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The University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor is one of the world's finest institutions of legal education. Located on the University of Michigan's Central Campus, in the beautiful William W. Cook Law Quadrangle, the Law School is home to a faculty widely recognized as among the nation's best, and to over 20,400 alumni worldwide, who hold prestigious positions in the public, private, and academic sectors in the United States and abroad and speak eloquently to the strength of the School.

Of all the elements that combine to give the University of Michigan Law School its special character, we take greatest pride in our student body. Students from around the world contribute their remarkable talents and accomplishments to create an academic community characterized by serious purpose, high academic achievement, social commitment, and the joy of intellectual inquiry.

Our graduate students are a diverse and high-achieving group of law professionals with outstanding legal educations and notable legal experience in their home countries or on the international level. They practice in private law firms and corporations, teach at universities around the world, and work in government ministries and international organizations. Those who join our program immediately after completion of their first degrees in law are generally near the very top of their classes with significant research, extracurricular, or part-time professional experience.

Michigan's graduate students benefit from access to a vast array of courses and seminars offered by a large and intellectually vibrant law school, a law faculty representing strength in all branches of American law as well as international and comparative subjects, and a dynamic student body involved in an enormous range of activities and organizations –  from 6 student edited law journals to groups such as the Intellectual Property Students Association, the International Law Society,  and the Women Law Students' Association.

The University of Michigan is among the world's premier research and teaching universities, and is renowned for its top ranked graduate programs in the social sciences and humanities; its schools of law, engineering, business, medicine, and music; and its specialized research institutes and centers of study. Michigan Law students and scholars are invited to take advantage of the University's rich intellectual life and tremendous resources such as libraries, cultural and recreational facilities, and curricular offerings.

Recent LL.M. Program Graduates

Recently, the graduate programs have included, for example, members of the Japanese government, the Mexican Federal Revenue Administration Service, and the Judiciary in Japan and Korea; law teachers at Tsinghua University in Beijing, at the Pontifical Catholic Universities of Argentina, Chile and Peru, Hebrew University in Israel, the Universities of Hannover and Bayreuth in Germany, Zurich in Switzerland, and Zagreb in Croatia, the College of Europe in Bruges, and Birzeit University in the West Bank; a member of the Japanese Financial Services Agency, a government attorney for the Chilean Environmental Laws Enforcement Agency, and a counsel for the Constitution Review Commission of Ghana; associates at leading law firms in, i.a., Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, Switzerland, and Vietnam; and clerks on the highest courts of South Africa and Israel, the European Court of Justice in Strasbourg and International Court of Justice in The Hague.

Countries Represented

The graduate programs in the current year alone represent the following countries: Argentina, Azerbaijian, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, India,  Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Mexico, Moldova, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, Peru, The Philippines, Slovakia, South Africa,  Spain, Switzerland, and Thailand.

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