The Master of Comparative Law (M.C.L.)
The M.C.L. degree is conferred upon students completing 20 credit hours with at least a 2.3 ("C+") average in two terms of residence. Otherwise, M.C.L. students have the same curricular flexibility and choice as LL.M. students: like the LL.M. candidate, the M.C.L. student must take the required constitutional law class and write a research paper. The lighter course load permitted by the M.C.L. program makes it more desirable for those students from civil law countries who anticipate a significant adjustment for studies in English. Students who earned their law degrees from a university in which the primary language of instruction is English or who are native English speakers are not eligible for admission to the M.C.L. program.
All students who would be eligible to earn an M.C.L. degree will be given admission to the "M.C.L./LL.M." program and may decide at the beginning of the first semester, upon individual academic advising, which of the two degrees to pursue.