About us

The University of Cincinnati’s LLM in U.S. Law offers a nationally recognized education with the possibility to transfer into our JD program after graduation. With an 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio, our students benefit from increased and personalized support from Ivy-League faculty and a welcoming and tight-knit learning community. Graduates of our nine-month LLM degree emerge fluent in the U.S. legal system and ready to advance their careers.

Cincinnati is located on the Ohio River in the state of Ohio and is about an hour and a half away from New York City by plane. Our LLM students from cities around the globe find the city of Cincinnati surprisingly vibrant, with all the arts, museums, theater (including Broadway), local music and big-name concerts, festivals, restaurants, parks and trails, and professional sports (including major league soccer) that you would find in a bigger city, but with the accessibility and affordability of a small town. Cincinnati was recently ranked as one of the “happiest places to live” in the U.S., is consistently ranked as a top city for young professionals, and has more Fortune 500 headquarters per capita than New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles.

Hear from our graduates about the difference Cincinnati Law has made in their careers and lives at https://law.uc.edu/admissions-aid/llm-program/meet-our-students.html.

Study Program

Our two-semester LLM program is mainly self-designed, with only two required courses, Introduction to the U.S. Legal System and Legal Research & Writing, both offered in the fall semester. A minimum of 24 credit hours is necessary to fulfill the degree requirements.

Many LLM students choose a concentration in International Law, Business, or Social Justice. Some students choose a broad range of courses to prepare for a bar exam or gain an overview of U.S. law, while others take advantage of the opportunity to explore something new and exciting, like wrongful conviction law or global trade.

Cincinnati Law LLM students gain practical experience through externships or in one of our 12 clinics and centers, including the world-renowned Ohio Innocence Project (OIP), where several German lawyers, including Doktor Lara Wolf, have volunteered. Learn more about OIP at https://law.uc.edu/real-world-learning/centers/ohio-innocence-project-at-cincinnati-law.html.

Please visit https://law.uc.edu/admissions-aid/llm-program.html to learn more about our LLM program and upcoming events and https://cvb.law.uc.edu/wizard/?src=3 to design your own Viewbook.

We are also happy to chat with you personally on Zoom. Please email us at UCLawLLM@uc.edu to schedule a chat. Hier wird Deutsch gesprochen!


Cincinnati Law, located in the heart of the U.S., is ranked as a top law school for value and experiences and offers one of the lowest tuitions of any LLM program in the United States.

DAJV LLM Day 2023 attendees who apply to the University of Cincinnati’s LLM program will receive an electronic application processing fee waiver for our already-free application; please email Mieke.Clincy@uc.edu to request your unique code.

We also offer generous partial scholarships to admitted students to reduce the cost of tuition.

Please visit https://law.uc.edu/admissions-aid/llm-program/scholarships.html to learn more.

Application requirements

Our free application is available at www.LSAC.org. DAJV LLM Day 2023 applicants are eligible to receive an Eapp fee waiver for the LSAC processing fee; please email Mieke.Clincy@uc.edu to request your unique code.

As part of your application, we require:

• Résumé or CV
• Personal statement
• Two letters of recommendation
• Course-by-course credential evaluation from LSAC, ECE.org, or WES.org
• Proof of English proficiency

We are happy to schedule a Zoom chat to discuss application requirements and answer any other questions you might have. Hier wird Deutsch gesprochen!

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