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168 Programs in United States offered by 50 Universities

  • University of San Diego
    • 1. LL.M. in Business and Corporate Law
    • 2. LL.M. in Comparative Law (international applicants)
    • 3. LL.M. in International Law
    • 4. LL.M. in Taxation
    • 5. General LL.M. with Concentration
  • Northwestern University
    • Accelerated Summer LLM
    • Executive LLM in Madrid
    • Executive LLM in Seoul
    • Executive LLM in Tel Aviv
    • General LLM
    • LLM in International Human Rights
    • LLM in Taxation
    • Master of Laws in Law and Business
  • New York Law School
    • American Business Law LL.M.
    • LLM in Taxation
  • University of New Hampshire
    • Commerce and Technology
    • Intellectual Property Law
    • International Criminal Law and Justice
  • Washington University in Saint Louis
    • Dual LL.M. Degree with Tecnológico de Monterrey
    • LL.M. in Intellectual Property and Technology Law
    • LL.M. in Negotiation & Dispute Resolution
    • LL.M. in Taxation
    • LL.M. in U.S. Law for Foreign Lawyers
    • LL.M. in US Law for Foreign Lawyers (Online)
  • Georgetown University
    • Dual Master of International Affairs and Law
    • Environmental Law LL.M.
    • Executive LL.M. in Securities and Financial Regulation
    • Executive LL.M. in Taxation
    • General Studies LL.M.
    • Global Health Law and International Institutions LL.M.
    • Global Health Law LL.M.
    • Individualized Study LL.M.
    • International Business & Economic Law LL.M.
    • International Legal Studies LL.M.
    • National Security Law LL.M.
    • Securities & Financial Regulation LL.M.
    • Taxation LL.M.
    • Two-Year (Extended) LL.M. with Certificate in Legal English...
  • Northeastern University
    • Executive LL.M.
    • General LL.M.
    • LL.M. and MA in Sustainable International Development
    • LL.M. and MBA Dual-Degree Program
    • LL.M. with a concentration in Health Policy & Law
    • LL.M. with a concentration in Human Rights
    • LL.M. with a concentration in International Business Law
    • LL.M. with a concentration in Law & Economic Development
  • Boston University
    • Executive LL.M. in International Business Law
    • LL.M. in American Law Program (for Non-U.S. Lawyers)
    • LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law
    • LL.M. in Taxation
    • LLM in Banking and Financial Law
  • Chapman University
    • General (Self-Design) LLM
    • LL.M. in Business Law
    • LL.M. in Entertainment and Media Law
    • LL.M. in International and Comparative Law
    • LL.M. in Taxation Program
    • LL.M. in Trial Advocacy (with Court Residency)
  • Tulane University
    • General LL.M.
    • LL.M. in Admiralty Law
    • LL.M. in American Law (NEW)
    • LL.M. in Energy & Environmental Law
    • LL.M. in International and Comparative Law
  • Southwestern Law School
    • General LL.M.
    • LL.M. in Entertainment and Media Law
  • George Washington University
    • General LL.M. Program
    • LL.M. in Energy & Environmental Law
    • LL.M. in Environmental Law
    • LL.M. in Government Procurement and Environmental Law
    • LL.M. in Government Procurement Law
    • LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law
    • LL.M. in International Environmental Law
    • LL.M. in Litigation and Dispute Resolution
    • LL.M. in National Security & U.S. Foreign Relations Law
    • LLM in Business and Finance Law
    • LLM in International and Comparative Law
  • Suffolk University
    • General LLM
    • Global Law And Technology LLM
    • LLM in Taxation
  • University of Miami
    • Graduate Program in Taxation (LL.M.)
    • Heckerling Graduate Program in Estate Planning (LL.M.)
    • International Graduate Law Programs (LL.M.)
    • LL.M. in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law
    • LL.M. in Ocean & Coastal Law
    • LL.M. in Taxation of Cross-Border Investment
    • Robert Traurig-Greenberg Traurig LL.M. in Real Property Deve...
    • White & Case International Arbitration LL.M.
  • Duke University
    • JD/LLM in International & Comparative Law
    • JD/LLM in Law & Entrepreneurship
    • LLM in Law & Entrepreneurship
    • Master of Laws
  • Cornell University
    • JD/MASTER OF LAWS IN INTERNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE LAW
    • Master of Laws
  • University of Illinois
    • Law for international lawyers
  • Harvard University
    • Laws
  • University of Chicago
    • Laws
  • Columbia University
    • LL.M.
  • University of Minnesota
    • LL.M. for Foreign Lawyers
    • LL.M. in Business Law
  • Temple University
    • LL.M. for Foreign-Trained Lawyers
    • LL.M. in Asian Law
    • LL.M. in Taxation
    • LL.M. in Transnational Law
    • LL.M. in Trial Advocacy
    • Temple-Tsinghua LL.M. in Beijing, China
  • Atlanta's John Marshall Law School
    • LL.M. for the Practice of Law in the United States
    • LLM in American Legal Studies (Online)
    • LLM in Employment Law (Online)
    • LLM in Estate Planning (online)
    • LLM in Trial Advocacy and Dispute Resolution
  • American University
    • LL.M. in Advocacy
    • LL.M. in Intellectual Property
    • LL.M. in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
    • LL.M. in International Legal Studies
    • LL.M. in Law and Government
    • Summer Law Programs
  • Syracuse University
    • LL.M. in American Law
  • Hofstra University
    • LL.M. in American Legal Studies
    • LL.M. in Family Law
    • Online LL.M. in Health Law & Policy
  • Fordham University
    • LL.M. in Banking, Corporate, and Finance Law
    • LL.M. in Corporate Compliance
    • LL.M. in Dual Concentration
    • LL.M. in Fashion Law
    • LL.M. in Intellectual Property and Information Technology La...
    • LL.M. in International Business and Trade Law
    • LL.M. in International Dispute Resolution
    • LL.M. in International Law and Justice
    • LL.M. in U.S. Law
  • St. John's University
    • LL.M. in Bankruptcy
    • LL.M. in Transnational Legal Practice
    • LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies
  • University of Florida
    • LL.M. in Comparative Law
    • LL.M. in Environmental & Land Use Law
    • LL.M. in International Taxation
    • LL.M. in Taxation
  • Louisiana State University ("LSU")
    • LL.M. in Comparative Law
  • University of Oklahoma
    • LL.M. in Energy and Natural Resources
    • LL.M. in Indigenous People Law
    • LL.M. in US. Legal Studies
  • Yale University
    • LL.M. in Law
  • Florida Coastal School of Law
    • LL.M. in Transportation & Logistics
    • LL.M. in U.S. Law (Online)
  • Brooklyn Law School
    • LL.M. Program for Foreign-Trained Lawyers
    • Summer Intensive Legal English Program
  • Lewis & Clark College
    • LLM in Animal Law
    • LLM in Environmental and Natural Resources Law
  • Stanford University
    • LLM in Corporate Governance & Practice
    • LLM in Environmental Law & Policy
    • LLM in International Economic Law, Business & Policy
    • LLM in Law, Science & Technology
  • Ohio Northern University
    • LLM in Democratic Governance and the Rule of Law
  • Case Western Reserve University
    • LLM in Intellectual Property Law
    • LLM in International Business Law
    • LLM in International Criminal Law
    • LLM in US and Global Legal Studies
  • Loyola Law School Los Angeles
    • LLM in Tax
    • Master of Laws (for Foreign Trained Attorneys)
  • Loyola University of New Orleans
    • LLM in US Law
  • University of Georgia
    • LLM in US Law
  • University of Pennsylvania
    • LLM Program
  • Penn State University
    • Master of Law (LL.M.)
  • University of North Carolina
    • Master of Laws
  • University of Virginia
    • Master of Laws (LL.M.)
  • Boston College ("BC")
    • Master of Laws (LL.M.)
  • Indiana University
    • Master of Laws (LL.M.)
  • University of Oregon
    • Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program
  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
    • Masters of Laws (LL.M.)
  • Texas Tech University
    • US Legal Studies

United States

For a variety of reasons, many students and professionals are eager to obtain an LLM in the United States. Given that full-time LLMs are generally one-year programs, many choose the US as their destination in order to experience American life.

Given the wide variety of states to choose from in the US, this experience can consist of living and skiing in the Rocky Mountains, enjoying the beaches in sunny California, strolling along Park Avenue in New York or frolicking among the swamps of Florida.

In the US, legal training is a professional doctorate program. For foreign lawyers, admittance to an LLM in the United States program normally requires a law degree of some sort which corresponds to the American JD (“Juris Doctor”) degree.

In general there are two types of LLM programs in the US. Some universities in the United States have LLM programs in a specialized area of law (i.e. tax, air and space, admiralty) and have specific, separate classes for their LLM students. However, these types of programs are not that common. Instead, most American universities have programs designed to expose foreign legal graduates to the American Common Law and provide an integrated university experience by having the LLM students participate in classes directly with the other JD students.

If you are planning (or hoping) to work as a lawyer in the United States, an LLM is the quickest means of achieving your goal. Provided you have had a legal education in your home country which is deemed equivalent to an American JD degree, a one-year LLM program may be enough to allow you to work as a lawyer in the US. Various states have different rules relating to the admittance of foreign-educated lawyers to state bar associations. Many states, including California and New York, generally allow foreign students who have obtained their LLM in the United States to sit for the Bar exam (i.e. become legally qualified to practice law within that state).

Of course, part of the appeal of taking an LLM in the United States is enjoying the benefits of living and studying in an English-speaking jurisdiction. For most universities at which you can obtain an LLM in the United States, if you have not carried out your prior academic work in English, you will need to take a language proficiency test to show you have the necessary command of the language to get the most out of your course.

As with other degrees, an LLM in the United States can be studied on a part-time basis at many institutions and, in some instances, by distance learning. TransLegal’s LLM guide is the best place to begin your quest for an LLM in the United States. Our guide allows you to sort and search by city and region, as well as by the type of course or program. This guarantees that you will find the LLM program in the United States which best suits you.

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