What are the dates of the program?
The mandatory LL.M. 500 course will take place August 1-19, 2016. Fall semester classes begin on August 22, 2016. Winter break is from December 6, 2016 to January 16, 2017 with spring classes starting on January 17, 2017. Convocation and campus graduation will be May 13, 2017. The University calendar is available here

Do you offer a part-time or distance learning program?

Do you offer LL.M. specializations?
The Illinois LL.M. program is designed to introduce international students to the U.S. legal system while also providing the opportunity for specialization in their own area of academic or professional interest. Areas of specialization include:

  • Business, Corporate and Banking Law
  • Commercial Law and Trade
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Employment and Labor Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Intellectual Property and Technology Law
  • International Law
  • Justice, Democracy, and Legal Rights
  • Tax Law 
  • U.S. Legal Practice Skills

I have heard that the American Bar Association is considering new guidelines for LL.M. students to take U.S. bar examinations. What is this about?
While the American Bar Association is considering a model standard for minimum education requirements for LL.M. students to be eligible to take state bar exams, that model standard has not yet been adopted. Even if adopted, the model standard would simply be a recommendation to individual states regarding their bar exam requirements, and may or may not be implemented by the states. The University of Illinois College of Law is tracking this development and will make program changes if necessary. Currently the LL.M. program is compliant with the New York Bar's requirements for foreign educated lawyers.

How do I contact someone regarding the LL.M. program?
Call, write, or email us at:

Office of Graduate and International Legal Studies
University of Illinois College of Law
504 East Pennsylvania Avenue
Champaign, IL 61820 USA
(217) 333-6066 phone
(217) 244-1478 fax

Do you offer transfers from the LL.M. to the J.D. program?
LL.M. students are welcome to apply to the University of Illinois College of Law J.D. program. However, separate admissions requirements apply including the LSAT. More information is available here.

Admissions and Requirements

What type of admission process do you have?
The LL.M. program offers rolling admissions, beginning in November through May to allow adequate time for document preparation and visa processing.

Can I start the program in the spring?
No, LL.M. students generally matriculate in the fall semester only.

What is your TOEFL or IELTS requirement and code?
You must take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The test must be taken within 2 years of program date of entry (August).

The minimum TOEFL score is 80 internet-based. The University of Illinois College of Law's Institutional Code of 1836 and department code of 00 should be used in reporting your TOEFL score. The minimum IELTS score is 6.5 with sub-scores of 6 or higher on all four modules (Speaking, Listening, Writing, and Reading).

If I am admitted but am unable to attend, is it possible to defer my admission until the next year?
Deferrals are granted on a case by case basis for compelling reasons, such as the inability to secure a visa or financial hardship. In any case, deferrals cannot be extended beyond one year.

Do you require the LSAT?

Application Procedures

How many letters of reference do you require?
We require two letters of reference. Letters can be submitted in hard copy form in signed and sealed envelopes or through LSAC.

Where do I send the application materials?
Send all supporting materials to:

Office of Graduate and International Legal Studies
University of Illinois College of Law
504 East Pennsylvania Avenue
Champaign, IL 61820 USA

What should I include in my statement of purpose?
Your statement of purpose should be a short (250 to 500 word) essay which tells us something about you that we won’t see in your application including why you want to complete an LL.M. degree and your career goals.


How do I apply online for housing?
In order to apply online for university housing, you must have your UIN (University Identification Number). Once you have that number, you should go to http://housing.illinois.edu/apply. A resource for off campus housing is the Tenant Union.

Legal English

Is an introductory Legal English course available?
No, but all entering LL.M. students are required to take Law 500: LL.M. Legal Writing and Research. The three week 2 credit course, open only to incoming Illinois LL.M. students, is specifically designed to facilitate the entry of LL.M. students into the University of Illinois College of Law by introducing aspects of the U.S. legal system and legal education. It was developed in response to requests from incoming LL.M. students who did not feel adequately prepared to begin law classes in English without some orientation to the context in which U.S. law operates and to the teaching method at U.S. law schools.

Tuition and Fees

How can I pay my tuition and fees?
You may use one of the following methods: check, cash, debit card or credit card. The University accepts both e-checks and credit card payments online through UI-Pay. An e-check is an electronic withdrawal from a checking or savings account at a domestic (U.S.) bank account. Individuals who wish to write e-checks against another type of account (credit card, home equity line of credit, money market account, mutual fund, etc.), must contact their financial institution to verify that electronic checks can be written against that account.

Credit cards accepted for payment are MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. All credit card transactions will be assessed a 2.4% convenience fee.


When will I get my I-20?
Once your credentials and file are submitted and approved, your I-20 will be issued by the University of Illinois. It will be sent along with your admission letter to the address you provide. This process may take 4 to 6 weeks to complete.