Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program
Lawyers from all over the world come to The University of Texas School of Law (Texas Law) to expand the breadth and depth of their legal knowledge and invest in a valuable postgraduate degree – an internationally recognized Master of Laws. The LL.M. Program is diverse, selective, and small. 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 J.D. students. The LL.M. class is global in reach, with 35 students from 25 different countries in the Class of 2020, including 6 Fulbright Scholars. 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 learning community.
The University of Texas School of Law began as The University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Law when the University was founded in 1883. The Law School started with two professors and 52 students in the basement of the University’s Old Main Building. The Law School has since grown to more than 1,200 students and offers the Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) and the Master of Laws (LL.M.). The Law School has catalogs dating from 1927 that refer to the LL.M. Program, making our program more than 90 years old.
The LL.M. Program is flexible and allows each student to design an individual course of study tailored to their academic and professional interests. Students complete most courses at the Law School and can also complement their legal coursework by taking courses in departments and schools across campus.
The Law School offers a single LL.M. degree with six different concentrations. The six concentrations provide students the opportunity to complete specified courses and obtain a certificate of specialization in:
- Business Law
- Cybersecurity Law
- Global Energy, International Arbitration & Environmental Law (Ranked by LLM Guide among the top 10 LL.M. Programs for Energy Law.)
- Human Rights & Comparative Constitutional Law
- Latin American & International Law
- U.S. Law for Foreign Lawyers
The U.S. Law for Foreign Lawyers Concentration provides a basic understanding of the U.S. legal system to professionals who received their first law degree from a foreign law school. Students in this general concentration can focus on a particular area of law or take courses in a wide variety of subjects.
Students with a foreign law degree are eligible for all six concentrations. Students with a J.D. are eligible for all concentrations except the U.S. Law for Foreign Lawyers Concentration.
In addition to being ranked among the top 16 national law schools and among the top 5 public law schools in the nation, Texas Law also has the most affordable tuition among the top 20 law schools in the nation. With a network of graduates 23,500-strong, whatever you want to do, wherever you want to do it, there will be a Texas Law alum ready to help. Additionally, we have an unbeatable set of 16 clinics, 12 programs and centers, and 40 student organizations that round out law students’ legal education. 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. Boasting 400 live music venues, 100 barbecue restaurants, 200 miles of urban hike and bike trails, and 300 sunny days each year, Austin is the best place in the world to be a law student. Learn more at Visit Austin.
In the News
Angela Morris, J.D. students find that sharing classes with foreign attorneys in LL.M. programs is a valuable part of their legal education, 28 The National Jurist 25 (2018).
What Students Are Saying
“Last week, we toured the Sweetwater Wind Farm – one of the largest 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. Hopefully, we will see these developments in Argentina in the near future!”
-Francisco Lanusse, LL.M. 2018 & Good Neighbor Scholar from Argentina
“When I learned I had been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, I must admit that The University of Texas School of Law (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. One highlight was definitely when I participated on the LL.M. team competing in a moot arbitration competition that took place in Washington D.C., where we were finalists. I was treated very well by the staff and professors at the Law School, and I always felt they were very responsive to any particular need or request I had.”
-Andreas Hallbeck, LL.M. 2018 & Fulbright Scholar from Sweden
“Being a Texas Law LL.M. student was one of the most enriching experiences of my life. But one of the memories I treasure the most is my time as a member and oralist in the International Arbitration Moot Competition Team. It was a challenging and arduous competition, but worth every second invested in it. The competition offers a space to bring your legal skills to life; legal research, argumentation, teamwork, and oral advocacy are skills that I practiced and enhanced during the competition. It really was a great way to solidify what I was learning in my courses and getting hands-on experience. Plus I got to work with the most brilliant lawyers from across the world. The Texas Law LL.M. program is among the best in the country. Now as an alumnus I can say that it has opened many exiting new paths for me. But without a doubt, my LL.M. experience would not have been the same without the arbitration competition.”
–Isaac Budnik Villarreal, LL.M. 2018 from Mexico
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