What are the dates of the program?
The mandatory LLM 500 course will take place August 5-23, 2019. Fall semester classes begin on August 26, 2019. Winter break is from December 20, 2019 to January 20, 2020 with spring classes starting on January 21, 2020. Convocation and campus graduation will be May 16, 2020. The academic calendar is available here.

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

Do you offer LLM concentrations?
Yes, the Illinois LLM program is designed to introduce international students to the U.S. legal system while also providing the opportunity for them to complete a concentration in their own area of academic or professional interest. Formal concentrations for the LLM degree are offered in the following areas:

  • Corporate Law, Commercial Law, and Trade
  • Criminal Law
  • Intellectual Property and Technology Law
  • International and Comparative Law
  • Justice, Democracy, and Legal Rights
  • Regulation, Sustainability, and Compliance

Beyond the subjects of the concentrations, the College of Law also has a worldwide reputation in several areas of strength, including:

  • Business and Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Employment and Labor Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Public Interest
  • Tax Law

I have heard that the American Bar Association is considering new guidelines for LLM 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 LLM 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 LLM program is compliant with the New York Bar’s requirements for foreign educated lawyers.

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

Office of Graduate and International Programs
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 LLM to the JD program?
LLM students are welcome to apply to the University of Illinois College of Law JD 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 LLM program offers year-round admissions.

Can I start the program in the spring?
Yes, a select number of students may be admitted for a spring semester start.

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 for fall start applicants and January for spring start applicants).

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 overall.

Do you accept any alternative English tests?

For Fall 2020 LLM applicants only, the online Duolingo English Test will also be accepted. The minimum Duolingo score is 105. The test must be taken between February 1, 2020 and August 1, 2020.

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 are submitted electronically through LSAC or the Graduate College Online Application. Letters can also be submitted in hard copy form in signed and sealed envelopes.

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 LLM 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 apply through University Housing. A resource for off campus housing is Off-Campus Community Living.

Legal English

Is an introductory Legal English course available?

No, but all entering LLM students are required to take Law 500: LLM Legal Writing and Research. The three week 2 credit course, open only to incoming Illinois LLM and exchange students, is specifically designed to facilitate the entry of LLM 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 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, credit card or wire transfer. The University accepts both e-checks and credit card payments online through UI-Pay. 

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

More information on paying tuition and fees can be found on the University Student Financial Services and Cashier Operations website.


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.