Flex LLM

Loyola Law School has designed the Flex LLM program to address the current challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic. While many students are eager to start their LLM as soon as possible, many are concerned about traveling during this time or are experiencing delays obtaining a student visa with some U.S. Consulates and Embassies still closed to the public.

Flex LLM provides the perfect solution for our international students, allowing them to start the program online in fall 2020 with two law classes in American law and then relocate to attend our beautiful campus in Downtown Los Angeles in spring 2021.


Every student who applies to our fall 2020 LLM program may select to either come to our campus in mid-August and start the program according to its traditional format (fall and spring) or either enroll in our Flex LLM program. Here is how the Flex LLM option is structured:

  • Fall 2020: Flex LLM students do not need to be on campus during this term. They will be enrolled in 5 units of coursework that includes Introduction to American Law (2 units) and American Legal Research & Writing (3 units). These classes will be offered online, live, and students will be able to attend them from their own homes. These two courses are taught by Professor Victor Gold (Loyola's former Dean) and Professor Thomas Riordan. Both professors have extensive experience teaching LLM students;
  • Spring 2021: Flex LLM students will join our beautiful campus in Downtown Los Angeles starting in January 2021. During this term, students will continue their studies at Loyola and complete a minimum of 12 units of coursework, according to their preferred specialization and under the guidance and mentoring of our LLM Director, Professor Aaron Ghirardelli;
  • Summer 2021 or Fall 2021: Flex LLM students will complete their degree either in Summer 2021 or Fall 2021. Students interested in completing the program in a shorter time will select Summer 2021 and complete the LLM in only 7 months of residency at Loyola. Students interested in expanding their stay in the U.S. will select Fall 2021 as their final semester. During the final semester (either Summer 2021 or Fall 2021) Flex LLM students will complete a minimum of 12 units of coursework.

With Flex LLM, Loyola introduces an innovative way for students to start the LLM program at the time that is more comfortable for them and with the flexibility needed to address the current Covid-19 pandemic.

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How much is tuition for the Flex LLM?

Tuition for the Flex LLM option is the same as our regular tuition for our LLM program. The only difference is that tuition will be charged in 3 installments, instead of 2, at the beginning of Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and either Summer or Fall 2021 (depending on the choice of the student). Please note: tuition at Loyola Law School usually increases every Fall; students who elect to complete their program in Fall 2021 might be subject to a slight increase in their final tuition.

Am I still eligible to receive a scholarship?

Yes! Each and every applicant is carefully considered for a scholarship award of up to $30,000. Scholarships at Loyola is applied to your tuition in equal parts per each term.

Will my diploma or transcripts indicate that I was enrolled in the Flex LLM?

No. Your diploma and transcripts will be exactly the same as any other LLM student. Flex LLM is not a different program, but just an enrollment option that allows students to start the program in a flexible way to address current concerns due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Can I still select to start my LLM in fall 2020 on campus?

Yes. You can still start your LLM this fall 2020 on campus and complete your degree in spring 2021. Flex LLM is an option designed for students who don't feel comfortable traveling during the pandemic and students who are having financial or visa issues due to the same situation.

Will I be eligible to apply for OPT (Optional Practical Training) if I select the Flex LLM?

Students selecting the Flex LLM and opting to complete their degree in Fall 2021 will be eligible for OPT. Students selecting the Flex LLM and opting to complete their degree in Summer 2021 will not be eligible for OPT.

Can I meet the "foreign education" requirements of the California and/or New York bar?

Each state in the U.S. sets specific requirements for individuals who seek to become licensed attorneys in those states. California and New York are two of the top destinations of international lawyers and law graduates interested in becoming licensed attorneys in the U.S. You can find more information on the specific requirements for international applicants for the California bar here and for the New York bar here. The Court of Appeals for the State of New York has also recently issued an order affecting the eligibility of international applicants to sit for the bar exam in New York. Students selecting the Flex LLM may meet the LLM requirement under California and New York rules. Please note: qualifying for these exams requires careful planning of the students' coursework. Our LLM Director, Professor Aaron Ghirardelli, will help each student in building a course schedule and making sure that eligibility to sit for the preferred bar exam is met.

If you have more questions, feel free to contact our team via email at amlaw@lls.edu and schedule a video call with our LLM Director using the following link: http://calendly.com/loyola-llm/llm-director