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LL.M. for Foreign Lawyers - 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 24 credits designed to meet the requirements for foreign-trained lawyers to sit for the bar examinations in New York or California.

Core Courses

The Bar-Track Curriculum requires successful completion of structured instruction in core courses in the American Legal System; Legal Research, Writing and Analysis; Contract Law; Property Law; Professional Responsibility (ethics) and Constitutional Law.

Elective Courses

In addition to the core courses, candidates may take up to two electives in courses offered by the School of Law, with specific exceptions. It is strongly recommended that student take electives in subjects that are tested on the bar examination, including Criminal Law; Criminal Procedure; Civil Procedure; Sales and Corporations.


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.

Accommodations for LL.M. candidates in the Bar-Track Curriculum differ from those in the General Curriculum. 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.


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

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View the full LL.M. for Foreign Lawyers Bar-Track Curriculum.


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