LL.M. at Notre Dame

LL.M. at Notre Dame

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The LL.M. at Notre Dame provides an opportunity to study the legal system of the United States in a traditional U.S. law school environment. It equips international students with a fundamental understanding of American law and culture as they enter the global legal market. Many of our students choose to take the New York bar exam, others use their education to teach outside the United States, and a select number of post-J.D. students use the Notre Dame LL.M. opportunity to develop a specialty.

Notre Dame Law School values the diversity that international LL.M. students bring to the law school community. International students are fully integrated into the Law School’s curriculum and culture as they attend classes and take part in student activities with their U.S. classmates.

All students have access to the core curriculum of the Law School, and may choose to concentrate their studies in a variety of specializations by taking advanced courses offered in the J.D. program.


Internationally educated students take two courses specially designed to ensure they will have a solid foundation for understanding the U.S. legal system:

  • Introduction to American Legal System
  • LL.M. Legal Research and Writing

They then develop a deeper understanding of American law by attending classes alongside our J.D. candidates in a wide selection of courses. Students focus their efforts in a field of personal and professional interest, working with their counselor to choose courses from among any of the featured programs of study or to tailor a program custom designed for their own unique interests.

Many LL.M. students consult their LL.M. program advisor and study with their peers for the bar exam. Bar exam eligibility is not guaranteed by completion of LL.M. program. Students seeking to sit for the bar will be responsible to choose courses to meet requirements of individual states. Recommended course offerings will be available for select states upon admission.

Length of Program

The LL.M. program begins in the fall and lasts two full semesters.

Grading and Transfer Policy

LL.M. students are subject to the same grading curve and academic policies as regular JD students.

Select students in the LL.M. program with exceptional academic performance may be eligible to apply as transfer students to Notre Dame Law School’s J.D. program.

Graduation Requirements

  • Required: 24 credit hours

How to Apply

  • The application period begins September 1 and applications must be received no later than June 1.
  • Applicants must complete the online application found on the Law School Admission Council’s website or download an application here download pdf application .
  • All applicants must have a TOEFL iBT score of at least 100.
  • There is a $75 application fee.

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Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid

Students are encouraged to seek financial aid opportunities from domestic and international sources. Students demonstrating exceptional academic strength will be considered for merit based scholarships.

The average Notre Dame Law School student expense budget for the 2016-17 academic year includes:

LL.M. Tuition and Fees: $53,812
Fees: $485
Room and Board: $9,700
Books and Supplies: $1,700
Personal Expenses: $5,950
Transportation Expenses: $2,600
Total: $74,247

Actual costs vary based on housing accommodations, travel costs, and personal expenses.


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“Educating a Different Kind of Lawyer.”

Beyond striving for professional achievement, a Notre Dame lawyer fundamentally acts in service to others. A different kind of lawyer is one who realizes the practice of law is not an end in itself. For students coming from around the world, choosing to be part of Notre Dame Law School is the beginning of a new, highly specialized way of giving back to the international community.



Contact Us

Professor Roger P. Alford
Associate Dean for International and Graduate Programs
Professor of Law
P: 574.631.3771
F: 574.631.4197
E: ralford@nd.edu


Margaret M. Lloyd
Director of LL.M. Student Services and Concurrent Assistant Professor
P: 574.631.5549
E: lloyd.23@nd.edu