LL.M. Program

Mercer Law's LL.M. in Federal Criminal Practice and Procedure is the only program in the nation designed for law school graduates seeking to prepare themselves for federal criminal practice as a prosecutor, Federal Defender, or private defense counsel.

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Required Courses - Class of 2012

Students will be granted the Juris Doctor degree upon completion of not less than 91 semester hours of law work, with a cumulative average of 76 or higher. All students must pass all required courses taken during or after Fall 2011.  The required courses are listed below.

First Year Requirements
Fall Spring
Introduction to the Study of Law (1 hour) American Constitutional System (4 hours)
Introduction to Legal Research (1 hour) - continues through the Spring Jurisdiction and Judgments (3 hours)
Contracts (4 hours) Legal Writing I (3 hours)
Criminal Law (3 hours) Sales (3 hours)
Property (4 hours) The Legal Profession (3 hours)
Torts (4 hours)  
Legal Analysis (1 hour)  
Second Year Requirements
Fall Spring
Introduction to Counseling (1 hour) Evidence (3 hours)
Civil Lawsuits (3 hours)  
Legal Writing II (3 hours)  
Statutory Law and Analysis (2 hours)  
Third Year Requirements
Fall Spring
Introduction to Dispute Resolution (1 hour) Choose 1 Advanced Skills Course (2 hours)
Law of Lawyering (3 hours) Minimum of 10 "in class" hours
Additional Requirements
Course Timing

Choose 1 Course That Satisfies the Advanced Writing Requirement 

5th or 6th semester

Strong Recommendation

Students are strongly encouraged, but not required, to take at least one course in the Administrative Block (3 hours) and one course in the Perspectives Block (3 hours) prior to graduation.


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Mercer Law School is home of the Legal Writing Institute and the National Criminal Defense College.