About This Masters Degree
The Master of Laws (LLM) is an intermediate professional degree designed for foreign educated lawyers or students holding an undergraduate degree in law or other field. In select states, the LLM degree may allow individuals to take the bar exam. The LLM program at the University of Illinois is full-time for one year or may be split into two one-semester years for employer-sponsored students.
The Illinois LLM program provides a strong foundation to US law and professional life. It is ideal for professionals educated outside the United States with or without a law degree who work with US clients, companies, and regulatory agencies in areas like:
• Human Resources
• Corporate Compliance
• Business and Regulation
• and more
THE ILLINOIS LAW LLM PROGRAM
The core of the LLM program is the fundamentals of US Law, with courses specifically designed for professionals and students educated outside the United States. Core courses include Contracts and Civil Procedure, Legal Writing and Research, and Professional Responsibility.
Beyond the core courses, LLM students select from the nearly 200 classes offered each year, allowing them to further develop expertise within their own specialized fields or interests. These courses are taken alongside the JD students, a hallmark of the Illinois program.
LLM students are also provided individualized counseling and have the opportunity to participate in practical training, including competitions and trial advocacy.
Concentrations most applicable to LLMs include:
• Business, Corporate, and Banking Law
• Criminal Law and Procedure
• Employment and Labor Law
• Environmental Law
• Intellectual Property and Technology Law
• International Law
A WORLD-CLASS UNIVERSITY
One of the world’s preeminent research universities, the University of Illinois is a comprehensive land-grant institution. It is known for its exceptional research enterprise; academic excellence; teaching; scholarship across the humanities, social sciences, hard sciences, and engineering; engagement and public service; and global reach. The University has brought in more than $500M in federal grants and contracts to Illinois, and over the past five years, its researchers have filed almost 1,000 invention disclosures.
The Illinois faculty are known for their expertise and national visibility, their engaged approach to teaching, their open-door policy with respect to students, and their strong commitment to students’ professional development. They also bring a range of perspectives to their teaching and research: in addition to their juris doctors, about half of the faculty hold advanced graduate degrees in fields ranging from computer engineering to medicine.
Illinois has particular strengths in international trade law, commercial law, and comparative law and a proud tradition of training foreign lawyers, governmental officials, and legal educators. Through the Global Law Fellows Program, students have the opportunity to work in leading foreign law offices in Asia and South America. By cultivating global awareness, Illinois builds networks and collaborations and prepares students to be at the forefront of the next generation of lawyers and legal scholars.
TECHNOLOGY AND THE LAW
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is an epicenter of innovation and discovery. In this fertile environment, the curriculum and faculty at Illinois Law cover a deep and broad spectrum of intellectual property and technology law, including in the areas of trademark, internet, patent, copyright, supercomputing, biotechnology, information science, and engineering. Campus, state, and national leaders solicit the faculty’s legal expertise on IP issues arising from a host of new technologies, and organizations such as Google, Microsoft, and Department of Homeland Security currently fund research at Illinois Law.
Complete program details and application links can be found at law.illinois.edu/llm
Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent degree) from an approved school listed on the International Association of Universities List of Higher Education Institutions. Full consideration for admission to the LL.M. program will be given to applicants holding a bachelor’s degree in law or a bachelor’s degree in a subject outside law.