Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program
Lawyers from all over the world come to The University of Texas at Austin to expand the breadth and depth of their legal knowledge and invest in an internationally recognized Master of Laws. The LL.M. Program is diverse, selective, and small, with a maximum of 50 spots for each incoming class. LL.M. students from foreign countries and the U.S. are fully integrated into the academic life of the Law School, learning side by side with 880 J.D. students. The LL.M. class is global in reach, with students from 25 different countries in the Class of 2020. In fact, The University of Texas at Austin is home to over 5,000 international students, and the rich diversity on our campus is essential to our success as a global learning community.
Texas Law is situated on the northeast quadrant of campus, a short walk to museums, two recreation centers with pools, and a football stadium. Law school facilities include two courtrooms; study lounges; state-of-the-art classrooms; a café; and the Tarlton Law Library, one of the largest academic law libraries in the world. Additionally, we have an unbeatable set of 14 clinics, 16 programs and centers, 13 student-run journals, and 35 student organizations that round out law students’ legal education. The LL.M. Program is committed to helping our students achieve their academic and extracurricular goals. Throughout the year, the LL.M. Program organizes study breaks, plans events, and holds academic support and advising sessions. The experienced faculty and staff are always available to give each student the care and support they need to be successful in their legal studies and beyond.
Finally, we are in Austin–the Live Music Capital of the World, the second fastest growing city in the U.S., and the second best city for liberals to live. Technology companies such as Apple, Dell, Facebook, Google, IBM, Intel, National Instruments, and Samsung have established major operations in Austin. Boasting 400 live music venues, 100 barbecue restaurants, 200 miles of urban hike and bike trails, and 300 sunny days each year, we say that Austin is the best place in the world to be a law student.
The University of Texas School of Law offers a single LL.M. degree with six different concentrations. Each degree concentration provides students with the opportunity to complete specified courses and obtain a certificate of specialization in that concentration. The LL.M. Program is flexible and allows each student to design an individual course of study tailored to their academic and professional interests. Our LL.M. concentrations are:
- Business Law
- Cybersecurity Law
- Global Energy, International Arbitration & Environmental Law
- Human Rights & Comparative Constitutional Law
- Latin American & International Law
- U.S. Law for Foreign Lawyers
Texas Law has 95 full-time faculty with over 125 areas of specialty and boasts a low student-faculty ratio of 10:1.
U.S. News & World Report has ranked Texas Law 16th national law school and 5th public law school in the country. Furthermore, we boast the lowest tuition among the top 20 law schools in the United States.
U.S. News & World Report has also ranked the following Texas Law specialties in the top 30 for 2020: Business/Corporate Law (17), Constitutional Law (11), Contracts/Commercial Law (8), Criminal Law (17), Dispute Resolution (16), Environmental Law (26), Health Care Law (19), Intellectual Property Law (18), International Law (14), and Tax Law (15).
Texas Law: This is Where it Begins
Here is a sneak peek at our amazing city and beautiful campus, and a little taste of what it is like to be part of our Texas Law community. At The University of Texas, we say “What Starts Here Changes the World”—and this is where it all begins.
What Students Are Saying
"I completed a clerkship with Judge Michael J. Truncale for the Eastern District of Texas. I am currently clerking with the Texas Supreme Court's Justice Guzman. I am the first foreign LL.M. graduate Texas Law history to clerk for a U.S. Federal Court. Clerking for Judge Truncale has allowed me to fast-track the learning curve and made me feel very confident to begin practicing. My advice for foreign-trained lawyers interested in U.S. litigation is to take as many litigation-focused classes as possible during their LL.M., to participate in mock trials and moot court, and to focus on passing the bar exam to prove to employers they are able to learn a new legal system in a short period of time."
Isaac Villarreal, Class of 2018, Judicial Clerk at U.S. District Courts
"Last week, we toured the Sweetwater Wind Farm – one of the largest wind farms in the world! We attended a presentation on wind turbine operation and went inside an operational wind turbine. We also discussed issues pertaining to contracts and environmental law. The wind tour is a unique experience offered by the Law School's Institute for Transnational Law and the best way to learn!"
Francisco Lanusse, Class of 2018, Associate at Latham & Watkins
"When I learned I had been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, I must admit that Texas Law was not the first school that came to mind when assessing where I would eventually end up doing my LL.M. However, I could not be happier that it turned out the way it did - that I did my LL.M. at Texas Law. Texas Law was a great match for me (which is why Fulbright recommended it to begin with) since the courses they offer matched what I wanted to focus on very well, namely international commercial arbitration."
Andreas Hallbeck, Class of 2018, Senior Associate at Advokat på Roschier, Attorneys Ltd.