Degree Programs

Saint Louis University School of Law's programs are designed to prepare students for all aspects of law practice. From the moment students arrive, they are considered members of the legal community and are challenged to meet the expectations that membership entails.

Juris Doctor Program

The J.D. program at SLU LAW offers extensive courses and personalized interaction with nationally recognized professors. Students are directly exposed to practicing attorneys and clients through professional skills courses, the Legal Clinics and externship programs. Guest speakers who have diverse legal backgrounds and career experience - ranging from federal and state judges to partners, associates and corporate executives - provide students with a real-world approach to learning. By the time students enter the work force, they will have experienced a variety of opportunities throughout their academic career.

For more information on the SLU LAW J.D. admissions process, visit the Office of Admissions.

Two-Year J.D. for Foreign Lawyers

The Two-Year J.D. for Foreign Lawyers at SLU LAW is a 61 credit hour, full-time program for lawyers who have completed their first law degree in a foreign jurisdiction and would like to enhance their ability to engage in a global law practice by earning a U.S. law degree. The program is designed to be completed in four semesters and allows graduates of the program to sit for the bar in any U.S. state.

Dual Degree Programs

The School of Law offers 11 dual degree programs in partnership with several schools within the University. 

LL.M. Programs

For those already possessing a law degree, SLU LAW offers two Masters of Laws (LL.M.) programs. The Center for Health Law Studies offers the LL.M. in Health Law. For those holding a degree of law from a foreign country, the LL.M. in American Law for Foreign Lawyers pro­gram offers opportunities to study the American legal system. 

LL.M. Program in American Law for Foreign Lawyers

Saint Louis University School of Law's one-year LL.M. degree in American Law for Foreign Lawyers provides an introduction to U.S. law for highly qualified individuals seeking to enhance their legal careers. The Center for International and Comparative Law has offered this program since 1991.

LL.M. in Health Law

This LL.M. in Health Law is an advanced degree designed to serve two types of lawyers: those seeking an in-depth introduction to the practice of health law and those who are currently practicing and wish to increase their exposure to new developments in health law.

Other Programs

Graduate Minor in Women's and Gender Studies

Students can earn a Graduate Minor in Women's and Gender Studies from the Women's and Gender Studies Program within the regular time to earn a J.D.  Students can complete this minor by taking the following courses in the Women's and Gender Studies program: 1) Feminist Theory (3 hours) and 2) Feminist Epistemologies (3 hours), and a law school course approved by the Women's and Gender Studies Program. The six hours of courses in Women's and Gender Studies can apply to the 91 hours required to earn the J.D. Students interested in this minor program should contact Professor Constance Wagner in the School of Law. Further information is available on the Women's and Gender Studies website.

Master of Science in Human Resources Law

The William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law at Saint Louis University School of Law is proud to introduce a new degree program in human resources law. The program offers students the opportunity to receive a Master of Science in Human Resources Law. This program provides highly-qualified individuals with the opportunity to pursue studies and research on the legal framework of human resources without the time and resource commitment of a three-year J.D. degree.

The demands of the modern business world require that human resources professionals regularly make decisions with a multitude of legal ramifications in areas such as antidiscrimination and affirmative action; minimum wage, equal pay, and overtime requirements; family and medical leave; retirement and health care program regulations; noncompete agreements and trade secret protections; employee privacy; workers’ compensation; occupational safety guidelines; unemployment compensation; and executive compensation structures. The Master in Human Resources Law (MHRL) will provide students with a solid foundation in understanding the law and specialized expertise in those legal topics of most interest to human resources professionals.