University of Michigan LLM

University of Michigan Law School LLM Program

The University of Michigan offers a fully customizable LLM program for U.S.-educated and foreign-educated attorneys. Students are required to complete a minimum of 24 units over two semesters of full-time study with at least a B- (2.7) average. International students must take a survey course of U.S. constitutional law and may also take an introduction to legal research and writing using U.S. materials but are otherwise free to select their courses from the law school’s JD course offerings.

As a result of the University of Michigan Law School’s focus on customizability, students may select up to six units of non-law school courses from any program at the University if it suits their academic goals. With proper faculty supervision students may also engage in individual research for up to six credit hours.

The University of Michigan Law School offers two LLM programs to both U.S.-based and international attorney applicants.

University of Michigan Law School Master of Laws (LLM) – Research Focus

The University of Michigan Law School offers an LLM with a research focus for students with a specific research goal that will not be met by the six credits traditionally available in the LLM program. Students may spend the first semester of their LLM on seminar work and may spend the second semester on research. The availability of this option is made based on the individual applicant’s goals and should be discussed with the Assistant Dean of International Affairs before the student begins the LLM program.

University of Michigan Law School International Tax LLM

The University of Michigan Law School offers an LLM in International Tax to a select few applicants every year. The class is limited to between four and 10 students annually allowing personalized instruction that is not typically available in LLM programs. The program focuses on the in-depth study of U.S. and international tax laws, allowing students to pursue careers in top law firms and accounting companies in the US and abroad. Students gain understanding of various areas of tax law, including corporate tax, basic tax, partnership tax, and public finance. The International Tax LLM is more structured than the General LLM, with a total of 24 credits with a B (3.0) average required to receive the degree. These 24 credits must include the required courses International Tax, Partnership Tax, Corporate Tax, Taxation of Individual Income, and Tax Policy Workshop, in which U.S. law school scholars present their work, or another advanced course, 8 credits of electives, and a research paper written under the mentorship of a University of Michigan LLM Tax faculty member.

University of Michigan Law School LLM Admissions

The University of Michigan Law School accepts electronic applications via CollegeNet and LSAC as well as paper applications submitted directly to the University. Applications are only accepted for the fall semester and may be submitted between October and the end of January. All applications are reviewed at the end of January and students will be notified of the admissions decision between late March and early April. A complete applicationmust include:

  • Application Form
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (for international students who didn’t complete their undergraduate education in English). Minimum accepted scores are for TOEFL, 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based, or 98 Internet-based, or 7.0 IELTS.
  • Application fee paid by credit card (if applying online) or via U.S. bank check, traveler’s check, or international money order, or fee waiver request

Admissions requirements vary slightly by program. For entrance into the University of Michigan International Tax LLM program, for instance, applicants must have three years of experience practicing in tax.

University of Michigan Law School LLM Tuition

Students wishing to attend either LLM program must do so on a full-time basis and are expected to complete their education within one academic year. Check the school website for University of Michigan law school LLM tuition and fees, not including the cost of housing, health insurance and books.

University of Michigan Law School LLM Scholarships

The University of Michigan Law School offers two scholarships to assist incoming students with the financial demands of the program. Michigan Grotius Fellowships are awarded to 30 to 40% of students each year. Students who request financial assistance are selected at the time of application by a Fellowship Committee, which looks especially favorably on applicants intending to pursue careers in public service or in academia. Michigan Grotius Fellowships are given on the basis of academic achievement, career goals, and financial need. The Italian Law Alumni Fellowships are sponsored by Italian alumni of Michigan Law School to help fund prospective Italian LLM students’ education. The Italian Law Alumni Fellowship awards a total of $20,000 for the year, with no application or additional academic requirements, and students are automatically considered on the basis of merit.

Other options for funding the LLM program are American Association of University Women fellowships, as well as government and private sources of outside aid such as Amideast, Fulbright, Muskie, Rotary, BAEF, DAAD, and SOROS. Many students also receive loans from their home countries, or have their study financed by their employers, such as firms, the government, companies, and universities.

For more information about scholarships for LLM students, visit our LLM Scholarships page.

University of Michigan Law School LLM Employment

The Office of Career Planning (OCP) at the University of Michigan Law School participates in the Overseas-Trained LLM Student Interview Program held at Columbia each winter along with other top law schools. The Office also provides counseling, resume collection and book services, programs and seminars, an online job database, and a career library with various other resources.

Graduates of the University of Michigan International Tax LLM program have been employed upon graduation by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Societe Generale, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, and large law firms including Cravath, Swaine, & Moore, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, Debevoise & Plimpton, Ropes & Gray, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, Linklaters, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Sullivan & Cromwell, Davis Polk & Wardwell, Shearman & Sterling, Fenwick & West, and White & Case.

University of Michigan Law School LLM Contact

University of Michigan Law School
Graduate Admissions
701 South State Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109, U.S.A.
Phone: (734) 764-0537
Fax: (734) 647-3218
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