LLM in Law and Economics

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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 is designed to provide law graduates the opportunity to develop an expertise in the skills of economic analysis as they are applied to a variety of legal areas. Economics touches private law, intellectual property law, international business law, regulatory law and other areas that students may explore. Additionally, students may choose to pursue their LLM in Law and Economics with an antitrust focus.


Degree Requirements

To earn an LLM in Law and Economics, students must complete 24 - 26 credit hours of coursework. These hours will be made up of required courses, restricted electives, and a thesis, seminar or writing course to fulfill the LLM writing requirement. Students may elect to complete our standard LLM in Law and Economics or the LLM in Law and Economics with an Antitrust Focus.

Students who have completed the JD degree at a United States Law school will receive a waiver of the required Introduction to United States Law 2 credit course. Therefore, students who have received a JD from a United States Law school must complete 24 credit hours to receive the LLM degree. Students who have not completed a JD at a United States Law school must complete the 2 credit required Introduction to United States Law course, and therefore must complete 26 credit hours to receive the LLM degree.

Students may attend the LLM program full-time or part-time. Courses are offered in the day and evening to accommodate working professionals.

Students may be able to complete the program in one academic year, though most will take a year and a half to two years to do so. Full time students typically take 12-15 credit hours per semester; part time students typically take 8-12 credit hours. For the purposes of the F-1 and J-1 visas, 9 or more credit hours are required to meet the full time requirement of the visa.

All students must finish the degree requirements within three years of matriculation and be enrolled in at least two courses each semester, unless granted a waiver or leave of absence. In order to remain in the LLM program, students must present a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.33 on a 4.33 scale at the end of each spring semester.

The course requirements and electives for both the standard LLM in Law & Economics and the LLM in Law & Economics with an Antitrust Focus are below. The required and elective LLM courses are not offered every semester and new offerings for approved LLM electives may become available. Students should check with the Records Office for a current schedule of courses. A limited number of courses also will be available in the summer.

The 24 - 26 credits making up the LLM in Law and Economics are not designed to prepare or qualify students who are not graduates of a United States 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. Additional coursework is possible for those trying to qualify to sit for a bar examination. For more details, see Bar Examination for Foreign-Trained Attorneys.

To develop a personalized plan of courses based on your time-frame for finishing the LLM Degree, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Adriana Vito at avito@gmu.edu.

For more information about any of the courses listed below, view Course Descriptions.

Standard LLM in Law and Economics

Students must complete all required courses. Students must complete 10 credit hours comprised of restricted elective courses. Students who have completed the JD degree at a United States Law school will receive a waiver of the Introduction to United States Law 2 credit course requirement. All LLM students must complete a writing requirement. The writing requirement can be satisfied through the completion of a thesis or through completion of the restricted elective seminar/writing courses.

Required Courses (10 - 12 credit hours)

  • Economic Foundations of Legal Studies (3 credits) OR Economic Foundations of Legal Studies for LLMs (3 credits)
  • Advanced Economic Foundations (2 credits)
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution Theory (3 credits)
  • Public Choice and Public Law Seminar OR Perspectives on Regulation (2 credits)
  • Introduction to United States Law (2 credits) (waived for students who have completed the JD degree at a United States law school)

Law and Economics Electives (13 credit hours)

  • Advanced Antitrust Seminar (2 credits)
  • Antitrust I (3 credits)
  • Antitrust II (3 credits)
  • Antitrust Economics (2 credits)
  • Bankruptcy (3 credits)
  • Comparative Antitrust Law (2 credits)
  • Consumer Protection Law (formerly Unfair Trade Practices) (3 credits)
  • Economics of Private Law (2 credits)
  • European Competition Law (2 credits)
  • FTC Seminar (2 credits)
  • Legal and Economic Theory of IP (2 credits)
  • Perspectives on the Individual, Family, and Social Institutions (2 credits)
  • Perspectives on Regulation (2 credits)
  • Products Liability (2 credits)
  • Public Choice and Public Law Seminar (3 credits)
  • Quantitative Forensics (3 credits)
  • Regulated Industries (2 credits)
  • Thesis (1-3 credits)

LLM in Law & Economics, Antitrust Focus

Students must complete all required courses. Students must complete 10 credit hours comprised of restricted elective courses. Students who have completed the JD degree at a United States Law school will receive a waiver of the Introduction to United States Law 2 credit course requirement. All LLM students must complete a writing requirement. The writing requirement can be satisfied through the completion of a thesis or through completion of the restricted elective seminar/writing courses.

Required Courses (22-24 credit hours)

  • Economic Foundations of Legal Studies (3 credits)
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution Theory (3 credits)
  • Public Choice and Public Law Seminar OR Perspectives on Regulation (3 credits)
  • Antitrust I (3 credits)
  • Antitrust II (3 credits)
  • Antitrust Economics (2 credits)
  • Comparative Antitrust Law OR European Union Competition Law (2 credits)
  • Quantitative Forensics (3 credits)
  • Introduction to United States Law (2 credits) (waived for students who have completed the JD degree at a United States Law School)

Antitrust Electives (2 credit hours)

  • Advanced Antitrust Seminar (2 credits)
  • Comparative Antitrust Law OR European Union Competition Law (3 credits)
  • Consumer Protection Law (formerly Unfair Trade Practices) (3 credits)
  • FTC Seminar (2 credits)
  • Thesis (1-3 credits)

For more information about the LLM in Law & Economics, including instructions on how to apply, please visit the LLM in Law & Economics Admissions page.