LL.M. Program for Foreign Lawyers
Saint Louis University School of Law's one-year master's degree for foreign law graduates provides an introduction to U.S. law for highly qualified individuals seeking to enhance their legal careers. The Center for International and Comparative Law has offered this program since 1991. View a list of countries our LL.M. students have come from.
"The SLU LAW LL.M. Program truly enhanced my career opportunities as it gave me a thorough understanding of how the American Legal system works. It helped me to be better prepared for the bar examination, and also gave me the opportunity to form the necessary professional relationships to start my legal career in St. Louis. One of the great strengths of the program is the close professor-student interaction, which always made me feel they cared about my professional success."
- Gustavo Arango, '05, Colombia
What SLU Offers
SLU Rankings and Honors
Although rankings and awards aren't the only ways to measure an institution's quality, Saint Louis University certainly has racked up its share of accolades.
Saint Louis University is ranked among the top five Jesuit universities in the country and is considered one of the nation's best values in higher education. The University has been lauded as a character-building college, noted for its service efforts and regularly named one of the region's top employers.
What the Saint Louis Area Offers
The St. Louis area is known for its wealth of cultural and recreational attractions and reasonable cost of living.
What SLU LAW Offers
SLU LAW offers a comprehensive curriculum with significant coursework opportunities in international and comparative law, health law, employment law, business, commercial and tax law, criminal litigation, civil litigation, urban development, land use and environmental law and intellectual property.
Each LL.M. student is partnered with a faculty member who provides guidance on class selection and professional goals. Students also receive intensive academic advising, writing support services, assistance in locating housing, and acclimating to SLU LAW.
Curriculum and Requirements
LL.M. students complete 24 credit hours of coursework over two semesters. Students complete the work for the LL.M. degree in two semesters (fall and spring) with the opportunity to continue through the following summer to complete a thesis. Each year the fall semester begins in early August and ends in the middle of December; the spring semester starts in the middle of January and ends in the middle of May. Students choose from the full range of courses and seminars offered at SLU LAW. Students may select up to 3 credit hours of courses from Saint Louis University's Cook School of Business, School of Public Health or 44 other graduate programs.
LL.M. students are required to complete a three (3) credit hour class in legal research and writing and a foundation course in a common law subject such as contracts, torts or property. Additionally, LL.M. students take at least two (2) credit hours for which they produce a written work, such as a seminar paper or a directed research paper. LL.M. students may elect to write an LL.M. thesis for 6 hours. No more than eight (8) of the 24 hours may consist of an LL.M. thesis, seminars, or research papers.
Grades and Examinations
Students must maintain a "C" average (2.0) based upon the A-F grading scale. Grades received in directed research and courses taken in the University's School of Business or other graduate schools will not be considered when computing the student's grade point average.
All examinations are written. Examination criteria for foreign students are the same as those for American students. However, when English is not the student's native language, the student will receive an additional hour to complete the examination.
Who May Apply to this Program
Foreign Law Degrees
If you have completed a first degree in law from a university outside of the United States that qualifies you for bar admission in your home country, you may apply to this program.
Oral and written proficiency in the English language is required. Applicants for whom English is not their first language must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and attain a minimum score of 97 (243 for the computer-based exam, 590 for the paper-based examination). Please have your official TOEFL score sent to SLU LAW (our institutional code is 6629).
Scholarships and Costs
SLU LAW awards merit-based Dean's Scholarships to a select group of admitted LL.M. applicants with outstanding academic credentials and exceptional career achievements. Applicants who wish to be considered for a Dean's Scholarship should apply to the LL.M. Program no later than April 6, 2012, and should complete the scholarship portion of the application for admission.
Tuition for the 2011-2012 academic year is not yet set, tuition for the 2010-2011 academic year was about U.S. $36,500. Fees for 2010-2011 were approximately $446, and the cost of books was projected at $1,660. Living expenses were estimated to be at least $14,000. These amounts tend to increase moderately from year to year. Dean's Scholarships may be applied to tuition costs only.
Other Costs and Expenses
Other costs and expenses, such as student fees, room and board, books, health insurance and travel, must be covered by the applicant. Additional information on costs is available here.
The program begins on August 15, 2011 and ends on May 18, 2012. Students may arrange to continue through the following summer to complete a thesis if they desire.
What the LL.M. Admissions Committee Considers When Reviewing Applications
In addition to the applicant's post-secondary transcripts and recommendations, the committee consider other factors such as the strength of the undergraduate program, graduate degrees earned, work experience, motivation and demonstrated leadership skills.
How to Apply for the LL.M. in American Law for Foreign Lawyers
Download a printable application form and mail it.
Submit Supporting Documents via mail
When you submit your application, please mail the following supporting documents:
- An official diploma from each post-secondary school you have graduated from,including English translations. Academic transcripts and diplomas must be translated into English by the appropriate head of department of the candidate's university. All such translations must be on official university letterhead. They should also identify which academic courses mentioned in the transcripts were counted for the award of the Degree in law, including specifications as to whether the degree was a graduate or undergraduate degree. The candidate's application cannot be considered for admission to the LL.M program until these official materials are received.
- Two letters of recommendation in sealed envelopes. We prefer to receive Letters of recommendation from college instructors who are familiar with the applicant's academic work. Recommendations from employers, supervisors and associates are welcome for those candidates who have been away from the classroom for a period of time.
- Official TOEFL Score (a minimum score of 97 for the Internet-based exam, 243 for the computer-based exam and 590 for the paper-based exam is required)
- A written personal statement. The personal statement may contain information about any special factors, achievements, concerns or plans that the candidate would like to bring to the attention of the admissions committee. Whatever the content, the statement should reflect the candidate's own writing style. Candidates should pay attention to brevity and clarity of thought and expression. Please limit the statement to 500 words or less.
- A current resume
Have your Official TOEFL Score sent to SLU LAW (institutional code 6629)
Whether you submit your application online or via mail, you must have LSAC send your TOEFL score directly to us. All applicants for whom English is not their native language must take the TOEFL. We require a minimum TOEFL score of 97 for the internet-based exam, 243 for the computer-based exam and 590 for the paper-based exam.
Our Mailing Address
When mailing your supporting documents, we recommend using a courier service such as UPS or Federal Express. While it is more expensive than regular mail, a courier service is faster and more reliable and shipments can be tracked. Our address is:
ATTN: Center for International and Comparative Law
Saint Louis University School of Law
3700 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63108
We recommend applying no later than April 6, 2012. LL.M. applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, which means the committee reviews each applicant's file once it receives all application materials. Students applying for the Dean's Scholarship must submit all application materials by April 6, 2012.
If you have questions about the application process, please contact us via email or by telephone at (314) 977-2792