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JD/LLM in Estate Planning

As a JD candidate at UIC John Marshall, you have the unique opportunity to enhance your marketability by specializing in estate planning. UIC John Marshall offers one of the only Graduate Estate Planning Programs in the country. With continuous input from our faculty and advisory board, we've developed a timely, focused curriculum with the depth and relevance to ensure your career success in this area of law.

Earning an LLM in Estate Planning will enhance your employability, while only adding a semester or two to your time at the Law School. To accommodate students, classes are held entirely online. Upon completion of your JD requirements, you decide if you will graduate with your JD (at which point you are eligible to sit for the bar exam) before completing the LLM requirements or graduate with both degrees on the same day. As a graduate of the joint program, you'll have a separate GPA for both the JD and LLM programs.

Requirements

Joint JD/LLM in Estate Planning candidates may apply the first 10 credits satisfactorily completed in the LLM program in which they are enrolled to the electives requirements of the JD. Most degree candidate will be able to complete the requirements of the joint program with 110 credits (80 JD + 30 LLM) instead of the 120 credits required if the programs are completed separately. Students unable to complete the joint degree must still complete a total of 90 hours to be awarded the JD degree. Up to 8 of your LLM elective credits can be taken, with appropriate approvals, from any of UIC John Marshall's other LLM programs.

Students who matriculated prior to August 16, 2019, are subject to degree requirements in place when they first enrolled, provided they complete those requirements within the time limit for degree completion and do not interrupt their enrollment without formal approval. Degree requirements in effect prior to August 2019 are available on eCommons; students should consult their degree audit for further information.

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Due to the diversity of courses offered and flexibility of eCourses distance education, degree candidates interested in pursuing the JD/LLM in Estate Planning should consult with the Center to plan a specific degree program tailored to their needs.

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