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Students in the LLM program complete at least twenty-four credits hours in order to earn the LLM degree. Two courses are designed specifically for LLM students and are required to complete the program; the remainder of a student’s courses are self-selected according to interest and career goals. 

Students in the LLM program complete at least twenty-four credits hours in order to earn the LLM degree. This generally occurs within one academic year. Two courses are designed specifically for LLM students and are required to complete the program:    

The U.S. Legal System. In this three-credit course, students gain a more advanced understanding of the critical features of the U.S. legal tradition, the functional components and participants in our legal system, and key legal concepts, including legal ethics and professional responsibility.

Legal Research & Writing for LLM Students. This three-credit course is similar to our traditional legal research & writing course, designed, however, to meet the needs of non-native English speakers. It is designed to help students develop the written communication skills, research skills, and persuasion strategies needed in both law school and professional practice as a lawyer.    

Additional courses are selected by individual students working in consultation with the Assistant Dean and faculty. By choosing courses from among the range of those offered to all law students, LLM students are able to design a course of study that best advances their own professional agendas.

Students may select courses in areas of study, called professional pathways, such as Business and Entrepreneurship; Criminal; International; Innovation, Technology and Intellectual Property; Science, Health, and Environment; Public Interest; Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution; General and Small Practice. Students may also choose to complete our Business Law Concentration.    

Learn more about our curricular offerings.

Classroom instruction is integrated with practice observations at courtrooms, government agencies, law firms, and corporate offices. During these observations, participants interact with judges, attorneys, general counsel, and business executives, who convey critical insights about practice in the U.S., including:

  • U.S. business customs
  • Liaising effectively with counsel
  • Navigating the U.S. judicial system

The College of Law will also provide forums for students to discuss their legal cultures, as well as to introduce their law firms or institutions to area attorneys and business executives. In this way, students, local attorneys, and executives have many opportunities to network and form lasting professional contacts.


LLM Students now have the opportunity to participate in one of th emost sough-after opportunities at UC - the Ohio Innocence Project. Since 203, OIP fellows have worked to achieve the release of 25 inmates who were innocent of their alleged crimes.

Supervised by seasoned clinical professors, OIP fellows do the work of real lawyers - from interviewing witnesses and drafting motions to collecting evidence and seeking DNA testing on behalf of their clients.

Many site their time spent in OIP as the most meaningful and memorable experience they had in law school.



Founded in 1979, the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights is the first endowed institute devoted to international human rights law at a U.S. law school.

UMI Students:

  • Work on the Human Rights Quarterly, the leading academic journal in the human rights field
  • Network with local lawyers, judges, and business leaders as well as distinguished legal professionals from around the world


Fellows must be enrolled in the LLM in the U.S. Legal System program and will receive a 50% tuition reduction.

TThe Business Law Concentration for LLM is designed to help prepare students for a better professional branding in their future pursuits in business. 

The coursework is similar to the Corporate Law Concentration for JD students but is adjusted to reflect the shorter duration of study and the fact that LLM students are not required to take the 1L courses. LLM students can complete the degree in 24 credit hours. Two three-credit classes are standard LLM requirements: Legal Research and Writing for LL.M. Students and U.S. Legal System. The concentration adds three additional required courses. Furthermore, a student would have to take at least one additional course from the business law curriculum elective list below (“elective”). The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs has the authority to waive the elective requirement or allow a course not listed below to satisfy the requirement. Students should be aware that many of these courses are taught only one time each year, and some courses may not be offered every year. 

Required Courses: Contracts, Business Associations, and International Business Transactions (Sales may substitute for International Business Transactions). 

Elective Courses (each student must take at least one course from this list or receive a waiver from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs):

  • Advanced Legal Drafting
  • Antitrust
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Basics
  • Corporate Tax II
  • Copyright Law
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Transactions – Deal Sheet to Close
  • Corporations II
  • Entrepreneurship & Community Development Clinic
  • Immigration Law & Policy: Understanding Contemporary Issues in the US
  • Individual Research Project (as approved by the Associate Dean)
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Intellectual Property Law
  • International Tax
  • Introduction to Intellectual Property
  • Legal Drafting, Introduction to
  • Legal Drafting for LLM Students
  • Negotiations
  • Patent Law
  • Payment Systems
  • Practical Applications of Immigration Law: Business Immigration Law
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Sales
  • Secured Transactions
  • Securities Regulation
  • Startups, Venture Capital and Private Equity
  • Trademarks and Unfair Competition


We recommend that LLM students pursuing this concentration area consider applying for a legal externship in a law office and/or participating in the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic. Some externships may be better suited for certain students than others. The Director of the LLM program and our staff will advise students on which externships would be suitable for them. The application process for many of these placements is highly competitive, and, as such, they are not guaranteed. 


Current Cincinnati Law LLM students who wish to transfer into the Cincinnati Law JD program will be considered for admission under this policy. This policy does not apply to LLM students at or graduates of other schools. The transfer admissions process is more selective than the LLM admissions process, and only exceptional applicants will be admitted. LLM students should not expect to be admitted to the JD program. This policy will take effect on August 15, 2018.

Criteria for Admission

The decision to admit an LLM student requires a determination by the Admissions Committee that the applicant is likely to be successful in law school classes; able to pass a bar examination in the U.S.; and

a valued addition to the Cincinnati Law community and the legal profession. 

Admission will be based primarily upon two criteria:

  1. the applicant's academic record as an LLM student at Cincinnati Law, with particular focus on the courses completed and the applicant’s performance in those courses, and
  2. recommendations from Cincinnati Law faculty. 

To a lesser extent, the admissions decision will also consider the applicant’s pre-Cincinnati Law background, including schools attended and work history.  Although applicants are not required to take the LSAT exam, if an applicant has taken the exam, the admissions decision will also consider that score.

Timing of Application

Students must complete at least two courses from this list before applying for admission:

  • Civil Procedure
  • Criminal Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Property
  • Torts
  • Business Associations
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Sales
  • Secured Transactions
  • Wills

*Students are strongly encouraged to take Contracts

Students may apply after receiving grades from the first semester at Cincinnati Law but no later than 30 days after receiving second semester grades. The Admissions Committee will accept only truly outstanding applicants based on first semester grades. If the Committee denies an application after the first semester, the student may reapply after receiving second semester grades. Students who elect to be graded on a “High Pass/Pass/Low Pass” scale are not eligible to transfer into the JD program.

Application Process

To be considered for transfer admission to the Cincinnati Law JD Program, LLM students must:

  1. Complete the Transfer/Visiting Student application.
  2. Submit all of the following:
    1. A personal statement explaining the applicant's interest in transferring into the Cincinnati Law JD Program;
    2. A transcript from Cincinnati Law;
    3. A copy of the application package submitted to Cincinnati Law’s LLM program;
    4. A written recommendation from the Assistant Dean of the LLM program; and
    5. Written recommendations from three full-time professors from Cincinnati Law who have had the applicant as a student. The professors’ recommendations should address these factors:
      1. the applicant’s class performance, particularly as compared to that of J.D. students in the class;
      2. the applicant’s likelihood of success in first-year and upper level law school courses; and
      3. any other observations about the applicant’s suitability for enrollment in the J.D. program.
      4. The applicant may be invited to sit for an interview with the Admissions Committee.

Relationship to JD Transfer Applications: The space available for transfer students varies from year to year, and LLM applicants for transfer will be considered alongside the pool of traditional J.D. transfer applicants.

Financial Aid: Scholarship decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.  Even if the applicant received a scholarship to enroll in the LLM program, that scholarship may not apply to classes taken as a J.D. student.  

Transfer of Credit: If offered admission, school work completed at Cincinnati College of law will be evaluated and credited toward the JD degree as determined by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and subject to requirements of the ABA Standards for law schools.

If you are considering applying for transfer admission into Cincinnati Law’s JD program, you should know that the process is highly competitive. Very few LLM applicants will qualify. Here are some suggestions to make your application as competitive as possible.

Wait until the completion of your LLM program before applying to transfer.

  • You are advised wait to apply until you have completed two semesters in the LLM program. With this length of study, the Admissions Committee can thoroughly evaluate your suitability for admission. 
  • Although you can apply as soon as you receive first-semester grades, only a truly exceptional student would be admitted based on just one semester at Cincinnati Law. If the Committee concludes that your coursework in the first semester was not rigorous enough, or that your classroom performance was not strong enough, the Committee will deny your application. In that case, you can apply again at the end of the second semester. 

Take a rigorous curriculum.

  • You are strongly encouraged to take several courses on topics that are tested on the bar exam. These courses will prepare you for the rigor of the JD program, and they will also prepare you take a bar exam. The rigor of your coursework will weigh heavily in the Admissions Committee’s consideration of your application.
  • You are strongly advised to take Contracts, a course that all first-year law students take and that is heavily tested on bar exams. In fact, strong performance in Contracts is a good predictor of your likely future success on a bar exam.

Earn outstanding grades in all your classes.

  • The Admissions Committee will also want to see that you have performed at high levels in your coursework, and especially in bar-tested courses. High performance in your bar-tested courses suggests that you will continue to perform well in the rest of the JD curriculum and that you are capable of passing a bar exam.

Identify three Cincinnati Law professors who will vouch for you.

  • The Admissions Committee will require and carefully consider the recommendations from three full-time professors who have had you as a student. The Committee is looking for assurances that you will be successful in JD courses, that you are able to pass a bar exam, and that you are and will continue to be an asset to the Cincinnati Law community.

Carefully consider your financial situation.

  • Even if you received a scholarship for the LLM program, you may not be eligible for a JD scholarship. You may apply for a scholarship, but you are not guaranteed to receive one.