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Posted Dec. 13, 2021

Top 10 LLM Programs in American Law in the USA

LLM American Law in USThe top LLM programs in the United States offer international students the chance to learn about the US legal system in an intensive eight months to a year, depending on what Master of Laws program and US law school you choose.

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However, an LLM in American Law is not just for international students, it is also a great study option for US students – both in state and out of state – interested in learning more about this field and pursuing a relevant career. In fact, there are plenty of reasons to study an LLM in American Law, and plenty of things that you can do with an LLM in American Law. For example, it could be a route into teaching law at college level or for focusing your career in areas such as Tax Law or Environmental Law in the United States.

Here is our list of 10 of the best LLMs in American Law in the United States*.

Yale University Law School

Duration: 1 year full time.
Cost: $67,108 for all students, including international students.
What you will study: The aim of this course at Yale University Law School is to prepare students who are planning on a future teaching law. There are no compulsory modules as students plan their own study.

Stanford University Law School

Duration: 1 year full time.
Cost: $64,350 for all students, including international students.
What you will study: This LLM program at Stanford University is specifically for students who have gained their first law degree outside of the United States, there are four specialties with this course; International Economic Law, Business and Policy, Environmental Law and Policy, Law, Science and Technology, and Corporate Governance and Practice.

Harvard University Law School

Duration: 1 year full time.
Cost: $67,720 for all students, including international students.
What you will study: Students at Harvard Law School are drawn from all sorts of backgrounds and around 70 different countries and they can tailor their own study. This means that there is a huge breadth of subjects studied on this program.

Columbia University Law School

Duration: 1 year full time.
Cost: $73,584 for all students, including international students.
What you will study: The aim of this LLM at Columbia University Law School is to prepare students for a variety of careers including further academic study, corporate law work, the public sector and the judiciary. The large range of modules available allows students to specialise their studies or keep their education as wide open as possible. The Columbia LLM allows students to delve into their current specialisation, transition to a new practice area, or explore additional areas of study.

University of Chicago Law School

Duration: 1 year full time.
Cost: $70,710 for all students, including international students.
What you will study: The course at the University of Chicago Law School allows students to create their own LLM programs of study concentrating on what interests them the most. Many students focus on areas such as corporate/securities, intellectual property, antitrust/regulation of business or commercial transactions.

New York University School of Law

Duration: 1 year full time or at least 2 years part time.
Cost: $71,304 for all full-time students and $2,999 per credit for all part-time students, including international students.
What you will study: Students at NYU Law are free to study as many topics as they wish from a selection of specialised LLM courses, including Constitutional Law, Corporation Law, International Business Transactions, International Human Rights Law, Economic Analysis of Law, Environmental and Energy Law, Criminal Law, Legal Philosophy, Intellectual Property Law and International Criminal Law.

University of Pennsylvania

Duration: 1 year full time.
Cost: $68,130 for all students including international students.
What you will study: Students at Penn Law can participate in a range of clinic-based programs on subjects such as Intellectual Property and Technology, Entrepreneurship, International Human Rights and Immigration, and Mediation to gain real experience of the US legal system. It is a full-time LLM program that is primarily aimed at lawyers trained outside of the United States

University of Virginia School of Law

Duration: 1 year full time.
Cost: $66,500 for in-state students / $69,500 for out-of-state and international students.
What you will study: This is a small and selective course that is aimed at students and lawyers who have gained their law degree outside of the United States. Students are able to take all of the courses offered by the University of Virginia School of Law.

University of California Berkeley Law

Duration: 9 months +
Cost: $60,158 for in-state students / $62,816 for out-of-state and international students.
What you will study: Berkeley Law offers three different program track options— all of which lead to the same Berkeley Law LLM degree. These are the Executive Track – which is a flexible online and on-campus study option; the Traditional Track – which is a nine-month on-campus LLM; and a Thesis Track – which is a nine-month on-campus plus research LLM.

Duke University School of Law

Duration: 1 year full time.
Cost: $66,120 for all students, including international students.
What you will study: This course at Duke Law aims to prepare internationally trained lawyers in the legal systems of the United States.

*SOURCE: US NEWS

Editor’s note: this blog post was originally published in July 2017 and has been updated to reflect the latest rankings figures and current LLM information.

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10 comments

Mohamed Ibrahim Sept. 6, 2018, 8:49 p.m.

How do I get into Columbia law school

Charlotte King Sept. 9, 2018, 4:29 p.m.

Hi Mohammed,

The deadline for LLM applicants at Columbia Law School 18th December 2018 - there is more information on this URL:

https://www.law.columbia.edu/admissions/graduate-legal-studies

Good luck - Charlotte

varsha k s Sept. 20, 2018, 11:28 a.m.

what are the requirements to enrol for LLM degree in one of the top universities in the USA for a person from India with an integrated B.Com.L.L.B(Hons)?

Charlotte King Sept. 23, 2018, 6:35 p.m.

Hi Varsha - over 100 law schools in the US offer LLM degrees - and whilst some course
are open only to experienced lawyers, there are other designed for specifically American students and yet more for international students. If you can prove a good proficiency in the English language and you have a good grade in your LLB - this is usually a 2:1 minimum although in some cases a 2:2 is acceptable. I suggest you find an LLM course that interests you and contact the admissions team directly to see if you have what is required. Our section on studying law in America also contains some useful information: https://www.llmstudy.com/editorial/country_of_study/master_of_laws_in_usa/
Good luck!
Charlotte

SIJAONA April 2, 2019, 2:32 p.m.

Hi every one...im from Tanzania,i wish to study llm in human rights in the USA but the problem with me is that i dont have money to fund my studies .So how will u help me on that aspect?

Charlotte King April 3, 2019, 12:39 p.m.

You can contact the individual US law schools and see what funding options they provide. Once you have been offered a place on an LLM course you will be eligible to apply for one of our Global LLM Study Bursaries >
https://www.llmstudy.com/editorial/llm_fees_and_funding/master_of_laws_sources_of_funding/global_us_llm_study_bursaries/information/
Good luck finding funding!

Akanksha April 8, 2020, 12:56 p.m.

Hi I am interested in doing my LLM from US but I m having alot of trouble finding the right university n even the course I shld opt for. I am from india with a BBA LLB (Hons.)

Charlotte King April 9, 2020, 4:40 p.m.

Hi Akanska – it all depends what LLM course you are interested in. The USA has plenty of great law schools for you to choose from so I think you need to do some research. Our US section should help you narrow down your options >
https://www.llmstudy.com/editorial/country_of_study/master_of_laws_in_usa/
Good luck!

Sania May 22, 2020, 3:31 p.m.

I m interested in studying llm in u.s but i am not really sure with what university can i opt for as currently im studying B.A llb from india. So what could be my options!? And will LSAC be necessary for it?

Charlotte King May 27, 2020, 9:57 p.m.

Hi Sania,
If you get a good grade in your BA and have the necessary English language skills you should be eligible to apply to study an LLM at a US law school. This section on our website has useful information about applying for an LLM in the USA >
https://www.llmstudy.com/editorial/country_of_study/master_of_laws_in_usa/applying/
Good luck!

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