The LLM in U.S. and Global Business Law is a unique opportunity to acquire a master's degree in law without devoting a full year to obtaining it, taking extended time off work, or paying for the cost of living and tuition in the United States. This is the first degree program of its kind. It marks a ground breaking step towards the internationalization of legal education.

The program is taught by law professors from Suffolk Law and other U.S. law schools, with a focus on the transactional and transnational needs of international business lawyers. The program covers substantive law from the U.S. perspective, studied at an advanced and demanding level and learned through the acquisition of U.S. legal skills.

The new LLM in U.S. and Global Business Law furthers Suffolk Law's commitment to providing students and lawyers with opportunities to meet the ever changing demands of international legal practice.

 

Program Description

The LL.M. in U.S. and Global Business Law is intended primarily for lawyers and post-graduate law students educated in the civil law system or in religious legal systems. However, lawyers and graduates of the common law may also be admitted depending upon their background.

The Program will not enable successful candidates to be eligible to take a Bar exam in any state of the U.S. without satisfying additional requirements that vary from state to state. The aim of the degree program is not to provide an overview of U.S. law, but to enable global business lawyers to add to their expertise the very specialized skills and knowledge of particular areas of substantive U.S. law.

The Program will be offered each summer during the month of July, for a consecutive two-week period and consist of 5 days of classes per week, Monday through Friday.

Each summer session will be considered separate as well as cumulative. Therefore, a lawyer or law graduate may apply to take any number of the courses offered each summer session, for up to 6 credits in total, and he or she may elect to take courses during a summer session without applying to be a candidate for the LL.M. degree.

Participants who successfully complete their first summer program shall earn a "Certificate in U.S. Law" from Suffolk University Law School (SULS) without necessarily having to enroll for the LL.M. degree at that time.

Requirements

A.   The Program will require completion of 24 credits. All the courses offered are 2 credit courses. All candidates for the degree must be sufficiently proficient in English to enroll.

B.   Candidates for the degree will be able to obtain 6 credits in each summer session, and, at their option, 2 or more credits for a research project, on-line courses or an internship after the summer session, up to a maximum of 6 in the following academic year, to earn the required total of 24 credits in two or three years.

C.   Candidates for the degree may also choose to enroll in courses offered by SULS at the summer program in Lund, Sweden, and thereby reduce the time it takes to complete 24 credits. Tuition may vary according to the location of the program where the courses are taken.

D.   Degree Candidates are required to be in residence for a minimum of two summer sessions at the designated location for the summer program. Degree Candidates may not take more than 6 credits in a summer session; and not more than six credits in either the fall or the spring semester of the academic year, subject to Sec. 2B above.

E.   No more than 8 credits in total may be earned for on-line courses. No more than 4 credits may be earned for an internship. No more than 8 credits may be earned for research projects.

F.   Degree candidates may elect to complete the degree in more than three summer sessions, but candidates for the LL.M. degree are expected to complete their course of study within 5 years.

G.   Tuition, as determined on a year by year basis by Suffolk University, shall be charged at a per credit hour basis.

Curriculum

A.   There is one Required Course, "U.S. Law and Legal Methods", variously called, which is offered to each entering class every summer. This course will encompass an overview of the U.S. court system, the common law, the case method of legal education, and an additional component of comparative or skills based learning. J.D. graduates may request a waiver out of this course.

Two additional courses will be offered for each entering class, and the returning classes will have three new courses every summer.

B.   In addition, each LL.M. candidate may choose to do a 2 credit Research Project to be completed after the conclusion of each summer session under the supervision of a faculty member and approved by the Program Director. This project may be original research or it may be a survey of an area of law new to the degree candidate, narrowly focused or general and expository. This project may be done on-line, or through email, facsimile or other means of communication, and other types of project or program may be approved upon request on a case by case basis. Ideas for the project should be discussed first with the Director, and thereafter, a brief written proposal, of no more than one page in length, should be submitted to the prospective Faculty Supervisor, which must then be approved by both the Faculty Supervisor of the project and the Director of the LL.M. Candidates must review Suffolk University Law School's "Academic Integrity" regulations prior to beginning the Research Project.

C.   Candidates may elect to take up to three On-Line Courses during the academic year, subject to Rules 2B, 2D and 2E, above. Candidates may not take more than two on-line courses in any semester in which they are offered. These are J.D. courses, semester long, taught over twelve weeks, and meant for U.S. law students. The on-line courses are primarily taught in a lecture format. Slide presentations and a syllabus accompany the lectures. Discussion boards or similar interactive communications technology will be made available for student – faculty discussions in each course.

D.   Degree candidates may also complete an educational Internship for 4 credits in a professional environment substantially different from their home legal practice. The appropriateness of the proposed legal internship for credit towards the LL.M. shall be at the discretion of the Director of the LL.M. The decision of the Director shall be final.

Internships are generally available anywhere in the world, except the U.S., because of student visa requirements. It is expected that for 4 credits an intern will do legal work for 4 full weeks. The intern is solely responsible for finding suitable accommodation and for all personal and living expenses.

All courses and the research projects for the LL.M. in U.S. and Global Business Law will be graded as follows:

HH - High Honors
H- Honors
P- Pass
F-Fail

A degree canidate shall not be granted credit for a grade of Fail.

Internships are graded as CR (Credit) or NC (No Credit)

Academic Integrity

Any violation of academic integrity shall be viewed as a serious infraction of Rules and Regulations of the Law School. Violations of academic integrity shall include, but are not limited to, dishonesty in the examination process, harassment and plagiarism in written work, as defined in the Regulation II. F. of the Rules and Regulations for the J.D. Program.

Academic Standards

A.    A single "F" grade shall result in the LL.M. candidate coming before the International LL.M. Academic Standing Committee for a review of the candidate's performance.

B.   The International LL.M. Academic Standing Committee shall be appointed by the Dean and consist of an Associate Dean and two members of the law school faculty. The Director of Graduate and International Programs will serve on the committee as an ex officio member.

C.   The Committee may impose one or more conditions for continued study upon the candidate, including but not limited to repeating a course or reexamination. The Committee may dismiss the LL.M. candidate when in the Committee's judgment imposing conditions for continued study is not reasonably likely to lead to the candidate's successful completion of the program or if the candidate fails to satisfy previously imposed conditions.

Deadlines

A. Take-Home Exams, in connection with summer classes are due as determined by the Professor, but in any case, no later than 30 (thirty) days from the last day of classes of the summer program. Papers, projects and take-home exams not received by that date shall automatically be assigned a grade of "Incomplete." This shall appear as an "I" on the candidate's transcript.

B. A degree candidate shall have 90 days after the expiration of the due date in Sec. 6 A. to complete the final exam for the course, during which period a degree candidate may file a request with an Associate Dean of Suffolk University Law School to withdraw from the course.

C. On-Line Courses and Research Projects taken during each semester after the summer session are due at the administratively assigned due date for the completion of the course or project, which shall be 30 days from the completion of the course or research project, as determined by the Professor.

D. A degree candidate shall have 90 days after the expiration of the due date in Sec. 6 C. to complete the on line course or research project, during which period a degree candidate may file a request with an Associate Dean of Suffolk University Law School to withdraw from the course.

E. An Associate Dean will review the request to withdraw from the course, and accordingly grant or deny the request. If the degree candidate has not made a request to withdraw from the course, or has not completed the final requirement for the course, in accordance with Sec. 6 B., then an automatic grade of "F" shall be entered on the degree candidate's transcript.In the event that the Request to Withdraw is granted, there will be no refund of tuition or credit awarded, and the degree candidate will receive no credit for the course.

F. A degree candidate who has an outstanding Incomplete on his or her transcript shall not be entitled to register for a research project, an internship, or an on-line course until the paper or exam is completed.

G. Deadlines may not be extended, nor waivers or exceptions granted by the Professor who taught the course, or by the Director of the Program.

H. Failure to comply with deadlines may result not only in the loss of credits, but also of tuition, and the inability to continue in the degree program.

Leaves of Absence, Withdrawals, and Readmission Procedures:

A. If a candidate is unable to continue his or her studies, the candidate may request a leave of absence for a summer. The candidate must notify in writing the Director of Graduate and International Programs of Suffolk University Law School specifying the reason for the requested leave and the anticipated return date. The candidate shall then submit a formal request to an Associate Dean of Suffolk University Law School for final approval.

A candidate granted a leave of absence is entitled to return to the program at the end of the term of the leave without applying for readmission, upon notice to the Director of Graduate and International Programs.A candidate may not request more than 2 consecutive leaves of absence.

A candidate who has requested a third consecutive leave of absence will be withdrawn from the program and must apply for readmission to the program if he or she wishes to return to the program.

B. Withdrawal
A degree candidate who wishes to withdraw from the program for any reason, including the inability to meet deadlines, must notify in writing the Director of Graduate and International Programs of Suffolk University Law School. The request will then be submitted to an Associate Dean of Suffolk University Law School, who has the authority to approve withdrawal or determine an appropriate alternative course of action.

C. Readmission
A candidate who withdraws from the program must apply for readmission to the program if he or she wishes to return.

 

Changes to Regulations

Suffolk University Law School reserves the right to change the schedule of classes, the program of instruction, and any rule or regulation established for the LL.M. degree in U.S. and Global Business Law.