LL.M. for Foreign Lawyers
The University of Minnesota Law School’s LL.M. Program provides foreign lawyers with a rigorous academic experience, exposing them to a broad array of legal skills and knowledge. Our LL.M. graduates leave the program better equipped to meet the heavy demands of legal practice in an increasingly globalized world. LL.M. students add to the diversity of ideas and experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom.
Each LL.M. student selects courses based upon area of interest. Upon arrival, LL.M. students meet with the Director of International Programs to develop an individual academic plan. Students may focus on international business transactions, intellectual property, human rights, or the practice of U.S. common law. Once an academic plan is established, LL.M. students enroll in courses with upper division J.D. students, providing the maximum opportunity for dialogue and discussion with faculty and U.S. students.
LL.M. students must successfully complete 24 credits over the academic year. There is no thesis requirement, but students must take one seminar course that is graded based on a substantial writing project. Each LL.M. year begins the first week in August and ends with a graduation ceremony in mid-May.
Business Law Program
The renowned LL.M. program provides foreign business lawyers 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. View more information here.
The Law School is pleased to provide LL.M. students with the opportunity to receive a certificate of concentration in Business Law, Criminal Justice, Environmental & Energy Law, Health Law & Bioethics, Human Rights Law, Intellectual Property & Technology Law, International Law, and Labor & Employment Law. To receive a certificate of concentration (and a notation on the transcript), students must successfully complete 12 credits of coursework within the concentration. View more information here.
Introduction to American Law
The academic year for LL.M. students starts in August, a month before the first semester of law classes begins. During August, LL.M. students take an intensive three-week Introduction to American Law course, which familiarizes LL.M. students with American civil and criminal procedure, constitutional law, basic legal research and writing skills, and other preparatory background information for Law School courses.
Each LL.M. student is paired with a second-year or third-year U.S. law student. Throughout the year, the mentor helps familiarize the LL.M. student with U.S. culture and the Law School.
LL.M.-Specific Course Offerings
The Law School offers five courses and seminars designed specifically to provide LL.M. students with the practical legal skills to assist them in becoming true global practitioners:
- LL.M. Legal Research and Writing
- LL.M. Judicial Observation (pairs foreign lawyers with local judges, providing an opportunity for students to experience the American legal system firsthand)
- Leadership and the Law
- The American Legal Profession
- LL.M. Trial Practice
Legal English Advanced Development (LEAD) Program
The LEAD Program is an intensive English language and legal skills program developed by the University of Minnesota Law School for students entering the LL.M. Program. This class is taught by Minnesota English Language Program instructors who specialize in teaching professional English to non-native speakers of English. View more information here.