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The Master of Laws (LLM)

"When you only have one LLM year at Michigan, you want to spend your time wisely in order to benefit as much as possible. Incorporating mini-seminars and a clinic into my schedule enabled me to expand my knowledge through debates and research that I wouldn't have had in a classic classroom setting. And with professors that are both scholars and practitioners, you will benefit from both ways of approaching very rich disciplines."

– Yasmin Al Ameen, LLM '19
 Foley Hoag LLP, Washington D.C.

The Michigan Law LLM provides a flexible program of study, allowing students to specialize as they like, explore new areas of interest, or qualify to take the New York bar exam. The program's academic rigor rewards students who are up for the challenge of learning and being assessed alongside JD students, while its intellectual engagement rewards students who relish exploration and risk taking.

LLM students are permitted to enroll in most JD courses, including several clinics. In fact, we reserve seats in may fall semester courses to ensure places are actually available by the time you enroll. We offer only two courses that are exclusive to LLM students (a constitutional law course and a research and writing course). Both courses are optional, though generally recommended.


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:

Flexible Curriculum

Our flexible curriculum lets students select from nearly all our JD courses to design their own focus and experience. It lets students earn independent research credit while working directly with world-renowned law school professors. And our interdisciplinary approach encourages students to take courses toward their LLM degree in any of the University of Michigan's other top-ranked schools and colleges.

Study with Outstanding JDs

Students study and attend class with our 900 JD students who come from nearly every U.S. state and more than 15 foreign countries. Our highly selective admissions standards enroll JD students with a median LSAT score in the top 3% of test takers.

Small Cohort

With no more than 45 participants, our LLM students know their fellow classmates well, have close contact with professors, enjoy individual attention from staff, and integrate well into the institution. Because each LLM student is carefully selected, the class is extremely bright, inquisitive, and diverse. And because of this class size and quality, LLM students are permitted to take advantage of many fully-funded Michigan Law opportunities. Here are some recent examples: 

  • Three days in Washington, DC as a Salzburg-Cutter Global Fellow

  • One week in Vienna, Austria on the Vis Moot Court team

  • 10 Days in India with our Law & Economic Development in India class

  • two weeks in Geneva as a UNHR-Geneva intern

  • One summer in London at the AIRE Centre

  • One summer as a Law & Development Fellow in Namibia

  • One summer as a Refuge & Asylum Law Fellow in Washington, DC

  • One summer at the University of Michigan Law School Innocence Clinic

  • 10 months as a clerk at the International Court of Justice in the Hague

Learn from the Best

With an interdisciplinary mindset and a genuine love of teaching, our professors 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.

Continued Study

Top-achieving students may apply to transfer into our JD program or continue on to our SJD program.

Alumni Network

Graduates join the ranks of more than 22,000 Michigan Law alumni around the globe, becoming lifelong members of the Michigan family.

U.S. Culture

Students dive deeply into American culture by living in the country's heartland, likely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. A major U.S. airport is 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 farmers market that abounds with fresh produce, engaging with the many passionate student groups that only a large university can provide, and soaking up the arts and culture scene in one of the most vibrant and intellectually curious environments in the nation.


  1. Earn at least 24 credits

    1. At least 18 of these credits must be earned in Law School courses

  2. Satisfy the constitutional law requirement

    1. Successfully pass either Introduction to Constitutional Law and American Legal Process (Law 631, for LLM students only) or Introduction to Constitutional Law(Law 540, the JD required course)

  3. Satisfy the research requirement

    1. Successfully complete a qualifying seminar or course (those with footnote 4 or 46) or earn two credits of Independent Research (Law 900)            

We encourage students not only to consider courses in their area of legal interest, but also to take courses that expand the way they think about the law and legal problems. Students should learn to be nimble in applying methods of legal analysis to the many new areas of law they will inevitably confront after graduation

Students should also consider the professor teaching the course. Many students select classes for the opportunity to engage with specific professors, not only for the course topic, but for the quality of their minds and the excitement of their intellectual approach to legal studies.

"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

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