University of Cincinnati LLM

University of Cincinnati LLM Program

The University of Cincinnati College of Law offers an LLM program for International Lawyers. This LLM degree is specially designed for practicing lawyers and recent graduates of foreign law schools who wish to gain an introduction to the workings and structure of the U.S. legal system. The goal of the program is to prepare lawyers for professional dealings for which knowledge of U.S. law is beneficial, such as negotiation and litigation with U.S.-based entities and representation of U.S. clients. Additionally, lawyers have the opportunity to improve their legal English writing and speaking abilities, network with fellow international lawyers, JD students, law school faculty, and lawyers, judges, and businesspeople in the area, as practice observations at law firms, courtrooms, businesses, and government agencies may be included in the program to supplement classroom training.

The length of the program is one academic year, a period of 9 months beginning in August and ending in May, during which students are expected to reside at or near the University of Cincinnati College of Law campus in Cincinnati, Ohio. An orientation and the mandatory course Introduction to Law kick off the LLM study. The courses US Legal System and Legal Research and Writing for LLM Students are also required.

Aside from these required courses, students are free to choose their remaining courses from general law school offerings and design their course of study to suit their professional and personal legal interests. Specifically, students may elect to follow one of several Professional Pathways offered by the school in the following areas of legal study:

  • Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Criminal
  • General and Small Practice
  • International
  • Innovation, Technology, and Intellectual Property
  • Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Public Interest
  • Science, Health, and Environment

The University of Cincinnati College of Law has an 11:1 student to faculty ratio and was founded in 1833, making it the fourth-oldest law school under continuous operation in the United States. It also houses several programs and institutes of renown, including the Corporate Law Center, the Institute for the Global Practice of Law, the Ohio Innocence Project, and the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights.

University of Cincinnati LLM Admissions

Potential students are encouraged to submit applications early for admissions and scholarship consideration. To apply for the University of Cincinnati LLM program, applicants must submit the following materials to the admissions committee:

  • Application form
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume or CV
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Credential Evaluation
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores: TOEFL scores above 80 are considered, though scores of 100 Internet-based, 250 computer-based, and 600 paper-based are preferred (or 7.0 IELTS)*

*Note: Students whose scores are not high enough may be offered conditional admission, contingent upon their enrollment in and completion of Level 112 English language training at the University of Cincinnati’s ELS-Cincinnati Language Center before the start of the LLM program.

Applications and supporting documents can be submitted online or by mail to this address:

Associate Dean Nancy Oliver
LLM Program
University of Cincinnati College of Law
PO Box 210040
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0040

University of Cincinnati LLM Tuition

Check the school website for University of Cincinnati LLM tuition for the upcoming academic year. Because it is a public university, tuition is substantially cheaper for residents of the state of Ohio. Additionally, students should budget for general living expenses, books, and health insurance.

University of Cincinnati LLM Scholarships

Students who wish to inquire about scholarship opportunities should email when submitting their applications.

Additionally, the University of Cincinnati College of Law offers students who participate in its program run by the Institute for the Global Practice of Law a 90% tuition discount.

University of Cincinnati LLM Contact

University of Cincinnati College of Law
Attn: LLM Program
PO Box 210040
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0040 USA
Phone: (513) 556-6805
Fax: (513) 556-5550
Email the University of Cincinnati College of Law:

Questions about the University of Cincinnati LLM program’s admissions process or academics can be emailed to Additionally, the University has brochures about its program available in the following languages: Chinese, Arabic, and Portuguese.

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