University of Georgia School of Law

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Established in 1859, the University of Georgia School of Law is consistently regarded as one of the United States' top law schools. The school is proud of its longstanding commitment to preparing the next generation of legal leaders and ensuring a strong return on investment for its three degrees – the Juris Doctor, the Master of Laws and the Master in the Study of Law. The school’s accomplished faculty includes nationally and internationally renowned scholars.

The Dean Rusk International Law Center has served since 1977 as a nucleus for global research, education, and service at the University of Georgia. Today, top-ranked international law offerings at the University of Georgia School of Law prepare students to practice in areas as varied as business and trade, arbitration and dispute settlement, the environment and sustainable development, human and children’s rights, and global governance and collective security.


  • Allgemeines Wirtschaftsrecht
  • Arbeitsrecht
  • Erb- und Familienrecht
  • Handelsrecht
  • Internationales Recht
  • Mediation
  • Öffentliches Recht
  • Rechtsvergleichung
  • Strafrecht
  • Zivilprozessrecht und Schiedsverfahren


  • Vollzeit


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Dr. LauraKagel
Dr. Laura Kagel
Director of International Professional Education



Number of professors

Part-time faculty


for J.D., LL.M. and M.S.L. degrees together

Professor-student ratio

1 : 7.3

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Ranking & Awards

UGA School of Law:

  • #29 best law schools (U.S. News & World Report, 2022/23)
  • Best return on investment in legal education, rank #1 or #2 for past 5 years (National Jurist)
  • #21 international law programming  (U.S. News & World Report, 2022/23)
  • Advocacy: 12 national, 9 regional and 4 state titles in the last 5 years


  • #16 Best Public Colleges (U.S. News & World Report 2021/22)
  • Among public universities, the University of Georgia is one of the nation’s top producers of Rhodes Scholars and Fulbright awardees over the past two decades.
  • 2021 National Champions in (American) Football

Renowned professors

The UGA School of law expert faculty includes 5 former U.S. Supreme Court judicial clerks, Fulbright Scholars and a recipient of the American Law Institute Young Scholars Medal; many serve as consultants to legal institutions, foreign governments and corporations.

Notable Alumni

  • Wolfgang Eichele (LL.M.)
    Chief Executive Officer, German National Association of Insurance Intermediaries (BVK)
  • Dr. Rainer Esser (LL.M.)
    CEO, Die Zeit; Managing Director, DvH Medien GmbH
  • Kristina Haverkamp (LL.M.)
    Managing Director, German Energy Agency
  • Dr. Stefan Rützel, Partner, Gleiss Lutz (Frankfurt)
  • Dr. Jean-Marie Henckaerts (LL.M.)
    Head of Unit, International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Dr. Christian Engelhardt, Partner, Baker Tilly (Hamburg)
  • Amb. C. Donald Johnson (J.D.) 
    former U.S. Congressman, former Ambassador, Ofc. of the U.S. Trade Representative
  • Harold D. Melton (J.D.)
    former Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Dr. Udo W. Herberth, Partner, Weickmann & Weickmann (Munich) 
  • Peter Munya (LL.M.)
    Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture (Kenya)
  • Sally Quillian Yates (J.D.)
    former United States Deputy Attorney General and acting United States Attorney General
  • Dr. Kannan Rajarathinam (LL.M.)

    Senior Political Affairs Officer, UN Assistance Mission in Darfur

  • Dr. Knut Woestehoff (LL.M.), Partner, Squire Patton Boggs (San Francisco)

  • Nuran Kerimov (LL.M.), Managing Partner, Deloitte (Baku)

  • Michael Reiffenstuel (LL.M.), German Ambassador to S. Korea



Program types

Full time LLM


Degree to be obtained

  • LL.M. (Master of Laws)
  • Dual LL.M./MBA degree
  • LL.M. students may apply to transfer to the J.D. program and obtain a J.D. in two additional years after the LL.M. (no LSAT required)


  • Preparation for a U.S. Bar Examination
  • Business Law 
  • Criminal Law
  • Transnational and International Law
  • Public Institutions and the Law

Winter / Summer semester

Summer term

  • Start: January
  • Duration: 5 months

Winter term

  • Start: August
  • Duration: 5 months


Flexible Curriculum

The University of Georgia School of Law awards the LL.M. degree following the successful completion of 26 credit hours, typically within one academic year. Aided by a curriculum advisor, you may choose from a spectrum of courses in civil, criminal, and other aspects of the law. You may pursue a general course of U.S. legal studies, or focus on one of the LL.M. Concentrations below.

Practical relevance

Almost all of our LL.M. students take a practical skills course. These include a wide range of courses, for example, Business Negotiations, Trial Practice, Labor Arbitration, International Arbitration, Mediation, Mergers & Acquisitions, and externships.
The University of Georgia School of Law also offers a dual 2-year LL.M./MBA degree in cooperation with the University of Georgia Terry College of Business.

Student profile

LL.M. students have diverse career goals, including preparation to sit for a U.S. bar examination and the pursuit of a Concentration affording professional advancement in their home country’s legal profession or academic institutions. Our flexible curriculum allows LL.M. students to pursue an individualized course of study. Our LL.M. alumni include judges and law firm partners, leaders in government and in intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, CEOs and heads of corporate legal departments, as well as university professors and administrators.

Kosten und Finanzierung

Tuition & Expenses

Per academic year ($)

In-State Tuition

Students granted a Georgia Law International Scholar Award pay in-state tuition.


Cost of living ($)

Includes room and board, books and supplies, transportation, student health insurance, miscellaneous living expenses.

Grants & Scholarships

All applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships.

Georgia Law International Scholar Award (estimated value $21,000) – reduces tuition & fees to in-state rates ($17,018)

Graduate Research Assistantship (full tuition waiver and approximately $10,000 stipend)

Dean's Merit Scholarship

Partial tuition scholarships awarded on a merit basis.


Application deadline

Regular application deadline: May 1

Scholarship priority deadline: January 31 (no additional scholarship application)


Admission Requirement

LLB, First State Exam, or equivalent first basic law degree

Applicants to LL.M. studies at the University of Georgia School of Law must have completed a first degree in law (LL.B. or equivalent) at an accredited university outside of the United States and have satisfied the educational requirements for admission to the practice of law in a non-U.S. jurisdiction.

Law students may apply in the final year of their degree program if they will graduate prior to enrollment at the School of Law. Official proof of all university degrees must be received by LL.M. Admissions before fall registration.


Only required by applicants whose native language is not English.

Course Page

Click here for more information about course offerings.

Semesters and Semester

The LL.M. program begins with an orientation session in early August each year.

2 semesters. The winter break between semesters is usually 3-4 weeks, depending upon the exam schedule.

How to apply

We take applications through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).

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Student facts

Talented and diverse:

  • The J.D. Class of 2025 boasts a median LSAT of 168; represents 27 states and 73 undergraduate institutions; 
  • The LL.M. Class of 2023 includes 23 foreign-trained lawyers from 15 countries.

International students

The University of Georgia has 2,400 international students. The department of International Student Life (ISL) at UGA enhances the student‐learning environment through programs and services that internationalize the campus experience.

Study location

The School of Law is located on the University of Georgia’s historic north campus in Athens, a progressive community boasting small-town charm while offering world-class music and culture, extensive access to parks and natural resources, and a low cost of living. Athens lies just 70 miles northeast of Atlanta, Georgia’s state capital and an international trade hub.   



On-campus apartments are available.

Club & Society

  • UGA: More than 800 registered student organizations
  • UGA School of Law: 40 law student organizations

Leisure activities

The university’s award-winning Performing Arts Center boasts two of the country’s best concert halls. Located beside it is the Georgia Museum of Art, which offers an outstanding permanent collection and extensive cultural programming. The 21 varsity athletic teams competing as the Georgia Bulldogs are among the most successful in NCAA Division I, with 45 national championships. For recreation, students enjoy visiting the campus's eight-acre Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activities, which has 3 gyms, 3 pools (one Olympic-sized, 17-foot diving well, and a lap pool), a 1/8-mile indoor suspended rubberized track, a 44-foot high climbing wall, 14-foot outdoor bouldering wall, 10 racquetball courts, 2 squash courts, bicycle repair stands, 8 full-length basketball courts, and 19,000 square feet of weight-training space.  Georgia’s extensive state park system offers further opportunities for recreation.

Support for parents/disabled people

At the Law School, we embrace the University of Georgia's commitment 'to be a diverse campus that is enriched and informed by the personal, cultural, and intellectual differences of its students, faculty, staff, and visitors.' 

The Disability Resource Center strives to promote a welcoming academic, physical, and social environment for students with disabilities at UGA.

The Child Development Lab at McPhaul provides developmentally appropriate programs on a full-day basis for children ages 8 weeks to 5 years of both University and community families.

Parents of school-age children can register their children to attend free public schools or apply to a variety of private schools in the area.

Alumni community

  • The UGA alumni:  more than 340,000 living alumni
  • School of Law alumni: more than 11,500 living alumni
  • The UGA LL.M. Alumni Association is based in Germany

Ratio female/male students

48 % (f) : 52 % (m)

(2020/2021 University of Georgia School of Law)


Average age