How do I apply to the program?

You will apply online via LSAC.

  1. Sign up for an account at www.lsac.org.
  2. Register for the LL.M. Credential Assembly Service (LL.M. CAS).
    • Arrange to have official academic transcripts, from all universities attended, sent to LSAC to be included in your LL.M. CAS report
    • Submit at least two letters of recommendation (no more than four)
  3. Complete the St. Thomas electronic application directly through LSAC.
    • Includes: essays, resume or CV, and any necessary addendums.

What is the application deadline?

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. The application period will close when 25 cohorts are accepted into the program, and no later than Dec. 1, for the following term.

Are scholarships available for the online LL.M. program?

Yes. St. Thomas is offering a guaranteed scholarship to all qualified and accepted applicants in its inaugural class of online LL.M. students. The Dean’s Compliance Scholarship is awarded on behalf of the dean of the University of St. Thomas School of Law. You will automatically qualify for this scholarship if you are admitted into the program. For more detailed information on the Dean’s Compliance Scholarship, contact Colleen Dorsey, director of organizational ethics and compliance programs, at colleen.dorsey@stthomas.edu or (651) 962-4864.

How do I apply for financial aid?

Information about the financial aid application process and financing options available can be found online here. For questions related to financial aid, please contact Chad Nosbusch, Director of Graduate Financial Aid, at chad.nosbusch@stthomas.edu or (651) 962.-4051.

What are the technology requirements for the program?

Click here to learn more about technology for online learning at St. Thomas. 

What does it mean to be part of a cohort?

A cohort is a set group of people who work together for the duration of their program; cohort groups encourage a dynamic, collaborative and supportive learning environment and promote cohesiveness.

The cohort for the online LL.M. program is capped at 25 students. 

Can I choose my courses or is the curriculum set?

The courses have been carefully chosen to provide the knowledge and skills needed for students in this career path. There are no variations from the set curriculum.

Click here to see the full curriculum.

How will tests be administered?

Testing may vary depending on the faculty member teaching the course. A class might have online tests and assessments, or it may be graded based on individual or group projects and/or papers. Tests and other assessments will be tailored to the online format of the program.

Will there be a graduation ceremony?

Yes. A graduation ceremony will take place in Minneapolis on Saturday, May 18, 2019. It is open to all graduates who choose to participate in the in-person ceremony.

Does the University of St. Thomas School of Law participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program?

Yes, we support veterans and military families by participating in the Yellow Ribbon program. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at lawschool@stthomas.edu.

Do you have salary information for compliance jobs?

The most recent salary information available can be found on the SCCE website.

Can I take one or two of the online courses, but not pursue the full LL.M.?

No. The online LL.M. is a cohort model, and every student takes the same courses with his or her entering cohort.

I am an alumnus of St. Thomas Law. Do I get credit toward the LL.M. for courses I took while in the J.D. program?

Because the online program operates in a cohort model, we are not able to offer credit to current students or alumni. All students must take all the courses as a cohort. An applicant who previously completed a course similar to one offered in the online program, or who has substantial work experience connected to a course offered in the program, will remain with his or her cohort in the program courses. No testing out is permitted. One advantage of the cohort model is that other members of the cohort benefit from the deeper knowledge and experience of a classmate as they progress through the program collectively.

I am a current student. Can I take one of the online LL.M. courses?

No. The online LL.M. program operates as a closed cohort and therefore no credits will be offered to current students or alumni toward the LL.M. All students must take all courses as a cohort.

Will I be eligible for compliance certification exams upon completion of the LL.M.?

Not at this time. We are currently in communication with the Compliance Certification Board regarding accreditation requirements.

What is the time commitment?

The online LL.M. program is designed as a part-time program and should amount to about a half-time job. A good rule of thumb is that each 3-credit class should take 130-150 total hours to complete, including the readings, projects, time spent online, etc. This amount equates to approximately 18+ hours per week during the spring and fall semesters when students take two three-credit classes (6 credit hours at a time). During the summer, students take only one 2-credit class at a time, but over a shorter time period, so the workload should be about the same during the time a class is in session. The academic schedule has breaks built into the semester and also has breaks built in between semesters to allow for vacations and other commitments.