LL.M. Programs FAQs

How do I apply?

Applications are available October 1 on the Law School Admission Council website and the Law School website. Application review begins in November. Application deadline is May 1.

Is the LL.M. program only for international students?

You must have completed a law degree at an institution outside the U.S., although your citizenship does not matter. The purpose of the LL.M. program is to provide international lawyers with exposure to the American legal system. International lawyers gain insight into the common law system and case analysis, while familiarizing themselves with American culture through interaction with J.D. students and other professional and social events.

How much is the application fee?

The nonrefundable application fee is $70.

Is financial aid available for completion of the LL.M. degree?

Limited funding is available from the Law School for tuition only. Every admitted student is automatically considered for a scholarship.

Is the LSAT required for admission to the LL.M. program?

No. The LSAT examination is not required for admission to the LL.M. program.

Is the TOEFL required for admission to the LL.M. program?

Each applicant must prove English language proficiency. Either the TOEFL or IELTS is acceptable for admission to the LL.M. program. If an applicant has completed a higher education degree where the language of instruction is English, that is sufficient proof of English proficiency.

Is there a minimum TOEFL score required?

The minimum score required on the TOEFL exam is 80, although strong preference is given to applicants with scores over 100. 

What are the University of Minnesota’s ETS TOEFL institution codes?

The Institution Code is 6874. The Department Code is 03.

Does the University of Minnesota accept IELTS scores?

Yes. The minimum score required on the IELTS is 6.5.

What are the University of Minnesota’s LL.M. program dates?

The class of 2020 program begins on August 8, 2019, with the mandatory “Introduction to American Law” course, and continues through graduation on May 16, 2020.

Are deferrals granted?

One-year deferrals are granted on a case-by-case basis. Historically, the Committee has granted a deferral for compelling reasons, such as the inability to secure a visa or financial hardship.

What materials must be submitted for re-application?

To reapply, you must send a letter explaining what you have been doing since your previous application, requesting that your file be reactivated, as well as the application form, the current financial certification statement, your updated resume and transcript(s) for any additional course work you have completed.

Does completion of the LL.M. degree qualify students to take a bar exam in any state?

Completion of the LL.M. degree does not qualify students to take the bar exam in the state of Minnesota. The LL.M. degree may enable students to sit for the bar in jurisdictions that allow LL.M. graduates to take the bar. Each state has its own regulations regarding qualification for a state bar exam and students should do their own research regarding these regulations. The National Conference of Bar Examiners annual guide includes bar information for all individual states.

Do you require that my law degree be certified by my country’s bar association or the American Bar Association?

No, this is not required.

How many people apply for this program?

We receive approximately 250 applications per year on average. We enroll a class of 50–60 students annually.

Do you allow transfers of LL.M. or J.D. credits from other institutions?

No. Participants in the University of Minnesota Law School’s LL.M. Program are expected to complete the full academic year (a minimum of 24 credits) here.

What is the cost of the LL.M. program?

If offered admission to the program, you must provide evidence of financial support for all of the associated expenses. That includes tuition and fees ($56,600), required insurance and estimated book expenses ($4,100), and living costs for one year (estimated at an additional $15,500 for one person in modest student accommodations).

May students begin this program in the spring semester?

No. The LL.M. program is a two-semester course, with a fall start only. All students are expected to complete the required 24 credits within one academic year.

What is the difference between the Business Law Concentration and the Business Law LL.M.?

The Business Law Concentration is an option for students earning the LL.M. degree. The LL.M. with Business Law Concentration requires that you take 15 credits of business law courses. You must earn a 3.0 grade (B) in each of the business law classes to earn the certificate. You will still earn the LL.M. degree if you do not meet the grade requirements for business law courses.

The Business Law LL.M. is a separate degree from the general LL.M. Students must specifically apply for the Business Law LL.M. during the application process. A student may not switch to the Business Law LL.M. program after being accepted to the LL.M. program. The Business Law LL.M. requires 17 credits of business law courses and in order to earn the degree, a 2.0 overall grade average must be maintained.

In both cases, at least 24 total credits are required to earn the LL.M. degree.

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