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LL.M. programs within the Institute of Comparative Law (Thesis and Non-Thesis)

Comparative Law LL.M. with Thesis or Non-Thesis (45 credits)

The ICL provides substantial opportunities for investigation and exchange across legal traditions that move beyond the simple acknowledgment or contrast of formal rules in different geographical places. It encourages transdisciplinary approaches to teaching and research. The distinctive required course for all LL.M. students in the ICL is Legal Traditions. (For an explanation of the "Thesis" and "Non-Thesis" programs, see Differences between the LL.M. Thesis and Non-Thesis options)

LL.M. in Comparative Law with Thesis and Non-Thesis requirements

Master of Laws with Thesis Master of Laws Non-Thesis
Credits 45 credits
(30 research credits + 15 course credits)
45 credits
(15 research credits + 30 course credits)
Required courses CMPL 641 - Theoretical Approaches to Law
CMPL 610 - Legal Research Methodology
CMPL 600 - Legal Traditions
CMPL 641 - Theoretical Approaches to Law
CMPL 610 - Legal Research Methodology
CMPL 600 - Legal Traditions
Research Thesis
30 credits:
CMPL 612 - Master's Thesis 1
(Preparation of thesis proposal)
CMPL 613 - Master's Thesis 2
(Preparation of literature review)
CMPL 614 - Master's Thesis 3
(Thesis seminar)
CMPL 615 - Master's Thesis 4
(Thesis research report)
CMPL 616 - Master's Thesis 5
(Completion of thesis)
CMPL 617 - Master's Thesis 6
(Thesis research report)
Research project
15 credits:
CMPL 655 - Research Project 1
Complementary credits* Elective courses (3)

OR

Elective course (1 to 2 credits)
CMPL 618 - Master's Thesis 7
CMPL 619 - Master's Thesis 8
Elective courses (18)

OR

Elective courses (from 19 to 21)
CMPL 656 - Research Project 2
(Continuation of a major research paper on a current topic)
CMPL 657 - Research Project 3
(Continuation of a major research paper on a current topic)

 

* Courses to be chosen from among Faculty offerings at the 500 and 600 level.