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 2013

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) Statutory Law and Analysis (2 hours)
Civil Lawsuits (3 hours) Evidence (3 hours)
Legal Writing II (3 hours)  
Third Year Requirements
Fall Spring
Introduction to Dispute Resolution (1 hour) Minimum of 10 "in class" hours
Additional Requirements
Course Timing
Law of Lawyering (3 hours)  4th, 5th or 6th semester
Choose 1 Advanced Skills Course (2 hours) 5th or 6th semester
Choose 1 Course That Satisfies the Advanced Writing Requirement 3rd, 4th, 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. 



Did you know?

Three members of the 12-member Georgia Court of Appeals are Mercer Law alumni.