LL.M. Program

About the Program

The LL.M. program is available both on campus and as an interactive online program. Online students can complete the program over several years to accommodate work commitments and attend class in real time online with opportunities to participate in class discussions. The program is open both to students with J.D. degrees from ABA-accredited law schools and to students with degrees in law from foreign universities, enrolling between 10-15 students per academic year to ensure individualized attention during the demanding course year.

On Campus, Full Time LL.M, Program

Open to students with J.D. degrees from ABA-accredited law schools and to persons with degrees in law from foreign universities. This highly competitive program enrolls between 8-10 students per academic year to ensure individualized attention during the demanding course year. A minimum of 24 credits is required to complete the LL.M. program.

Requirements

  • Complete an introductory noncredit course in American law (for students with foreign law degrees only)
  • Complete (or be excused from) the required courses
  • Complete the LL.M. Research Independent Study
  • Attain a weighted average grade of no less than 6.0/9.0 for all courses taken at the Law College
  • Attend the Lincoln and DC Annual Conferences (travel provided to one)

On Campus Tuition and Veterans Benefits

LL.M. tuition and fees for the one-year on campus (not online) program are $28,104 for the academic year. The program consists of one full-time academic year, paid for in two semesters. In addition to tuition, the University estimates approximately $1,379 for Books and Supplies, $9,000 for room and board (depending on where you choose to live), and $3,684 for personal expenses. The annual total estimate of education-related expenses to attend the program totals around $41,000.

Scholarships for this program are extremely limited.

The LLM program is eligible for most Veterans Benefits. Additional details about the university's participation are available on the Military and Veteran's Success website. Note: the costs generally listed on that page refer to undergraduate students, but the benefits apply to other programs as well.

Application Process

Apply by creating an account on the Law School Admission Council website and selecting the application for the correct Nebraska Law program. You must apply via LSAC, the law college may not accept materials via email.

Application Requirements: We require a personal statement, all undergraduate and law college transcripts, the LSAC application questionnaire, a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 letters of recommendation, and a resume.

International Applicants: TOEFL score of 100 (on the internet based test) is required by foreign applicants from non-English speaking countries. We may also consider an IETLS score of 7 or above.

Deadlines: We accept applications at all times but require an August semester start time for the full-time program. International students, please note while sometimes it may be possible, we can never guarantee a fall semester start date for applications received after March 31.

Online, Part Time Program

Our online program is a 6 semester, part-time online option for industry professionals. The Online LL.M. was created to address the growing demand for the program by experienced practitioners who want to obtain an LL.M. degree while maintaining their existing work life, and thus we give preference to those with three years legal experience in admissions for the online program.

Online LL.M. students “attend” classes synchronously with students who attend on campus. The use of Zoom allows online students to ask questions, view the class, and participate in class discussions. In sum, the online students are expected to complete the same coursework and thesis requirements that satisfy all of the requirements as on-campus students — online students simply have a longer period of time in which to do so. Please be aware the online program is a part-time way for remote students to access what is primarily a traditional academic program. Class times are during the workday and the course structure mirrors a traditional, socratic law school classroom. Tests are given under the same testing requirements and honor code as traditional, full-time students.

The Online LL.M. program is open both to persons with J.D. degrees from ABA-accredited law schools and to persons with degrees in law from foreign universities. This highly competitive program enrolls between 3-8 students per academic year to ensure individualized attention during the demanding course year.

The LL.M. program is most appropriately designed for students already in a career track that are looking to build upon their existing experience.

Requirements

  • Complete an introductory noncredit course in American law (for students with foreign law degrees only)
  • Complete or be excused from the required courses
  • Complete the LL.M. Research Independent Study
  • Attain a weighted average grade of no less than 6.0/9.0 for all courses taken at the Law College
  • Attend the Lincoln or DC Annual Conferences (travel provided to one)
  • Complete 3 credit hours in-residence prior to graduation, including at least one credit during the first two semesters (at student's expense, online fees still apply)
  • Participation in 75% of each course “live” (synchronously) is required unless a waiver is obtained by the professor.

As noted above, online students are required to complete 3 credit hours in-residence prior to graduation, including at least one credit during the first two semesters. The spring semester generally features several mini-courses (shortened schedule, 1-2 credit courses). No travel costs are routinely provided or guaranteed.

Computer and System Requirements:

We require the following computer specifications for students using Zoom to participate in Online LL.M. courses

  • CPU: Recommended: Core i5 or Core i7 at 2.0 GHz or equivalent/better. Minimum: Core 2 Duo at least 2.0 GHz.
  • RAM: Recommended: 4 GB or more. Minimum: 2 GB.
  • Graphics: Recommended: Discrete ATI or NVidia graphics card with at least 512mb video memory. Not Recommended: Intel Integrated Graphics or equivalent.
  • Screen Size: Recommended: at least 14” laptop screen, or optionally, a 20”+ external LCD monitor for best viewing.
  • Network: Recommended: Fiber/FIOS or Gigabit Ethernet connection, or Cable, DSL, etc. with at least 10 Mbps downstream. Minimum: DSL, Cable, etc. with at least 2 Mbps Downstream.
  • Hardware: You will need to provide your own working webcam – built-in laptop webcams are fine. If you need to buy an external USB web camera, we recommend the Microsoft LifeCam Studio.

Online Tuition and Veterans Benefits

It is estimated that students will enroll in approximately 3-6 credit hours each semester, for a maximum of 6 semesters. Additional costs may be incurred in order to complete the residency requirement. Below are the estimated costs for the upcoming academic year.

  • Tuition $1,541.00 per credit hour
  • Distance Ed. Fee $35.00 per credit hour
  • Technology Fee $83.00 per credit hour (this will appear on statements as "law college fee")
  • Library Fee $83.00 per credit hour (this will appear on statements, in an additional line item, as "law college fee")
  • Total Per 1 credit hour: $1,742.00
  • Total Per 3 credit hours (standard class): $5,226.00
  • In addition to the costs outlined above, students will be assessed a $20.00 registration fee each semester they enroll in courses. At this time there is no change in tuition based on Nebraska residency for this program.
  • Fees are applied to every credit hour enrolled in the online program, whether taken as part of the in-resident requirement or remotely.

At this time there are no scholarships for this program.

The LLM program is eligible for most Veterans Benefits. Additional details about the university's participation are available on the Military and Veteran's Success website. Note: the costs generally listed on that page refer to undergraduate students, but the benefits apply to other programs as well.

Application Process

Apply by creating an account at the Law School Admission Council website and selecting the application for the correct Nebraska Law program. You must apply via LSAC, the law college may not accept materials via email.

Application Requirements: We require a personal statement, all undergraduate and law college transcripts, the LSAC application questionnaire, a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 letters of recommendation, and a resume.

International Applicants: TOEFL score of 100 (on the internet based test) is required by foreign applicants from non-English speaking countries. We may also consider an IETLS score of 7 or above.

Deadlines: We accept applications at all times. An August start time is strongly preferred.

Students From Outside the United States

The College of Law welcomes applications to its programs from students who are citizens of countries other than the United States. A foreign law degree is required of foreign applicants. A TOEFL score of 100 (on the internet based test) is required by foreign applicants. We may also consider an IETLS score of 7 or above.

Please note, the Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications LL.M. program is not designed to teach foreign attorneys U.S. Law, but to allow experts in these areas to further their expertise. The University of Nebraska College of Law has a Master of Laws (LL.M.) program for foreign attorneys interested in studying U.S. Law.

Foreign applicants (and domestic) must apply online and use the LSAC credential assembly service.

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Contact Josh with Questions

Josh Redwine
Program Coordinator
402-472-1662
joshua.redwine@unl.edu