Master of Laws

The University of Iowa

12 months
27450 USD/year
29719 USD/year
25492 USD/year
Tuition fee
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For most foreign-trained lawyers, it makes sense to start their legal studies in the United States by completing an LLM degree. The University of Iowa has long offered a Master of Laws (LLM) Program. Consider how the Iowa LLM might meet your needs.


The Master of Laws program, offered by The University of Iowa, requires that students successfully complete a minimum of 24 s.h. of credit, as approved by their faculty advisor. Course work is selected from the College of Law's general course offerings and from LL.M.-specific courses.

Legal Practice Track: For foreign-trained jurists who seek a comparative introduction to, and specific training, in aspects of United States law and legal institutions, and a path to state bar admission. Students benefit from the College of Law's legal analysis, writing, and research course, and core courses including contracts, property, torts, and professional responsibility. An extended orientation provides an introduction to United States law.

Research Track: For foreign-trained jurists or graduates of J.D. programs in the United States who wish to deepen their understanding of law and are interested in research. The program encourages close collaboration with renowned experts in comparative law; anti-competition law; law and economics; law and society; international law, including the law pertaining to international business transactions and/or human rights; and business and innovation.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Intro to Law & Legal Reasoning 
  • Contracts 
  • Legal Analysis Writing & Research
  • Civil Procedure 
  • Constitutional Law 
  • Criminal Law 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




24 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

  • Apply online with LSAC
  • Statement of Purpose: The statement of purpose form is part of the online application.  All applicants must complete the statement of purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Transcripts
  • Financial Statement

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27450 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27450 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    29719 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29719 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    25492 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25492 USD per year 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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Updated over a year ago

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Master of Laws
The University of Iowa