The Master of Laws (LLM)
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 many 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.
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.
Top-achieving students may apply to transfer into our JD program or continue on to our SJD program.
Graduates join the ranks of more than 22,000 Michigan Law alumni around the globe, becoming lifelong members of the Michigan family.
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.
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.
“The amount we learn in the classrooms is enormous, but the personal connections we build are also crucial in expanding our horizons. My fellow LLMs and JDs, as well as SJDs and research scholars got me interested in topics I had never thought about before, taught me new things about the legal market, and helped me reevaluate and further develop my career. It is easy to be caught up in the readings and lectures, but the difference that people can make in your personal and professional life are also a defining feature of the experience at Michigan Law.”
Daniele de Oliveira Nunes, LLM ‘19 Senior Associate, Leal Cotrim Jansen Advogados, Rio de Janeiro
LLM Degree Requirements
1. Earn at least 24 credits
At least 18 of these credits must be earned in Law School courses.Remaining credits can be earned at any of the other 18 top-ranked schools and colleges within the University for a truly interdisciplinary experience.
2. Satisfy the constitutional law requirement
Successfully pass either Introduction to Constitutional Law and American Legal Process (for LLM students only) or Introduction to Constitutional Law (the JD required course).
3. Satisfy the research requirement
Successfully complete a qualifying seminar or course or earn two credits of Independent Research.
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.