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Curriculum for LL.M. Program

Both the general LL.M. and the specialization in Health Law and Policy require the completion of 24 semester hours of credit in law courses approved by the Director of Graduate Legal Studies.

Of these 24 hours, at least 3 semester hours must be earned in producing a substantial research paper of publishable quality. Up to six semester hours of credit for course work taken in the SIUC Graduate School or the SIU School of Medicine may be granted with the permission of the Director of Graduate Legal Studies and the appropriate official from the Graduate School or the School of Medicine.

A grade of “B” or better must be earned for the credits to count toward the 24 credit hour requirement. Students enrolled in the Health Law and Policy specialization are required to complete at least 12 of the required 24 hours in specialized health law and policy classes and to participate in two externship placements.

Placements may be waived by the Director of Graduate Legal Studies based on previous or contemporaneous employment in the health care field. An SIU J.D. graduate may apply for up to six hours of credit earned in health law related courses in which a grade of “B” or better was earned in the SIU J.D. program.

With approval of the Graduate Admissions Committee, a student may transfer at the time of initial enrollment up to 6 credit hours for post J.D. course work taken at another ABA accredited law school or in a non-law graduate program. The student must have earned a grade of “B” or better in the post J.D. courses, and the courses must have been germane to the course of study the student wishes to pursue in the LL.M. program.