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Ohio State University: Moritz College of Law

The Ohio State University
Moritz College of Law


LL.M. Program for Foreign-Trained Lawyers
When you join the LL.M. Program at the Moritz College of Law, you become part of The Ohio State University, a top 20 national public university by U.S. News & World Report . Over 7,000 international students from more than 90 countries call OSU their “home away from home.” The university boasts hundreds of student groups organized around every imaginable interest and affinity, dozens of intramural sports teams and state-of-the-art fitness facilities, modern libraries with extensive collections, high-tech classrooms, art galleries, music and theater performances, and special events of every kind.

Though the university is one of the largest in the nation, the Moritz College of Law is home to only 550 students, and is ranked among the top 15 public law schools. Known nationally for their scholarship and teaching, our faculty are accessible, approachable, and dedicated to nurturing a collegial atmosphere, where students of many backgrounds and beliefs can share ideas freely. Learning extends beyond the classroom with many symposia and lectures featuring great legal minds. Students can pursue personal passions through our more than 50 student organizations, centered around practice area, ethnic/cultural affiliation, politics, and opportunities for community service.

The Moritz LL.M. Program is limited to just 35 students each year, allowing us to provide personal service and caring guidance to each student. You will receive individual counseling on course selection and career planning, along with group sessions on exam preparation, job seeking, and U.S. life and culture, to name a few. We plan fun events for the class, so you can get to know one another outside Moritz.

You can choose to pursue a truly general LL.M. that provides a broad understanding of the fundamentals, taking courses in Torts , Contracts , and Property , for example. Alternatively, you may opt to focus on areas of particular interest or relevance to your career, tailoring your selection to meet your individual needs. Or, you might choose to earn one of the designated LL.M. concentrations: Corporate Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property and Technology Law, International and Comparative Law, or Employment and Labor Law.  Concentrations require 12 credit hours within the chosen subject area.  Twenty-four total credit hours are required to graduate.

Two courses are required of LL.M. students: Legal Analysis and Writing and U.S. Legal System and Legal Traditions. Students receive tailored guidance in researching and analyzing court decisions and precedence and in mastering an American writing style.  The remainder of your 24 credits are taken alongside your J.D. counterparts.

Our university is located in Columbus, the capital of Ohio. It is the 14th largest city in the U.S., with approximately 1.9 million people in the metropolitan area. Columbus is very affordable, and has an extensive bus system that is free for Ohio State students. The city is within a one-day drive or a one-hour flight from Chicago, Washington D.C. and New York City.

For complete instructions on applying, visit our admissions page.  Our application cycle is September 15 - April 15 for fall admission, and August 01 - October 15 for spring admission. The school year begins in August and ends in mid-May.  Spring admits begin in January and end the next December. Generous scholarships are available and can be viewed here.

We welcome your questions. Please contact us.
Moritz College of Law LL.M. Program
The Ohio State University
55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1391

Laura Fernandez-Álvarez, Assistant Dean for Graduate and International Programs

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