9-Hour Program

A University of Arkansas School of Law student who is within nine hours of completing the total credit hours required to earn a J.D. degree may be admitted conditionally to the graduate law program. This allows students to begin their LL.M. coursework during their final semester of law school. Credits are assigned to either the J.D. program or the LL.M. program but cannot be counted toward both degrees.

In order to be admitted to the nine-hour program, a J.D. student must:

  • obtain advance approval from the Graduate Legal Studies Committee;
  • obtain advance approval from the director of the graduate law program for credits to be applied toward the LL.M. degree; and
  • earn a grade of 2.5 or higher in each course to be applied toward the LL.M. degree.

A student who satisfies these requirements and who is subsequently awarded a J.D. degree will be admitted to the graduate program as a degree candidate, unless the Graduate Legal Studies Committee determines that there are substantial grounds for revocation of the conditional admission.

Download the LL.M. Application for Domestic Candidates

Download the LL.M. Application for International Candidates