Flex LLM

LMU Loyola Law School has designed the Flex LLM Enrollment Option (available only to students starting the program in spring 2021) 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 students, allowing them to start the program online in spring 2021 and complete the program in one or two additional semesters, fall 2021 and spring 2022. 


Students currently in the United States 

If you are currently in the U.S. (you are either a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or you have a visa status that allows you to study), then you can start your LLM program this spring 2021 online and complete the program in fall 2021. 

Students currently outside the United States 

Here is how the Flex LLM enrollment option is structured for students currently outside the U.S. 

  • Spring 2021: You will start the program in January 2021 and take our 2 required courses: Introduction to American Law and American Legal Research & Writing. These 2 courses will introduce you to the American legal system and help you develop your legal analysis and writing skills. Classes for these courses will be offered live three days a week. You will join students from all over the world and meet our great professors via Zoom. 
  • Fall 2021: If public health guidance permits us to return to campus, you will join us on campus for your second semester, from August to December 2021. During this semester you will take an additional 8 to 14 units towards your LLM degree. 
  • Spring 2022: You will complete the degree in your third semester (on campus, if public health guidance permits), from January 2022 to May 2022, taking an additional 8 to 14 units. 

With Flex LLM, Loyola introduces an innovative way for students to start the LLM program at a 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? 

Students completing the program in 2 semesters will be billed in two installments: 50% of tuition due will be billed in January 2021 and the remaining 50% of tuition will be billed at the beginning of your second and final semester. 

Students outside the United States completing the program in 3 semesters will be billed in three installments: 1/3 of tuition due will be billed in January 2021; 1/3 of tuition due will be billed at the beginning of your second semester; the remaining 1/3 of tuition due will be billed at the beginning of your third and final semester.   

Please note: The annual flat rate does not include summer tuition rates. Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to change in April 2021 by 2-4%.

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? 

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 2021? 

You can still start your LLM in fall 2021 and complete your degree in spring 2021. Flex LLM is an option designed for students interested in starting the program as early as possible, in spring 2021. 

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

Students studying in the U.S. full time for two consecutive semesters are eligible to apply for OPT. If public health guidance permits us to return to campus starting in fall 2021 and you continue your studies at Loyola for two consecutive semesters on campus, you will 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.