Master of Laws (LLM) in U.S. Law

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LLM Admissions

The University of Cincinnati’s Master of Laws (LLM) in U.S. Law program offers a nationally recognized education with the possibility to transfer into our JD program after graduation. The LLM degree can be completed in as little as nine months, and with an 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio, our students benefit from increased personalized support from professors. Graduates emerge fluent in the U.S. legal system and ready to advance their careers. 

Our tuition is one of the lowest for a U.S. LLM program, and we offer generous scholarships as well.

Areas of Study

Upcoming LLM Events

We're excited to offer prospective LLM students the opportunity to hear advice from admission's professionals on getting admitted to a U.S. LLM program and finding success as a current student. Learn more below and register today!

LLM Drop-In Virtual Q&As: 12-1 PM EST

Log into the LLM Virtual Admissions Office on Thursdays to ask questions, find out the status of your application, learn more about our program—including concentration and specialization areas, practical experiences, and scholarships—and more.

LLM Information Sessions


Ranked a top LLM program for Value and Law School Experience by the International Jurist, 2021

  • Ranked a Top 45 Public Law School - U.S. News & World Report
  • 4th Oldest Law School in the U.S. and Ohio's First
  • One of the Nation's Leading Social Justice Law Schools
  • 2nd in the state for first-time takers (85%) and overall bar passage (82%) on the July 2021 Bar Exam
  • No. 3 Most Affordable Law School in the nation - U.S. News
  • An eight-time "Best Value Law School" - the National Jurist
  • A Top 10 Public Service program - preLaw Magazine 2021
  • A Top 25 Criminal Law program - preLaw Magazine 2021
  • A Top 30 Law School with the most Super Lawyers - preLaw Magazine 2021
  • Ranked a Top School Corporate Law, Public Interest Law, and Trial Advocacy by the National Jurist
  • 8:1 Student-to-faculty ratio
  • Graduate debt levels nearly $80,000 less than the national law school average
  • Cincinnati Law's Ohio Innocence Project has helped release 34 individuals who together served more than 650 years in prison for crimes they did not commit.
  • One of the 25 Most Affordable Places to Live in the U.S. in 2021-2022 -  U.S. News
  • Cincinnati ranks No. 1 for best places for recent college graduates in 2022 by SmartAsset

UC Campus

Why Study at Cincinnati Law?

Here, All Are Welcome—Cincinnati offers a variety of legal practices that allow LLM students to experience the diverse and talented legal community in the city. We even provide opportunities for practice observations at courtrooms, law firms, and more. UC Law is connected with the premiere names in the local law community, which makes networking all the easier. Hear from UC LLM students themselves on what makes our program so beneficial.

Community—As an LLM student at UC Law, you'll get the best of both worlds. Our small class sizes mean personalized attention from faculty & staff, while at the same time you can benefit from the advantages of studying at a world class research institution. The University of Cincinnati was recently ranked among world’s 200 best universities; 68th best in U.S.

Access & Opportunity—Another benefit of our program is work experience opportunities. Students have the benefit of working with JD students, local attorneys, and real law clients. This practical experience is unique and indispensable for their post-graduation careers. UC Law offers fellowships for LLM students in conjunction with the Ohio Innocence Project and the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights.

I thought I was coming to Cincinnati Law for an academic experience, but it was so much more. I never felt alone here, it was like a family.

Shadiah Obaidi LLM '20 (Italy)

LLM Admissions Requirements

UC Law’s LLM program requires the following application materials:

  • A personal statement
  • Resume or CV
  • Two recommendations
  • Credential evaluation
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or CEFR score, or ELS

A more comprehensive guide can be found on our LLM application page.

Apply to UC Law's LLM program today!

The University of Cincinnati’s Master of Laws in U.S. Law program provides real-world experience, a highly-regarded education, and the opportunity to graduate in nine months. If you’ve already been accepted into the program, visit our admitted students page. Interested in learning more? Request information today! Your next starts now. Are you ready?

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Contact Us

University of Cincinnati College of Law
Attn: LLM Program
PO Box 210040
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0040 USA
Phone:513 556-5171
Fax: (513) 556-5550