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At Orientation, all LLMs were encouraged to take at least one 1L class. So I took civil procedure. The study of American law is very interesting and witnessing, as a classmate, how differently JDs think than I was accustomed to, was a very good experience for me. Sometimes it was difficult, but the professor was kind and helpful, and I learned a lot. I would really recommend Michigan's LLM program to all lawyers or judges.

– Tatsuya Masudome, LLM '13
Assistant Judge, Fukuoka Family Court, Japan

The Master of Laws (LLM)

The Michigan Law LLM program began more than 125 years ago and continues to flourish today. Unique among its peers, our program stands out for many reasons:

  • Choose one of three master's degrees: The Michigan LLM, the Michigan International Tax LLM, or the Michigan Master of Comparative Law.
  • Live on Campus: Students may live on campus alongside JD and other LLM students on our celebrated Law Quad, creating a close-knit and collaborative community.
  • Small Cohort: With no more than 45 participants, LLM students know their fellow classmates well, have close contact with professors, and enjoy individual attention from staff.
  • Study with JDs: Students study and attend class with our 900 JD students who come from nearly every US state and more than 15 foreign countries.
  • Highest Caliber Colleagues: Our highly selective JD and LLM programs ensure you will engage with the brightest, most curious and most interesting students.
  • Learn from the Best With an interdisciplinary mindset and a genuine love of teaching, our faculty are truly outstanding in their fields. Held in high regard by their peers and published in the most prestigious journals, they cover a wide variety of domestic, international and comparative law areas.
  • Flexible Curriculum: Our flexible curriculum lets students take courses toward their LLM degree in any of the University of Michigan's other top-ranked schools and colleges and lets students earn independent research credit while working with world-renown law school faculty.
  • Continued Study: Top-achieving students may apply to transfer into our JD program or to continue on to our SJD program.
  • Alumni Network: Graduates join the ranks of more than 21,000 Michigan Law alumni around the globe, becoming life-long members of the Michigan family.
  • US Culture: Students dive deeply into American culture by living in the country's heartland, yet having access to a major US airport just 30 minutes away.
  • Ann Arbor: Students revel in Ann Arbor, one of America's best college towns, by dining at some of the more than 1,000 restaurants the City has to offer, learning to cheer for a college football team that plays in the third largest stadium in the world, exploring the nearby Detroit metro area as it experiences a rebirth, wandering the weekly farmer's market that abounds with fresh produce, engaging with the many passionate student groups that only a large university can provide, and soaking up the art and culture scene in one of the most vibrant and intellectually curious environments in the nation.


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"I wanted to study advanced corporate law as well as the basics of the American legal system and the fundamental ideas behind American legal thinking. UMLS is perfect for these goals. This year couldn't have offered richer insights."

—Makoto Saito, '06, Partner, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Tokyo, Japan

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