Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.

Master U.S. Law. Your Way.

Cincinnati Law’s LLM program puts you in control. You’ll gain foundational knowledge of the U.S. legal system, and then build on it with a course of study you design.

LLM in US Law

At Cincinnati Law, we’re not just entering the future, we’re creating it. We’ll help guide you where you want to go, making it our priority that you graduate with a clear focus on creating your ideal future. And in as few as nine months, you’ll be ready to make an impact at the global level with your LLM in U.S. Law.

What you'll learn

  • Improve your legal English skills
  • Be better prepared to represent U.S. clients
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the U.S. legal process

What you'll do

  • Build relationships with Cincinnati Law students and faculty
  • Network with local lawyers, judges, and business leaders
  • Study under Ivy-league trained professors
  • Apply for work experience opportunities
  • Work one-on-one with a professional legal writing instructor
  • Collaborate with JD students
  • Receive personalized career counseling

What's Next

  • Graduate ready to put your skills to work for clients
  • Take your career to the next level
  • Join a distinguished network of Cincinnati Law LLM and JD alumnae
  • UC to a higher degree: Cincinnati Law LLM students have the unique opportunity to transfer to the JD program upon completion of the LLM program

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The LLM Student Experience

The Cincinnati Law LLM program's flexibility allows students to get what they're looking for out of the program—whether working to raise awareness of legal issues, expanding their legal knowledge, or boosting their career. 


Cincinnati Law: A home for Fulbrighters

November 11, 2021

This year, Cincinnati Law was proud to welcome two Fulbright students—Irina Zemkina, from Russia, and Julija Jurtoska, from North Macedonia—as part of its incoming class of LLM students, which includes 20 students from 10 countries.


UC Law LLM Grad: María Paulina Otero

August 27, 2021

María Paulina Otero graduated from Cincinnati Law’s LLM program in 2020. As a dual-degree student, she earned both her LLM from UC and LLB from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Today, she’s a junior associate at Brigard & Urrutia Law Firm in Bogotá, Colombia.


International Jurist highlights UC Law’s LLM Program

August 17, 2021

Cincinnati Law's LLM program was named to the International Jurist's honor roll for value and law school experience in the publication's recently released Best LLMs Programs Issue. Cincinnati Law was one of the few schools to earn distinction in more than one category.

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LLM students can also apply to transfer to our JD program after successful completion of the LLM program. Hear from Rodrigo Horna about his experience in the LLM program, and what his experience of the JD program has been so far.

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The Cincinnati Law LLM Program

Welcome to U.S. Legal Learning & Practice

  • Orientation
  • Legal English
  • Networking with U.S. lawyers
  • American business customs

Fall Semester

  • The U.S. legal system
  • Legal research and writing
  • Faculty-approved electives

Spring Semester

  • Faculty-approved electives
  • Graduation
  • Degree conferral
  • Internship opportunities

Areas of Study

  • Business Law
  • Criminal Law
  • International Law & Human Rights
  • Innovation, Technology, and Intellectual Property Law
  • Science, Health, and Environmental Law
  • Public Interest Law


Students must be practicing attorneys or law school graduates who earned a law degree outside of the U.S. Students must demonstrate english proficiency and overall academic promise.


Multiple scholarships are available to highly qualified students/ If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please express your interest when you apply. In addition to general achievement scholarships, fellowships are available to students studying in areas of criminal law and international human rights law.

English Language Proficiency

The LLM program involves in-class dialogue about complex legal issues and substantial reading of sophisticated legal texts. If English is not your country's primary language, you will be required to take and submit an exam that shows your English proficiency. 

Applicants with the following scores will be considered:

  • TOEFL iBT:85
  • IELTS: 7.0
  • ELS: Completion of Level 112 

Conditional Admission

If you are otherwise qualified for the program, but need additional English language training, you may be eligible for a Conditional Letter of Admission. Conditional Admission will allow you to study English in the U.S. prior to beginning the LLM program. 

The ELS-Cincinnati Language Center is located at the University of Cincinnati and is one of the largest ELS centers in the U.S.