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University of Michigan

The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor is a public research university located in the state of Michigan in the United States. It is the state's oldest university and the flagship campus of the University of Michigan. It also includes two regional campuses in nearby Flint and Dearborn, Michigan.

Since its establishment in Ann Arbor, the university has physically expanded to include more than 584 major buildings with a combined area of more than 35 million gross square feet (664 acres or 2.69 km²) and transformed its academic program from a strictly classical curriculum to one that includes science and research.

Today, the university is considered one of the best universities in the worldwide. The University has one of the world's largest number of living alumni of approximately 500,000 former students.

The law school

The University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor is one of the world's finest institutions of legal education. Located on the University of Michigan’s Central Campus, in the beautiful William W. Cook Law Quadrangle, the Law School is home to a faculty widely recognized as among the best in the United States.

Michigan's graduate students are a diverse and high-achieving group of young law professionals with outstanding legal educations and notable legal experience in their home countries or on the international level. They practice in private law firms and corporations, teach at universities around the world, and work in government ministries and international organizations. Those who join the program immediately after completion of their first degrees in law are generally near the very top of their classes with significant research, extracurricular, or part-time professional experience.

Michigan’s graduate students benefit from access to a vast array of courses and seminars offered by a large and intellectually vibrant law school, a law faculty representing strength in all branches of American law as well as international and comparative subjects, and a dynamic student body involved in an enormous range of activities and organizations – from 6 student edited law journals to groups such as the Intellectual Property Students Association, the International Law Society, and the Women Law Students’ Association.

The University of Michigan is among the world's premier research and teaching universities, and is renowned for its top ranked graduate programs in the social sciences and humanities; its schools of law, engineering, business, medicine, and music; and its specialized research institutes and centers of study. Michigan Law students and scholars are invited to take advantage of the University’s rich intellectual life and tremendous resources such as libraries, cultural and recreational facilities, and curricular offerings.

Tuition fees

LLM Tuition and Fees amount to approximately $50,000. The University estimates additional living expenses to amount to nearly $20,000.

Entry Requirements

All applicants must have completed the first degree in law required for law practice or law teaching in the country in which their law studies were pursued. U.S. applicants must have satisfied the J.D. requirements at an ABA-accredited law school. In any given year, those accepted to the University of Michigan's graduate programs have completed their legal education with distinction, graduating at or near the very top of their classes or otherwise demonstrating exceptional academic ability.

The Program

The University of Michigan's LL.M. degree consists primarily of courses and seminars, and requires students to complete a research paper under faculty supervision on a topic of their choice. They may also elect to do more than one research paper. The LL.M. degree is awarded upon completion of 24 credits with at least a 2.7 (“B-”) average in two terms (eight months) of study.

Students in this program freely select courses and seminars, according to their interests, from the wide variety of subjects offered by the Law School. It is customary in U.S. law school classes for students to participate through discussion, by faculty calling upon students for comments, and by students questioning each other and their professors. This kind of active student participation brings intellectual rigor and vibrancy to the American classroom, and the ensuing discussions are greatly enriched by the comparative perspective of a multinational student body.

Master’s degree students enroll in the same classes as J.D. students, with the exception of two courses limited to graduate students: an optional introduction to legal research and writing methods using U.S. legal materials, and a survey of U.S. constitutional law with an introduction to legal process, required unless the student received a J.D. degree in the United States. Both of these courses are offered in the fall term.

Other than the required constitutional law class, master’s degree students may choose from the entire spectrum of classes and seminars to accomplish their academic goals. In addition, students may take up to six credit hours of non-law courses and seminars in other University of Michigan graduate schools if they seek exposure to additional disciplines. Furthermore, under law faculty supervision, LL.M. students may also engage in independent research worth up to six credit hours. An LL.M. student who wishes to devote an even larger portion of his or her LL.M. program to independent research may petition for special permission to do so; the student will need the support of three law faculty members who are committed to supervising the research exceeding the value of 6 credit hours.

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