Law: U.S. Legal Practice Skills, LLM

for the Master of Laws, U.S. Legal Practice Skills Concentration

dean of the college: Vikram David Amar
associate dean for graduate and international programs: Margareth Etienne
correspondence and admission information: Christine Renshaw, Office of Graduate and International Legal Studies

college website:

college faculty: Law Faculty

college address: 244 Law Building, 504 East Pennsylvania Avenue, Champaign, IL 61820

phone: (217) 333-6066


The LL.M. and J.S.D. programs of graduate study in law are designed for foreign law graduates who wish to pursue advanced study and conduct independent research under the direction of the College of Law faculty. Two advanced degrees are conferred by the College of Law: the Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree and the Doctor of Science of Law (J.S.D.). Overall coordination of the graduate program is the responsibility of the Office of Graduate and International Programs, and individual inquiries should be addressed to this office. The Master of Studies in Law (M.S.L.) is a one-year, nonprofessional, terminal degree program designed for those who have had no legal training and who do not desire a professional law degree.

Graduate Degree Programs in the College of Law

Master of Laws, LLM


Corporate Law, Commercial Law, & Trade|Criminal Law|Intellectual Property & Technology Law|International & Comparative Law|Justice, Democracy, & Legal Rights|Regulation, Sustainability, & Compliance|US Legal Practice Skills

Master of Studies in Law

Doctor of the Science of Law

Law, JD
Joint Degrees with the Law, JD:

Chemistry, MS|Computer Science, MCS|Human Resources and Industrial Relations, MHRIR|Journalism, MS|Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences, MS|Political Science: Civic Leadership, MA|Political Science, PhD|Urban Planning, MUP|


The Graduate College admission requirements and English language proficiency requirements apply. In addition for the LL.M. program, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) requirement is 80 internet-based. Students are not required to take the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Students are admitted on an individual basis according to a review of their prior accomplishments with an emphasis on academic achievement. Admission is generally made for the fall semester only.

Financial Aid

Applicants to the College of Law graduate programs are welcome to apply for scholarship assistance. Scholarships typically are awarded to applicants with a combination of excellent academic and professional credentials and proven financial need. Awards usually provide part of tuition and do not cover living expenses. There are always more qualified applicants than there are funds available. Therefore, applicants are strongly encouraged to explore alternative sources of funding.

for the Master of Laws, U.S. Legal Practice Skills Concentration

This concentration requires students to complete a minimum of 12 credit hours in topics integral to U.S. Legal Practice Skills in a third semester. The 12 credit hours for the concentration many not count towards the LL.M. degree or other concentration credit hours and must be completed in addition to the LL.M. or other concentration credit hours. 

This concentration will be open to students in the LL.M. degree program at the College of Law. Students are expected to be in good standing and have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 to be eligible for the concentration. This concentration is only available as a third-semester concentration. Interested students must apply by the listed deadline at the start of the second semester of the LL.M. degree.

For additional details and requirements refer to the College of Law's graduate degree requirements and the Graduate College Handbook.

Master of Laws Requirements

LAW 500LLM Legal Writing and Research2
LAW 501Professional Responsibility3 or 4
Electives selected from any College of Law course in consultation with the advisor.26-27
Total Hours32

Other Requirements

Other requirements may overlap
Minimum 500-level (or higher) Hours Required Overall: 12
A concentration is not required.
One academic year in residence
Minimum GPA: 2.75

U.S. Legal Practice Skills Concentration Requirements

The 12 credit hours for this concentration many not count towards the LL.M. degree or other concentration credit hours and must be completed in addition to the credit hours required for the LL.M. or any other concentration. 

LAW 692Field Placements1 to 4
LAW 692Field Placements (Classroom Instruction, taken concurrently with Field Placement)1 to 4
Select at least five hours of coursework from the courses below:5
Civil Procedure
Dispute Resolution
Fundamentals of Trial Practice
Advanced Litigation Topics
Total hours12