Master of Laws (LLM)


Program Description

Master of Laws (LLM)

The LL.M. program is designed for international students with a first degree in law. The program requires at least two semesters of full-time study in residence. In addition to the traditional LLM, degree options include an LLM with Thesis, for students interested in academic legal writing, and a number of LLM Specializations, for students interested in a specific area of law.

Traditional LLM Degree

Graduate students are admitted for at least two semesters in residence, leading to the degree of Master of Laws (LLM). To qualify for the LLM degree, students must:

  • Complete at least 24 hours of course credit;
  • Complete one academic year in residence in the Law School;
  • Complete B504 Introduction to American Law for 2 credits and B530 Legal Discourse and Writing for 2 credits;
  • Carry no fewer than 8 hours of course credit per semester;
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0; and
  • Complete the degree requirements in no more than three consecutive semesters.

Applicants who will have received a J.D. degree from an American law school prior to matriculation in the LLM program at Indiana University may not earn an LLM degree without thesis and may be subject to alternative requirements.

LLM with Thesis Degree

LLM students who want experience in academic legal writing and plan to continue on to an SJD or Ph.D. program may be interested in the LLM with Thesis degree. LLM with Thesis students must complete the following requirements:

  • Complete at least 24 total hours of course credit;
  • Complete 6 hours of B706 Independent Research credits for the thesis;
  • Complete one academic year in residence in the Law School;
  • Complete B504 Introduction to American Law for 2 credits, B530 Legal Discourse and Writing for 2 credits, and B560 Academic Legal Writing for 1 credit;
  • Carry no fewer than 8 hours of course credit per semester, except in the last semester;
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0; and
  • Complete the degree requirements in no more than four consecutive semesters.

Other LLM Options

Summer Programs for Graduate Students

LLM applicants who need to improve their English and legal English skills prior to starting a graduate program may be admitted to our Summer Start Program, which begins in June each year.

LLM to JD credit transfer option

The Law School has a process that enables our LLM students to apply to transfer to the JD program. Students may nominate themselves to take part in the selection process, or faculty members may also nominate students with outstanding performance in their classes. Students who apply to the JD degree program may be able to count some LLM credits toward the JD degree, which will enable them to enter the JD program with advanced standing.

Spring Start LLM Admission

In addition to the traditional two-semester LLM program starting in the fall, students may elect to start the program in the spring semester (January). Spring start LLM students may complete their degrees in two semesters, or they can choose to complete the degree requirements at a slower pace, taking three semesters. The spring start LLM admission may be required for students taking classes in the Intensive English Program in the fall semester.


Application priority dates


  • Priority Date: February 1
  • Deadline: April 1, then rolling admissions


  • Priority Date: September 1
  • Deadline: November 1, then rolling admissions

Though applications will be considered until the class is full, it is recommended that you apply no later than the listed deadline. All applications received by this listed priority date will be automatically be considered for scholarships. Applications received after the priority date will be considered for scholarships if funds are still available.

For each future fall semester, we begin accepting new applications to all graduate programs on October 1.

Start dates

To accommodate your busy schedule or specific needs, Indiana Law offers several start dates for our LLM programs:

  • Traditional Fall Start: The traditional fall term, our primary start date, begins in early to mid-August each year.
  • Spring Start: In addition to our traditional fall semester, Indiana Law offers a spring program that starts in January. Applications for spring start will be accepted July through November.
  • Summer Start: The summer start program is a specially designed seven-week summer Intensive Legal English program for LLM students that begins in June and is followed by our intensive Introduction to American Law course.
  • Intensive Introduction to American Law: By enrolling in our two-week intensive Introduction to American Law course (two credit hours), which starts in late July, you can complete one of your required law courses early. Arriving by the end of July also gives you time to familiarize yourself with the law school, the university, and the Bloomington community before beginning your full course schedule in August.

Admission requirements

  • Education: LLM applicants who received their undergraduate education outside the United States are generally required to have completed a degree in law or a strong undergraduate concentration in legal coursework.
  • English proficiency: An LLM candidate for whom English is not their first language must demonstrate fluency in English via a TOEFL score of 94 IBT, IELTS score of at least 7.0, or equivalent TOEFL, IELTS, or TOEIC scores in other formats. An English proficiency score which is slightly lower than our minimum requirement is not rejected outright, especially when other factors, such as educational background and work experience, are outstanding. We do not offer conditional admission in place of the above-mentioned test score requirements, but we do have a special LLM summer program for English and legal English improvement.

How to apply

Prospective LLM students should submit applications by using the LSAC Online Application. If you will apply only to Indiana University Maurer School of Law, you may also use our direct application to apply.

Applying via the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website is intended to enable the fastest possible processing of your admission file. A majority of the top US law schools are using the LSAC system. If you would like to know more, review the full description of LSAC services.

  • If you do not yet have an LSAC LLM account: After reading all of the application details on this page, you should register for a new LSAC applicant account in order to start the application process.
  • If you have an existing LSAC LLM account: Simply log in to your current account in order to apply to the Indiana University-Bloomington Maurer School of Law.
Last updated September 2019

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