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Indiana University Maurer School of Law Two-year LLM with English for law program
Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Two-year LLM with English for law program

Bloomington, USA

2 Years


Full time

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USD 70,020 / per year



LLM with English for Law Two-Year program

This two-year program is a two-step program for applicants who do not yet meet the English proficiency requirements for direct admission to the standard LLM degree program.

The LLM Pathway

Successful applicants are admitted first to the LLM Pathway program, a year-long program similar to conditional admission. In the Pathway, students will learn about the US legal system and master legal English while earning 12 English for law credits and four credits toward the LLM degree. Much like conditional admission, upon satisfactory completion* of the Pathway year, students then continue to the LLM degree program, where they will select courses to complete the remaining 20 credit hours needed to earn the degree. Two-year program students also have the option to specialize in one of six areas of the law.

Choose your interest, build your specialization

As an Indiana Law graduate student, in addition to earning a general LLM, you can choose from several specialized areas of study that suit your interests and career goals. Many students select from more than 80 courses in the six areas of specialization shown here, but the list is not exhaustive. Your academic advisor will help you select the courses that are right for you. Twelve credits are required to complete a specialization. Two courses — Introduction to American Law and Legal Discourse and Writing — are required for an LLM.

  • Business and commercial law
    From accounting to white-collar crime, we have a wide variety of courses to prepare you for the global business environment
  • Information privacy and cybersecurity law
    Indiana Law's faculty includes some of the world's leading experts in these areas, including a member of the Council on Foreign Relations
  • Information privacy and cybersecurity law
    Indiana Law's faculty includes some of the world's leading experts in these areas, including a member of the Council on Foreign Relations
  • Intellectual property law
    The Law School's top-25 IP program offers you a full range of courses in copyright, patent, and trademark law, including international IP law
  • International & comparative law; globalization
    IU is one of the world's great global research institutions. The Law School alone offers more than 20 courses in this field.
  • LLM in American law
    A broad range of courses that prepare you for the bar exam in the United States and provide an overview of American law

Earn your LLM while getting hands-on experience

Many international students want to gain some practical experience in the US legal system while they're earning their LLM degree. The Maurer School of Law's new LAW (learning and working) LLM program does just that.

The LAW program gives you hands-on, real-life experience while you're studying the law. Depending on your interests and qualifications (including visa status), you could earn law school credit by participating in unpaid experiential opportunities, such as:

  • A semester-long clinical course in one of the school's legal clinics, which help real clients with legal problems, from family law to business issues to intellectual property matters;
  • A research assistantship with a member of the Law School faculty, where you'll assist a professor with research on a variety of cutting-edge topics on the forefront of legal scholarship;
  • The opportunity to complete job shadowing and informational interviews with local attorneys, nonprofit organizations, or judges, which will help you develop your understanding of the legal practice and build your professional network.

The LAW program is among the first of its kind anywhere in the United States, and it's backed by the Maurer School of Law's LLM program, which brings more than a century of experience to the classroom.

Why choose Indiana Law?

As a highly qualified legal scholar, you have many options for graduate studies. Our superb faculty, community support, and great location make Indiana Law a wise choice.

The approach to the study of law is different from that of other countries. An Indiana Law LLM student explains how in this video.

Your key to global success

Globalization is affecting almost every area of law. An international graduate degree from Indiana Law is your key to success in this new and rapidly changing world. Here are some of the reasons why:

World-renowned faculty and programs

Our LLM program is more than 100 years old — one of the oldest in the US. Our tradition and experience combine with the expertise and global prestige of our faculty members to bring you a first-rate educational experience — for thousands of dollars less than at other universities.

Flexibility, support, and opportunity

The Law School has a six-person staff dedicated to international graduate students and programs. Students also enjoy excellent support from the university office of International Services. These offices are at your service for assistance with visas, housing, and other ways to make your stay in Bloomington more comfortable. Indiana Law graduate students benefit from the support of a six-person Office of Graduate Legal Studies and International Programs. This office is the home away from home for international students while they are in law school.

Some of the many ways in which we help you are:

  • Teaching assistants to explain and clarify class assignments
  • International peer group advisors– JD student peers who help you settle into Bloomington and get acclimated to law school life
  • Specialized courses in legal discourse and writing, and an introductory course in American law for foreign lawyers
  • An optional intensive course in legal Englishoffered the summer before the fall semester
  • A professional development series that helps prepare you for the job market, both in the United States and in your home country
  • Assistance in finding internships while you're in the US
  • One-on-one academic advising and bar exam application and preparation
  • If you're an aspiring academic, special programming to help you prepare for the profession, including the doctoral colloquium, a course on scholarly legal writing, and course development and teaching workshops
  • Help with visa issues, integration into US culture, and other personal matters that may arise during your stay

You'll also have the benefit of Indiana University's global engagement. IU is one of the nation's leading public research universities, with a major commitment to a place on the world's stage. IU's new School of Global and International Studies brings together a distinguished community of scholars, students, staff, and alumni united by a common commitment to meet the global challenges of the 21st century with world-shaping ideas and world-altering graduates. Indiana University'sGlobal Gatewaysin China, Europe, India, and Mexico connect the IU community with resources that make international programs, projects, and other activities possible.

Beautiful Bloomington

You already know that law school can be difficult and often time-consuming. So why spend your graduate school year in a crowded urban area, juggling metro passes, dodging traffic, and paying high rent? In Bloomington, you’ll find a more relaxed pace — a college town focused on students, but with the amenities, sophistication, and fun of a large city. Everything you need is within reach in Bloomington, so you can bike to campus and shopping or take advantage of free bus service, and focus on what’s really important!


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