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Cincinnati Law LLM in U.S. Legal Studies

Come study the U.S. Legal System at one of the nations oldest and premier law schools. Cincinnati Law is pleased to offer a program of study on the US legal system to practicing attorneys and law school graduates who received their legal education outside the United States.

The LLM program is designed to introduce internationally trained lawyers to the US legal system while also giving each student an opportunity to design a course of study at Cincinnati Law that best advances his or her professional agenda. Students who complete the program are better able to represent U.S. clients and more prepared for negotiations and litigation with U.S. parties.

The LLM program can be completed in as little as 9 months, although some students decide to spend up to two academic years in the program. Students have the opportunity to focus in any of our nine professional pathways: Business and Entrepreneurship Law, Criminal Law, Environmental Law, Health Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Law, Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Public Interest Law, and General and Small Practice.

At Cincinnati Law, we are focused on providing our LLM students a legal education filled with opportunities to learn outside of the classroom, while having unparalleled access to highly-skilled faculty within the classroom. You will leave well-prepared to return home and affect change as a citizen of the world.

Our Fall 2018 application for admission is open and you are encouraged to apply now.


LLM degree students can be practicing attorneys or recent law school graduates who will improve their English legal writing skills, develop an in-depth understanding of the U.S. legal process, and hone in on the particular areas of law that most interest them. Students will enjoy the opportunity to make lasting relationships with other international lawyers in the LLM program as well as students in the JD program, to work closely with our esteemed Cincinnati Law faculty members, and to network with local lawyers, judges and business leaders.

Cincinnati Law LLM students generally complete the program in one academic year. The LLM degree program begins with an orientation and the first course--Introduction to Law--in August and concludes in May. During the course of the year LLM students are required to take two additional courses: The US Legal System and Legal Research and Writing for LLM Students.

With the advice and assistance of the LLM program director and other faculty, students will select the rest of their classes from Cincinnati Law school's full range of course offerings. Doing so allows LLM degree students to study side-by-side with our JD students and to focus their studies on areas of the law that are most relevant to their careers. The law school curriculum includes the following areas of study, called professional pathways: Business and Entrepreneurship; Criminal; International; Innovation, Technology and Intellectual Property; Science, Health, and Environment; Public Interest; Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution; General and Small Practice.

We have scholarships available for qualified applicants. Please write to us at to express your interest in a scholarship and get more information regarding the scholarship application process.

The LLM program involves in-class dialogue about complex legal issues and substantial reading of sophisticated legal text. Therefore, if English is not your country’s primary language, you will be required to take and submit an exam that shows your English proficiency. Applicants with the following scores will be given preference: 1) TOEFL internet-based 90, computer-based 250 or paper-based 600; 2) IELTS 7.0 or 3) ELS completion of Level 112. Applicants with TOEFL scores of 85 and above will also be considered. 

If you are otherwise qualified for the program but need additional English language training you will be eligible for a Conditional Letter of Admission that will allow you to come and study English on our campus prior to beginning the LLM program. The ELS-Cincinnati Language Center is located at the University of Cincinnati and is one of the largest ELS centers in the U.S.

Please begin your application to Cincinnati Law's LLM program as soon as possible. It can take a long time to gather all of your relevant documents for submission to the credential evaluation agency, and if you are accepted you will also need sufficient time to procure a visa. This may take several months. We will evaluate your application as soon as we receive your documents and your credential evaluation report. There is currently no fee to apply to our LLM program. Earlier applications receive priority on admission and scholarship decisions. Additional UC Law LLM application instructions are available here. 

Please contact us at with any questions about our program or the application process.

  • Ranked a Top 40 (32) Public Law School - U.S. News & World Report
  • Ranked a Top School for Criminal Law, Corporate Law, Public Interest Law, and Trial Advocacy Law
  • Ranked a Top 30 Law School for Super Lawyers - the National Jurist
  • A five-time "Best Value Law School" - the National Jurist
  • 8:1 Student-to-faculty ratio, one of the lowest in the nation for an urban school