About us

Ever since the first LLM class graduated from Michigan Law more than 130 years ago, we have provided a warm, intellectually stimulating, and internationally minded environment for students. Our kind and welcoming community is invested in the academic, professional, and personal successes of our LLM students.

Our LLM class is small to allow students to build meaningful and lasting connections with their classmates. Students learn from and pursue research under the guidance of preeminent faculty who spearhead innovative scholarship and reform across myriad legal areas. Our faculty are accessible and approachable, and they host seminars at their homes and invite students to group lunches. Our LLM students take classes with JD students to broaden their understanding of the US legal system and expand their networks.

The Law School is an architectural gem situated in the heart of the University of Michigan, one of the world’s leading public research institutions. Upon arriving at Michigan Law, students join a University community of more than 50,000 graduate and undergraduate students from six continents. All of this is set in a vibrant university town with easy access to restaurants, cafes, shops, theaters, bars, athletic venues, and parks. This is the Michigan Difference.

Study Program

Michigan Law offers a general LLM program that gives students great flexibility in selecting courses and empowers them to decide how to maximize their curriculum. No single class is required in the LLM program, so students can choose to focus on a particular legal field or explore different areas. LLM students are also welcome to take classes in University departments outside of the Law School.

Two courses (an optional, introductory US constitutional law class and an optional research and writing class) are specifically for LLM students with a background in civil law. These are the only two courses at the Law School that are solely for LLM students. LLM students take all other classes with JD colleagues.

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Scholarships & Financial Aid

All candidates are welcome to request consideration for financial aid from Michigan Law in the application form, and all admitted students who request financial aid in their admissions applications are considered automatically for all available scholarships from the Law School. Requesting consideration for financial aid does not affect a candidate’s admission decision, as our admissions and scholarship evaluations are separate processes. Scholarship decisions are based on academic and professional merit and future promise in contributing to the Law School and legal profession.

We are delighted to waive our $75 application fee for participants in DAJV’s LLM Day.

Application requirements

Applications must be submitted through LSAC’s website. We require:
– A completed application form
– Academic records from all postsecondary institutions attended
– English proficiency materials (TOEFL, IELTS, MET, ECPE, or LSAT score; or InitialView interview)
– Two letters of recommendation
– Résumé or curriculum vitae (CV)
– Two essays (a personal statement and an essay explaining why you would like to earn your LLM degree from Michigan Law)

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