The University of Michigan Law School is recognized as one of the top law schools in the US and one of the originators of the LLM degree. Our first LLM class graduated in 1890, bringing a global perspective to Ann Arbor and building an international Michigan Law network that spans the world and the generations. We have never looked back. Today, our professors are not only preeminent in their fields, having clerked at the US Supreme Court or been managing partners in law firms, but they have lived, worked, and studied in too many countries to count. They are fluent in more than a dozen languages.
Our students are equally accomplished and globally oriented. Our JD students, who, on average, come from the top 3% of LSAT test takers, must take an international or comparative law course to graduate. Michigan was the first US law school to require such a thing. Our LLM students, on the other hand, are carefully chosen based on track records of excellence across many measures with the intention of crafting a class representing legal perspectives from around the world. Our JD and LLM students then work, study, learn, live, and play together for a year, discovering new ways to think and developing bonds that last a lifetime.
Average Law Student Population: 40 LLMs; 1,000 JDs; 12 MACLs; 10 SJDs in residence
Faculty: 99 full-time, 83 part-time
Library: over 1,050,000 volumes
Long-time ranking as a top 10 US law school
#1 Best Small College Town in America (Wallethub 2019)
Nearest international airport: Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW): 1,100+ daily flights
Michigan Law’s Master’s Degree Programs:
Michigan Law offers two distinct masters programs: the traditional Master of Laws (LLM) and the novel Master of Advanced Corporation Law (MACL). Despite the large number of applications received each year, both programs are intentionally kept small to create a diverse, high quality cohort where every student is known, fully integrated into the institution, and given individual attention from both professors and administrators.
The LLM program runs from the end of August until mid-May and requires successful completion of 24 credits. Because Michigan seeks to foster intellectual curiosity and an interdisciplinary approach to learning law, you may create a course of study that suits you best. The JD curriculum is your playground and courses offered at the university’s 18 other schools and colleges are your adventure parks. You may focus narrowly, explore broadly, qualify to take the New York bar exam…whatever makes sense for you. The only requirement is a US constitutional law course.
The MACL program is an intensive program focused on corporate law and securities regulation. Designed specifically for junior and mid-level lawyers, it runs from mid-May to mid-August (12 weeks). To graduate, students must successfully complete 20 credits of course work.
Michigan Law is proud to award LLM scholarships to acknowledge superior academic and professional achievements in all areas of law. Fellowships recipients are selected among all admitted students who requested financial aid.
Name and Title: Dora-Maria Sonderhoff, Assistant Director, Graduate Admissions
Institution: The University of Michigan Law School
Department: Center for International and Comparative Law
Postal Address: 212 Hutchins Hall, 625 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1215, U.S.A.