Master of Laws (LL.M.) - Practice Law Internationally

Above and beyond borders of a single legal system



The nature of legal practice has changed, becoming more complex and globalized. The Master of Laws (LL.M.) reflects the international nature of the profession and the cultural and professional diversity of our student community.

We prepare our students to practice law in either the US or the UK, as well as Spain. We’ve partnered with BARBRI, the number-one bar examination review board in the US, to give those of our students who are qualified as lawyers access to the California Bar Exam. For those who wish to practice in England or Wales, we prepare them for the Solicitors Qualifying Exam.

With unrivalled opportunities on both sides of the Atlantic, you’ll be challenged to find solutions to multijurisdictional problems in projects that encourage cultural exchange both on and off campus. Moot courts, mentoring programs and visiting faculty, practitioners and experts from around the world make this a truly global program that explores topics from a wide variety of perspectives.

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Expand you career options globally

    Our Agreement with BARBRI

    As we live in an increasingly globalized, interdependent world and the demand for legal professionals who understand the workings and complexities of more than one legal system continues to grow, we need to train lawyers with a global mindset.

    At IE Law School, we are committed to fostering global legal education so that lawyers can pursue careers internationally, across different legal systems, and manage trans-border transactions and multijurisdictional issues.

    In order to bridge the gap, we have partnered with BARBRI, the number one bar examination review course in the United States, to give our LL.M. students qualified as lawyers the chance to take the California Bar Examination and the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) in England and Wales.

  • California Bar Examination
    1 Prepare for the California Bar Examination

    The California Bar Exam is widely considered the most difficult of all the bar associations’ exams in the United States. We are the first academic institution in Europe to offer our Master of Laws (LL.M.) students, qualified as lawyers in their jurisdiction, the opportunity to take advantage of BARBRI’s expertise, technology and experience to sit the California Bar.

    Our partnership with BARBRI offers students the opportunity to study American law and acquire the necessary credentials to make global practice a reality. BARBRI Extended U.S. Bar Exam Prep. is designed with adaptability in mind; more specifically, it’s designed to help non-U.S. and qualified lawyers pass the U.S.’ most difficult bar examination.

    BARBRI, the number one bar examination review course in the US, has more lawyers pass the California Bar Examination than all other courses combined. Their US Bar exam-prep program is specifically designed for non-US educated law graduates. For those BARBRI international students who completed 80% or more of the Personal Study Plan, 76% of them passed the bar exam.

    It begins with a 90-hour overview of US law, later using Law Master Study Keys to cover the top 30 rules per legal subject. Qualified program mentors will be on hand for study skill guidance, support and advice, as you need them.

  • The Solicitors Qualifying Exam
    1 Prepare for SQE

    The Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) is the mandatory exam to become a solicitor in England and Wales from 2021 onward. Our agreement with BARBRI allows us to stay ahead of these changes to offer our Master of Laws (LL.M.) students the opportunity to prepare for the SQE.

    Both lawyers and non-law students are eligible to take this examination, which is broken down into two stages: SQE1 and SQE2.

    The first stage involves a computer-based assessment on functioning legal knowledge, comprising two multiple choice exams with a total of 360 questions. Combining both substantive and procedural law, this is designed to test your ability to apply legal concepts, solve problems and make decisions.

    Once you’ve passed the first stage, the SQE2 focuses on more practical skills, such as interviewing clients, advocacy, case and matter analysis, and so on. Featuring a tailored study plan and a personal mentor, the program’s duration and payment options can be adjusted to your specific circumstances.

Why did we partner with BARBRI?

Flexible & Online

The BARBRI Extended U.S. Bar Exam Prep. program is a highly flexible, 10-month online program that has been specifically designed to accommodate your needs. For those looking to practice in England and Wales, there is also the option of taking the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) preparation program. Both programs can be tailored around your other commitments, whether professional or academic, so you can study whenever and wherever suits you best.

Personal Study Plan

The program provides you with a Personal Study Plan (PSP) to ensure you receive guidance every step of the way. Analyses of data collected from your assignments, simulated exams, and directed essay grading will give you all the information you need to stay at the top of your game and study smarter, by allowing you to focus on the areas that need the most work.

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