LL.M. & M.S.L. Frequently Asked Questions

Find out how you can master more with the University of Dayton's LL.M. and M.S.L. programs.

Find out how you can master more with the University of Dayton's LL.M. and M.S.L. programs.

Frequently Asked Questions

About the Programs

Q: What is the difference between the LL.M. and the M.S.L. degree?

A:  The Master of Laws (LL.M.) is a professional degree designed for students from the United States or abroad who have earned a first degree in law. The Master in the Study of Law (M.S.L..) degree is for students from the United States or abroad who have no prior legal training and who hold at least a bachelor’s degree. Learn more about LL.M. degrees at the National Jurist's LL.M. guide.

Q: Who is the ideal candidate for the LL.M. or M.S.L. degree at Dayton Law?

A: Ideal candidates for our LL.M. degree are individuals who have earned a first degree in law and who seek specialized training in the field of American and transnational  law. This includes international students seeking to expand their knowledge of the U.S. legal system. The ideal candidate for Dayton’s M.S.L. degree is an individual who has earned at least a bachelor’s degree and does not want to practice law, but has a personal or professional interest in acquiring advanced knowledge of the U.S. legal system.

Q: If I start in the LL.M. or M.S.L. programs, can I transfer those credits to a J.D. degree?

A: To receive academic credit towards the J.D. degree, M.S.L. and international LL.M. students must first apply and be admitted to the law school’s J.D. program. Dayton Law’s academic policies do not permit academic credit earned in its LL.M. or M.S.L. degree programs to be applied towards the requirements of the J.D. degree.

Q: In what subjects can I earn an optional certificate of specialization? 

A:  We currently offer ooptional certificates in applied business, criminal, cyber and intellectual property law to students interested in pursuing an additional specialization.

Q:  How long does it take to finish the LL.M. or M.S.L. program?

A:  Full-time students can complete the requirements of the LL.M. or M.S.L.. program in one year. Part-time students must complete the program within four years. International LL.M. and all M.S.L.. candidates must successfully complete 30 credit hours to obtain their degree. There is a 24-credit-hour requirement for LL.M. candidates with a J.D. from a U.S. law school. Some candidates may be eligible to receive transfer credit for previous coursework.

Admissions, Enrollments and Financial Aid

Q: How many students, on average, are enrolled in graduate programs at the law school?

A: We strive for a class size that allows us to provide personalized attention and support for our graduate students. The spring 2012 graduating class included four LL.M. and two M.S.L. students.

Q: When should I apply for graduate programs at the law school?

A:  There is no firm deadline for applying to Dayton Law’s graduate programs. We use a rolling admissions system that allows us to be flexible with our admissions process. We recommend that you apply early so that you can make all the necessary plans to study at Dayton Law. Contact us if you have questions about the graduate programs admissions processYou can apply online at the Law School Admission Council’s website.

Q: Do you require any standardized tests with the application?

A: No standardized test are required for the LL.M. application. However, international students may submit a TOEFL or equivalent test score to demonstrate English proficiency. All M.S.L. candidates must demonstrate competitive performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or other similar test. More information on admissions requirements for M.S.L. applicants is available on our international students webpage and our admissions requirement page.

Q: English is not my first language, should I still apply?

A: We require students to be proficient in English before they begin in the graduate programs. You may demonstrate English proficiency when you submit your application or you may apply for conditional admission and continue to work on your English language skills. Conditionally admitted students may attend the University of Dayton's Intensive English Program (IEP) prior to beginning at the School Law. The IEP offers offers courses in grammar, reading and writing, listening and speaking English as well as special courses in TOEFL preparation, the dynamics of the American classroom, research paper writing and pronunciation together with an immersion in the American culture and university experience. 

Q: When can I begin taking classes as an admitted student?

A: U.S. LL.M. students may begin their studies in the fall, spring or summer semesters. We offer a fall-start date for M.S.L. and international LL.M. students.

Q: How much does an LL.M. or M.S.L. degree cost and how can I pay for it?

A: The law school charges tuition per credit hour, rather than per academic year. Therefore, tuition and costs may vary for each student. Most graduate students finance their degrees with a combination of personal resources and loans. Learn more about financial aid.

Career Services

Q: What opportunities are available to LL.M. and M.S.L. students after completing their programs?

A: U.S. alumni of our LL.M. program have secured jobs in law firms, government and corporations. While our LL.M. curriculum does not prepare international students to sit for a U.S. bar exam or lead to a work visa in the U.S., international graduates can use their LL.M. degree and their experience at Dayton Law in their home countries or abroad to enhance their careers. M.S.L. students can advance their existing careers, explore a new career, or may opt to continue studying in a law school setting to obtain their J.D.


Q: What type of housing is available for the law school’s graduate students?

A: University housing is available on a first-come, first-serve basis through a wait list process. Nearby off-campus housing is also available. Learn more about housing options for law students.

Office of Graduate Law Programs

Director of Graduate Law Programs

Phone: 937-229-3899

Email: llm_msl@udayton.edu

Keller Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2772