The LL.M. degree is designed to deliver in-depth knowledge in a specific area, such as
- American Law for Foreign Lawyers
- Corporate and Commercial Law
- Health Law, Policy, and Bioethics
- Intellectual Property Law
- International and Comparative Law
- International Human Rights Law
Although the LL.M. program at McKinney Law offers a structured format, it also gives you the flexibility to choose the electives and hands-on experiences best suited to your goals.
When you arrive on campus you will be able to choose to pursue one of six program tracks, each designed to satisfy a specific set of needs. Then, within the framework of your chosen program, you can create a curriculum certain to set you on the path to success.
Flexible Schedule and Worldwide Externships!
Unlike some other law schools, IU McKinney offers day, evening, and summer courses tailored to fit your specific scheduling needs. Interested in an externship? Planning to work during the day and take courses at night? Interested in breaking up your 24 credits into two semesters and a summer instead of two 12-credit hour semesters? Would you prefer to take online classes from home for a semester? At IU McKinney we can accommodate your specific needs. LL.M. students enjoy the flexible scheduling options which allow them to maximize their time with us. Our worldwide externship opportunities, while close to some LL.M. students at other schools, are precisely the reason why our students have enhanced career opportunities upon graduation. Check out our LLM brochure here.
At IU McKinney we strive to attract top candidates from across the globe and recognize that pursuing graduate education in the United States is a significant investment for many of our applicants. As such, generous merit and needs-based funding is made available every year to LL.M. students. We advise students to apply before April 1st if they would like to be considered for one of our larger fall awards or November 1st to be considered for one of our larger spring awards.
Recognized recently by the International Jurist in three competitive LL.M. categories (Best Law Student Experience, Best Career Opportunities, and Best Value Law School), IU McKinney represents the best of what an American LL.M. can offer. Here's what some of our current students and alumni have to say: LL.M. Welcome Video
Indianapolis: A Welcoming and Vibrant Capital City in the Heart of the Midwest
In addition to our unique classroom experience, our law school offers all the advantages of living and studying at the edge of vibrant downtown Indianapolis. With our beautiful and modern campus just a few blocks from the city’s financial and government center, you will have access to a thriving business community, dozens of governmental agencies (including city, county, and state government), and a variety of local, state, and federal courts. Our IUPUI campus, which is Indiana’s premier urban university with over 30,000 students, includes dozens of programs and schools and is home to Indiana University’s finest professional schools. When you arrive, you will see that Indianapolis has a thriving healthcare industry, a dynamic sporting community, and a downtown that has been rated as one of the best places to live and work in the nation. All this in a city that has one of the lowest cost-of-living rates in the United States.
LL.M. Courses Taught by Judges, Justices, and an Attorney General
Our Master of Laws students come from around the world to study with the best our state has to offer Courses for the LL.M. program have recently been taught by:
- Justice Steven David, ’82, Indiana Supreme Court
- Justice Robert D. Rucker, Indiana Supreme Court
- Judge John G. Baker, Indiana Court of Appeals (former Chief Judge)
- Greg Zoeller, Indiana Attorney General
The LL.M. program has several purposes:
- It gives currently practicing U.S. lawyers a place to hone their skills and deepen their knowledge base on a specific subject.
- It helps licensed lawyers from other countries to get to know American law in preparation for passing the Bar in the United States.
- It provides a focused curriculum for legal scholars who are interested in advancing their knowledge in a specific area of law in order to prepare for the S.J.D./Ph.D. in law and an academic career.
As an LL.M. student, you’ll complete a 24-credit program. If you attend on a full-time basis, you can complete your degree in a single year. Foreign students, note that to satisfy visa regulations, you must finish within eighteen months.
However, if you are a domestic student, you have up to three academic years to complete the degree requirements, and can take classes on a part-time or evening basis.
The LL.M. program includes:
- Area-specific coursework with a wide range of elective options
- Externships, clinical courses, or pro bono legal service and optional practical training (OPT) opportunities
- A research component and Master's thesis (optional for the American Law for Foreign Lawyers track)
- Advanced English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction (the law school will provide a 50% scholarship for these courses if required)
- The opportunity to publish your thesis, if in a thesis track, on the ScholarWorks network at Indiana University. This network makes your research available to lawyers and legal scholars worldwide.
Eligibility requirements for the LL.M. program
To gain admission to the LL.M. program at the law school, you must demonstrate a combination of academic achievement, professional accomplishment, and English language competency (although work experience is not required). In addition, you must satisfy one of the following education requirements:
- Hold a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school in the U.S.
- Hold a first degree in law or comparable from a university outside of the U.S.
- Prove that you are licensed to practice outside the U.S. (foreign applicants only)
Language requirements for the LL.M. program
If English is not your first language, you must provide proof of language proficiency by:
- Earning a composite iBT TOEFL score of at least 81, or a composite IELTS score of at least 6.5
- Official transcript showing satisfactory completion of Level 7, Advanced & Academic English at the Program for Intensive English (PIE) at IUPUI
- Successfully completing Intensive English Master Level 112 at any ELS Language Center in the United States
- Earning a "First Grade" on the national Japanese English Proficiency STEP Exam
- Having earned a baccalaureate or graduate degree from a college or university in a country designated by the Office of International Affairs as predominantly English-speaking
Qualifying language scores must be less than two years old at the time of application.
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Last updated January 20, 2018