The University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, offers an innovative educational experience that sets the standard for practical legal training while maintaining high ideals. We do not just train students for the real world; we train them to build a better world. Our LL.M. in U.S. Law program is tailored to your professional goals and will prepare you to practice law in a global context by providing you with an insider’s view of the American legal system. 


The one-year LL.M. in U.S. Law program at St. Thomas law school will introduce you to the United States legal system and provide you with the opportunity to focus on a particular area of law that interests you, such as global and comparative law, intellectual property, business and corporate law. You will study with distinguished faculty who will offer personalized attention based on your individual professional and personal development, with a wide selection of elective courses in many legal fields available to you. This program is especially beneficial if you expect to work with U.S.-trained attorneys on international transactions or disputes that involve U.S. law and legal institutions. Generous scholarships are available for outstanding applicants. 


An important part of your U.S. legal education is the ability to have hands-on experiences and opportunities to immerse yourself in the U.S. justice system. Through St. Thomas Law's award-winning Mentor Externship Program, each LL.M. in U.S. Law student is paired with a local, practicing lawyer or judge who will serve as your mentor. You and your mentor will engage in experiential learning and debrief discussions that will provide you with an understanding of the legal and ethical standards, customs and practices of the U.S. legal profession.


The University of St. Thomas School of Law is dedicated to supporting the employment efforts of all our students and graduates, ensuring they have the professional tools needed for a successful career. The Office of Career and Professional Development understands the complexities of the legal employment market for LL.M. in U.S. Law students, and offers the following services:

  • Optional Practical Training (OPT) education and support
  • Resume/cover letter development and review
  • Individual career counseling
  • Mock interview sessions
  • Networking skill development and support
  • Student business cards
  • LinkedIn profile evaluation


Current Students: This year's OPT Session will be held on Thursday, February 10, 2022 from 12:30–2 p.m. in MSL 138.