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LL.M. Programs for Foreign Lawyers

LL.M. Programs

The University of Minnesota Law School offers two distinguished LL.M. programs, the LL.M. in American Law and the Business Law LL.M. Both programs provide 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. Read more:

Each LL.M. student selects courses based on his or her 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 a specific area of law or the general practice of U.S. common law. The majority of classes will be taken with J.D. students, which offers the opportunity for dialogue and discussion with faculty and non-LL.M. students.

Introduction to American Law

The academic year for all LL.M. students begins 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 them with American civil and criminal procedure, constitutional law, basic legal research and writing skills, and other preparatory background information for Law School courses. This two-credit course is required for both LL.M. in American Law and Business Law LL.M. students.

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:

  1. LL.M. Legal Research and Writing – offered Fall and Spring semesters
  2. The American Legal Profession – offered Fall semester
  3. LL.M. Trial Practice – offered Fall semester
  4. LL.M. Judicial Observation (pairs foreign lawyers with local judges, providing an opportunity for students to experience the American legal system firsthand) – offered Spring semester
  5. Leadership and the Law – offered Spring semester

Mentorship Program

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. Many LL.M.s enjoy the Mentorship Program not only to make new friends, but also for the networking opportunity.

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 Law School faculty, and Minnesota English Language Program instructors, who specialize in teaching professional English to non-native speakers of English. View more information here.

LL.M. Requirements

In order to receive the LL.M. degree, a student must:

  • satisfactorily complete 24 semester credits with a grade point average of 2.0 or better
  • satisfactorily complete two semesters of residence* credit
  • satisfactorily complete the Introduction to American Law course (2 credits/August)
  • satisfactorily complete a Law School course or seminar for which a writing project is the basis of the grade

* LL.M. students must be registered for 9 or more credits in a given semester to count toward residency.

James Keeble

"What I find unique about this program is the variety of practical opportunities offered to foreign attorneys. Through the Judicial Observation Seminar, I was able to do an externship with a federal judge and get a close look at the American legal system."

- James Keeble (LL.M. ’13)
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