Flexible Track


The Flexible Track gives students maximum control over the substantive content of their LL.M. program by allowing them to select a greater number of electives.

Students begin the program with Introduction to the Study of Law, which is a one-week-long, one-credit-hour course at the beginning of the first semester.  In addition to Introduction to the Study of Law, students will also be required to take Lawyering Process I, Professional Responsibility, and Legal Authority and Syntax.

Aside from these required courses, students may choose from among the electives offered at the law school in order to focus their education. For example, should a student want to learn more regarding U.S. commercial law, he or she can take electives geared toward this objective. Such courses may include Contracts I and II, Bankruptcy, Commercial Law, and Secured Transactions.

Students will also have the opportunity to participate in clinics and other experiential opportunities. View the current courses offered.

LL.M. students will attend classes only in the Fall and Spring terms and must be in full-time status.
 
First Semester Second Semester
Course Credits Course Credits
Introduction to the Study of Law (Immersion Course) 1 Research Edge 1
Lawyering Process I 4 Advanced Writing Requirement 3
Legal Authority and Syntax 1    
Professional Responsibility 2    
Electives 4 Electives 8
Total 12 Total 12
 

New York Track


Most states, including North Carolina and South Carolina, require a Juris Doctor degree to sit for the state’s bar examination. New York is one of a few states that, under certain circumstances, allows persons to take their state bar examination with a qualifying foreign law degree and an LL.M. degree from an ABA-accredited U.S. law school. For those students with a qualifying foreign law degree, the New York Track serves to assist students in satisfying LL.M. course prerequisites set in place by the New York State Bar.

As with the Flexible Track, students begin the program with the Introduction to the Study of Law. This course is a one-week-long, one-credit-hour course taking place at the beginning of the first semester. The New York Track also requires students to complete the Research Edge course at the beginning of their second semester. The Research Edge course is a one-week-long, one-credit-hour course designed to enhance students’ ability to conduct legal research. As set forth in the schedule below, students in the New York Track will take several additional required courses in order to satisfy LL.M. course requirements of New York’s Board of Law Examiners. Students will work with an LL.M. representative to choose between various elective courses for any remaining credits.

Although the Charlotte School of Law offers a New York track in its LL.M. program with required courses intended to aid the student participant in satisfying New York’s LL.M. course requirements, the Charlotte School of Law makes no representation or guarantee that any applicant, student or graduate will be qualified to sit for the New York or any other state bar examination. Prospective applicants are thereby encouraged to check the admission requirements for any state bar to which they are interested in seeking admission prior to enrolling in Charlotte School of Law’s LL.M. in American Legal Studies.

Please note that all foreign-educated applicants to the New York Bar must submit their credentials to the New York Board of Law Examiners to determine eligibility for admission one year before the application period for the examination they wish to take. Eligibility requirements and the application process are available on the NY Bar Exam’s website. LL.M. students will attend classes only in the Fall and Spring terms and must maintain full-time status.

 
First Semester Second Semester
Course Credits Course Credits
Introduction to the Study
of Law (1 week)
1 Research Edge
(1 week)
1
Lawyering Process I 4 Lawyering Process II 3
Civil Procedure 4 Constitutional Law 3
Professional Responsibility 2 Experiential/Skills
Course
2
Legal Authority and Syntax 1 Bar Tested Doctrinal
Course
3
Total 12 Total 12

The New York Court of Appeals has fully approved CSL's courses for the New York Track of our LL.M. in American Legal Studies as satisfying the requirements of Rule 520.6 of the Rules of the Court of Appeals for the Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law (22 NYCRR § 520.6).  Additionally, the Court approved several other courses from CharlotteLaw's course catalog that we submitted as complying with their regulations.
 

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