LL.M. Program in American Law for Foreign Lawyers

Saint Louis University School of Law's one-year LL.M. degree in American law for foreign law graduates provides an introduction to U.S. law for highly qualified individuals seeking to enhance their legal careers. The Center for International and Comparative Law has offered this program since 1991. Read on for more information or apply now

Where Are LL.M. Program for Foreign Lawyers Students From?

Bosnia and HerzegovinaKoreaSouth Africa
ChinaMauritiusSri Lanka

"Saint Louis University School of Law's LL.M. degree program gave me a thorough understanding of how the American legal system works. It also gave me the opportunity to form the necessary professional relationships to start my legal career in St. Louis. One of the great strengths of the program is the close professor-student interaction, which always made me feel that the faculty truly cared about my professional success."
Gustavo Arango ('05)
Attorney in St. Louis, Missouri 

"I’m Béatrice from Mauritius Island and I pursued my legal studies in France, England, and the U.S. I’m currently living and working in St. Louis at Charter Communications Inc. Getting my LL.M. at SLU LAW was definitely a great decision. The curriculum was comprehensive and provided a nice overview of American law and the common law system. The professors were knowledgeable, approachable, and understanding. Not only was it good for my career, but I also made some lasting friendships with my classmates.
Béatrice Zdrodowski (Lasse) ('14)
Bar Admission: New York
"I really enjoyed my time at Saint Louis University School of Law. It was a great opportunity to further my education. The faculty and staff members were very nice and made LL.M students feel very welcome. The classes were very interesting and the professors were always there to answer my questions. Being part of SLU's LL.M program was an rewarding experience and prepared me for the NY Bar exam."
Souhella Makouri ('15)
Bar Admission: New York

How to Apply for the LL.M. in American Law for Foreign Lawyers

Step 1
Download a printable application form

Step 2
Complete the application form and submit it along with all supporting documents via mail to the address below. When you submit your application, please mail the following supporting documents:

  • An official diploma from each post-secondary school you have graduated from, including English translations. Academic transcripts and diplomas must be translated into English by the appropriate head of department of the candidate's university. All such translations must be on official university letterhead. They should also identify which academic courses mentioned in the transcripts were counted for the award of the Degree in law, including specifications as to whether the degree was a graduate or undergraduate degree. The candidate's application cannot be considered for admission to the LL.M program until these official materials are received.

  • Two letters of recommendation in sealed envelopes. We prefer to receive Letters of recommendation from college instructors who are familiar with the applicant's academic work. Recommendations from employers, supervisors and associates are welcome for those candidates who have been away from the classroom for a period of time.

  • Official TOEFL Score (a minimum score of 90 for the Internet-based exam, 233 for the computer-based exam and 577 for the paper-based exam is required). We will also accept an IELTS score of at least 7.0.

  • A written personal statement. The personal statement may contain information about any special factors, achievements, concerns or plans that the candidate would like to bring to the attention of the admissions committee. Whatever the content, the statement should reflect the candidate's own writing style. Candidates should pay attention to brevity and clarity of thought and expression. Please limit the statement to 500 words or less.

  • A current résumé

Step 3
Have your Official TOEFL Score sent to SLU LAW (institutional code 6629)

Our Mailing Address

ATTN: Center for International and Comparative Law
Saint Louis University School of Law
100 N. Tucker Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63101

Application Deadline
We recommend applying by the early application deadline of December 14, 2018. Early application deadline applicants may receive a decision and award by mid-February. Applicants should apply no later than March 8, 2019. Applicants that apply by the final registration deadline may receive a decision and award by March 24, 2019. LL.M. applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, which means the committee reviews each applicant's file once it receives all application materials.

Contact Information
If you have questions about the application process, please contact the LL.M. Program Director, Ira H. Trako at trako@slu.edu or by telephone at (314) 977-2792.

Curriculum and Requirements

LL.M. students complete 24 credit hours of coursework over two semesters, generally in the Fall and Spring, with the opportunity to continue through the following summer to complete a thesis. Each year the fall semester begins in August and ends in December; the spring semester starts in early January and ends in May. Students choose from the full range of courses and seminars offered at SLU LAW. Students may select up to 3 credit hours of courses from Saint Louis University's Cook School of Business, School of Public Health or 44 other graduate programs.

LL.M. students are required to complete a 3 credit hour course in legal research and writing and a foundation course in a common law subject such as contracts, torts or property. Additionally, LL.M. students take at least 2 credit hours for which they produce a written work, such as a seminar paper or a directed research paper. LL.M. students may elect to write an LL.M. thesis for 6 credit hours. No more than 8 of the 24 credit hours may consist of an LL.M. thesis, seminars, or research papers.

Who May Apply to this Program

Foreign Law Degrees

If you have completed a first degree in law from a university or law school outside of the United States that qualifies you for bar admission in your home country, you may apply to this program.

Scholarships and Costs 

Tuition Remission

SLU LAW awards partial tuition remission to a select group of admitted LL.M. applicants. Applicants who wish to be considered for the partial tuition remission award should apply to the LL.M. Program and complete the scholarship portion of the application. We recommend that applicants for the 2019-2020 academic year apply by December 14, 2018, the early registration deadline. Our final application deadline is March 9, 2019.

SLU Rankings and Honors

Although rankings and awards aren't the only ways to measure an institution's quality, Saint Louis University certainly has racked up its share of accolades.

Saint Louis University is ranked among the top five Jesuit universities in the country and is considered one of the nation's best values in higher education. The University has been lauded as a character-building college, noted for its service efforts and regularly named one of the region's top employers.

What the Saint Louis Area Offers

The St. Louis area is known for its wealth of cultural and recreational attractions and reasonable cost of living.


SLU LAW offers a comprehensive curriculum with significant coursework opportunities in international and comparative law, health law, employment law, business, commercial and tax law, criminal litigation, civil litigation, urban development, land use and environmental law and intellectual property.

Faculty Interaction

Each LL.M. student is partnered with a faculty member who provides guidance on class selection and professional goals. Students also receive intensive academic advisingwriting support services, assistance in locating housing, and acclimating to SLU LAW.


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