University of Notre Dame LLM Program

University of Notre Dame LLM Program

The Master of Laws (LLM) program at the University of Notre Dame offers two concentrations: one in International and Comparative Law, and the other in International Human Rights Law. It should also be noted that Notre Dame is an institution with a strong Catholic tradition.

As stated above, the University of Notre Dame LL.M. program includes a choice of two specialty concentrations, which can be described as follows:

University of Notre Dame LLM in International and Comparative Law

This program takes place at the University of Notre Dame Law Centre in London, and not on the University’s main campus in South Bend, Indiana. The program is geared toward two types of students: those from “common law” countries who want to obtain additional knowledge about such legal systems, and those who have graduated a law school in a “civil law” country, and who want to learn about common law systems, or pursue a course of study in which the legal system of their home country is compared and contrasted with those of the United States and Great Britain.

Accordingly, courses cover a variety of topics relevant to the structure and principles of certain legal systems, but also international legal issues as well. The program is unique and is the only program offered by an American law school outside the United States. Please note that, for this program, the application period is from November 1st to May 1st, and not the date listed below. Also note that this program is only open to citizens of the European Union.

University of Notre Dame LLM in International and Human Rights Law

This program is conducted in concert with the Notre Dame Center for Civil and Human Rights. The program considers attorneys to be champions of justice that are capable of and obligated to obtain justice through positive action with respect to governmental and other organizational entities. With a strong sense of the religious issues in play when it comes to fundamental rights, the program allows students to study points of law related to various struggles for human rights and justice around the world.

The courses Introduction to Human Rights, Introduction to Human Rights Research and Writing, International Law, and Accountability for Gross Human Rights Violations must be taken in the fall semester. Concentrations can be taken from courses such as International Environmental Law, Civil Rights Law, International Labor Law, Ethnic Conflict Peace Process, and Women’s Human Rights, among others. In the spring semester, students must take Human Rights Practice and Regional Human Rights Protection. They can then take an LLM Thesis course, a course in Intensive Trial Advocacy, among other offerings in NGO Management, International Criminal Law, Intellectual Property and International Justice, and Law of Terrorism.

Courses include instruction in holding parties accountable for gross violations of human rights, pursuit of restorative justice, protecting cultural rights, dealing with governance issues, the difficulties of securing fairness for underserved populations, and the intersection of international intellectual property law and justice. Profiles of current students in the program can be found here.

After graduation from the program, students can apply for up to $8,000 of funding for an internship with a human rights institution or an NGO. Notre Dame LLM students have interned with Human Rights Watch, the ad hoc International Criminal Tribunals for the former Rwanda and Yugoslavia, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the International Center for Transitional Justice, and other bodies of the United Nations.

The Notre Dame Center for Human Rights sponsors the two following special internship programs for LLM students:

  • an eight month-long internship for two LLM graduates each year with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, DC
  • a one year-long clerkship for a graduating LLM student with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San Jose, Costa Rica

The Notre Dame Center for Human Rights is also in the process of starting a similar program with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

University of Notre Dame LLM Admission

Admissions at Notre Dame are highly competitive, as typically, 100 people apply and only 15 applicants receive spots. In general, applications should be submitted well in advance of final due dates, especially if you want to be considered for scholarships. However, they may be considered on a rolling basis and program populations are limited. Application requirements and deadlines vary by program.

For the International and Comparative Law program on the London campus, the deadline is September to May 1 (November 1 for Spring admission), and a complete application includes.

  • Application form
  • $75 application fee paid by credit or debit card
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • LLM Credential Service for Transcripts and TOEFL

Applications for admission to the Human Rights LLM program must be submitted by January 15th. For the Human Rights LLM program, a complete application includes:

  • Application form
  • $50 application fee
  • Transcript and diploma
  • C.V. or Resume
  • Personal statement (3-4 pages)
  • 2 Letters of Recomendation
  • TOEFL or IELTS results (unless from an English-speaking country)

For students whose native language is not English, or who did not complete a degree in English, results from your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam are required.

University of Notre Dame LLM Tuition

Visit the law school website to learn about, Notre Dame LLM tuition and fees. The school does not provide estimates for living expenses, but many schools recommend budgeting around $20,000 for such expenses.

University of Notre Dame LLM Scholarships

Financial aid is available at Notre Dame from the Office of the Provost, and many students receive generous assistance in the form of full scholarships, along with funds to defray living expenses. Scholarships are awarded both on the basis of merit and need. To learn more about scholarships for LLM students, visit our scholarships page. Students can also apply for student employment positions as Research Assistants (earning $11/hr), Graduate or Teaching Assistants ($2,000 per semester), or Assistant Rectors ($7,000 per semester) to offset their educational costs.

University of Notre Dame LLM Employment

Notre Dame Law School’s Career Development Office maintains an online job board and resource center, employs career counselors to assist students in their job searches and career planning, allows employers to post jobs and collect resumes, and hosts lunch seminars and workshops on interview skills, job searching, and career paths. Employment statistics can be found here.

University of Notre Dame LLM Contact

LL.M. in International and Comparative Law
Law School Admissions
Phone: (574) 631-6626
Fax: (574) 631-5474
Email: lawadmit@nd.edu

LL.M. in International Human Rights Law
Center for Civil and Human Rights
Phone: (574) 631-8555
Fax: (574) 631-8702
Email: cchr@nd.edu

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