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Business Law LL.M.

The Business Law LL.M. program provides foreign trained attorneys with a rigorous business law experience that exposes them to a broad array of legal skills and knowledge crucial to the global practice of business law. LL.M. students and J.D. students study side by side in courses, and are also encouraged to meet with professors outside of class to discuss questions in greater depth. The Office of International and Graduate Programs and the Career Center provide individual support to each Business Law LL.M. student in every step of their Law School experience, from application to graduation and beyond.


Business Law LL.M. students must successfully complete at least 24 credits in the academic year, and 17 of the credits must be business law courses. Review the Business Law course offerings here.

The Introduction to American Law course, in August, is required for all Business Law LL.M. students. There is no thesis requirement, but students must take one seminar course that is graded based on a substantial writing project with a business law focus. The Business Law LL.M. program ends with a graduation ceremony in mid-May.


The University of Minnesota Law School is situated in a thriving global business community. The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are home to 18 Fortune 500 companies (including General Mills, 3M, Target Corp. and Medtronic) and many of the Law School's adjunct professors come from this business community. Networking events organized by the Law School provide a chance for Business Law LL.M. students to meet Law School alumni and other business law practitioners in the Twin Cities.

The Business Law LL.M. and the LL.M. in American Law with Business Law concentration are separate programs. Read about the differences on the FAQ page.