The Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits

JD/LLM in Employee Benefits

As a JD candidate at John Marshall, you have the unique opportunity to enhance your marketability by specializing in employee benefits law. John Marshall offers the only Graduate Employee Benefits Programs in the country, and 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 Employee Benefits will enhance your employability, while only adding a semester or two to your time at John Marshall. To accommodate students, classes are held in the late afternoon and evenings, and on Saturdays. One-week accelerated courses are also offered during the summer. 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.


Joint JD/LLM in Employee Benefits candidates may apply the first 10 credits satisfactorily completed in the LLM program to the electives requirements of the JD. Most degree candidate will be able to complete the requirements of the joint program with 104 credits (80 JD + 24 LLM) instead of the 114 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 6 of your LLM elective credits can be taken from the tax law program, or with appropriate approvals, from any of John Marshall's other Centers for Excellence.

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Degree candidates interested in pursuing the JD/LLM in Employee Benefits should consult with the Center to plan a specific degree program tailored to their needs.