LLM in Comparative Law Program Director’s Page
For Admitted and Enrolled Students
Welcome to the LLM in
Comparative Law Program!
I trust that you will soon join over 200 persons from 43 countries who have successfully completed the Masters of Law in Comparative Law.
As program director, I will act as your primary academic advisor during your stay at the Levin College of Law.
I will use this page to post information for our admitted and currently-enrolled students.
Please check it regularly, because I will update it often.
—Professor Pedro A. Malavet, Director
Dear LL.M. Students:
Your grades for the Summer Program will be posted no later than August 27, 2012.
Also, please make sure that you keep us up to date on your Fall schedules. We need to idenfity a time that is open for all students in order to schedule the Fall Tutorial Course (soon to become officially Part II of the Introduction to the Legal System of the United States).
The Take Home Exam is Here!
DUE DATE is Monday, August 13, 2012.
Classes Start July 23, 2012
Classes will be held in Holland 355D
Legal Writing: Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.
Introduction to the Legal System of the United States, Prof. Malavet, Monday-Friday, 1:30-3:20 p.m.
For our first class on Monday, July 23, 2012, please download the Legal Writing Handout and read the Syllabus and Assignment no. 1.
For our first class on Monday, July 23, 2012, at please review the Syllabus, which includes the course description, rules and testing methodology. Also, please download handout number 1, Introduction to the Comparative Method, and read Chapter 1, pages 1-33.
You must arrive in Gainesville no later than a week prior to the start of classes, on Monday, July 16, 2012, and immediately check in with our office to start the process of clearing your registration holds and to eventually enroll in the program and register for classes. The Summer Introduction to American Law Course will start on Monday, July 23, 2012.
Starting this summer of 2012, and with the authorization of the Faculty at the College of Law and the University of Florida Graduate Council, the Introduction to American Law Course (Law 7932, for four credits) will become two courses:
(1) Comparative Introduction to the Legal System of the United States (2-credits) and
(2) Comparative Legal Research and Writing (2-credits).
The summer program will also include research training, student counseling and course counseling.
Before we meet for orientation and classes, please start to plan your curriculum for the Fall and Spring semesters, as we will be assisting you with registration during the first week of the Summer Program. Please visit the College of Law's online course schedule and current course descriptions to get information about the classes that will be offered in the Fall and Spring semesters and their descriptions. I am happy to assist each of you in making your course selections.
Please remember that as Program Director I must approve your course of study. Come visit our office in room 319 of Holland Hall when you arrive in Gainesville. As soon as I approve your course of study, my office will lift the special law school registration hold and allow you to finish course registration using the ISIS system.
LLM Program Degree Requirements
LL.M. in Comparative Law students are generally required to take six credits from the LL.M.-exclusive courses listed below and the remaining 20 credits from the general curricular offerings at the Levin College of Law. Specific choices are made with the counseling and approval of the program director.
LL.M. Exclusive Courses
Four courses are only available to LL.M. in Comparative Law Students starting during the Summer of 2013.
LAW 7906: Directed Research for LL.M. in Comparative Law (2 credits). Legal research to be completed under the supervision of a faculty member conversant with the topic selected and culminating in a paper. Requires approval of the program director.
LAW 7932: LLM in Comparative Law Introduction to the Legal System of the United States Part I (2 credits). Intensive 3-week introduction to the comparative method and to legal education, professionalism and the legal system of the United States. Requires approval by the program director. Usually taught during the summer program.
LAW 7801: LL.M. in Comparative Law Introduction to the Legal System of the United States, Part II (2 credits). Continuing coverage of legal education, professionalism and the legal system of the United States, conducted over one or two full semesters. Typically, it will be conducted over two semesters with one teaching hour per semester week. Alternately, it will be taught as a two-credit course with two teaching hours per semester week.
LAW 7805: LL.M. Comparative Legal Writing and Research (2 credits). Intensive three week introduction to professional legal writing in American legal English taught by a legal writing professor; supplemented by research instruction by librarians. Requires prior approval by program director.
General Course Offerings
LL.M. in Comparative Law students choose most of their credits from the general course offerings in the J.D. and Tax curriculum at the Levin College of Law, with prior authorization from the Director.
Florida’s comprehensive J.D. curriculum prepares students from around the world for a broad range of traditional and non-traditional legal careers. Course work develops students’ analytical ability, knowledge of the theory and practice of law, communication skills and understanding of the legal profession’s codes of responsibility, ethics and commitment to professionalism. Teaching methods include the traditional “case” and “Socratic” methods as well as problems, simulations, role-playing, video-taping, and computer-assisted instruction.
Courses and seminars offered each year support a variety of practice areas, including environmental and land use law, estates and trusts, corporate law, media law, family law, intellectual property law, tax law, and international and comparative law. The courses and seminars listed below are not necessarily offered each semester, and some may be subject to enrollment limits.
Florida’s new and developing centers and institutes complement the academic program and bring together faculty, students and practitioners with similar interests in areas such as social policy and public interest law, dispute resolution, legal technology, international financial crimes studies, and race relations.
You may review the listing and description of currently-offered courses in the Office of Student Affairs section of this website. http://www.law.ufl.edu/student-affairs/current-students/course-schedules