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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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U Law Hong Kong

This master's degree is designed for modern lawyers and managers and explores the legal and commercial aspects of conflict resolution (Reg. No. 252958). The programme is ... [+]

LLM Legal Practice (Conflict Resolution) Reg. No. 252958

This master's degree is designed for modern lawyers and managers and explores the legal and commercial aspects of conflict resolution (Reg. No. 252958). The programme is designed in partnership with major law firms and industry leaders. The University of Law is an international leader in legal education with a 140-year-old history.

These courses are registered with the Hong Kong Non-local Courses Registry (NCR). It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which these courses may lead.

Course Requirements UK entry requirements: Students should possess a UK bachelors degree in... [-]
Hong Kong
January 2020
Part-time
18 - 60 months
Online
The University of Law Postgraduate Programmes

The i-LLM LPC Part-time course supports those who have a law degree or GDL and wish to train as a solicitor via our supported online learning option. ... [+]

i-LLM LPC - Part-time

The i-LLM LPC Part-time course supports those who have a law degree or GDL and wish to train as a solicitor via our supported online learning option.

Balance your studies with other commitments with our 22-month online course (occasional attendance required) Tailor your course to your specialist areas of interest through a wide choice of elective subjects Qualify with an LPC and a Master's award (LLM) at no extra cost

With a strong emphasis on improving future employability, 96% of our full-time 2015/16 and accelerated 2016/16 LPC students graduating in summer 2016 secured employment, a training contract, or further study within nine months of successfully completing their course.... [-]

United Kingdom UK Online
September 2019
Part-time
22 months
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
UNICRI United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute

The Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Transnational Crime and Justice is specifically designed for young professionals and university graduates wishing to specialize in the field ... [+]

The Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Transnational Crime and Justice is designed for young professionals and university graduates wishing to specialize in the fields of humanitarian law, international criminal law and procedure, international human rights law, international law dimensions of peace and conflicts, transnational crimes and transitional justice.

Depending on each student’s background and interest, the programme is ideal for careers in the legal and political sectors both at a national and international level as well as further academic studies.

Through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical exercises selected students will acquire

in-depth knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects related to the investigation and adjudication of international crimes and human rights violations; overall comprehension of the functioning of international criminal tribunals, special and hybrid courts and their legacy to national courts; familiarity with the principle of rule of law and thorough understanding of the interdisciplinary processes and mechanisms related to transitional justice and justice reform in post-conflict situations and countries in transitions; unique insights into the policies and tools of the United Nations, other international organizations as well as national bodies for the prevention, investigation, control and punishment of transnational organised crime and transnational crimes such as corruption, trafficking in persons, smuggling of migrants, environmental crime, terrorism, and cybercrime. ... [-]
Italy Turin
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Full-time
8 months
Campus
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
University of St. Gallen (HSG), School of Management, Economics, Law, Social Sciences and International Affairs

The shifting balance between the state and the economy has given rise to new challenges at the intersections of law, business and government. Addressing these issues call ... [+]

The MIL offers students enormous latitude and flexibility in choosing courses from the programme’s rich and diverse curriculum to put together a degree course that meets their professional objectives and personal preferences. A distinctive feature of the MIL curriculum is the carefully arranged combination of compulsory courses and electives. Three compulsory courses ensure that students will acquire a sound general understanding of the normative and analytical framework of international law. At the same time, a wide range of electives enables them to specialize in selected topics and, if they so wish, to complement their legal education with courses from related areas such as management studies or political science. Blending law, management, and politics MIL courses allow for a great diversity of subjects, among them international and European business law, financial and capital markets law, dispute resolution, international organizations and politics and the legal profession. Students may also elect courses from related areas such as management studies and political science. They are invited to take part in international Moots and similar practical work. They benefit from numerous exchange schemes and partnership programmes. Variety of academic backgrounds Some MIL students will have earned their first degree in law or law and economics, others in fields such as international affairs, management, and economics. They all have a basic legal education. Given its specialized focus, the MIL differs from standard legal programmes intended for students that want to take the bar exam and work as attorneys in their national jurisdictions. Some law graduates might... [-]

Switzerland St. Gallen
September 2019
Full-time
18 months
Campus
SMU Dedman School of Law

A primary goal of the LL.M. for Foreign Law School Graduates program is to provide law students with an understanding of the United States legal system, give a frame of r ... [+]

The LL.M. degree for Foreign Law School Graduates is a one- year, full-time program for students who hold a basic law degree from a recognized international law school. Students enrolled in this degree program must complete 24 credit hours including the required two-credit course in Perspectives of the American Legal System. The remaining courses are elective and offer a wide range of choices. Students have the freedom to choose from a wide array of classes and can design their LL.M. degree to meet their needs and goals in studying in the United States. Students desiring to take a bar examination in Texas, New York or California can take classes required to qualify to sit for those exams. Other students may want to specialize in international studies or in other areas of the law.... [-]

USA Dallas
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Full-time
1 year
Campus
University of Bradford

Human rights and the law is a huge growth area, evolving and expanding in response to new developments, threats, and evolution in our thinking as a society. It has great ... [+]

Overview

Human rights and the law is a huge growth area, evolving and expanding in response to new developments, threats, and evolution in our thinking as a society. It has great significance for major global challenges such as war, terrorism, gender, migration and climate change, and interfaces quite significantly with impacts from science and innovation.

This new LLM in Human Rights and Development is designed to provide you with an understanding of human rights in its multi-layered form, with a critical emphasis on its complementarity with development.

The course offers a wide range of modules that are contemporary, academically rigorous and skills oriented. You'll gain core knowledge of the wider context framing law and policy in this field, whilst having the flexibility to tailor your degree to suit your particular interests and career aspirations by choosing from a range of specialist human rights law and development modules.... [-]

United Kingdom Bradford
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
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 Southern California USC Gould School of Law

For individuals with a first degree in law from outside the U.S., gain a fundamental understanding of American law with our 1-Year LLM (Master of Laws). Students may com ... [+]

Master of Laws (LLM) Degree

Our Master of Laws (LLM) focuses on the U.S. legal system for internationally-educated lawyers.

The full-time, one-year LLM is ideal for international:

attorneys judges government officials prosecutors corporate legal counsel bankers recent law graduates Specialized Master of Laws (LLM) in International Business and Economic Law

This new specialized LLM will help students understand the laws and policies that shape international commerce and trade from a global perspective.

Courses will cover topics in business organizations, global regulatory policy, international trade policy, and international business transactions.

Students will learn negotiation and cross-border transactional law, in addition to the organizational and compliance aspects of servicing globally engaged clients.... [-]

USA South Los Angeles
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
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
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Full-time
2 semesters
Campus
Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas

The LL.M. (Master of Laws) in European Law gives students the opportunity to acquire a comprehensive understanding of European Law in most areas falling within the compet ... [+]

The European Union is one of the most complex yet fascinating socio-economic organizations in today’s world and it is essential nowadays to understand the functioning and nature of its legal system. As a major international player, the European Union has established ties with countries all over the world in trade, cooperation, financial and humanitarian capacities. The European Union is ever growing and more insightful experts are required in the field. The LLM in European law of Université Paris II is a unique and concise program, entirely taught in English, which offers you the possibility to study in depth the most relevant areas of law and gain insight into the political, legal and financial implications it entails. A genuinely European team of highly qualified professors teaches the courses and allows you to acquire the necessary skills to face the exciting challenges and opportunities of our time.... [-]

France Paris
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
Université libre de Bruxelles - ULB

The LL.M. is an advanced graduate program which is designed to expand your legal knowledge and expertise in the fast-changing areas of international business law ... [+]

The LL.M. is a full-time program which runs from October to June. Courses are divided into two semesters, with exams held in January and June. Students are entitled to sit a second session of exams held in late August – beginning of September. LL.M. candidates who successfully complete the program are awarded an LL.M. in International Business Law from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (University of Brussels, ULB), which is recognized by the competent Belgian Academic Authorities (Communauté française) within the framework of the program of continuous education.

The LL.M. is designed for students who wish to take full advantage of the extraordinary range of opportunities offered in Brussels, the capital of Europe. The program includes visits to the institutions of the European Union (European Commission, Council, and Parliament) which are headquartered in Brussels. The LL.M. is part of the program offering of the University of Brussels (Université libre de Bruxelles, or “ULB”), one of the leading universities in Europe, with 25.000 students, 32% of which come from outside of Belgium.... [-]

Belgium Brussels
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Full-time
9 months
Campus
Ghent University Law School

The LLM in International Business Law is a flagship programme for students seeking to specialize in the ... [+]

The LLM in International Business Law is a flagship programme for students seeking to specialize in the international legal aspects of business practice in our globalizing world. While allowing a degree of personal choice, it steers students towards the key legal building blocks of international business law, guaranteeing an advanced degree with real added value in a business-oriented career. The Ghent LLM in International Business Law allows students to gain in-depth knowledge about all practice areas and is aimed at future or already experienced lawyers and in-house counsel dealing with commercial, corporate, securities and banking legal issues, as well as international economic law. Built around the renowned Financial Law Institute, the programme combines the expertise of its professors with that of experienced practitioners in areas like M&A, Intellectual Property, and Arbitration, to bring you hands-on experience. All courses in the LLM focus either on EU-wide regulation or use a comparative law approach. The programme is ideally suited for students from outside the EU who need a thorough background in EU regulation and for those from within the EU who want to escape the provincial study of national law.... [-]

Belgium Ghent
September 2019
Full-time
10 months
Campus
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
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Full-time
1 year
Campus