LL.M. in International Law

The LL.M. in International Law is an intensive one-year course that leads to an advanced legal degree in international law. Stetson Law's program accommodates the specialization needs of both experienced practicing attorneys and recent law school graduates from the U.S. and abroad. The curriculum is designed to prepare graduates to enter the global marketplace thoroughly prepared for positions in business, government, teaching and international law practice or related professions.

Courses emphasize professionalism, leadership and business skills in addition to training in the law. Applicants may either opt for a general LL.M. in International Law (for those interested in international public or international private law) or an LL.M. with an emphasis in advocacy, environmental law or international business.

Distinguish Yourself with an
LL.M. in International Law

Stetson's LL.M. in International Law program features:

▪ Guided study through mentorships with prominent international law faculty
▪ Three-week introduction to U.S law for foreign attorneys
▪ Professional success workshops
▪ Two semester, 24-credit program on Stetson’s safe and friendly campus in Gulfport, Florida
▪ Scholarships are available for outstanding students interested in international law

About Stetson Law

Founded in 1900 as Florida's first law school, Stetson University College of Law is a leader in international legal education. Stetson is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the American Association of Law Schools. Stetson offers a welcoming environment for lawyers around the world, with renowned professors who share the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the global marketplace.


See Admission to apply or to learn more about eligibility.

Application Deadline

One class is admitted each August, with the preferred application deadline due by July 1 of each year. Late applications may be accepted, time and space permitting. The Faculty Committee on Admissions will consider applications on a rolling basis. In special circumstances, an applicant with an ABA approved law degree may be allowed to start the program in the spring semester.

International Students: APPLY EARLY. It can take up to three months (or more) processing time for students to receive their student visa (F-1 visa). Note: The application fee for 2014-2015 admission has been waived.

Curriculum and Program Duration

Full-time students complete the requirements for the LL.M. degree in one academic year (fall and spring). Candidates for the LL.M. degree must satisfactorily complete 24 hours of academic credit, and will normally take no more than four classes per semester. Most classes are three credits. All students enrolled in Track 2 must attend on a full-time basis. Part-time students may enroll in as few as one course per semester and as many as three courses per semester. Part-time students are allowed a full three-year period to complete all requirements of the degree.

See Curriculum for more information.


Scholarships are available for outstanding students interested in international law. The Scholarship Application PDF must be submitted to the attention of the Director of International Programs, Stetson University College of Law, 1401 61st Street South, Gulfport, Florida 33707 or via email at international@law.stetson.edu.

See Scholarships for more information. 

About Stetson's LL.M.

Learn more about Stetson's LL.M. in International Law program in the above video, which features a discussion about curriculum, objectives, scholarship opportunities, courses, and other topics.

Why Stetson Law?


"Stetson's LL.M. in International Law is providing me with a deep understanding of public and private international law, and the American legal system. I enjoy studying in the warm Florida climate with a supportive and friendly faculty and staff."
Walter Arevalo
LL.M. in International Law student
(pictured at left with Professor Jason Palmer)

Students describe their experiences in Stetson's LL.M. in International Law program.

media/advocacy-graphic.pngStetson Law has again been ranked first in the nation for trial advocacy by U.S. News and World Report. Effective advocacy is one of a successful lawyer’s most important skills, and Stetson’s commitment to teaching advocacy is unmatched. 

Special Support for Chinese Students

Stetson Law and the International Judicial Academy in Washington, D.C. have formed a partnership to support Chinese law students pursuing an LL.M. degree at Stetson. The "LL.M. Elite Education Program" has four elements:

1. Admission to the program
2. One-month study program to prepare for the LL.M.
3. The LL.M. program of study at the Stetson Law
4. Internship at court, law firm, or other organization upon the successful completion of LL.M. program

For more information, see the International Judicial Academy website or contact the academy's China program coordinator, Lei Bao at lbao@ijaworld.org.


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