LL.M. in Comparative Law Program

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How the program works

The LL.M. is designed for graduates of law schools outside the United States. Students typically earn the degree within one year upon successful completion of 26 semester hours of course work. A four-credit introductory course just for LL.M. students guarantees familiarity with basic aspects of the U.S. legal system, and a student ambassador helps LL.M. students adapt to study at UF Law. Students may receive two credits by writing an independent research paper under the supervision of a faculty member. Students choose the remainder of courses from the J.D. and LL.M. curricula.

Our broad curriculum allows students to focus on specific areas of law. View the full course list.

UF Law has a large and distinguished faculty and a rich curriculum. With over 100 members, our faculty includes lawyers from around the globe, including Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. Many of our dedicated teachers are also renowned legal scholars or practitioners. They provide a diverse range of curricular offerings, including comprehensive offerings in Business Law, Taxation, Environmental Law, and Public Law. While earning the LL.M., students can take courses in the LL.M. Program in Taxation — ranked second in the nation — or in the LL.M. Program in Environmental and Land Use Law. LL.M. students take most courses alongside U.S. students in the J.D. curriculum.

Application requirements


  • Transcript (Original Language & English Translation)
  • Degree (Original Language & English Translation)
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume or C.V.
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • English Language Test Score (min. IELTS 6.0, TOEFL 80)

To learn more, inquire by email to Associate Dean for International Programs Lyrissa Lidsky at lidsky@law.ufl.edu.

Se habla español. Para más información, contacte llmcomp@law.ufl.edu.

UF Law is a leading public law school on the 2,000-acre campus of one of the United States’ most highly regarded universities. U.S. News & World Report ranked UF Law 1st among Florida law schools and 24th among public law schools nationwide. UF Law had approximately 1,000 students in 2015, with nearly 50 who began their law studies at schools in other countries.

Cost and scholarships

advocacy-center-courtroomUF Law is the third most affordable of the nation’s top 50 law schools, based on American Bar Association data for tuition and fees plus annual expenses. The state of Florida has established linkage institute programs for several countries and regions. A limited number of well-qualified students who are citizens of “linkage” countries are given a financial award to cover the difference between non-resident and Florida-resident tuition rates for a specified number of credit hours.


Generous scholarships are available for Latin American and Caribbean students.
The College of Law has a scholarship fund available for Latin American and Caribbean students that enables them to qualify for in-state tuition. Tuition Cost with LAC Scholarship is $19,326.06 vs. Out of State Tuition- $33,716.80. For more information on this scholarship, view the  LAC Scholarship page.

UF Law trains leaders. UF Law’s graduates head international organizations, advise Fortune 500 companies, and play prominent leadership roles in organizations throughout the world. UF Law has produced more presidents of the American Bar Association than any other law school since 1973. A 2012 Journal of Legal Education article titled “Where Do Partners Come From?” found that UF Law ranked 11th among public law schools and 29th overall in the number of alumni graduating from 1986 to the present serving as partners in the National Law Journal 100 law firms.

Online Application


  • Click to apply online. It would be useful to have copies of your transcripts when filling out this form.
  • Click on “Graduate,” select “Create new user account.”
  • When asked to “Select Degree,” select the catergory “Master’s Degree.”
  • When asked to “Select a Program of Study,” scroll down to “Law” and choose “Comparative Law.”
  • When choosing which semester to apply for, choose Summer B” (Do not select fall).
  • Continue to complete the online application.

Conditional Admission

If an applicant does not have an official IELTS, MELAB or TOEFL score, he or she must first enroll in the UF English Language Institute (ELI)  before starting the LLM program. Please complete the ELI application by following the link to the ELI website – http://www.eli.ufl.edu/applicants/application.htm. Students must then submit an official  UF English Language Institute certificate of completion to the UF Office of Admission with passing scores of 60 in all areas. If you do not complete the UF ELI program, you will have to submit official IELTS, MELAB or TOEFL scores that meet the Graduate School’s required minimums to the UF Office of Admissions before you are allowed to enroll in graduate courses. The English Language Proficiency test scores that meet the University minimum are published here: http://www.admissions.ufl.edu/intl/admissioninfo.html#engproficiency

An LL.M. from UF Law enables graduates to take the New York Bar exam. The LL.M. program is designed to enhance an existing law degree and enable graduates to reach career goals, whether they plan to practice outside or within the United States. Successful completion of an LL.M. qualifies international law graduates to take the New York Bar exam and instills the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in U.S. law practice.