LLM Experience

Among the most distinguished U.S. law schools, the University of Chicago is the only one which offers the combination of a small LL.M. program with a real sense of community among its students, a challenging academic experience both inside and outside the classroom and an exciting urban location in one of the great cities of the world (Chicago has been named the best big city in America by Conde Nast four years in a row).

Our LLM graduates say that their year at the Law School had a great impact on both their subsequent personal and professional lives. They also look back fondly at the friendships that developed and the experiences they shared with classmates and others in the University community. Below is a closer look at some of the factors which made their time here so rewarding and may help to explain why they are so enthusiastic about Chicago.

Since our LLM students and JD students take the same courses and are together in the same community, some of the links below will be of interest to prospective LLM students even though they were prepared with our prospective JD students in mind.

Academic culture  

Critical reasoning is a crucial part of the University of Chicago Law School experience - perhaps our defining characteristic. Our faculty and students are deeply involved in the "life of the mind," as we call it, and delight in spending their days challenging each other to dig ever deeper into the law as an intellectual discipline. Read more about the teaching and research philosophies that make the Law School unique.


The Law School has assembled a faculty that is distinguished for its scholarship and its teaching ability. Many LLM students are surprised to discover how accessible and available the faculty are. The custom is for faculty to work in their offices with their doors open. Students do not need to make appointments to meet with them. In addition to the full-time members of the faculty, the Law School has approximately 90 practitioners, faculty members from other areas of the University, and visiting professors from other law schools, who teach courses and seminars each year. Detailed information about individual faculty members can be found on our website. A significant portion of the faculty represents academic fields other than law, including economics, history, philosophy, and political science. The strong orientation of the faculty toward research provides students with unusually good opportunities and LLM students often do independent research projects with members of the faculty instead of taking a class or seminar.


During a typical academic year, the Law School offers over 200 courses and seminars.

Student life 

The academic opportunities only partially describe what it is like to be an LL.M. student at Chicago. Prospective students should get a fuller picture from this section, which presents a typical LL.M. experience as a student would encounter it throughout the year.


If the Law School were part of a different university in a different community it would be a different experience for LL.M. students. See what it is like to live, study, and play in our location.

After graduation 

Each year a number of LL.M. students express interest in locating positions in the United States or elsewhere following graduation. The Law School's Office of Career Services works closely with students in helping them to do this. In addition to employment assistance, the Law School arranges alumni activities regularly around the world.