• LLM For International Lawyers

    Preparing international students to practice globally

    Gain the specialized training and education you need to practice law and compete on an international level with our Master in Law (LLM) for attorneys who possess an LLB or equivalent degree from a non-U.S. country. You will learn alongside Hamline JD and other international students as you pursue your self-designed course of study.

    The 24-credit, accredited* program begins in August or January with American Legal System, a required course for all LLM students. Working with your advisor, you choose your remaining credits from among Hamline Law's rich course offerings or approved School of Business classes. If you choose, you can specialize your studies in one of five areas of emphasis:

    • Alternative Dispute Resolution, which is built around Hamline's nationally ranked alternative dispute resolution (ADR) program and the Dispute Resolution Institute, and gives you a deep understanding of ADR theory and practice. The curriculum balances traditional classroom experiences with simulations, externships, and clinic opportunities.
    • American Legal System, exploring the differences between the legal systems in your country and the U.S.
    • Business Law, providing comprehensive training in corporate governance of international business entities, financing, trade, as well as negotiations and conflict resolution in the international business setting.
    • Human Rights, which helps you develop skills and understanding to affect social change and foster international support by providing educational and research opportunities in observance of and respect for international human rights and fundamental freedoms.
    • Intellectual Property, providing you with a well-rounded educational experience in basic intellectual property law, and one or more of the areas of intellectual property specialization: copyright, trademark, or patent law. You are exposed to contexts in which IP issues arise, such as in federal court litigation or in mass media law. Hamline Law has an active Intellectual Property & Entertainment Law Society student organization. 
    • International Law,  which prepares you for a career in international trade and commerce, litigation, politics, and diplomacy. The Twin Cities' vibrant international business community provides an excellent setting for the study of international law. In addition, many of your fellow LLM students are trained in other countries, further enriching your international experience and perspective.

    Students must complete at least 24 credits, with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Letter grades are used in accordance with the University’s regular grading system.

    Choose Hamline Law for our:

    • Distinguished, accessible faculty who are passionate about teaching and challenging you academically you while supporting you in your pursuit of your degree.
    • An internationally diverse program with conferences, classes and training in England, Israel, Hong Kong, and Puerto Rico, as well as in Minnesota. We also are one of only a handful of American law schools to regularly field competitive teams in the Vienna International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court competition.
    • Presence among the broader Hamline University community. Hamline University was the first university in Minnesota and the third co-educational university in the U.S. Hamline offered the state's first legal curriculum and master's degree.
    • A vibrant metropolitan community Our location in the highly desirable Minneapolis-St. Paul area is a great benefit to you. The many multi-national corporations and globally focused law firms headquartered here provide you with outstanding experiential learning opportunities. Further, both cities are internationally acclaimed for their cultural vitality and first-class entertainment and leisure activities.

    *Hamline Law is ABA accredited and AALS approved. The LLM is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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