LL.M. in Comparative Law Program


Program Description

LL.M. in Comparative Law Program

The LL.M. in Comparative Law Program is designed almost exclusively for persons having completed degrees in law at Universities and Law Schools outside the United States who want to enhance their understanding of the legal system of the United States of America and the English common law system from which it evolved. (The Director will determine whether or not the degree or degrees of law held by any applicant are sufficient to qualify them for entry into our program). The program also admits J.D. graduates of ABA-Accredited law schools in the U.S. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico who wish to study law in an English-dominant environment.

Unlike other law schools, Florida’s LL.M. program caters to the individual through a course of study tailored to the needs and objectives of each student, limited enrollment, and individualized counseling by the director, faculty, and staff. LL.M. students select from courses and seminars offered each year.

The program builds on the University of Florida’s renowned international studies programs and decades of involvement by its law faculty in international legal issues, including trade, environmental and land use law, human rights, law revision, and constitutional reform. The law school has established programs and relationships in North, Central and South America, Asia, and Europe, with specific emphasis on Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, France, Korea, Mexico, Poland, and South Africa.

Since its inception in 1994, the LL.M. in Comparative Law Program at the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law has enrolled over 200 students from 43 countries, including:

Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ecuador, England, France, Georgia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Morocco, Netherlands Antilles, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe.

Cost & Fees

The 2013-14 semester per credit hour tuition/fee for entering LL.M. in Comparative Law Program students is $739.37 (26 hours = $19,223.62) for Florida residents and $1,384.86 (26 hours = $36,006.36) for non-residents.

Entry Requirements

The qualified applicant must:

Submit a completed application form and supporting documents.

A completed application must be accompanied by a Personal Statement; curriculum vitae or resume; an official transcript and diploma for each completed university degree; and at least two letters of recommendation. Documents must be in English or accompanied by certified translations.

  • Official transcripts, degree certifications and diplomas for each university degree must be submitted in both the original language of instruction when that language is other than English and in official English translation.
  • “Official” documentation means original or duly certified and authenticated copies of the originals.
  • Any document that is submitted by mail CANNOT BE RETURNED.
  • However, an applicant is permitted to retain any original if he or she personally present it to the Graduate Admissions Office for examination and copying.
  • Official documentation should initially be mailed to the LL.M. program office, and we will forward the documents to the Graduate Admissions office upon a favorable admission decision.
  • If you send original documentation to the Graduate Admissions Office, please also send a copy of each document directly to the LL.M. Program Office, as Graduate Admissions will not review applications until the program refers it to them, and we need the documents before we can decide to make the referral.
  • Copies may be sent to the program as pdf attachments to email when necessary.
  • In extraordinary circumstances —such as when only one original diploma is issued, or when the student is admitted contingent upon completion of graduation requirements at their home institution— the Program and the Graduate Admissions Office can rely on simple copies during the admissions process, subject to verification of the originals once the student arrives in Gainesville.
  • Students admitted conditioned upon an examination of original documentation will not be permitted to register for classes until they complete the verification process.

Have a law degree with high academic standing from a recognized university outside the United States or from an ABA-accredited law school in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The program director decides if each applicant holds the necessary degree(s) in law.

  • A general guide to law degree equivalency may be found in the LSAC website.

Have a thorough knowledge of the English language.

The program follows the university’s admission rules regarding English Language Proficiency including the list of acceptable exams, the minimum required score and the list of countries exempt from the test requirement.

  • English Language Tests. For applicants whose primary language is not English, the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or other English-language-proficiency exams authorized by the University of Florida are required.
  • Because the method of teaching in the College requires a high degree of English comprehension and the writing of examinations and the research paper requires substantial ability to write in English, the LL.M. program strongly prefers a minimum overall score of 600 on the TOEFL test (250 for the computer-based test or 100 for the Internet-based test). A minimum score of 50 is preferred on that part of TOEFL which relates to oral ability to understand English.
  • For applicants using the IELTS exam, the program prefers a minimum total score as well as a Listening score above 6.5.
  • In addition, interviews (either in person or by telephone or video conference such as Skype) will be conducted by a College of Law representative to determine further the applicant’s comprehension of English.

Submitting Test Results.

  • IELTS and MELAB results must be submitted by mailing original certifications to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  • Please send a simple copy directly to the Program office as well either by regular mail or as an email attachment.
  • TOEFL results must be submitted electronically by using the Institution Code 5812 and sending it to the attention of the University of Florida, not the College of Law; Division: Graduate Schools, not Law Schools; Department Group “Any Department Not Listed.” The TOEFL scores are electronically matched to student applications, any discrepancy between the TOEFL record and your application, especially as to your name, will delay the process.
  • Please send a copy of the printed TOEFL report to the Program office by mail or as an email attachment when you submit the scores.
  • English Language Institute Alternative. Applicants are also permitted to show English Language Proficiency by successfully completing the course of study at the university’s English Language Institute.
  • The English Language Institute tests each student to determine their existing level of proficiency upon arrival.
  • Based on the score in that exam, the ELI places the student at the appropriate starting level of education within the program. Most students then take two semesters to successfully reach the exit level for the ELI, which is the completion of all level 60 courses. However, depending on the starting level, students may take as little as one semester and as many as three or four to successfully reach the highest level of proficiency required to exit the ELI and enter a graduate program.
  • Admitted applicants who meet the minimum proficiency standard may voluntarily choose to attend the ELI in order to improve their English skills prior to starting or during the program.

NOTE: Neither the LSAT nor the GRE are required.

Last updated Jan 2018

About the School

The University of Florida Levin College of Law has a longstanding tradition of producing national leaders and is one of the nation’s best values in legal education.

The University of Florida Levin College of Law has a longstanding tradition of producing national leaders and is one of the nation’s best values in legal education. Read less