College of Law

Master of Laws (LLM)

UT Law Master of Laws (LLM)

LLM program in United States business law

The Master of Laws (LLM) in United States business law is an advanced law degree for practicing lawyers with a Juris Doctor (JD) or its foreign equivalent (for example, a Bachelor of Law degree). UT Law’s LLM program brings non-US lawyers together for a one-year program that will enhance their ability to practice in a global marketplace by providing specialized knowledge in United States business law.

LLM students will benefit from the resources of UT Law’s specialized curriculum in business law and its reputation for training business lawyers in the Clayton Center for Entrepreneurial Law.

The program also offers students an immersive experience in American culture and legal and business dialogue in Knoxville, Tennessee, and its environs, which are affordable locations to pursue higher education.

Program of study

Required and elective courses

The LLM program is a full-time program and students begin the academic program in the fall semester. Students take 15–16 hours per semester for two concurrent semesters (fall and spring), and courses must be taken in sequence to meet graduation requirements. The LLM curriculum requires a minimum of 24 credit hours.

LLM students may also take one elective course from the general College of Law curriculum, generally in the spring semester.

Courses

Fall semester
LAW 818: Fundamental Concepts of Income Taxation (3 credit hours)

LAW 827: Business Associations (3 credit hours) or
LAW 841: Secured Transactions (3 credit hours)

LAW 940: Land Finance Law (3 credit hours)
LAW 990: Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis for the LLM Student (2 credit hours)
LAW 998: Structure and Operation of the American Legal System (2 credit hours)

Spring semester
LAW 814: Professional Responsibility (3 credit hours)

LAW 827: Business Associations (3 credit hours) or
LAW 841: Secured Transactions (3 credit hours)

LAW 842: Contract Drafting (2 credit hours)
LAW 972: Income Taxation of Business Organizations (3 credit hours)

Total credit hours: 24*

*LLM students may also take one additional course of their choice offered by the College of Law.

FAQ

Will I be eligible for admission to a US bar if I complete the LLM?

Applicants should check with state bars to determine if their qualifications after completing the program meet the requirements of that jurisdiction to sit for the bar examination and be able to practice law. Applicants are responsible for contacting the bar examiner in any US jurisdiction in which the applicant intends to seek admission to ensure that they meet character and fitness requirements of that jurisdiction.

Does UT Law provide job search and career assistance to LLM students?

The staff of the Bettye B. Lewis Career Center provide assistance with career development and job search skills, including preparation of employment application materials (résumés and cover letters), networking, and other resources and training. Individual career counseling is available to LLM students.

Can graduates of the LLM program find post-graduate employment in the United States?

LLM students should be aware that the competitive nature of the US legal job market, the eligibility and admissions requirements of various state bars, and individual skills—including fluency in English, academic performance, and prior legal training and experience—are factors that will affect the ability of a graduate to secure employment in the United States.

Contact

Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
University of Tennessee College of Law
Suite 161
1505 W. Cumberland Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37996-1810

Phone: 865-974-4131
E-mail: lawadmit@utk.edu

Professor George W. Kuney
Director of the Clayton Center for Entrepreneurial Law
University of Tennessee College of Law
Suite 202
1505 W. Cumberland Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37996-1810

Phone: 865-974-2500
E-mail: gkuney@utk.edu

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