LL.M. in Criminal Law

  • Master of laws (LL.M.)
  • Starting date: August
  • Tuition Fee: $46,455.00 USD
  • Language: English
  • Program type: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Specialization: Criminal Law

Program Overview

Ohio State boasts one of the nation’s pre-eminent criminal law programs. Accordingly, Moritz students considering a criminal practice have numerous opportunities to learn about every aspect of the criminal justice system.


A Moritz education challenges students to consider the philosophical and practical issues associated with crime, investigation, and punishment. Criminal law faculty members have argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, clerked for Supreme Court justices, and have worked at some of the most prestigious firms and prosecutor’s offices in the nation.


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*It should be noted that not all classes are offered every year, and course offerings are subject to change. Additionally, certain upper level courses may necessitate taking pre-requisite course/s.


Programs & Other Opportunities



Entry Requirements

The LL.M. program is limited to students who have:


  • obtained an LL.B. from a foreign country; or
  • completed in a foreign country the university-based legal education required to take the equivalent of the bar examination in that foreign country; or
  • qualified to practice law in a foreign country; or
  • the equivalent thereof as determined by the LL.M. Admissions Committee.


In admitting students, the LL.M. Admissions Committee will consider, among other things, outstanding academic performance, professional experience, and quality of the degree-granting institution.



The regular application cycle for admission to the LL.M. Program is from September 15 to April 15 for enrollment the following August. Starting in Fall 2013 and due to an increase in the number of applications received by the LL.M. Program, the LL.M. Admissions Committee will be reviewing applications early and making decisions on admissions for early applications. PLEASE NOTE: The LL.M. Program will CONTINUE accepting and reviewing applications until April 15. However, applications which are complete and are received by the Program by November 1, will receive priority review and a decision by December 1.


We recommend that you start your application to the Moritz LL.M. Program early. Part of the application process necessitates that you work with third parties, whether they be your recommenders, or institutions that will need to provide documents or scores to complete your application. Moreover, it may often take up to three months to obtain a student visa, if needed, once you have been officially accepted to the program.


Please read instructions for each section carefully. All required materials must be received before you will be considered for admission to the Moritz LL.M. Program. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Moritz LL.M. office at (614) 292-1241 or moritzllm@osu.edu.


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