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  • LLM for International Lawyers

    Hamline University's Master in Law (LLM) for International Lawyers provides attorneys who possess an LLB or equivalent degree from a country other than the United States the specialized training and education necessary to compete globally.

    Hamline LLM students participate with Hamline JD and international students in their studies. Once admitted to the program, each student develops a course of study that best fits his or her goals while maximizing the value of studying the U.S. legal system for non-U.S. educated attorneys. Students begin the LLM program in August and complete 24 credits, including the three-credit required course, American Legal System. Students then select a minimum of 21 additional credits from among Hamline Law's rich course offerings. In addition, students may choose to specialize in any of the LLM program's areas of emphasis, including American legal system, business law, human rights, intellectual property, and international law. LLM candidates work with an advisor to design a program of study for the year.

    Prospective students are encouraged to review the LLM application page for instructions and tips on how to begin the process.


    General LLM Requirements

    American Legal System (3 credits): This required course includes legal research and a major paper. The course is designed to acquaint the international law student with the American legal system, including the operation of the federal court system and the role of both public and private law.

    Students must complete a total of 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. 

    In addition, a limited number of business courses available through the Hamline University School of Business can be applied to the LLM degree.

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


    Areas of Emphasis

    Alternative Dispute Resolution
    American Legal System
    Business Law
    Public Law and Human Rights
    Intellectual Property Law
    International Law or Comparative Law


    Hamline University School of Law offers:

    A distinguished faculty
    The Hamline faculty combines outstanding academic accomplishments with community involvement and years of practical legal experience.

    A facility for interactions
    The design of the law school building encourages easy access to faculty and administrative offices.

    A program without boundaries
    In addition to a rich full-time program, we offer international and part-time weekend opportunities. We provide conferences, classes and training in England, Hungary, Israel, Norway, 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.

    A great liberal arts university
    Hamline University was the first university in Minnesota and the third co-educational university in the United States. Hamline offered Minnesota's first legal curriculum and its first masters degree.

    A vital metropolitan community
    The Twin Cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis are known for the quality of life reflected in their business, cultural and natural environments. Both cities are internationally acclaimed for their cultural vitality and first-class entertainment and leisure activities.