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A Master of Laws (LLM) is an internationally-recognized, second-level law degree offered in many countries around the world.  LLMs are offered at the graduate level and in many countries an LLM, or equivalent degree, is required before a graduate can practice law.  The term ‘Master of Laws’ derives from the Latin Magister Legum or Legum Magister.  Like the LLB, the two ‘Ls’ refer to the study of both canon and civil law.

LLMs are usually conferred by Law Schools, or the school of law at an accredited university.  Students wishing to pursue an LLM are normally required to hold an undergraduate degree in either a related subject or in a law degree like an LLB or a JD.  LLMs may be specialized and can be undertaken by students wishing to concentrate or develop expertise in a particular field like tax law, international law, or human rights law.  In some countries, LLMs are considered a supplementary degree similar to the MLS. LLMs may also be completed by a student with a law degree who wishes to pursue a legal career in another country.

LLM degrees vary in length and intensity. In most countries, the Master of Laws degree is awarded after one year of intensive study; however, it may also be the culmination of a lengthier course of study that included an undergraduate degree in Law.  In most countries, LLM graduates will have completed significant research and a written thesis in addition to any coursework required by the program of study.  LLM programs are often international in nature and you may study with students from around the world who are working to expand their legal expertise.

If you studied law as an undergraduate, or would like to pursue a career in law you may wish to consider an LLM.  You can use the list below to find LLMs in many countries around the world.  Each program page is connected directly to the school’s admissions office.  Use the form to contact them and find out more about enrolling in an LLM.

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William & Mary Law School

Our innovative LL.M. program is designed for foreign-educated students and attorneys who want to compete in an increasingly globalized legal world. We have been welcoming ... [+]

William & Mary Law School Master of Laws (LL.M.) Degree LL.M. PROGRAM: 2-Semester, 24-credit hours or, 3-Semester, 34 credit hours, including a specialization in a chosen legal field

SCHOLARSHIPS: All admitted students will be considered for merit-based scholarships at the time of application.

CLASSES: LL.M. students create their own program of study and take classes with their J.D. student colleagues.

START DATE: Spring or Fall

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

Eligibility: To qualify, students must demonstrate that they:

have completed the necessary legal education required to obtain an LL.B. (Bachelor of Laws), LL.M. (Master of Laws), or J.M. (Juris Master) in a foreign country or to take the equivalent of the bar examination in that country; or are qualified to practice law in a foreign country; or are determined to possess sufficient legal education or experience to satisfactorily complete the LL.M. program. ... [-]
USA Williamsburg
August 2019
Full-time
2 - 3 semesters
Campus
The University of Law Postgraduate Programmes

Our LLMs from our new Master's in Law suite of programmes are designed for law graduates who want to explore the practical application of a particular, specialist area of ... [+]

LLM International Corporate Governance

Our LLMs from our new Master's in Law suite of programmes are designed for law graduates who want to explore the practical application of a particular, specialist area of the law. Study face to face or online.

Course Requirements

Students should possess a UK bachelor’s degree in law at 2:2 or above or equivalent qualifications.

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United Kingdom London Bristol UK Online
September 2019
Full-time
12 months
Campus
Online
University of South Wales Online Programmes through UNICAF

The University of South Wales’s LLM course offers you a flexible approach to postgraduate study, where you can tailor your Master’s programme to suit your specific needs ... [+]

LLM (Master of Laws)

The University of South Wales’s LLM course offers you a flexible approach to postgraduate study, where you can tailor your Master’s programme to suit your specific needs and career aspirations. You can explore a broad range of legal subjects, including commercial law, international trade law, competition law, employment law and intellectual property law.

Educational Aim

The course aims to:

Provide engagement with theoretical and current issues of debate on topical, cutting-edge areas of concern. Develop advanced legal knowledge to provide for rigorous analysis of key areas of contemporary law and practice Develop the skills needed to deal with the legal rules relating to the relevant area of law and the ability to analyze and critique those rules in a practical and academic context. Place those studies in appropriate conceptual frameworks using a range of academic disciplines and insights. Develop the skills needed to use a range of legal and policy documents, including primary and secondary sources from the European Union, United Kingdom, and other legal jurisdictions. Develop research skills necessary for participation in a project or other professional task requiring the deployment of knowledge, comprehension, application, evaluation, analysis, and synthesis in the relevant area of law. Provide an opportunity to focus on contemporary and possibly controversial areas of law and policy development in order to engage in informed debate. Pathway ... [-]
USA New York Greece Athens Romania Bucharest United Kingdom London Egypt Cairo Ghana Accra Malawi Lilongwe Mauritius Port Louis Nigeria Lagos Somalia Mogadishu Zambia Lusaka Jordan Irbid Cyprus Cyprus Online  + 22 More
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
Campus
Online
Robert Kennedy College

This course provides law graduates with the opportunity for advanced learning in key areas of international commercial law, including International Sale of Goods, Interna ... [+]

3 good reasons to study International Commercial Law at Salford Offers the highly prestigious Master’s of Laws qualification Gives law graduates the opportunity to take taught modules in advanced international commercial law subjects Learn in an internationally-orientated environment with access to a global network of like-minded professionals Duration

Minimum 12 months, maximum three years

Course Summary

This course provides law graduates with the opportunity for advanced learning in key areas of international commercial law, including International Sale of Goods, International Intellectual Property Law, International Corporate Law and Governance, and Advanced Contract Law and Negotiation.... [-]

Switzerland Zürich Switzerland Online United Kingdom Salford UK Online  + 2 More
Open Enrollment
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 3 years
Online & Campus Combined
University of California, Irvine - School of Law

The Graduate Tax Program at the University of California, Irvine School of Law offers an innovative curriculum that instills students with both the doctrinal depth and th ... [+]

About the Graduate Tax Program

A one of a kind, practice-oriented tax law program.

The Graduate Tax Program at the University of California, Irvine School of Law offers an innovative curriculum that instills students with both the doctrinal depth and the practical skills needed to practice tax law at the highest levels, in the United States or abroad.

The Graduate Tax Program aims to produce graduates who are prepared for careers as tax attorneys, judges, tax administrators and policy advocates, as well as markedly enhance the tax skills of those who are already members of the tax profession.

In designing its innovative curriculum, the program’s founding tax faculty consulted tax practitioners, government administrators, tax policy advocates and other industry experts to develop a world-class educational experience at one of the premier law schools in the United States. At the center of the curriculum is a mandatory practical tax skills requirement, which is completed through tax externships, tax clinics, or specially designed tax classes. Ours is the only program in the United States that makes practical tax skills an inherent, mandatory part of the academic curriculum.... [-]

USA Irvine
April 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
Australian National University (ANU) - Law

Open to law and non-law graduates, the ANU Master of Laws (LLM) is ideal for those who want to gain advanced legal knowledge and specialist skills in their chosen area of ... [+]

Programme description

Advance your career with a Master of Laws (LLM) from one of the world’s leading law schools.

ANU is Australia's top-ranked university and ANU Law School is ranked 12th in the world for the study of law (QS World Rankings by Subject 2018).

The ANU LLM is an advanced postgraduate qualification that is designed to equip practising lawyers, aspiring professionals and recent graduates with specialist legal knowledge and skills.

Open to both law and non-law graduates, this postgraduate programme is ideal for those looking to deepen their knowledge in a specific area of law, those who are planning to enter a new area of practice or those for whom a knowledge of law would be beneficial in their career, including public policy professionals, regulators and managers.... [-]

Australia Canberra
Open Enrollment
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 5 years
Campus
Boston University School of Law

The Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law is the oldest LLM program of its kind in the United States. ... [+]

The Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law has been at the forefront of financial services law since 1984. It is the oldest LLM program of its kind in the United States and, since its inception, has trained more than 2,000 lawyers for leadership positions in the United States and around the world. Our graduates hold influential positions in government agencies, law firms, corporations, financial institutions, and non-governmental organizations on a global basis.

In this program, we seek to provide an education that is both relevant and practical. To do this, we have assembled a faculty of financial services professionals who are masters in their field and who have the passion, dedication, and commitment to teach and train young lawyers. Our co-curricular activities provide our students with total immersion in the financial law area, through internships, career discussions, lectures and the opportunity to serve on the staff of the Review of Banking and Financial Law, the nation’s oldest student-run law journal devoted to this subject.... [-]

USA Boston
January 2020
Full-time
Part-time
2 - 8 semesters
Campus
SMU Dedman School of Law

The Masters in Taxation program (LLM Tax Law), for full-time or part-time students, is a comprehensive, advanced-degree program designed for attorneys intending to specia ... [+]

LLM in Tax Law

The law school has a long tradition of strength in the area of federal taxation. The graduate taxation program, for full-time or part-time students, is a comprehensive, advanced degree program designed for attorneys intending to specialize in tax practice. It focuses not only on technical mastery of the tax laws but also on wider issues of tax and fiscal policy. Most of the courses in the curriculum provide survey level instruction in subjects typically not addressed in J.D. level tax courses. In addition, advanced courses develop in-depth, practice-oriented expertise.

Courses are taught by the law school's faculty and by adjunct professors and lecturers who are experienced, practicing tax specialists in Dallas area law firms and corporate law departments. To accommodate employed students, many tax courses are offered in the early morning, the late afternoon, and during the evening. ... [-]

USA Dallas
January 2020
Full-time
Part-time
36 - 60 months
Campus
Université de Montréal Law Faculty

The Comparative Common Law LL.M. intends to meet the training needs of jurists and foreign students interested in a program that considers the globalization of exchanges, ... [+]

This program is designed to provide a solid foundation in the methodology as well as the substantive and procedural rules of the common law tradition. It is particularly well-suited for jurists trained in the civil law tradition who wish to understand the foundational elements of the common law tradition in a global context where lawyers with civil law and common law backgrounds regularly interact.

The Comparative Common Law LL.M. intends to meet the training needs of jurists and foreign students interested in a program that considers the globalization of exchanges, the economic integration of the Americas, and the specific legal needs arising from those events. With a theoretical, critical, and pragmatic approach, the program includes various educational methods including lectures, seminars, and problem-based learning.... [-]

Canada Montreal
January 2020
Full-time
12 months
Truman Bodden Law School

Earn a Master of Laws (LL.M) or a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in International Finance in the world’s fifth largest financial centre, renowned for its expertise in the f ... [+]

Earn a Master of Laws (LL.M) or a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in International Finance in the world’s fifth largest financial centre, renowned for its expertise in the financial services sector and its associated legal framework and standards of international compliance.

Successful students will graduate with a Master of Laws or Postgraduate Diploma in International Finance from the University of Liverpool, which will enable you to enhance your career prospects in a variety of sectors.

Programme outline

The LL.M and PGDip in ‘International Finance: Law and Regulation’ are the new postgraduate qualifications offered, in association with the University of Liverpool, by the Truman Bodden Law School, Grand Cayman.... [-]

Cayman Islands Cayman Islands Online
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
Loyola Law School

Loyola Law School’s specialization in International Business Law targets students interested in assisting companies in a globalized market. By specializing in this area, ... [+]

Loyola Law School’s specialization in International Business Law targets students interested in assisting companies in a globalized market. By specializing in this area, students will be able to advise clients on a plethora of issues, from the incorporation of a company to its corporate management, tax issues, and mergers and acquisitions.

Los Angeles and its Silicon Beach are an extremely busy market for international business lawyers. New and exciting startups are created on a daily basis. Some of the leading venture capitalists are located in the area, and deals are made to finance these startups, buy, or sell them. In addition to the startup world, Los Angeles is one of the top financial markets in the United States, second only to New York. Some of the top companies and firms are located in the city, and Loyola's prime location in Downtown LA allows students to be in close contact with the top players in the market.... [-]

USA Los Angeles
August 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
King's College London

Develop your global legal career with an online LLM from The Dickson Poon School of Law, one of the world’s leading law schools. The 100% online International Corporate & ... [+]

Overview

Develop your global legal career with an online LLM from The Dickson Poon School of Law, one of the world’s leading law schools. The 100% online International Corporate & Commercial Law LLM allows you to benefit from the world-renowned teaching of King’s College London wherever you are. You will gain an unrivalled understanding of the areas of law governing the highly complex, sophisticated and dynamic corporate and commercial worlds that are increasingly global in character.

This master’s of law degree is taught online, meaning that you can advance your education without taking a break from work or other commitments. Six entry points throughout the year put learning on your schedule.... [-]

United Kingdom London
March 2019
Part-time
2 - 4 years
Online
Mitchell Hamline School of Law

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 ... [+]

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... [-]
USA Saint Paul
August 2019
Full-time
2 semesters
Campus
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, William S. Richardson School of Law

The LLM (Master of Laws) Program at the University of Hawaii is a one-year course of study of the U.S. legal system. ... [+]

The LLM (Master of Laws) Program at the William S. Richardson School of Law is a one-year course of study of the U.S. legal system. If you have a law degree, or will soon graduate with a law degree, you may apply for the Program. The Program runs from August to mid-May. Our Program will help to enhance your legal English skills and understanding of American legal culture while providing you with the opportunity to interact daily with excellent American law students and faculty in a warm and friendly environment.

Program Highlights: Specializations in Business, International, Environmental Law, and more. Opportunity to Transfer to the Juris Doctorate Program Networking with Top Legal and Business Leaders Personalized Attention for LLM Students Hawai‘i’s Strategic Location to Pacific Rim Countries Hawai‘i’s Culture, Recreation & Beauty The William S. Richardson School of Law ... [-]
USA Honolulu
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
University of Missouri School of Law

The LL.M. degree program consists of 24 credits hours of study and can normally be completed in a year, although a part-time option is available for domestic students in ... [+]

The LL.M. degree program consists of 24 credits hours of study and can normally be completed in a year, although a part-time option is available for domestic students in the LL.M. in Dispute Resolution program.

The highly selective nature of the programs allows students to individualize their plan of study in light of their specific needs and interests. Applicants come from a variety of walks of life and from a wide array of countries.

LL.M. in Dispute Resolution

Established in 1999 as the first of its kind in the United States, the Mizzou LL.M. in Dispute Resolution is designed to assist lawyers and other dispute resolution professionals develop a deeper and broader understanding of the role that conflict plays in society, and of better ways to manage conflict through the design and implementation of appropriate, effective and fair dispute resolution processes.... [-]

USA Columbia
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 year
Campus