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University of Chicago

Located in the community of Hyde Park on Chicago’s South Side, just 15 minutes from the city center, the University of Chicago is one of the most prestigious universities in the United States.

Chicago places particular emphasis at the graduate level on the training of students for careers in academia and research.

Eighty-two recipients of the Nobel Prize have been students, researchers, or faculty at the University of Chicago. Since 1979, 13 of Chicago’s faculty have been honored with the prize—four in physics, eight in economics, and one in literature.

The law school

The University of Chicago Law School is one of the premier law schools in the United States. Located on a residential campus in one of America 's great cities, Chicago offers an education that blends the study of law with the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. The Law School opened in 1902, ten years after the founding of the University of Chicago.

The University stresses that it does not seek to impose a single viewpoint or style of thought on its students. Instead, its faculty exposes students to contrasting views, confident in students' abilities to choose their own paths.

Tuition fees

Tuition for the academic year is approximately $45,000. The University estimates that a reasonable budget for a single student, including tuition and living expenses, for the academic year is approximately $65,000.

Admitted applicants who wish to be considered for financial assistance from the Law School will be asked at the time of admission to supply information about their own and their family's financial circumstances. Funds to support students in the LL.M. program are exceedingly limited. Grants are available only in a small portion of the total cost. Therefore, applicants requiring financial aid should make every effort to obtain assistance from their governments or other outside sources.

Entry Requirements

The LL.M. Program is limited to students who have already met at least one of the following requirements: (1) obtained a J.D. degree from an A.B.A. approved law school in the United States; (2) completed in a foreign country the academic (university based) legal education required to take the bar examination in that country or (3) are qualified to practice law (admitted to the bar) in a foreign country.

The Program

The University of Chicago Law School offers two graduate degrees at the masters level: Master of Laws (LL.M.) and Master of Comparative Law (M.Comp.L.) While most students elect to receive the LL.M., the M.Comp.L. will be awarded at the student's option if the same degree requirements are met.

Unlike a number of other law schools, the University of Chicago does not offer specialized graduate degree programs with a large number of graduate courses in a particular field such as taxation or securities regulation. There are no specific courses which LL.M. students are required to take at Chicago, nor are there courses they may not take. This means that students have the flexibility to create their own programs. LL.M. students often put together course and seminar schedules that reflect certain practice specialties such as corporate/securities, intellectual property, antitrust/regulation of business or commercial transactions among others. Most, however, also add other offerings in areas like constitutional law, legal theory, law & economics and comparative law to round out their academic experience. Other than an optional LL.M. writing course, there are no courses in the curriculum just for LL.M. students; LL.M. students will have all of their classes with students in the J.D. program.

The LL.M. degree is awarded to students who have successfully completed 27 course hours (generally nine courses) over three quarters while maintaining a grade point average of 170.

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