The philosophy of the LL.M. program is to offer students a broad platform to design their own course of study within parameters set by the SLOCL law faculty. For international students, the program emphasizes exposure to U.S. law, a comparison of U.S. and other legal systems, and advanced legal theory and policy. Subject to criteria established by the State Bar of California, the LL.M. may qualify an foreign-educated graduate to sit for the California Bar Exam. For U.S. students, the program provides an opportunity to utilize the resources of SLOCL to pursue advanced study in areas of specific interest. Within this framework, LL.M. students have considerable latitude in planning their course of study.