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

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Fall 2021 LLM Application for Admission Now Open

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.

Professional Academic Pathways

Upcoming LLM Events—Register

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!

Getting Admitted & Getting Started in a U.S. LLM Program | 9/23 at 10 AM

Join us for insider tips on preparing your application; writing your personal statement; who to ask for letters of recommendation; improving your English; obtaining a student visa; and more. Bring your questions, and our admissions staff will be happy to help answer them.

How To Be Successful in an American Law School Classroom | 10/21 at 10 AM

Join us to learn more about how law school classes work in the United States and how to prepare for  your American legal education. Session will include tips on U.S. law school culture; various ways to read, outline, and prepare for class; how to approach professors; and forming study groups. Come curious, and leave with the tools for success!

UC Campus

Why Choose 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

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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.

LLM Financial Aid

UC Law offers scholarships to highly-qualified LLM candidates. Scholarships are also provided to students from underrepresented regions and countries. In addition to general achievement scholarships, fellowships are available to students studying in the areas of criminal law and international human rights. Visit our Tuition & Cost of Attendance page for more details on Financial Aid.

Scholarship Guarantee

If you request a scholarship and are admitted to the Cincinnati Law LLM Program for Fall 2021,  you will receive a scholarship to reduce the cost of your tuition. The earlier you apply, the better your chance of receiving a bigger award.

Cincinnati Law offers merit-based scholarships to highly qualified LLM candidates. Scholarships are also provided to students from underrepresented regions and countries.

In addition to general achievement scholarships, fellowships are available to students studying in the areas of criminal law and international human rights. To learn more about fellowships, visit our academics page.

Please write to us at to express your interest in a scholarship or fellowship and to get more information regarding the scholarship/fellowship application process.

Additional Scholarship Options

Loan Options
  • International Student Loan Center 
    • Offers access to a range of international student loans, foreign-enrolled loans and study abroad loans to international students and Canadian students in the USA and for US students studying abroad around the world 
  • Global Student Loan Corporation  
    • Comprehensive education loan for international and distance learning students that does not require a co-signer in the host country 
  • Sallie Mae  
    • Student loans for foreign nationals studying in the United States 
    • Loan options include: 
      • Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan
      • Sallie Mae Bar Study Loan 
  • eduPASS 
    • General information on financing for higher education for international students
    • Has various links to various loan options for international students
  • Prodigy Finance

General Fellowships, Grants, and Scholarships

  • American Association of University Women 
    • Offers the International Fellowship 
      • Awarded for full-time study or research to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents 
      • Support graduate or postgraduate studies at accredited institutions 
      • Recipients are selected for academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to women and girls 
  • Foreign Fulbright Student Program 
    • Administered by binational Fulbright Commissions/Foundations or U.S. Embassies
    • Program eligibility and selection procedures vary widely by country, so must visit their site to determinations of eligibility
    • Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State
  • International Federation of University Women 
    • Grants are offered for any postgraduate program 
    • Grants are open to women graduates who are members of IFUW’s national federations and associations
  • The World Bank Scholarship
    • Provides scholarships for graduate and postgraduate studies leading to master’s and doctoral degrees in development-related fields for mid-career professionals
  • Golden Key 
    • Has recognized more than 10 million undergraduate and graduate students for their intellectual achievements 
    • Has awarded $8 million in scholarships and awards to members in all fields of study
    • Scholarships and awards are given to members, membership prerequisites: 
      • Studying for a master’s degree at an accredited institution 
      • A graduate student o G.P.A. is 3.7 or higher on a 4.0 scale

The University of Cincinnati prides itself on providing a rigorous and well-regarded LLM program at a low tuition rate of only $29,010/year. Learn more about tuition and aid.

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?

Contact Us

University of Cincinnati College of Law
Attn: LLM Program
PO Box 210040
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0040 USA
Phone:513 556-0938
Fax: (513) 556-5550