LL.M. On Campus

Employee Benefits

The John Marshall Law School

12 months
1500 USD/credit 45000 USD/year
1500 USD/credit 45000 USD/year
1200 USD/credit 36000 USD/year
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The LLM in Employee Benefits is the only ABA-approved program at The John Marshall Law School in the nation, attracting students both locally and nationally. Given the amount of regulation and legislation in this area of law, we are constantly adapting the curriculum to the changing practice with continuous input from our faculty and advisory board. 


As an Employee Benefits candidate at The John Marshall Law School, our transactional approach to employee benefits law will ensure that you develop the skills necessary to successfully practice in this area of law.

Our curriculum reflects the tax, labor, and employment aspects of employee benefits plans, as well as the interplay of these rules on the administration and maintenance of such plans. Courses are taught by knowledgeable employee benefits practitioners, as well as current and former members of the IRS's Office of Chief Counsel. A mentoring program between our candidates and regional practitioners, designed specifically to make the transition from academia to legal practice smooth and productive, provides exposure to a variety of practices and specialties within employee benefits law before graduation.

Learning outcomes

Degree candidates can also earn our LLM in Employee Benefits entirely online through John Marshall's eDegrees distance education.

Our program attracts recent law graduates and practicing attorneys who desire a better understanding of employee benefits. To accommodate the diverse needs and experiences of degree candidates, the program may be pursued full-time and completed over two semesters or completed part-time in less than five years. Classes are held in the late afternoon and evenings, and on Saturdays. One-week accelerated courses are also offered during the academic year.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Employee Benefits Law
  • Fundamentals I of Retirement Plan Issues
  • Survey of Executive Compensation Plans
  • Survey of Welfare Plan Issues 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed JD Application
  • Application Fee: The application fee has been waived.
  • International Supplement Form
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS Test Scores
  • Official Transcripts
  • Letter of Recommendation (academic/professional reference in English)
  • Personal Statement
  • Updated Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Photocopy of valid, biographical passport page

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    45000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1500 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    45000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1500 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    36000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1200 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Chicago

1297 - 2491 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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Updated over a year ago

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