To earn the LL.M. in American Law degree, students need to complete a minimum of 24 credit hours, with at least ten credits a semester, and obtain a final weighted average of at least 2.30 (C+) for all courses taken. All students will take "Introduction to American Law" and a Legal Research and Writing Seminar (unless waived with the director's permission) and participate in a graduate colloquium, "Topics in American Law." The program, which is designed to be completed in one academic year of full-time study, follows the School's J.D. academic calendar, with classes beginning at the end of August and ending in May.