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Law, LL.M.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
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The LL.M. in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law provides young lawyers and law students with the training and tools necessary to implement law reforms that support stable democratic institutions and the rule of law. 

About

The core of the LL.M. program is real-world experience: the professional experiences of international students, the externships of concurrent students, and the broad professional expertise of the faculty in rule of law reform. ONU provides a unique learning experience. Featuring a combination of rigorous academic instruction in specially designed courses, field experiences, presentations by outside experts, and the shared stories of your colleagues, you will graduate from ONU ready to change the world.

The LLM program is offered to students at three phases of their professional life:

  • Foreign lawyers from transitional states with experience in governance and law reform
  • Students just entering law school who would like to gain both their JD and LL.M.in three years
  • American lawyers seeking to complement or redirect their career with the LL.M. in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law

Careers

Most graduates of the ONU LL.M. program work in influential positions in national governments, international organizations and NGOs continuing their efforts to promote democracy and the rule of law around the world. While many students return to the organizations they left, LL.M. program staff members actively engage in counseling students on career options and preparation of professional résumés, while also providing references and referrals to assist them in seeking new positions. This effort includes providing students with individual memberships in the premier international development job placement service which gives access to career opportunities around the world. The program staff continues to work with alumni and assist them with their career goals well after graduation.

Programme Structure

Fall Semester

  • American Legal System 
  • Legal Issues in Transitional Democracies - Private Law 
  • Comparative Constitutional Law 
  • Comparative Administrative Law 
  • Elective 

January Term (2 hours of required courses)

  • International Criminal Law 
  • Selected Topics in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law 
  • Terrorism and Criminal Law 

Spring Semester

  • Legal Issues in Transitional Democracies - Public Law 
  • Competitiveness and Corruption 
  • Rule of Law Seminar 
  • Elective 

Audience

Most graduates of the ONU LL.M. program work in influential positions in national governments, international organizations and NGOs continuing their efforts to promote democracy and the rule of law around the world. While many students return to the organizations they left, LL.M. program staff members actively engage in counseling students on career options and preparation of professional résumés, while also providing references and referrals to assist them in seeking new positions. This effort includes providing students with individual memberships in the premier international development job placement service which gives access to career opportunities around the world. The program staff continues to work with alumni and assist them with their career goals well after graduation.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

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General Requirements

1. Complete Application 

Legibly print or type complete and accurate answers to all questions in the application form. Some questions may require further explanation on a separate page. Return the signed and dated application by mail. Alternatively, you may scan and email it to us as an attachment, with the original to follow by mail.

2. Proof of English language proficiency

3. A 300-word Essay

Describe your interest in public service, rule of law and democratic governance. This statement also must describe your plans for the implementation of law reform and democratization in your country upon the completion of the LL.M. course of studies at ONU.

4. Law School Transcript

5. Copy of Attorney License

6. Resume or CV

Tuition Fee

  • International

    37980 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 37980 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    37980 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 37980 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    37980 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 37980 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Columbus

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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