumni for a community experience throughout their time at SMU Dedman School of Law.

LL.M. Program for International Students

The LL.M. degree for Foreign Law School Graduates is a one-year, full-time program. Students enrolled in this degree program must complete 24 credit hours including the required two-credit course in Perspectives of the American Legal System. The remaining courses are elective and offer a wide range of choices. Students have the freedom to choose from a wide array of classes and can design their LL.M. degree to meet their needs and goals in studying in the United States. LL.M. students also have a dedicated Career Services officer. Students desiring to take a bar examination in Texas, New York or California can take classes required to qualify to sit for those exams.

*The primary goal of the LL.M. program* is to provide the additional legal training to allow international students to work and succeed in the global legal market.

*In this respect the program seeks to develop*:
* an appreciation of the role of law in national and international development.
* the ability to identify, through comparative and international studies, policy considerations of various legal rules.
* an appreciation of the role of the lawyer in social and economic change.
* legal analysis and problem solving abilities to enable the student to meet the complex needs of our modem world.
* a basic understanding of the U.S. legal system, as studied from a comparative perspective.
* a frame of reference for dealing with business and legal interests in a transnational setting.

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Scholarships / Financial Aid Information

Your legal education at SMU is an investment in your future. Recognizing that most students do not have sufficient personal resources to make this investment, however, SMU provides several financial options to help you afford this investment in the form of scholarships and loans.

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Application requirements

An applicant for admission to the LL.M. Degree For Foreign Law School Graduates must be a graduate of a recognized foreign law school. The applicant’s undergraduate record must demonstrate scholarly legal aptitude. An applicant for whom English is a second language must present evidence of a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Scholarships are awarded at admission.

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