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The ONU LL.M. program is highly specialized and intended for lawyers from transitional countries across the globe who have a strong commitment to advancing democratic principles and rule of law.
While our focus is on lawyers from transitional countries, we also welcome lawyers from developed democracies who share a commitment to the rule of law and would like to advance their understanding of, and qualifications for, international development, democracy and governance reform work.
- Admission is open to lawyers with at least two years of experience in the public or nonprofit (NGO) sector, including the judiciary and academia, working on governance and rule of law issues.
- Applicants who do not have the required experience in the public sector but who are nevertheless interested in advancing their knowledge of democracy and the rule of law and would like to concentrate in this area of law and practice in the future may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.
- Those applicants who are not native English speakers, or who have not received a significant portion of their education in English, must provide proof of English language proficiency in the form of a TOEFL or an IELTS exam score.
- Additional criteria include academic excellence, evidence of qualification to practice law in their country and recommendations. The personal statement from the applicant also will be weighed heavily.
- An interview with our faculty and staff, either in person or by telephone, may be required.
- All LL.M. candidates receiving financial assistance from ONU are required to commit to two years of further public service in their home countries after graduation.
See the admissions page for details about all requirements and application forms.