University of Illinois Chicago School of Law
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Official Guide to LLM, Master’s, and Certificate Programs
Chicago's Only Public Law School
Founded in 1899, the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law (UIC Law) is located in the heart of Chicago’s legal district. As a college of the University of Illinois Chicago—Chicago’s only public Carnegie Research 1 institution—UIC Law offers students the resources and opportunities associated with a large, civic-minded university.
In addition to the Juris Doctor, the UIC Law offers advanced Master of Laws (LLM) degrees that help practicing attorneys further distinguish themselves in competitive areas of law. Applicants interested in pursuing an LLM degree must have earned a JD or equivalent degree to apply.
UIC Law currently offers the following LLM programs:
- LLM in Employee Benefits
- LLM in Intellectual Property Law
- LLM in Real Estate Law
Learn more about UIC Law’s LLM Programs at https://law.uic.edu/academics/llmdegrees/
Located in the Heart of Chicago's Legal District
Chicago is a world-class city full of dynamic opportunities for legal professionals and international visitors, making it a perfect location for continuing education. University of Illinois Chicago School of Law is located in the heart of downtown Chicago and is conveniently close to government offices and county, circuit, and federal courthouses. UIC Law is easily accessible by the city’s subway train system and within only a short walk or cab ride from Union Station and downtown Metra stations.
LLM Program Information
- Employee Benefits: UIC Law offers the only LLM in Employee Benefits in the nation. Taught by experienced tax and employee benefits practitioners, including former IRS attorneys, degree candidates are prepared to navigate contemporary and emerging employee benefit challenges through a combination of practical business training and theoretical business concepts that provide advanced knowledge in retirement planning, welfare benefits, and executive compensation. In addition to traditional on-campus courses, degree candidates can also take courses online.
- Intellectual Property Law: UIC Law has led the way in intellectual property legal education since 1940. The LLM in Intellectual Property offers an extensive selection of courses in patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret law as applied to technology, business, arts, entertainment, media, sports, and international trade. In addition to traditional on-campus courses, degree candidates can also take courses online.
- Real Estate Law: UIC Law offers the only LLM in Real Estate Law in the Midwest. Designed to address the increasingly complicated legal and practice issues of the commercial real estate industry, the program emphasizes transactional negotiation and drafting skills throughout foundational course training in real estate acquisitions, finance, construction, and commercial leasing. In addition to traditional on-campus courses, degree candidates can also take courses online.
UIC Law’s Career Services Office (CSO) is committed to helping students and alumni in their job searches and career planning. The CSO provides career counseling to all currently enrolled JD and LLM students and graduates. Each has significant training and expertise in career counseling for today’s legal market. Additionally, the CSO works closely with the Associate Dean for Professionalism & Career Strategy, a retired Illinois Appellate Court justice, who brings more than 40 years of legal experience and extensive connections to the UIC Law’s community.
In addition to career counseling, the CSO offers:
- review of application materials
- interview preparation
- mock interviews
- career programs
- networking receptions
- judicial clerkship assistance
- weekly newsletters
- résumé collections
- federal work-study
- on-campus interviews
- job postings
- job search resources
- a comprehensive job search guide
- introductions to practitioners
The CSO offers appointments and programs until 6:00 pm Monday through Thursday to accommodate students who take classes in the evening. Additionally, all students and alumni have access to the CSO’s online resource center (Symplicity) 24 hours a day. We encourage students and alumni to take advantage of the full range of services that the CSO offers.
Applying to Law School
Students interested in applying to one of UIC Law’s LLM programs should contact:
Associate Director, Centers for Excellence
School of Law
University of Illinois Chicago
300 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: (800) 537-4280
UIC Law graduate students live throughout the Chicago area. Students interested in on-campus housing can learn more about UIC housing options at https://housing.uic.edu/.