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Studying for an LLM (Master of Laws) in Louisiana

The state of Louisiana has an interesting history, in fact before its purchase by America, Louisiana belonged to the French! The state was part of the French Colonial Empire and was under the sovereignty of Louis XIV, King of France (1643-1715) and it was aptly named La Louisiane, which translates to 'Land of Louis'. In 1763, Louisiana was ceded to Spain after the French and Indian wars, Louisiana then went back to the hands of the French in 1800. The state of Louisiana was eventually sold by Napoleon to America in 1803.

In modern times Louisiana came to the foreground with the discovery of oil and gas which improved the economy of the state. Although, much of its natural resources (petroleum) are located offshore; the state also produces large crops of sweet potatoes, sugar cane, soybeans, corn, rice, pecans and cotton. Louisiana is nicknamed the Pelican State.

Louisiana is bordered by Arkansas, Mississippi, the Gulf of Mexico and Texas.

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Where & what to study in Louisiana

Some universities offering the LLM program in Louisiana are: Louisiana State University-Paul M. Herbert Law Centre (Baton Rouge, LA), Loyola University New Orleans School of Law (New Orleans, LA), Tulane Law School (New Orleans, LA).

These law schools offer a range of specialisations to choose from, including: LLM in Comparative Law; LLM in International Law; LLM in Public Interest Law; LLM in Admiralty; LLM in American Law; LLM in Energy and Environment; LLM in International and Comparative Law; and LLM in Law and Development.

Applications & admissions

To study an LLM in Louisiana, you will need a good bachelors degree (LLB) in law and proof of English language proficiency, which is measured using TOEFL and IELTS scores. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) measures the ability of international students to use and understand North American English as it is spoken, written, and used in the university environment.

The application process requires some accompanying documents that are very crucial and key to gaining that much sought after admission. To study for an LLM you will need: the application form of your chosen university (completely filled in with your information), application fee (the application fee is usually non-refundable), personal statement, (ensure you give relevant details about yourself that relates to the LLM program), two letters of recommendation, official transcripts and IELTS/TOEFL scores.

Tuition fees & living costs

Tuition for the 2012-2013 LLM at Louisiana State Law School Program costs just over $17,000 for Louisiana residents, for non-Louisiana residents, the tuition fee costs almost $34,500. To study in the state of Louisiana, it is recommended that students budget for about $50,000 in total to complete their LLM program in one academic year. This should ensure that they have enough money to cover living expenses, food, health insurance, academic materials and accommodation.

What to do when you aren’t studying

The state of Louisiana is a popular tourist location. The state boasts of many attractions such as the picturesque French Quarter in New Orleans – also known as the Vieux Carré (which means Old Square in French). The French Quarter buildings are a National Historic Landmark. Other attractions in Louisiana include: New Iberia, the Superdome in New Orleans, Chalmette National Historic Park and historic plantation homes around Natchitoches.

What other US states can you study in?

There are plenty of LLM opportunities for those interested in the living and studying in the United States and we have essential LLM study guides to over 20 US states, including:


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