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LLM/MBA Dual Degree Program

At the University of Richmond, LLM/MBA candidates enjoy the best of both worlds: access to a sophisticated legal education and advanced business skills training. One of only a few programs of its kind in the world, the LLM/MBA Dual Degree prepares students to deal effectively with global business and legal transactions—a combination that gives our graduates a distinct advantage in a world in which law and business are increasingly interdependent and globally focused. This full-time, 24-month program is designed for lawyers educated outside the United States who want to enhance their knowledge of both the U.S. legal system and the business world. Students who complete the program will receive both a masters degree in law (the LLM) and a master's degree in business administration (the MBA). 

Situated side-by-side on the University of Richmond’s centrally located campus, the Law School and Business School are mere steps away from each other – and just a short drive to the city center in downtown Richmond, as well as a 90-minute drive from the nation’s capital in Washington, D.C.  

Frequently Asked Questions
  1. Do I need to take the LSAT, GMAT, or GRE to be admitted to the LLM/MBA program?
    Applicants are not required to take the LSAT. Applicants must take either the GRE or the GMAT.
  2. Will I be able to take a bar exam in any U.S. states?
    Some states, including New York, allow foreign lawyers with an LLM degree from a U.S. law school to take the bar exam. Applicants interested in taking the New York bar exam should consult the New York Bar rules. The requirements are available online. For those students interested in taking a bar exam, Richmond Law provides bar exam information and preparation assistance. In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
  3. How easy is it to obtain housing on or near the University?
    Limited on-campus housing is available for international students, and students will also find it convenient and affordable to find off-campus housing in the Richmond community. Please visit our Housing page or contact the Office of Admissions for more information.
  4. What career services are offered?
    Our Career Development Office partners with students through a comprehensive career and professional development process to explore their interests and strengths, to connect students with alumni, practitioners and professionals, to refine employment search materials, interview skills and personal presentation ability, and to guide students through the process of turning contacts into offers.
Application Process

Applicants must have a first degree in law from a non-U.S. law school.
 
A complete application consists of the following:

  • Application for Admission including the signed certification statement
  • Nonrefundable $50 application fee (If payment of this fee will prevent a student from applying, waiver requests should be submitted to lawadmissions@richmond.edu.) 
  • GMAT or GRE (report to be sent directly from the test center to the School of Law, University of Richmond, 203 Richmond Way, Richmond, VA 23173)
  • TOEFL score of 100 or IELTS level 7, or justification for waiver
  • Transcripts for all completed undergraduate and graduate work; official copy of the applicant's LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS) report, which includes official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended, transcripts authentication and evaluation of transcripts
  • Narrative/personal statement detailing your objectives in pursuing this degree
  • Resume/CV
  • A minimum of two letters of recommendation from professors or colleagues familiar with your academic qualifications, legal qualifications, and/or business experience

Applications will be accepted beginning in October. It is advisable to have your application submitted as soon as possible, allowing your supporting test documents to follow.

There are two ways to submit an application:

Applications for admission to the program and all support documents can be submitted through the Law school Admission Council's Web site (llm.lsac.org). Applicants with foreign legal educational credentials may utilize LSAC's International Transcript Authentication Evaluation Service or an accredited transcript evaluation service for evaluation of foreign transcripts.

Applicants not using LSAC's International Transcript Authentication Evaluation Service may submit a PDF Application and send all supporting documents and transcript evaluations directly to us. Transcripts must be in English and certified by a notary or other appropriate office attesting to the documents’ authenticity. (Please note, if you have an LSAC account, please submit your application through the LSAC website rather than by PDF.)

All admitted students are considered for merit-based scholarships.

Important Policies

Your Continuing Duty to Inform Us of Changes to Your Application

Once an application for admission has been submitted, you have a continuing duty to inform the Admissions Office of any changes in the information in the application, or of any new information without which the application as previously submitted would be inaccurate or incomplete. Your duty to inform the Admissions Office of any changes continues until the time you receive a final decision and, if admitted, until the time you matriculate as a student at the University of Richmond School of Law. False, misleading or incomplete answers or statements made in the application or in any materials submitted to the Admissions Office or the Financial Aid Office could constitute a basis for denial of admission or revocation of an offer of admission.

Policy Prohibiting Discrimination

The University of Richmond prohibits discrimination and harassment against applicants, students, faculty or staff on the basis of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, status as a veteran, or any classification protected by local, state or federal law. For more information, visit http://www.richmond.edu/compliance/non-discrimination.html.