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LLM in United States
LLM in 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.

Northeastern University

Massachusetts, United States

Programms

Loyola Law School Los Angeles

California, United States

Programms

  1. Tax Law / Taxation

UC Hastings (University of California, Hastings College of the Law)

California, United States

Programms

  1. American Law
  2. Dispute Resolution
  3. Human Rights
  4. Intellectual Property (IP) Law
  5. International Law
  6. International Trade Law
  7. Legal Practice

UC Davis (University of California, Davis)

California, United States

Programms

  1. American Law
  2. Business / Corporate / Commercial Law
  3. International Law
Syracuse University

Syracuse University

New York, United States

Programms

  1. American Law
  2. General LL.M. Programs

Texas Tech University

Texas, United States

Programms

  1. American Law

St. John’s University

New York, United States

Programms

  1. American Law
  2. Insolvency / Bankruptcy / Liquidation

University of Georgia

Georgia, United States

Programms

  1. American Law

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School

Georgia, United States

Programms

  1. Employment Law / Labour Law / Social Security Law

Florida Coastal School of Law

Florida, United States

Programms

  1. American Law

Emory University

Georgia, United States

Programms

  1. Business / Corporate / Commercial Law
  2. Family Law
  3. Feminist Legal Studies
  4. General LL.M. Programs
  5. Human Rights
  6. Public Law / Administrative Law / Regulation

University of North Carolina

North Carolina, United States

Programms

  1. American Law
Suffolk University

Suffolk University

Massachusetts, United States

Programms

  1. American Law
  2. Biotechnology
  3. Health Law Policy & Bioethics
  4. Intellectual Property (IP) Law
  5. International Law

University of New Hampshire

New Hampshire, United States

Programms

  1. Criminal Law / Criminal Justice / Criminology
  2. Information Technology (IT) Law
  3. Intellectual Property (IP) Law

Louisiana State University (“LSU”)

Louisiana, United States

Programms

  1. Comparative Law

University of Oregon

Oregon, United States

Programms

  1. Environmental Law
Catholic University of America

Catholic University of America

District of Columbia, United States

Programms

  1. Banking / Finance / Securities
  2. Comparative Law
  3. Legal Theory
  4. Other

University of Maryland

Maryland, United States

Programms

  1. Business / Corporate / Commercial Law
  2. Constitutional Law
  3. Environmental Law
  4. Health Law / Medical Law
  5. International Law

Brooklyn Law School

New York, United States

Programms

  1. General LL.M. Programs

Temple University

Pennsylvania, United States

Programms

  1. American Law
  2. International Law
  3. Tax Law / Taxation
  4. Trial Advocacy / Litigation

University of Oklahoma

Oklahoma, United States

Programms

  1. Indigenous Law / Native Peoples Law

Ohio Northern University

Ohio, United States

Programms

  1. Law and Society

Loyola University of New Orleans

Louisiana, United States

Programms

  1. American Law

St. John's University

New York, United States

Programms

  1. American Law
  2. Insolvency / Bankruptcy / Liquidation

Lewis & Clark College

Oregon, United States

Programms

  1. Environmental Law
Ohio State University

Ohio State University

Ohio, United States

Programms

  1. General LL.M. Programs
University of San Diego

University of San Diego

California, United States

Programms

  1. Business / Corporate / Commercial Law
  2. Comparative Law
  3. General LL.M. Programs
  4. International Law
  5. Tax Law / Taxation

Tulane University

Louisiana, United States

Programms

  1. American Law
  2. Business / Corporate / Commercial Law
  3. Environmental Law
  4. International Law

Stetson University

Florida, United States

Programms

  1. International Law
  2. Other
Washington University in Saint Louis

Washington University in Saint Louis

Missouri, United States

Programms

  1. American Law
  2. Intellectual Property (IP) Law
  3. Tax Law / Taxation
Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University

Tennessee, United States

Programms

  1. General LL.M. Programs
Wake Forest University

Wake Forest University

North Carolina, United States

Programms

  1. American Law
University of Florida

University of Florida

Florida, United States

Programms

  1. Comparative Law
  2. Environmental Law
  3. Tax Law / Taxation
University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota

Minnesota, United States

Programms

  1. General LL.M. Programs
University of Illinois

University of Illinois

Illinois, United States

Programms

  1. General LL.M. Programs
University of Texas at Austin (“UT Law”)

University of Texas at Austin (“UT Law”)

United States

Programms

  1. American Law
  2. General LL.M. Programs
  3. Latin American Law
  4. Other
Indiana University

Indiana University

Indiana, United States

Programms

  1. American Law
  2. Comparative Law
  3. Health Law Policy & Bioethics
  4. Human Rights
  5. Intellectual Property (IP) Law
Southwestern Law School

Southwestern Law School

California, United States

Programms

  1. General LL.M. Programs
Hofstra University

Hofstra University

New York, United States

Programms

  1. American Law
  2. Family Law
Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University

Ohio, United States

Programms

  1. Business / Corporate / Commercial Law
  2. Criminal Law / Criminal Justice / Criminology
  3. Intellectual Property (IP) Law
  4. International Business Transactions / Conflict of Laws
  5. Other
Chapman University

Chapman University

California, United States

Programms

  1. Business / Corporate / Commercial Law
  2. Comparative Law
  3. Entertainment Law
  4. Tax Law / Taxation
  5. Trial Advocacy / Litigation
New York Law School

New York Law School

New York, United States

Programms

  1. American Law
  2. Banking / Finance / Securities
  3. Business / Corporate / Commercial Law
  4. Other Degrees (non-LLM)
  5. Property Law
  6. Tax Law / Taxation
University of Virginia

University of Virginia

Virginia, United States

Programms

  1. General LL.M. Programs
University of Southern California (USC)

University of Southern California (USC)

California, United States

Programms

  1. American Law
  2. Comparative Law
  3. General LL.M. Programs
  4. Other Degrees (non-LLM)
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

California, United States

Programms

  1. Business / Corporate / Commercial Law
  2. Entertainment Law
  3. General LL.M. Programs
  4. Insolvency / Bankruptcy / Liquidation
  5. International Law
  6. Securities Regulation
  7. Tax Law / Taxation
Duke University

Duke University

North Carolina, United States

Programms

  1. General LL.M. Programs
Northwestern University

Northwestern University

Illinois, United States

Programms

  1. Business / Corporate / Commercial Law
  2. General LL.M. Programs
  3. Human Rights
  4. Tax Law / Taxation
Boston College (“BC”)

Boston College (“BC”)

Massachusetts, United States

Programms

  1. General LL.M. Programs
Cardozo School of Law – Yeshiva University

Cardozo School of Law – Yeshiva University

New York, United States

Programms

  1. General LL.M. Programs
  2. Intellectual Property (IP) Law
  3. Legal Theory
Columbia University

Columbia University

New York, United States

Programms

  1. General LL.M. Programs
Tufts University

Tufts University

Massachusetts, United States

Programms

  1. International Law
University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania, United States

Programms

  1. General LL.M. Programs
University of Miam

University of Miam

Florida, United States

Programms

  1. Business / Corporate / Commercial Law
  2. Comparative Law
  3. Dispute Resolution
  4. Environmental Law
  5. Estate Planning
  6. Latin American Law
  7. Property Law
  8. Public International Law / International Organizations
  9. Tax Law / Taxation
George Washington University

George Washington University

District of Columbia, United States

Programms

  1. Comparative Law
  2. Dispute Resolution
  3. Environmental Law
  4. General LL.M. Programs
  5. Intellectual Property (IP) Law
  6. International Law
  7. Other
Cornell University

Cornell University

New York, United States

Programms

  1. General LL.M. Programs
Yale University

Yale University

Connecticut, United States

Programms

  1. General LL.M. Programs
University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Illinois, United States

Programms

  1. General LL.M. Programs
University of Michigan

University of Michigan

Michigan, United States

Programms

  1. General LL.M. Programs
  2. Tax Law / Taxation
NYU School of Law

NYU School of Law

New York, United States

Programms

  1. Banking / Finance / Securities
  2. Competition Law / Antitrust / Unfair Competition
  3. Dispute Resolution
  4. Environmental Law
  5. Estate Planning
  6. General LL.M. Programs
  7. Legal Practice
  8. Legal Theory
  9. Tax Law / Taxation
Harvard University

Harvard University

Massachusetts, United States

Programms

  1. Banking / Finance / Securities
  2. Business / Corporate / Commercial Law
  3. Human Rights
  4. Tax Law / Taxation
Stanford University

Stanford University

California, United States

Programms

  1. Business / Corporate / Commercial Law
  2. Other
Fordham University

Fordham University

New York, United States

Programms

  1. American Law
  2. Banking / Finance / Securities
  3. Human Rights
  4. Intellectual Property (IP) Law
  5. International Trade Law
Georgetown University

Georgetown University

District of Columbia, United States

Programms

  1. Business / Corporate / Commercial Law
  2. General LL.M. Programs
  3. Health Law / Medical Law
  4. International Law
  5. Other
  6. Tax Law / Taxation
Boston University

Boston University

Massachusetts, United States

Programms

  1. American Law
  2. Banking / Finance / Securities
  3. Intellectual Property (IP) Law
  4. International Business Transactions / Conflict of Laws
  5. Tax Law / Taxation
American University

American University

District of Columbia, United States

Programms

  1. Dual Degree Programs
  2. Environmental Law
  3. Feminist Legal Studies
  4. General LL.M. Programs
  5. Human Rights
  6. Intellectual Property (IP) Law
  7. International Business Transactions / Conflict of Laws
  8. International Trade Law
  9. Legal Practice
Penn State University

Penn State University

Pennsylvania, United States

Programms

  1. General LL.M. Programs
University of Cal-Berkeley

University of Cal-Berkeley

California, United States

Programms

  1. General LL.M. Programs

Legal English for LLM Students

This course is designed with the specific needs of LLM students in mind. It teaches over 750 terms essential for successful postgraduate legal studies in English, and also includes invaluable study tips, exercises designed to train your academic legal skills development and reading, writing, listening and speaking practice. The texts are all taken from common law legal systems and provide an indispensable introduction to common law legal systems.

Legal English for LLM Students