LLM students at the University of Michigan Law School have several financial aid opportunities at their disposal to help defray the cost of attendance.
Please note that applying for financial aid from the University of Michigan does not affect a candidate's admissions decision. Once admissions decision have been made, all admitted students who requested financial aid will be automatically considered for the scholarships below. In a typical year, 30 to 40 percent of Michigan Law's LLM students receive Law School funding.
Michigan International and Comparative Law Scholarships: Each year, Michigan Law is proud to award several scholarships, formerly called Michigan Grotius Fellowships, of varying amounts. The shcolarships acknowledge superior academic and professional achievements in all areas of law and recognize the promise of distinguished legal careers after graduation. All admitted students who complete the financial aid portion of their LLM application are automatically considered for this award.
Additional Named Fellowships: Thanks to generous donors across the globe and through the generations, Michigan Law typically has additional prestigious scholarships to award to exemplary students. Financial need, academic excellence, seriousness and depth of purpose, and professional promise are some of the important factors considered. All admitted students who complete the financial portion of their LLM application are automatically considered for these awards.
Weiser Emerging Democracy Fellowships: The University of Michigan's Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies provides
scholarships for admitted students interested in the legal aspects of emerging democracy, past or present. Admitted students who applied to the Michigan Law LLM program before the end of January, completed the financial aid portion of their LLM application, and demonstrated a genuine interest in this area are automatically nominated by the Law School for this award.
Due to the many outstanding applications we receive, the demand for financial aid always exceeds Michigan Law's fellowship budget. Therefore, applicants are strongly encouraged to seek public and private funding outside the University of Michigan. Deadlines for external fellowships and scholarships are normally much earlier than the Law School's deadlines. We recommend applying for external support at least one year prior to your anticipated enrollment in the LLM program.
Grants: Employers, governments, and private organizations are financial sources often tapped by our students to help cover costs. A list of funding resources for international students can be found
Employment, especially during the first semester, is highly discouraged. However, sometimes Michigan LLM students do obtain part-time employment on campus, usually as research assistants for Michigan Law faculty. Research assistant positions are solicited by individual professors and are normally not advertised until September or later.
LLM Tuition and Fees: $68,160
Living Expenses (including health insurance and law school books): $23,400(estimated)
Total: $91,560 (plus travel expenses)___________________
"One of the unique aspects of Michigan is the interdisciplinary approach that permeates the university. In my comparative law class, for example, my classmates also came from the schools of public policy and business. As we discussed how one might rebuild a country emerging from war, we drew on the various legal backgrounds of LLMs and JDs, and on the input from our classmates in the other disciplines. Given the high caliber of the schools and programs at the internationally renowned University of Michigan, it became an amazing collaboration with some very smart people. This holistic approach really sets Michigan apart."
- J.R. Robert Reál, LLM '17
Senior Court Attorney, Office of the Chief Justice of the Philippines
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