George Mason University School of Law is one of the nation’s leading centers for the study of law and economics. During the past 15 years, George Mason has assembled a distinctive, interdisciplinary faculty, many of whom hold doctorates in economics, philosophy, political science or related fields. The LLM Degree in Law & Economics provides an opportunity to develop an expertise in the skills of economic analysis as they are applied to a variety of legal settings.
The Master of Laws (LLM) Degree in Law and Economics offers students unique training in Law and Economics. Students will be selected from the pool of U.S. law school graduates and graduates outside of the U.S. who hold a law degree or its equivalent in education or practical experience.
George Mason University is internationally recognized as a leading center of research in law and economics, constitutional political economy, and public choice theory. George Mason has a distinguished record in the field of law and economics. Since 1987 the Law & Economics Center has been an integral part of George Mason Law School. Our interdisciplinary curriculum is one of the most innovative in the country with emphasis on the legal application of economic methods, intellectual property and technology law.
The LLM in Law and Economics Program is directed by Professor D. Bruce Johnsen, firstname.lastname@example.org.
George Mason in one of the most innovative law schools in the country. Its emphasis on IP, on technology law, on the legal application of economic tools and methods, and on the intensive development of legal research and writing skills have made George Mason the youngest school to enter the First Tier in the influential U.S. News & World Report ranking of law schools. In addition, George Mason was ranked in the top 10 in the nation for faculty quality in law and economics in University of Texas Professor Brian Leiter's study.
The law school is located in Arlington, Virginia, just across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. This location gives students access to year-round employment opportunities in both Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia (the Internet capital of the world), allows the law school to maintain one of the best adjunct faculties in the country, and provides everyone at the law school with a diversity of cultural and social opportunities.
George Mason School of Law offers a wide variety of law and economics courses to its students. Not every course is offered every semester, so be sure to check with the Records Office for a current schedule of courses. A limited number of courses also will be available in the summer.
PLEASE NOTE: The LLM in Law and Economics is not designed to prepare or qualify students who are not graduates of a U.S. law school to engage in the practice of law in the United States or to qualify them to take a bar examination in the United States.
PLEASE NOTE: We understand that many LLM students will be working during their studies and will not be able to attend class full time. Since many of our JD students also work during the day, most classes are offered in the evening, and, as many LLM students will want to engage in their studies part-time, we have tried to make the program as flexible as possible to accommodate a wide range of possibilities.
The following sample schedule contains all of the required courses, and it is illustrative of the general order in which LLM students could take the courses. Students are required to finish the program within three years.
|Economic Foundations of Legal Studies I (Law 108)||3|
|Introduction to U.S. Law||0|
|Litigation and Dispute Resolution Theory||3|
|Law & Economics electives||2|
|Advanced Economic Foundations of Legal Studies II (Law 123)||2|
|Public Choice and Public Law Seminar or Perspectives on Regulation||3 or 2|
|Law & Economics electives||3|
|Total||7 or 8|
|LL.M. Writing Requirement
(Thesis or Law & Economics seminar or writing course)
|2 or 3|
|Law & Economics electives||3 or 4|
|Total||5 or 6|
|Year 2, Second Semester||Credit Hours|
|Law and Economics electives||2
|Unrestricted electives||3 or 4|
|Total||5 or 6|
Total Hours: 26-28
Other related courses may be substituted with the approval of the Director.
In order to remain in the LLM program, the student shall present a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.33 for all course work taken for which a quality grade (i.e., a grade on the A+ through F scale) was awarded and register for at least two courses each semester, unless granted a leave of absence. In addition to the univesity's standard graduation requirements, the following requirements must be met within three calendar years for a student to receive the LLM degree:
During the past 15 years, George Mason University School of Law has attracted a distinctive, interdisciplinary faculty, many of whom hold doctorates in economics, philosophy, political science, or related fields. Almost all members of the faculty apply the tools of economics or other social sciences to legal problems, and this intellectual orientation pervades the curriculum. Our faculty is among the most prolific in the nation in these fields of research, and our interdisciplinary Program in Law and Economics is probably the most advanced in the profession.
To apply, you must use the form available through LSAC (www.lsac.org). The deadlines for completing applications for the LLM programs are:
Spring -- December 15/Fall -- May 1
For information on the application process, please visit: www.law.gmu.edu/admissions/application_forms, to be found directly below the JD application information.
For the most current posting of tuition rates for the School of Law, please visit:
Tuition is updated in mid-May by the university's Board of Visitors and is subject to change at any time.
Prospective applicants who have questions concerning admissions details or the admissions process should contact the Admissions Office at 703.993.8010 or email@example.com.