Law (LLM – International)

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Master of Laws (LLM)

About the Program

When you earn your LLM at Case Western Reserve University, you not only join a top-ranked program for academics and student experience—you also join a global network of students and alumni from more than 80 countries. Through classes taught by leading experts in the field, we equip international students for the challenges of practicing law in a society that demands a firm grasp of cross-border interests and implications of a nation’s laws. And with multiple degree options and specialties, you’ll study what best suits your professional needs while learning to communicate effectively with lawyers and clients around the world.

What to Expect

We offer four 24-credit degree options to best match your interests, with LLMs in:

  • U.S. and Global Legal Studies: ideal for students interested in U.S. and International law who hope to improve their legal research, writing and analytical skills.
  • Intellectual Property Law: aimed at those interested in the doctrine and policy of U.S. intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.
  • International Business Law: suited for students focused on academic analysis and practical applications of U.S. business law and international business transactions.
  • International Criminal Law: provides in-depth knowledge of international criminal law and procedure, international humanitarian law and national security law.

Plus, we offer an LLM in International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution—a joint program with Southwest University of Political Science and Law in which students spend their first two years in China taking courses and their third year in Cleveland—culminating in master’s degrees from both universities.

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Beyond the Classroom

No matter which program you choose, you can expand your one-year degree through our LLM+ option, adding a third or fourth semester for an externship with a law firm or corporate office of general counsel, and/or for more courses to help you prep for a U.S. bar exam.

And before your program even begins, you’ll have the chance to take part in our Summer Language and Law Institute to broaden and polish your English communication skills, while introducing you to American common law practice.

Want to be involved outside the classroom—and maybe even gain some hands-on experience? We offer a wide range of law student organizations where you can get active in the areas that interest you most.

By the Numbers


student to faculty ratio


top-ranked specialty programs


LLM alumni around the world


years since our program’s founding—among the oldest LLM programs in the U.S.


of the top 22 programs for LLM student experience, International Jurist

Admission Requirements

For more than 125 years, our alumni have made a significant impact on shaping the world we live in as civil rights leaders, judges, corporate executives and more. Submit your application today to join a network of thousands of success stories. 

To be considered for admission, you must provide:

  • Completed online application
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Copies of transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions attended, with translations into English where applicable
  • Copies of official TOEFL score or an IELTS record report for all students whose native language is not English (except those with a degree from an institution where English is the language of instruction—official copies of ELS 111 or 112 transcripts are acceptable)

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