Application Process

To which LLM programs may I apply?

  • Business Law LLM: seeks to create practice-ready attorneys by emphasizing trending areas of business law including bankruptcy, employment law, and risk management.
  • Child and Family Law LLM: offers a comprehensive study of the latest in child law trial practice and legislation, international rights for children, adoption law, and domestic violence. 
  • Compliance and Enterprise Risk Management Online LLM: provides an interdisciplinary program of study in regulatory interpretation, risk and reputation management, and compliance program administration across a variety of industries
  • Health Law LLM (on-campus or online): follow a course of study developed alongside leading health lawyers, industry professionals and legal experts and learn the very latest legal, regulatory, political, ethical, and economic aspects of health care delivery. 
  • LLM in International Law with Focus Option: ranked a top program for "best overall experience" by International Jurist, this program allows you to combine international law with a specialization focus area of law, including arbitration, mediation, and negotiation; business or corporate; child and family; antitrust; environmental; health; human rights; immigration; intellectual property; tax; trade law, or your individually designed focus. Like our international LLM students, you will sign up for the JD classes.
  • Rule of Law for Development LLM (PROLAW): offered entirely online during the 2020-21 academic year, the program is designed to prepare students to become rule of law advisors, particularly in countries that are developing, in economic transition, or recovering from violent conflict.
  • Tax Law LLM: offers valuable training for practicing attorneys looking to enhance knowledge and skills in tax law, corporate law and taxation practice such as tax planning and compliance advice. 
  • Trial Advocacy, Appellate Advocacy, & Alternative Dispute Resolution LLM: through a combination of lectures, faculty demonstrations, and student presentations, you'll gain invaluable experience through simulated depositions, jury trials, oral arguments, arbitrations, and mediations. 
  •  Focused Area of Studies: You may also apply to complete a “focused area of study” in one of the degree areas or in another area of interest, including: arbitration, mediation, and negotiation; business or corporate; child and family; antitrust; environmental; health; human rights; immigration; intellectual property; tax; trade law. 

How do I apply?

We have created an expedited application process for you. You would submit the online application form, including a short personal statement. We will then collect your official transcripts through the Law Admissions and Registrar offices, review your file, and notify you once a decision is made. 

What is the application deadline?

For the fall 2020 term, the application deadline is August 1.  For all subsequent terms, the application deadline is the same date as the general application deadline listed on the academic degree page. 

What are the admission criteria?

The committee will make a decision based on your record and academic performance during the JD. You must have a minimum GPA of 2.3. Each program may have additional requirements. 

How long will it take the committee to make an admission decision?

Once your application is submitted and your official transcripts have been collected from the Registrar, we will review your application.  We expect to notify you within 14 business days after we’ve collected your transcripts.

How long are these program options available to me?

We are accepting applications for programs beginning in the fall 2020 and spring 2021 term. Not every program accepts applications in the spring, so please check with the program director before applying to the degree or the focused area of study program area.

May I defer my admission?

Yes, once admitted, you may request a deferral for up to one year from the term of original admission.  Your scholarship will transfer automatically with you. 

Will you accept transfer credits?

We will accept varying levels of transfer credit for each of the programs, depending on courses completed in the JD program on a case-by-case basis. We will accept no more than 8 total credits of coursework from the JD program. The Rule of Law for Development program will not accept any transfer credits. It is a cohort program with a set curriculum.

Tuition and Financial Aid

How much is the tuition?

LLM program tuition is charged per credit hour.  The tuition for the 2020-21 academic year is $1615 per credit hour. To meet the graduation requirements, students need to complete at least 24 credit hours (26 for tax law, unless you completed the JD certificate; 27 for PROLAW). We are offering all students admitted into the Bridge Program a scholarship that decreases the per credit charge by 50%.

Do I need to do anything additional or submit any paperwork to qualify for the award?

No, the School of Law will communicate with the offices of Financial Aid and the Bursar to apply the award to your account.

May I apply for federal financial aid?

Yes, you may. A graduate student may apply and qualify for federal financial aid if they are enrolled in a degree program.  Students who opt for the “focused area of study” option will be listed as a degree-seeking student so they can apply for aid. All students must register for at least 4 credit hours in a term to qualify for financial aid. 

Are there any additional awards to which I can apply?

We encourage you to seek-out outside funding. Sites like scholarships.com and fastweb.com are excellent sources of external funding. 


Which program should I choose?

We recommend you visit the degree program pages to learn more about each program. We also will host an information session on May 13th at 12 pm central time. Or, you can contact the Program Director to learn more.

How will I determine my course of study?

Each program, including the focused area of study options, has an assigned advisor. Once admitted, your advisor will determine any waivers and/or transfer credits and help you chose your courses. 

If I complete a Focused Area of Study can an additional certificate area be applied to my JD degree?

No, because your JD degree was conferred in January 2020 or will be conferred in May or August 2020, we will not add a certificate. However, we will issue you a certificate of completion and you may note on your resume a “Concentration” in your study area to signify you have additional expertise. 

What are the graduation requirements to complete the LLM programs?

You will be required to meet all graduation requirements for your elected program. The credits granted through advanced standing will apply to the requirements. For example, if you are able to transfer in 6 credit hours, you may only have to complete 18 additional hours as an LLM student. A 2.33 GPA is required for graduation.

Will I have access to the Career Services resources?

Yes! All Law School alumni may work with the Career Services team. And, of course, all LLM students may access their support and programs, too.