International Graduate Programs

The University of Alabama School of Law offers a highly selective one-year master’s degree program (LL.M.) for students who already have completed their basic legal education and earned a law degree in another country.

The University of Alabama School of Law offers the Doctor of Juridical Science (J.S.D.) to the very best of lawyers already holding the LL.M. degree and seeking to earn the terminal degree, usually in preparation for an academic career in law teaching.

Both programs are offered in residence at the University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa.

Our International Graduate Programs are an important element of Alabama Law’s relationship with the global community.  Students participating in our programs enjoy a wide range of opportunities within the Law School, the University, and the community.  Our program is small in size, so you will have an opportunity to work with our J.D. students and our full-time faculty.

Students in our graduate programs enjoy a broad curriculum and an exceptional teaching faculty, as well as an excellent research-oriented library, complete with a 24-hour state-of-the-art computer law.  Moreover, our tuition is relatively low compared to peer law schools in the United States.

Alabama Law is one of the top 10 public law schools in the nation according to US News & World Report. Courses and seminars will be arranged on an individual basis with the advice of a faculty “mentor” and the Director of International Programs, Professor Bryan Fair. Students must also, in the judgment of the law faculty, demonstrate satisfactory understanding of the subject matter and above-average ability as legal scholars. In the case of LL.M. students for whom English is a second language, the Dean may waive the grade point average requirement by allowing such students to take course work on a pass/D/fail basis and to write papers in lieu of examinations, in which case the degree may be earned if such students satisfactorily pass all course work.

Out-of-state tuition for 2015-16 is $37,360 —a reasonable cost compared with many other American law schools. However, tuition is subject to change.

For more information on the application process, please contact For more information on the J.S.D. Program or the International LL.M. course of study, please contact the Director of International Programs.

PDF File Fall 2016 LL.M. Program Instructions

PDF File Fall 2016 LL.M. Program Application

International LL.M. Frequently Asked Questions

PDF File  Fall 2016 J.S.D Instructions

PDF File  Fall 2016 J.S.D Application

J.S.D. Frequently Asked Questions

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