University of Minnesota LLM

University of Minnesota LLM Program

The University of Minnesota Law School LLM Program is designed to give foreign lawyers an opportunity to learn about the American legal system, the common law system, and case analysis, and to become familiar with American culture. A total of 24 credits with a minimum 2.0 GPA is required to complete the University of Minnesota LLM degree. The program starts in the first week of August and ends in mid-May. The three-week intensive course Introduction to American Law, which takes place in August, is required, during which students learn about American constitutional law, civil and criminal procedure, legal research and writing, and other relevant background for the courses they will take at the Law School throughout the LLM program. The only other requirement is a seminar that has a significant writing component. LLM students are also paired with second or third-year U.S. students in the Law School to help them navigate the Law School and learn about American culture.

Students can pursue concentrations in a number of fields by completing 12 credits of coursework in the subject area. All concentrations allow students to participate in related clinics and student-run organizations, to pursue an individual research and writing project under faculty supervision, to network with alumni of the program, and to receive departmental notices of fellowship and career opportunities relevant to their course of study.

  • Business Law: This concentration allows students to learn about the diverse areas of business law, such as antitrust, securities regulation, white collar and corporate crime, international business transactions, commercial, and mergers and acquisitions.
  • Criminal Justice: This concentration lets students study criminal law, punishment theory, criminal procedure, juvenile justice, sentencing policy and law.
  • Environmental & Energy Law: As part of this concentration, students take courses in climate change, renewable energy, land use, brownfields development, natural resources law, water law, business environmental law, energy financing, environmental justice, land use, and renewable energy law, and can choose to take courses with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the University’s departments in conservation biology, ecology, geography, and applied economics.
  • Health Law & Bioethics: This concentration allows students to focus on interdisciplinary study of bioethics, health law, and human rights issues such as health care reform and delivery, mental health, food and drug law, genetics, assisted reproduction, and insurance.
  • Human Rights Law: Students in this concentration study issues as varied as civil rights, the death penalty, immigration, and American Indian law. They also have the opportunity to participate in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, a post-graduate LLM human rights fellowship program.
  • Intellectual Property & Technology Law: This concentration prepares students for issues in intellectual property practice, such as trademark, copyright, patents, unfair competition, biotechnology, neuroscience, privacy, the First Amendment, and international intellectual property.
  • International Law: This concentration lets students take courses in human rights litigation, transnational law, international advocacy, international law, international environmental law, and international tax law.
  • Labor & Employment Law: Students in this concentration learn about the issues facing labor and employment law.

University of Minnesota Business Law LLM

The University of Minnesota Business Law LLM Program is offered for foreign business lawyers who want to gain an understanding of how business law is practiced on a global scale and the skills that are necessary to do so. As part of the program, LLM students have the opportunity to go to on-site visits to corporate headquarters of the many large multinational companies that are based in Minnesota, such as Piper Jaffray, 3M, and UnitedHealth Group. During these visits, employees at the companies give presentations to the students, participate in question and answer sessions, and hold networking receptions to allow LLM students to make connections with U.S. businesspeople.

University of Minnesota LLM Admission

  • Application form
  • $70 Application fee
  • Resume or CV
  • Personal statement
  • Official academic transcripts from all attended universities and colleges
  • Letters of recommendation (2)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores*

*Minimum accepted TOEFL scores are 213 computer based, 79-80 Internet-based, or 550 paper-based. However, the committee gives strong preference to applicants with TOEFL scores over 250 computer-based or over 100 for the Internet-based test.

The application deadline is April 1. The admissions committee begins reviewing applications in November and sends out acceptances on a rolling basis. Some applicants may potentially be invited to interview with the committee.

University of Minnesota LLM Tuition

The University of Minnesota Law School estimates the combined cost of tuition and fees, books, and insurance to provide accurate information about University of Minnesota LLM tuition.

University of Minnesota LLM Scholarships

The University of Minnesota Law School makes limited funds available to help students cover tuition costs only. All students receive automatic scholarship consideration.

University of Minnesota LLM Employment

LLM students can take advantage of the University of Minnesota Law School Career Center, which provides counseling for students and alumni to help articulate and plan for their career goals, hosts career workshops and events regularly during the academic year, and maintains online job postings. The Career Center also organizes many interviewing and networking programs on-campus and off-campus in cities such as Washington, DC, New York, and San Francisco. Employers of all types from corporations and law firms, to judicial clerkships and public agencies at the local, regional, national, and international levels attend these events. University of Minnesota law students are also invited to attend national career fairs including the Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference in Chicago and the annual Equal Justice Works Conference in Washington, DC. With the help of the Career Center, University of Minnesota Law School students have found employment in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Guam, all 50 states of the United States, and Puerto Rico, at law firms, companies, federal departments and agencies, state governments, local governments, public interest organizations, and boutique practice firms.

University of Minnesota LLM Contact

429 Mondale Hall
229 19th Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: (612) 626-7325
Fax: (612) 625-2011
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