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Master of Laws, LL.M.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #161 (BCR) Iowa City, IA, United States
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.
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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 

Detailed Programme Facts

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

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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

    29375 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29375 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    29375 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29375 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    24763 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24763 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Iowa City

  • 1187 - 1850 USD/month
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