University of Chicago

12 months
44434 USD/year
44434 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Law School at University of Chicago offers two graduate degrees at the master's level: Master of Laws (LLM) and Master of Comparative Law (MCompL). While most students elect to receive the LLM, the MCompL will be awarded at the student's option if the same degree requirements are met.


The Law program at University of Chicago has about 75 international students each year. All students in this program must have already obtained a basic law degree in their own countries before they can enter the LL.M. program. Students in this program must take a minimum of nine courses (27 credit hours) over three quarters (the normal academic year of three quarters runs from late September to early June). Most international applicants for the LL.M. program must take the TOEFL or IELTS as part of the admissions process (see below). Read more about the LLM Program and application process.

Learning outcomes

Foreign trained lawyers who wish to remain in the United States and practice law here are advised to obtain the JD degree rather than the LLM degree. The JD degree will enable candidates to take the bar examination in every state while the LL.M. degree may qualify them only to take the bar exam in a few states. In addition, foreign trained lawyers with only a US LLM degree who are looking for long term career positions will be at a disadvantage in competing for employment with J.D. graduates who have more extensive training in US law.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Administrative Law
  • Clinical Courses
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure
  • Commercial, Business, and Labor Law
  • Courts, Jurisdiction, and Procedure
  • Family Law, Property Rights, Torts, and Insurance
  • Health Law
  • Intellectual Property, Technology Law, and Entrepreneurship
  • International and Comparative Law
  • Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
  • Legal History
  • Skills, Legal Practice, and Ethics
  • Taxation

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.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must submit an application for admission through LSAC. Chicago requires both the Document Assembly Service (DAS) and the International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service (ITAES).
  • You are required to submit academic transcripts from all higher education institutions attended (this includes undergraduate, graduate (if applicable) and law school)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    44434 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22217 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    44434 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22217 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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