LLM & LLM/MBA for International Lawyers

Richmond Law's LLM is a one-year, full-time, master's level law program for lawyers whose first degree in law is from outside the United States. It offers an opportunity for lawyers to gain a strong grounding in U.S. law and the common law system while polishing their communication and legal English skills. Richmond is known for its outstanding faculty and the personalized attention that professors give each student.

The LLM/MBA dual degree is one of only a few programs of its kind in the world, preparing students to deal effectively with global business and legal transactions. 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), both through the University of Richmond. 

LLM students are fully integrated into the J.D. program. They must complete 24 credits of academic coursework, including Introduction to the U.S. Legal System and U.S. Legal Research and Writing. All other courses are elective, and LLM students may enroll in first-year J.D. courses as well as upper-level courses and seminars.

In addition to either a first degree in law from outside the U.S. or being admitted to practice law outside the U.S., applicants to the LLM program must have excellent English language ability (as evidenced by a TOEFL or IELTS exam) and a strong record of academic or professional accomplishments. The preferred scores are as follows: 

  • TOEFL: 100 (internet-based total); 250 (computer-based total); or 600 (paper-based total)
  • IELTS: 7

Richmond Law may occasionally accept students with a slightly lower score where there are other indicia of the necessary language fluency.

  • Application Requirements

    Requirements for acceptance into the program include a first degree in law from outside the U.S., as well as TOEFL or IELTS exam scores (or a waiver). Applicants to the LLM/MBA must submit either GMAT or GRE scores.

    A complete application consists of the following:

    1. A completed Application for Admission form, including the signed certification statement (maybe signed electronically online).
    2. An official copy of the applicant’s LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS) report, which includes official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended, authentication, and evaluation of transcripts.
    3. A Curriculum vitae/resume to include detailed information, with dates, about your academic and professional experience.
    4. A short (approximately 500 words) personal statement outlining career goals and experience. Applicants are encouraged to provide insight into career goals and experiences, which may have factored into your decision to pursue this advanced degree, as well as a narrative to help us know more about you aside from the information contained in your application.
    5. Two letters of recommendation from professors or colleagues familiar with your academic and legal qualifications. Applicants may use the Letter of Recommendation Service offered through LSAC. If you choose to use this service, the letter from each recommender must be sent directly to LSAC along with the Letter of Recommendation Form, which is available via LSAC.org. 

    Applications will be accepted beginning September 1st. It is advisable to have your application on file as soon as possible, allowing support documents to follow.

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

    All admitted students are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships, and no additional application forms are required.

  • Policy Prohibiting Discrimination

    The law school is committed to enforcing its policy against discriminatory admission practices based upon race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Information about age, race, and gender of applicants is needed by the school for statistical purposes only. An applicant’s age or gender will have no effect on the admissions process. The school believes that an applicant’s race or ethnic group is a factor that legitimately can be considered during the admissions process to promote the representation of minorities in the law school and the legal profession. Neither gender, nor age, nor race will be used in an unlawfully discriminatory manner.

    You are assured both by school policy and by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act that the information will be confidential and accessible only to school officials, government agencies, and others with a legitimate educational interest in this information.

  • Licensure & Disclosure Certifications

    The University of Richmond School of Law programs for professions that require licensure or certification are intended to prepare the student for Virginia licensure and certification requirements. Admission into any programs for professions that require licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies, not controlled by or affiliated with the University of Richmond School of Law, and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time.

    The University of Richmond School of Law has not determined whether its programs meet other states’ educational or professional licensure and certification requirements. Students planning to pursue licensure or certification in other states are responsible for determining whether the completion of the University of Richmond School of Law programs will meet their state’s requirements for licensure or certification. This disclosure is made pursuant 34 CFR §668.43(a)(5)(v).