Ohio State LLM 

Ohio State Law School LLM Program

The Ohio State LLM program is designed for foreign lawyers who want a U.S. legal education. The school intentionally limits the LLM class size to 25 students, to ensure both diversity within the class and that each student receives adequate individualized attention. LLM students take classes from the Moritz College of Law with JD students, opening them up to the 145 seminars and classes the college offers. The LLM program requires the completion of 24 credit hours in total, including two required courses specifically for LLM students: the 3-credit course U.S. Legal System and Legal Traditions, which provides an introduction to U.S. common law and statutory law, as well as idiosyncrasies of U.S. law and the legal profession in the country, and the 2-credit course Legal Analysis, Research & Writing for International Students. Students without an F-1 visa can take their course load part-time. Course of study in the LLM program can be directed one of three ways: students can pursue a General LLM program to gain an overview of major areas of U.S. law, including constitutional law, contracts, and torts, customize their courses to suit personal professional and academic interests, or choose from one of the following 6 concentrations:

  • Business Law
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Customized
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Intellectual Property and Information Law
  • International and Comparative Law
  • Labor and Employment

To pursue a concentration, students must take 12 credit hours in that particular area of study.

Ohio State Law School LLM Admissions

The admissions committee seeks diversity both in the countries which students come from and their legal backgrounds, encouraging both recent law school graduates and experienced lawyers to apply. The application period opens September 15 and continues until the final deadline of March 15. Applications must include:

  • Online application form
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee, paid by credit or debit card when submitting the online application
  • Official academic transcripts with English translations sent either through the LSAC credential service or mailed to the admissions office
  • TOEFL or IELTS score report, with minimum TOEFL scores of 80 Internet-based, 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 7.0 on the IELTS. Scores must be from tests taken within the past two years. Applicants from the United States, England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Canada except Quebec, Australia, New Zealand, Belize, British Caribbean and West Indies, Guyana, Liberia are exempt from the English testing requirement.
  • Letters of recommendation (3) speaking to personal qualities such as the applicant’s capacities for teamwork, critical thinking, and expression of ideas, as well as intellectual and research interests.
  • Resume detailing education, work experience, volunteer, extracurricular, and service activities, and awards and honors
  • Personal Statement explaining the applicant’s significant legal achievements and goals in pursuing the LLM degree
  • Supplemental Scholarship Essay (if applying for scholarships – see below)

Admissions decisions are typically made within 6-8 weeks. Students seeking F-1 and J-1 visas may receive a provisional admission notice dependent upon their financial status, then an official notice of admission once this has been approved. Students should allow three months for their visas to go through. Once accepted, students must pay a $25 acceptance fee and a $200 deposit to reserve their seat in the class. This deposit will be credited toward fall semester tuition. Recent law school graduates must send their final law school transcripts.

Ohio State Law School LLM Tuition

International LLM students are charged the nonresident Ohio State LLM tuition rates. Prospective students should factor additional costs of attendance, including books and supplies, health insurance for single students, and living expenses.

Ohio State Law School LLM Scholarships

Ohio State University Moritz College of Law offers two scholarships for LLM students: the Moritz LLM Scholarship and the Jones Day Scholarship. All students from any country of origin or education are eligible for the Moritz Scholarship. The Jones Day Scholarship is sponsored by the Jones Day law firm and awards either one full scholarship or two partial scholarships to Chinese lawyers pursuing the LLM degree. To apply for scholarships, applicants must write a Supplemental Scholarship Essay and submit this by the March 15 application deadline. The scholarship essay must be 500 words and explain the applicant’s financial need, academic awards and honors and professional experience and achievements, and how he or she may contribute to the Ohio State law school community of JD and fellow LLM students. This essay can be uploaded as part of the LSAC application or mailed to the admissions office.

Recipients of certain outside scholarships, including the Fulbright or Muskie grants, receive the reduced tuition at Ohio state resident rates. For more information about outside sources of aid, check out our LLM Scholarships page.

Ohio State Law School LLM Employment

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law office of Career Services offers guidance to students on writing resumes and cover letters, interviewing, networking, researching jobs, registering for the bar, and practical training opportunities. The Assistant Dean for Graduate and International Programs runs a Brown Bag Lunch Series advising students on career-related matters and meets individually with students for career and academic counseling.

Ohio State Law School LLM Contact

Graduate and International Programs
Moritz College of Law
The Ohio State University
55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1391
Phone: (614) 688-5328
Email: MoritzLLM@osu.edu

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