Grad Law LLM FAQ

  • What kind of LL.M. can I get at Capital?
    What concentrations are available to students in the LL.M. in Business program?
    What is the benefit of an LL.M.?
    What kinds of employers hire Capital Law LL.M. alumni?
    What does it take to earn an LL.M.?
    What is a combined J.D./LL.M. program?
    What about students who did not earn their J.D. at Capital Law?
    What is the tuition rate for an LL.M.?
    How long does a student have to complete an LL.M.?
    Can an alumnus/alumnae or practicing lawyer take graduate classes without being enrolled in an LL.M. program?
    What is the cost to apply?
    When can a student apply for the combined JD/LL.M. program?
    What courses must a student take to be admitted to the LL.M. program?
    What services are available to LL.M. students?
    Who advises LL.M. students?
    Can LL.M. students work while enrolled in one of the LL.M. degree programs?
    Can an LL.M. be completed as a full-time student?
    How many credits are required for full time status? 
    How do I get more information about the program? 

    What kind of LL.M. can I get at Capital? 

    Capital University Law School has three separate LL.M. (Master of Laws) programs: Taxation, Business, and Taxation & Business. The LL.M. in Taxation has been offered at Capital since 1986.

    Within the LL.M. in Business, a student may choose from six different concentrations. The choice of concentration as well as the courses that make up the concentration is tailored to each student’s career goals and needs.

    Students in the LL.M. in Taxation and Business may choose between a concentration in tax or business. The LL.M. in Taxation and Business with a tax concentration will permit the student to complete most of the courses in the LL.M. in Taxation program, while taking their electives from one of the business concentrations. The LL.M. in Taxation and Business with a business concentration allows the student to focus primarily on business, with their electives chosen from tax electives.

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    What concentrations are available to students in the LL.M. in Business program? 

    Capital offers six concentrations. These are Dispute Resolution, Finance/ Corporate Governance, Labor and Employment Law, Intellectual Property, Regulatory and Small Business, . The courses taken within these concentrations are tailored to the student’s goals and needs.

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    What is the benefit of an LL.M.? 

    An LL.M. can be helpful in marketing oneself in the legal community. Particularly in highly specialized areas like taxation and business transactions, employers want to see that a new hire is both interested in the area and that she will be able to hit the ground running. An LL.M. also can be helpful for practicing lawyers who wish to transition from one practice area to another.

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    What kinds of employers hire Capital University Law School LL.M. alumni? 

    CapLaw graduate program alumni can be found working for the state and federal government. Also, they work for the big four accounting firms and regional accounting firms. Many students go on to work at local and national law firms. Other alumni are employed in corporate legal and tax departments at places like Nationwide.

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    What does it take to earn an LL.M.? 

    An LL.M. may be earned either separately from an individual’s J.D. program or, for students at Capital, it maybe earned in a combined J.D./LL.M. degree program. Completion of the LL.M. requires completion of 24 credits approved for the LL.M. program chosen.

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    What is a combined J.D./LL.M. program? 

    A combined J.D./LL.M. program allows a student to complete both degrees in 3 1/2 full-time years. In addition, it allows a student to transfer up to 12 credits from their Capital Law J.D. program into the LL.M. program. Transferring 12 credits into the LL.M. program is a huge savings, because the student then has only 12 credits left to complete the LL.M. This can be done in a single semester, while waiting for bar results.

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    What about students who did not earn their J.D. at Capital? 

    Students who did not complete their J.D. at Capital cannot be admitted to the combined degree program. However, with written approval of the Associate Dean for the Graduate Programs, a student admitted to the LL.M. program may transfer up to 6 credits for advanced tax or business courses completed at another accredited law school.

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    What is the tuition rate for an LL.M.? 

    The LL.M. program’s tuition is the same rate per credit as J.D. tuition. This is what makes the combined J.D./LL.M. degree program such a bargain. The student is able to complete up to half of the degree program at lower, earlier tuition rates, using credits needed for graduation from the J.D. program.

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    How long does a student have to complete an LL.M.? 

    An LL.M. may be completed in a single year, by attending full-time. However, a student who does not transfer in any credits is permitted up to 6 years to complete the LL.M. program. The time permitted for completion by students who transfer in 2 or more credits depends on the number of credits transferred.

    The time permitted for completion is:

    Number of hours of J.D. credit transferred to the LL.M. program: 

    Length of time post J.D. for completion of the LL.M. program: 

    12

    3 years

    8-11

    12 terms or 4 years

    4-7

    15 terms or 5 years

    3 or fewer

    18 terms or 6 years

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    Can an alumnus/alumnae or practicing lawyer take graduate classes without being enrolled in an LL.M. program? 

    Yes.

    We permit practicing lawyers who would otherwise qualify for admission to the LL.M. program to audit courses.

    Capital Law School alumni pay 1/2 the regular tuition, are permitted to enroll on a space available basis, do not take the exam and do not receive academic credit for the course.

    Practicing attorneys pay full tuition, are permitted to enroll on a space available basis, do not take the exam and do not receive academic credit for the course.

    Attorneys are eligible to receive CLE credits for law school courses Under CCLE Regulation 402 you can receive three hours of CLE credit for each semester hour of a course completed at an ABA-accredited law school. You do not need to take an exam to obtain CLE credit.

    The course may be completed on an audit (not for academic credit) basis. You would need to complete Form 4, Request for Law School Attendance and return it to the Supreme Court of Ohio, Commission on Continuing Legal Education office with any attachments within 30 days after the course has concluded.

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    What is the cost to apply? 

    There is no cost to apply.

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    When can a student apply for the combined degree program? 

    Capital University Law School J.D. students can apply for the combined degree program at any time following completion of Federal Personal Income Tax.

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    What courses must a student take to be admitted to the LL.M. program? 

    Admission to the LL.M in Taxation and the LL.M in Taxation and Business with a tax concentration requires completion of Federal Personal Income Tax and Business Associations or their equivalents. A student who has not taken these courses may be conditionally admitted.

    Admission to the LL.M. in Business and the LL.M. in Taxation and Business with a business concentration requires completion of Federal Personal Income Tax, Business Associations, and Secured Transactions or their equivalents.

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    What services are available to LL.M. students? 

    LL.M. students have full access to all law school services, including financial aid, Office of Professional Development, library, student counseling, and parking.

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    Who advises LL.M. students? 

    LL.M. students may obtain academic advising from the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs. The Office of Professional Development is available to assist LL.M. students with job search and career questions.

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    Can LL.M. students work while enrolled in one of the LL.M. degree programs? 

    Absolutely. Most of our LL.M. students attend Capital part-time and work full-time. There are no restrictions on the number of hours that a graduate student can work. LL.M. courses are offered in the evening.

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    Can an LL.M. be completed as a full-time student? 

    Yes. While most of our LL.M. students work full-time and attend classes part-time, some do complete the LL.M. degree as a one year, full-time program, or if they are Capital combined degree students in a single semester. Students who wish to complete an LL.M. in one year or one semester should take care in planning their schedules and seek advice early in the process to ensure that their course selections reflect the fact that not all courses are offered every semester.

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    How many credits are required for full-time status? 

    For financial aid purposes, a student must take at least 4 credits during Fall and Spring terms and at least 2 credits during Summer term to be considered a full-time student for that term.

    For immigration purposes, a student must take at least 7 credits during Fall and Spring terms to be considered a full-time student.

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    How do I get more information about the program? 

    Contact the Graduate Programs at gradlaw@law.capital.edu.

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