LL.M. Degree Program
An advanced legal studies program for lawyers from around the world
Mitchell Hamline’s LL.M. introduces foreign law graduates to the legal system of the United States. The program brings together a global community of lawyers who receive the specialized training and education they need to practice law and compete on an international level. LL.M. students attend classes with Mitchell Hamline J.D. students, choosing courses and seminars that reflect their individual practice interests.
Key components of the LL.M.
- Structured for students who possess an LL.B. or equivalent degree earned outside the United States.
- Most students complete the program in two full-time semesters.
- Each student is assigned a faculty advisor based on the student’s interest or area of study. Together, the advisor and student design a course of study that includes rigorous law courses and the opportunity to learn from practicing lawyers and judges. Students and advisors meet regularly throughout the program.
- Students take a required introductory course and then choose from the law school’s J.D. courses.
- Tutors are available for LL.M. students.
- All degree-seeking LL.M. students must complete a substantial writing component.
- Students can choose courses in specialized areas of law, such as alternative dispute resolution, intellectual property, international and comparative law, business and corporate law, and others.
Benefits of an LL.M. degree from Mitchell Hamline
- Learn American legal doctrine and receive an in-depth understanding of America’s legal system and the practice of law in the United States.
- Deal more effectively with American trained lawyers on international transactions or disputes that involve American law and legal institutions.
- Provide more effective representation to clients with interests in the United States and American clients with interests in your home country.
- Take advantage of Mitchell Hamline’s broad network of practicing lawyers for practical training and in-the-field placement.
- For law faculty, learn about the American legal system and receive important grounding in the case law method and legal reasoning process at the heart of the common law tradition. Increasingly, an LL.M. degree from an American law school is recognized as an important professional credential in many educational institutions.
- Customize your own LL.M. degree with either a specialized focus or a general degree. You will have the flexibility to create your own program and put together course and seminar schedules that reflect certain a practice specialty or academic focus that is of particular interest to you.
LL.M. students apply through lsac.org. The application includes the following:
- Official transcripts from all colleges or universities the student has attended submitted to LSAC or credential evaluation of all college or university transcripts from a recognized credential evaluation service. (Exchange students provide copies of their transcripts in English.)
- Personal statement, in English, describing previous law study and professional experience, reasons and goals for studying in the LL.M. program, and any other relevant information.
- Proof of competency in English. Applicants from non-English speaking countries or whose native language is not English must provide proof of English competency. This may be by means of an official TOEFL score report, IELTS score report, other established test of English, or successful completion of an English language program. Applicants may also be invited to demonstrate English competency through an interview.
- Two letters of recommendation in English, submitted directly from the recommender to LSAC or Mitchell Hamline.
- Résumé/curriculum vitae, in English.
- Visa materials and documentation of sufficient financial support. Upon admission, students will need to submit two additional items:
- Visa information. Most international students enter the U.S. on a student visa (F-1 visa). In order to apply for the F-1 visa, the student needs a document called the “I-20” from the educational institution (in this case, Mitchell Hamline School of Law).
- Financial information. In order to complete the I-20 application, we will need original financial documents that show that the student has sufficient funds for the tuition and cost of living expenses connected to the program. We will send additional information concerning the financial information once you are admitted to the program.
Scholarships for students from all walks of life
Mitchell Hamline has a robust scholarship program designed for students from all walks of life. Scholarships are awarded based upon a variety of factors including previous academic excellence, professional experience, service and leadership experience, personal experience, and interest in specific areas of law.