The LL.M. program is a residential program lasting one full academic year, with four courses each semester. Five to six courses are taken within the international law and organizations (ILO) division. One course is taken from the diplomacy, history, and politics (DHP) division in the Fletcher curriculum, and one course is taken from the economics and international business (EIB) division. These courses are offered to all Fletcher students, enabling LL.M. students to gain full exposure to the multidisciplinary approach that characterizes The Fletcher School and distinguishes our LL.M. from other U.S. LL.M. programs. Students also have the opportunity to cross-register for a limited number of courses at Harvard or other Tufts graduate schools.
Every Fletcher student, including LL.M. students, must complete a capstone project as a requirement for graduation. The capstone project must evidence scholarly and/or professional analysis informed by the sustained and appropriate application of analytical methodologies, and be presented as a written final product. Students work closely with a faculty advisor to develop and write their capstone project.
LL.M. students are required to attend the High Table series, which are held throughout the year. Students also participate in the capstone retreat at the end of the academic year, where students present summaries of their theses, reflect upon the year's studies, and engage in discussions with legal practitioners and scholars. This retreat is normally held outside the Tufts campus.
If English is their primary language, LL.M. candidates are required to pass a foreign language proficiency exam. Foreign language proficiency is not a requirement for admission, but it is a requirement for graduation from The Fletcher School. We recommend that applicants address their foreign language proficiency before the commencement of the academic year.
All courses offered at Fletcher are open to LL.M. students, including courses in diplomacy, history and politics; economics and international business; and of course international law and organizations. A complete list of of law courses can be found here. For a complete listing of Fletcher courses please visit the general course listing page.