Law schools earn significant revenues from LL.M. programs, and law schools may be eager to devote resources to the LL.M. program. If the school earns more profit LL.M. student enrollment than J.D. student enrollment, the school may seek to bolster LL.M. resources at the expense of the J.D. program. In such a case, LL.M. creep may threaten the J.D. program.
The American Bar Association (ABA) which oversees and accredits law school J.D. programs. Generally, the ABA permits a law school to fund its LL.M., J.D. or other degree programs at whatever levels the school desires. However, the ABA insists that LL.M. programs not interfere with J.D. programs.
The ABA specifically requires that LL.M. programs “may not detract from a law school’s ability to maintain a J.D. degree program that meets the requirements of the Standards”. Thus, if an LL.M. program at a U.S. law school detracts from or