top of page


LLM/Master of Arts in International Affairs

LLM./M.A.I.A. degree candidates must satisfactorily complete course requirements for both the LLM. and M.A.I.A. degrees. In addition to the LLM. and M.A.I.A. degrees, a Joint Program Certificate will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the program.


The LLM./M.A.I.A. program requires completion of 63 academic credits (24 credits of Law Center courses and 39 credits of M.A.I.A. work, with 9 credits of M.A.I.A. coursework counted towards the LLM degree and 9 credits of LLM coursework counted towards the M.A.I.A. degree). The program also requires:

  • satisfactory performance on the M.A.I.A. oral proficiency in a foreign language examination;

  • a passing score on the M.A.I.A. oral examinations;

  • successful completion of the graduation requirements of both programs, including the M.A.I.A. internship requirement; and

  • maintenance of a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00/4.00 in the M.A.I.A. program and the required minimum cumulative grade point average for the LLM program (see the Master of Legal Studies Program chapter of the USILD Law Student Handbook of Academic Policies).

The required 63 LLM./M.A.I.A. academic credits are distributed as follows:

  • 30 credits in the required first-year law program;

  • 15 credits of core M.A.I.A. courses:

    • International Trade;

    • International Finance;

    • Globalization of Intersocietal Relations;

    • International Relations: Theory and Practice; and

    • Analytical and Statistical Skills;

  • 21 credits in M.A.I.A. electives related to one of four broad divisional concentrations:

    • Global Business & Finance;

    • International Development;

    • Global Politics & Security; or

    • a self-designed concentration (subject to approval, including regional and comparative studies);

  • 3-credit M.A.I.A. Workshop;

  • 46 credits in additional LLM. courses, including:

    • a course in professional responsibility;

    • the upperclass legal writing requirement;

    • 6 credits of experiential coursework; and

    • 16 credits of International Law LLM. courses, which must include International Law I: Introduction to International Law (3 credits, may be taken as a first-year elective); 4 credits of International Law “core” courses; and 9 credits of International Law “core” and/or International Law “related” courses taken in the upperclass years (please visit the Curriculum Guide  for the current schedule of courses).


A typical distribution of the 115 academic credits in the J.D./M.S.F.S. Program:

  • First Year: 24 M.S.F.S. credits (and students are expected to complete a 15-20 hours/week M.S.F.S. internship during their first year)

  • Second Year: 31 J.D. credits

  • Third Year: 21 J.D. credits, 9 M.S.F.S. credits

  • Fourth Year: 24 J.D. credits, 6 M.S.F.S. credits

bottom of page