Courses


LL.M. in Comparative Law students are generally required to take six credits from the LL.M.-exclusive courses listed below and the remaining 20 credits from the general curricular offerings at the Levin College of Law. Specific choices are made with the counseling and approval of the program director.

LL.M. Exclusive Courses

Four courses are only available to LL.M. in Comparative Law Students.

LAW 7906: Directed Research for LL.M. in Comparative Law (2 credits). Legal research to be completed under the supervision of a faculty member conversant with the topic selected and culminating in a paper. Requires approval of the program director.

LAW 7932: LLM in Comparative Law Introduction to the Legal System of the United States Part I (2 credits). Intensive 3-week introduction to the comparative method and to legal education, professionalism and the legal system of the United States. Requires approval by the program director. Usually taught during the summer program.

LAW 7801: LL.M. in Comparative Law Introduction to the Legal System of the United States, Part II (2 credits). Continuing coverage of legal education, professionalism and the legal system of the United States, conducted over one or two full semesters. Typically, it will be conducted over two semesters with one teaching hour per semester week. Alternately, it will be taught as a two-credit course with two teaching hours per semester week.

LAW 7805: LL.M. Comparative Legal Writing and Research (2 credits). Intensive three week introduction to professional legal writing in American legal English taught by a legal writing professor; supplemented by research instruction by librarians. Requires prior approval by program director.

General Course Offerings

LL.M. in Comparative Law students choose most of their credits from the general course offerings in the J.D. and Tax curriculum at the Levin College of Law, with prior authorization from the Director.

Florida’s comprehensive J.D. curriculum prepares students from around the world for a broad range of traditional and non-traditional legal careers. Course work develops students’ analytical ability, knowledge of the theory and practice of law, communication skills and understanding of the legal profession’s codes of responsibility, ethics and commitment to professionalism. Teaching methods include the traditional “case” and “Socratic” methods as well as problems, simulations, role-playing, video-taping, and computer-assisted instruction.

Courses and seminars offered each year support a variety of practice areas, including environmental and land use law, estates and trusts, corporate law, media law, family law, intellectual property law, tax law, and international and comparative law. The courses and seminars listed below are not necessarily offered each semester, and some may be subject to enrollment limits.

Florida’s new and developing centers and institutes complement the academic program and bring together faculty, students and practitioners with similar interests in areas such as social policy and public interest law, dispute resolution, legal technology, international financial crimes studies, and race relations.

You may review the listing and description of currently-offered courses in the Office of Student Affairs section of this website.