Master of Law in USA

Master of Law in USA

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Shanti RanaWed Sep 29 2021

Master of Law in USA is a postgraduate law degree for LLB or JD graduates who want to specialize in a specific part of the law. Students can pick from different concentration areas listed below during LLM in USA. 

  • Corporate & Commercial Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation and Lawyering Skills
  • Property Development / Real Estate Law
  • US Legal  Practice

This degree is generally one year long and costs between USD 30,000 per year to USD 70,000 per year. In this blog, the crucial basics related to LLM in USA are presented, like the top LLM Universities, tuition fees of Master of Law, and career opportunities after graduation. 

Why study Master of Law in USA?

  • The best Law Universities in the world like Harvard University and New York University are located in the USA.
  • Even the entry-level job positions after LLM pay around USD 60,000. 
  • There are many specializations available in LLM in USA in environmental law, tax law, corporate law, business law etc. 
  • The number of active lawyers and demand for active Lawyers is increasing in the USA, according to the report by American Bar Association (ABA)
  • LLM in USA offers global credentials to international lawyers. 

Top Universities for Master of Law in USA

According to the QS ranking of top universities for LLM or Master of Law, these are the ten best law schools in the USA.

QS Ranking 2020

University

School

1

Harvard University

Harvard Law School

4

Yale University

Yale Law School

5

Stanford University

Stanford Law School

7

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Berkeley Law

8

University of Columbia

Columbia Law School

9

New York University (NYU)

NYU Law

11

University of Chicago

University of Chicago Law School

18

Georgetown University

Georgetown University Law Centre

26

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

UCLA Law

29

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

Michigan Law

List of LLM Programs in USA

University

Master of law program

Location

English Language Requirements

Harvard University

Master of Law

Cambridge, USA

TOEFL: 100

Arizona State University

LLM

Tempe, USA

TOEFL: 80

Legal Studies, MLS

Justice Studies, MS

Laws (Global Legal Studies), LLM

Legal Studies (Patent Practice), MLS

Tribal Policy, Law, and Government, LLM

Criminology and Criminal Justice, MS

University of Texas at Dallas

Master of Science in Criminology

Richardson, USA

IELTS: 6.5

Executive Master of Science in Justice Administration and Leadership

Stanford University

Master of Law

Stanford, USA

TOEFL: 100

JD Program

The University of Illinois at Chicago

MA in Criminology, Law and Justice

Chicago, USA

IELTS: 6.5

Northeastern University

MS in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Boston, USA

IELTS: 7

LLM

Other famous LLM programs in USA are: 

  • LLM in International Business and Economic Law
  • LLM in Privacy Law and Cybersecurity
  • Master of International Trade Law and Economics
  • Executive LL.M. in Global Business Law
  • Master of Laws in intellectual property
  • LLM in American Law
  • LLM in Legal Theory
  • LLM in International Taxation
  • LLM in Banking & Financial Law
  • Master of Advanced Corporation Law (MACL)
  • LLM in International Legal Studies
  • LLM in Environmental and Energy Law
  • LLM in Corporation Law
  • LLM in International Business Regulation, Litigation and Arbitration
  • LLM in Competition, Innovation and Information Law

LLM in USA Fees

The cost of Studying Master of Law, i.e. LLM in USA, ranges from USD 30,000 to USD 70,000 per year for international students.

University

Approximate Annual Tuition fees per year in USD

George Mason University

41,261

Harvard University

67,720

University of Columbia

73,360

University of Chicago

$70,710

University of San Diego

49,481

The University of Texas at Austin

47,114

University of Cincinnati

24,010

University of California Berkeley

66,362

Yale University

45,000

University of Michigan Ann Arbor

66,320

Entry Requirements for Master of Law in USA

As an international student, you need to meet these criteria to study Master of Law in USA: 

  • A bachelor degree in law or JD with a minimum 2.0 GPA (could be much higher as well, depending upon the university)
  • Resume/ CV with your academic and career achievements, projects, experience etc.
  • Letter of Recommendations (1 to 3)
  • 2-3 years of experience is needed for some universities in the relevant field of specialization.
  • Statement of Purpose (500 words to 1500 words depending on the university)
  • Some universities ask GRE/ GMAT scores
  • English Proficiency scores (IELTS: 6.5/ TOEFL: 80) for international students from English non-speaking countries. 

If you are wondering what you need to apply for Master of Law in USA, this is it. 

NYU Law School

  • Course name: Master of Law
  • English Language Requirements:
    • TOEFL: 100 (Listening and reading 26, Speaking and writing: 22)
    • IELTS: 7.0 (Listening and Reading: 7.5, Speaking and Writing 7.0)
  • Academic Requirements: Applicants need to complete a bachelor degree in law (JD or LLB ) or closely related subjects with a minimum of 3.0 GPA.
  • Other Requirements: 
    • Personal Statement (less than 500 words)
    • Resume/ CV
    • 1-3 Recommendation Letters
    • Official Transcripts and Class Rank Statement
  • Application fees: USD 85

Duke Law School

Duke Law School offers certificate LLM Programs in Environment and Energy Law, Business Law, Intellectual Property, Science and Technology Law.

  • Course name: Master of Law (LLM)
  • English Language Requirements:
    • TOEFL: 100 
  • Academic Requirements: Pass Bachelor in Law (LLB) with a minimum of 2.5 GPA.
  • Other Requirements: 
    • Personal Statement- 2 to 5 pages in length
    • Resume/ CV
    • At least 2 Recommendation Letter
    • Two years work experience in related fields after bachelor. 
    • Official Transcripts from all previously attended institution
  • Application fees: USD 80

William and Mary Law School

  • Course name: LLM
  • English Language Requirements:
    • TOEFL: 90
    • IELTS: 6
    • Duolingo: 95
  • Academic Requirements: Applicants need to have completed the necessary legal education required to obtain an LL.B. (Bachelor of Laws), LL.M. (Master of Laws), or J.M. (Juris Master) in a foreign country with a minimum GPA of 2.0.
  • Other Requirements: 
    • Personal Statement
    • Resume/ CV
    • Recommendation Letter
    • Unofficial transcripts and academic records.

Harvard Law School

  • Course name: Master of Law (LL.M. )
  • English Language Requirements:
    • TOEFL: 100, with 25 and better on each section.
  • Academic Requirements: To be considered for the LL.M. program, an applicant must have a J.D. (Juris Doctor) or should come from a background of legal systems and professions. 
  • Other Requirements: 
    • Personal Statement (less than 500 words)
    • Resume/ CV
    • At least 2 Recommendation Letters
    • Official Transcripts from previously attended institutions. 
  • Application fees: USD 85
  • Application deadlines: December 1 for Fall intake
  • No GRE Scores or LSAT Score requirements

George Mason University/ Antonin Scalia Law School

  • Course name: Flex LLM
  • English Language Requirements:
    • TOEFL: Minimum 90, though 100 and above is highly preferred. 
    • IELTS: 6.5, 7.5, or above preferred
    • Duolingo: 110 
  • Academic Requirements: Pass JD or equivalent bachelor degree in law with a minimum of 3.0 GPA. 
  • Other Requirements: 
    • Personal Statement. 500 Word
    • Resume/ CV
    • 1 Recommendation Letter
    • Official law school transcripts
    • Informal interview with the director of LLM Program
  • Application fees: USD
  • Application deadlines: November 1 for spring intake and May 1 for fall intake. 

University of Arizona- James E Rogers College of Law

  • Course name: General Master of Law (LLM)
  • English Language Requirements:
    • TOEFL: 79 
    • IELTS: 7.0 with 6.0 or better in each module
  • Academic Requirements: All LLM candidates must have earned a first law degree from either a foreign law school approved by the government or other accrediting authority in the nation in which it is located, or an ABA-approved law school in the United States, as applicable.
  • Other Requirements: 
    • Personal Statement
    • Resume/ CV- Summarize education experience, publications and achievements
    • Two or more Recommendation Letter
    • Official academic transcripts
  • Application fees: None
  • Application deadline: May 15 for fall intake and November 30 for Spring intake.

University of Cincinnati College of Law

  • Course name: LLM
  • English Language Requirements:
    • TOEFL: 100
    • IELTS: 7
  • Academic Requirements: Pass equivalent bachelor degree in law with a minimum of 2.75 GPA. 
  • Other Requirements: 
    • Personal Statement.
    • Resume/ CV
    • 2  Recommendation Letter
    • Official law school transcripts
  • Application fees: USD
  • Application deadlines: November 1 for spring intake and May 1 for fall intake.

Scholarships for Master of Law in USA

As you can see in the table above, the master of law is quite expensive for international students in USA. Thankfully, there are some scholarships to help international students with this. 

  • Jagdish Bhagwati Fellowship
  • Fullbright scholarship
  • General Merit Scholarships
  • Hauser Global Scholars Program
  • Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation
  • UCLA Law Distinguished Scholars Program

Scope of Master of Law/ LLM in USA

After completion of LLM, graduates can engage in Optional Practical Training, also called OPT.  After this, Master of Law students can search for jobs in diverse settings in USA. LLM graduates can find employment in a wide range of areas like: 

  • Consultancies
  • Law Firms
  • Finance
  • Corporate
  • Courthouses
  • International Organizations such as UNO or UNICEF
  • NGO
  • FMCG
  • Real Estate
  • Banking, Retail, Manufacturing
  • Insurance
  • Advertising
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Media and Publishing houses
  • Regulatory Bodies

Job title

Average Annual Salary in USD

Attorney/ Lawyer

95,194

Associate Attorney

83,117

General Counsel

157,736

Corporate Counsel

115,579

Associate General Counsel

144,068

Tax Manager

115,463

Law Firm Partner

218,608

Staff Attorney

72,698

Assistant General Counsel

116,599

Tax Attorney

105,280

Corporate Lawyer

126,210



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