About us

Combine one of the best law schools in the U.S. with one of its top cities and you have the University of Minnesota Law School! Minnesota Law’s LL.M. programs provide internationally-trained lawyers with a rigorous academic experience, exposing them to a broad array of legal skills and knowledge. The University of Minnesota is part of the Big Ten athletic conference and Minneapolis is home to seven professional sports teams, so students can enjoy competitive sporting events at every level during their time as a US law student. Visit https://law.umn.edu/why-minnesota-law for more reasons why Minnesota Law could be the best choice for your LL.M. degree!

Study Program

Minnesota Law offers a Business Law LL.M. and a general LL.M. with the option to earn one of 11 concentrations. Spend one academic year in Minneapolis and earn your degree, or take advantage of the newly-approved third semester program to earn an additional concentration! Visit https://law.umn.edu/academics/concentrations for more details on focusing your course of study on Business Law or Intellectual Property & Technology Law, or another area of law.
LL.M. students may enroll in LEAD, our pre-LL.M. program (z.umn.edu/llm-lead) to strengthen their legal English and law school skills before the LL.M. program begins. The only required course for LL.M. students is Introduction to American Law, which takes place in August, then LL.M. students are integrated into the law school community, taking upper-level courses with JD, SJD, and Master’s of Science in Patent Law courses during the regular academic year.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

All admitted students are automatically considered for financial aid as part of our generous scholarship program, with the average award covering 30% – 50% of tuition. Attendees of LL.M. fairs may request an application fee waiver, as well.

Application requirements

Candidates for admission should submit their applications online via LSAC (www.lsac.org/llm). If an applicant is facing extenuating circumstances, they may request to apply by mail.

A completed application includes:
– application form and application fee
– résumé or CV
– personal statement
– official academic transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
– two letters of recommendation
– proof of English proficiency demonstrated through adequate TOFEL or IELTS scores

The application is available October 1 for the following year and the final deadline is May 1 for that fall. Review of completed applications begins in November and admissions are made on a rolling basis. Qualified applicants may be interviewed virtually (or in person, if practical).


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