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LLM in Estate Planning

Our LLM in Estate Planning is designed for lawyers interested in developing an expertise in the estate planning arena. The program is available entirely online. This will enable students to tailor their academic schedules consistent with their other obligations, and conveniently participate in the program at home, the office, or even while commuting.

The degree provides lawyers the opportunity to become practice-ready in the estate planning arena. Courses will be taught by law professors and practicing estate planners so that students will develop both a firm theoretical foundation in the subject as well as a thorough understanding of how to apply what they have learned. Program graduates will be prepared for a variety of different career options, including but not limited to, work in law firms, wealth management concerns, financial planning groups, trust departments, insurance companies, and fund-raising divisions of universities and other non-profit organizations.

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LLM in Estate Planning candidates must complete 30 credit hours in order to earn their degree. In addition to required courses, candidates will select elective courses in order to tailor their degree to their specific interests. To accommodate the diverse needs and experiences of degree candidates, the program may be pursued full time or part time. Most of our degree candidates complete the program within two years. Please read the Time Limits on Degree Completion Policy.

Students who matriculated prior to August 16, 2019, are subject to degree requirements in place when they first enrolled, provided they complete those requirements within the time limit for degree completion and do not interrupt their enrollment without formal approval. Degree requirements in effect prior to August 2019 are available on eCommons; students should consult their degree audit for further information.

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Due to the diversity of courses offered and flexibility of eCourses distance education, degree candidates interested in pursuing the LLM in Estate Planning should consult with the Center to plan a specific degree program tailored to their needs. LLM in Estate Planning candidates must complete their degree within five years.