Founded in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC) is a public university renowned for many accomplishments. It was recently acknowledged by the U.S. News & World Report's 2017-2018 ranking of America's Best Colleges as the 14th best public university and 52nd best national university in the U.S.
Part of UIUC products are 28 recipients of the coveted Pulitzer Prize. It also boasts of discoveries, achievements and creations that changed the world, including the first graphical web browser, the creation of Programmed Logic Automated Teaching Operation (PLATO), and the invention of light-emitting-diode (LED), among others.
With the numerous accolades in its name, UIUC is clearly a great venue for acquiring further education, including post graduate education in law. Currently, UIUC offers two master level law programs, i.e., an LLM and a Master of Studies in Law (MSL).
The LLM program is open to those who wants to excel in their careers through further legal knowledge. It is offered to prospective students with or without prior legal education or training. This means that a law degree is not required to be eligible. Application may be submitted starting 30 October 2017 for classes that will start Fall 2018.
It is encouraged to have the applications completed by 15 February 2018 especially for those who intend to seek financial aid and would require visa processing. A final deadline of 15 May 2018 was given but UIUC will continue to consider applications after this date on a space-availability basis. Applications for the LLM program may be submitted online through the LSAC or via UIUC's Graduate Program website.
The MSL degree is a non-professional, terminal program open to those without intentions of practicing law but prefer to enhance their legal knowledge and skills. Admission to this degree is on a rolling basis but applicants are encouraged to complete all submissions by 1 April 2018.