J.D./LL.M. Program in Family Law

Enrollment in the joint J.D./LL.M. Program in Family Law enables a student to obtain an LL.M. in Family Law within one semester of full-time study after receiving the J.D. degree.

Eligibility and Requirements

While a J.D. student, the joint degree candidate may take no more than twelve LL.M. credits, which will count toward the hours required for the J.D. degree. A student is not permitted to take more than twelve LL.M. credits prior to earning the J.D. degree, even if the student does not intend to count the additional courses for J.D. credit. Joint degree students may not fulfill the Externship and Independent Research requirements until after receiving the J.D. Grades received in LL.M. courses are counted in the student's J.D. grade point average. An LL.M. course may not be taken on a pass/fail basis. Tuition for LL.M. courses will be charged at the J.D. rate until the J.D. degree is received.

After earning the J.D. degree, the student will take additional LL.M. courses on a full-time basis until twenty-four LL.M credits have been successfully completed, including the LL.M. courses taken while a J.D. student. To receive the LL.M. degree, the student must complete the twenty-four LL.M. family law credits and must attain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.500 for all LL.M. courses taken, including those taken while a J.D. student.

A student will not receive credit toward the LL.M. degree for J.D. courses taken.

How to Apply

J.D. students who wish to enroll in the J.D./LL.M. in Family Law  must complete a Registration as a JD/LLM Family Law Student form.

In the final semester of the J.D. program, joint degree students must complete an Application for LL.M. Degree Admission for the J.D./LL.M. Program in Family Law. Upon receipt of the application form and after approval by the program director, the student will be admitted to the LL.M. program for completion of the joint degree and charged the LL.M. per credit hour tuition rate.

Questions and Additional Information

For additional information, contact the Faculty Coordinator for the Graduate Program in Family Law, Professor Kari Johnson (Room 719; (312) 906-5164; kljohnson@kentlaw.iit.edu).