University of Cincinnati College of Law

PO Box 210040, Clifton Avenue and Calhoun Street, Cincinnati, OH 45221, USA
Phone: 513.556.0938 | Website:


Low tuition! We offer one of the most affordable LLM programs in the United States. Tuition for the 2017–2018 academic year is $29,010 for students who are not residents of the state of Ohio. Our low tuition lets us enroll more students from diverse backgrounds.

Scholarships are currently available, and there is no application fee. Apply now.

The University of Cincinnati College of Law, opened in 1833, is among the nation’s most regarded public law schools and is the fourth-oldest continuously operating law school in the country. A founding member of the Association of American Law Schools, the College of Law enjoys a solid reputation as one of the nation’s premier small, public law schools. The College of Law has brought together a community of committed administrators, award-winning faculty, and skilled legal practitioners to create and promote an environment of intellectual exchange and academic excellence. With an enviable 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students at the College of Law benefit from an intimate, collegial environment and personal attention from faculty, while having access to groundbreaking centers and institutes. College of Law programs and centers have earned international acclaim, including the Ohio Innocence Project (founder of the international Innocence Network); the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights (editor of the world-renowned Human Rights Quarterly); the Corporate Law Center; our Center for Race, Gender and Social Justice; our Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic; and our new Patent and Trademark Clinic.

The College of Law is part of the University of Cincinnati (UC)—one of America’s top public research institutions. UC is known as a leading “up-and-coming” university, a “research heavyweight,” and as having one of the world’s most beautiful campuses. It is also celebrated as one of the most welcoming universities in the world for international students. With a student population of 44,000 and located in a diverse, safe, vibrant urban community, UC offers a rich collection of cocurricular experiences and support services in partnership with our academic programs. Students can choose to participate in hundreds of organizations, workout in our state-of-the-art recreation center, play or watch intramural and collegiate sports, and assume leadership roles of all kinds. UC also provides key support services aimed at ensuring international student success through graduation.

Students at UC enjoy easy access to downtown Cincinnati with over 650 law firms, headquarters to 10 Fortune 500 corporations, and state, county, and federal courts, including the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Cincinnati is the home of well-known international companies, including Procter & Gamble and Kroger Company as well as numerous law firms doing work of an international nature. UC Law LLM students are taken on regular visits to local law firms, corporations, and courts. For more information about Cincinnati, please visit our website.

Law School Enrollment

The College of Law is committed to maintaining a welcoming, collegial atmosphere for all students. Key to this is the school’s small size—approximately 300 JD students and 25 LLM students—which allows for a high level of interaction between students and faculty, small classes, a friendly environment, and selectivity in the admission process. The LLM program is small by design so that faculty and staff can offer LLM students individualized attention and mentoring.

Physical Facilities

The Robert S. Marx Law Library, which can seat the entire law school student body at one time, manages a robust collection to support faculty and student research and the college curriculum. The library has a seasoned staff that is able to assist students with research and technical questions. Two computer labs and a wireless network throughout the law building enable students to maximize online research capabilities, and our skilled IT staff members are readily available to assist law students.


A variety of housing options are available near the University of Cincinnati campus. Students in Cincinnati enjoy a cost of living well below the national average. For example, the average cost of a one-bedroom apartment in Cincinnati is $500 to $700 each month; whereas, the average is $1,600 to $1,700 in Washington, DC, or $2,600 to $2,700 in New York City. The University’s Graduate and Family Housing Office provides affiliated housing options, private listings, and a roommate search service that you may find helpful. The College of Law will assist, whenever possible, in connecting incoming students who would like to share an apartment with another law student.

LLM Program: The US Legal System

The College of Law offers a program of study in the US legal system to practicing attorneys and law school graduates who received their legal education outside of the United States. The LLM program provides a substantive introduction to the US legal process while allowing students to focus their studies on their own areas of interest. Two classes are required of all LLM students: Legal Research and Writing for LLM Students and the US Legal System. Students select the remainder of their courses from among the full range of courses available at the College of Law. Areas of study include

  • Business Law, including corporate law, commercial law, tax law, labor law, and employment law. We now offer a new Concentration in Business Law;
  • Criminal Law;
  • International Law, including human rights, public international law, trade law, and immigration law;
  • Law, Technology, and the Creative Arts, including environmental law, health law, and intellectual property law;
  • Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, including mediation and negotiation; and
  • Public Interest Law, including family law, critical race theory, women’s rights, and more.

One- and two-year programs are available.

LLM students can apply for internships during their second semester or after graduation (Optional Practical Training). UC Law student externs have been placed at Procter & Gamble, Kroger Company, Macy’s, Fifth Third Bank, Cincinnati Public Schools, Legal Aid, the Domestic Violence Clinic, Children’s Law Center, and many more.

Summer Program

LLM students will arrive on campus two weeks before regular classes begin so that they can participate in an orientation program. This program will introduce students to the community, the university, and the College of Law. It will also preview strategies for success in a US law school classroom, with instruction given on common US and US university etiquette.

During this time students will also be given a chance to network with each other, JD students, faculty, and local judges and lawyers.

Conditional Letters of Admission (CLA)

CLAs are available from the College of Law. Students may complete their English preparation on UC’s campus at one of the largest ELS centers in the United States.

Contact Information

For additional information, please visit the LLM for International Lawyers website, or contact:

Tonya Hampton
LLM Program Coordinator
University of Cincinnati College of Law
PO Box 210040
Clifton Avenue and Calhoun Street
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0040

Phone: 513.556.0938

Financial Aid

Scholarships are available. No special application is required. If you are interested in a scholarship, please let us know by sending an email requesting consideration. Please address this message to the Program Coordinator at

Student Services and Organizations

Over 2,000 international students currently attend the University of Cincinnati. UC offers students a wide array of activities and organizations, which provide students with a chance to meet one another, socialize, and learn outside of the classroom. UC also provides a network of supportive services to make sure that the transition to the Cincinnati community is a smooth one. Help with visa, language skills, and other issues is available on campus. The University of Cincinnati office of International Services is a tremendous resource for international students at UC.

The College of Law hosts over 35 student-run organizations and clubs based on various affiliations, interests, and activities. Numerous scholarly institutes, legal clinics, and law journals offer students ample opportunities to get involved.

LLM students have the opportunity to participate in social occasions that allow them to get to know one another, as well as students in the JD program. In addition, LLM students make visits to law firms, courthouses, and government institutions, and participate in special networking events.

Career Services

The College of Law LLM program is specifically designed to be a small program. This will allow students ample opportunity to work one-on-one with the program director and faculty members on issues related to career planning. Students are also encouraged to work with UC Law’s Center for Professional Development. Our career counselors will work one-on-one with LLM students on a full range of professional development topics, including networking, résumé writing, interview skills, and internships.