The LL.M. with a concentration in Immigration and Citizenship Law requires students to complete 24 hours of coursework including a minimum of 18 hours in immigration and citizenship and related courses and to author an academic research paper of high professional quality concerning immigration or citizenship law.
Students enrolled in the J.D. program at Loyola may pursue the LL.M. with a concentration in Immigration and Citizenship Law by completing the course requirements in an additional semester. Students must apply and be accepted into the LL.M. program by the beginning of their last semester in the J.D. program.
Required Courses (8 credit hours)
Immigration and Citizenship Law (3 credit hours)
Asylum and Refugee Law (3 credit hours)
Immigration Law Seminar (2 credit hours)
Elective Courses (10 credit hour minimum)
Immigration Law Seminar (2 or 1 credit hour) (in an area other than the seminar used to satisfy the required courses credit)
Administrative Law (3 credits)
Graduate Seminar in Health, Immigration, and Environmental Law (3 credits)
Immigration Clinic – one semester (5 credits)
Immigration Practicum (2 credits)
Law and the Climate Crisis (2 credits)
First Amendment (3 credits)
Introduction to American Indian Law (3 credits)
Gender Law in Practice (3 credits)
Constitutional Law Seminar: Race and the Law (2 credits)
Disaster Law and Policy (2 credits)
Employment Law (3 credits)
Employment Discrimination (3 credits)
Human Rights Advocacy Project (3 credits)
International Law (3 credits)
Advanced Constitutional Law (3 credits)
Family Law (3 credits)
Academic Externship (up to 3 credits) (Academic externships must be approved by the designated immigration and citizenship LL.M. faculty)
* Not all electives are offered in every academic year.
Thesis Requirement (up to 6 credit hours)
Students must complete an academic research paper of high professional quality concerning immigration or citizenship law. They may fulfill this requirement in conjunction with one of the courses listed above, as part of LAW L898 Legal Research, LAW L905 Advanced Legal Writing, or through one of the College of Law’s journal offerings. This paper must be written for a grade and must be advised or co-advised by one of the designated LL.M. immigration and citizenship faculty. Advance approval of the topic is required. Students may also fulfill this requirement through an independent study of up to six credit hours, under the supervision of one of the designated immigration and citizenship faculty.