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From the Briefing Room

There are many reasons to study in the United States to obtain an LL.M. degree. Some students want to develop a specialized knowledge of a certain area of law, others want to improve their English and sit for a US Bar Exam, and some lawyers are looking for international legal training to make them more competitive in the increasingly globalized legal market. Whatever your goals may be, obtaining a U.S. LL.M. degree can help you reach them.

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program is designed for foreign lawyers who wish to advance their legal education in a stimulating academic environment. The College offers the dual advantages of a highly-regarded law curriculum at a major U.S. university and an LL.M. program of limited size that allows for individualized attention and support.

Two of the program’s primary goals are to immerse foreign lawyers in a year of U.S. legal education and to foster interaction between American J.D. students and the LL.M. students. In large part this is accomplished by integrating the LL.M. students into the J.D. curriculum, ensuring that both groups will benefit from the interaction and graduate from their respective programs well prepared to participate in an increasingly globalized world.

Moritz also offers a rich selection of student activities outside the classroom where LL.M. students may participate in the life of the College.

Ohio State’s LL.M. program offers students an opportunity to select their courses from a rich and diverse curriculum. Students may choose a generalized study of U.S. law or may tailor their courses to fit specialized interests and career objectives. Students have an option to elect a concentration in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Corporate Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, Employment and Labor Law, Intellectual Property and Technology Law, International and Comparative Law,  or they may design a customized concentration.

What We Are Looking For

The Moritz College of Law seeks LL.M. students who are motivated to obtain a rigorous, high quality U.S. legal education. But we are looking for more than simply academic excellence.

The LL.M. Admissions Committee is seeking individuals from a wide range of countries, with diverse legal backgrounds; we encourage the new law graduate to apply right along with the experienced law professor or practitioner. We strongly believe that diversity and differences in personality are critical to the dynamic and stimulating exchanges that are characteristic of the Moritz community

The LL.M. class is purposely kept at a moderate size – about 30-35 students.  This is a large enough class to create a diverse group from a variety of countries yet small enough to allow our staff to provide individual attention to our LL.M. students.

Since we are carefully looking for the right mix of individuals to accomplish the above goals, it is important that you present your strengths; profile your practical experiences, accomplishments and academic excellence; and give us insight into your goals for the future. We will carefully examine all the elements of your application package in an attempt to get to know you better.