International opportunities for students

Who can apply?

UniTrento students enrolled at least in the third year of the single-cycle master's degree course in Law with the following requirements:

  • 100 credits awarded with a weighted average of 26/30
  • knowledge of English at C1 level, equivalent to: TOEFL with a score of at least 90 or IELTS Academic module with a minimum score of 7.0 (correspondence table in the Useful Links).

Why Cincinnati?

The International Jurist recently released its Best LLM Programs issue and lists Cincinnati Law's program on its honor roll for law school experience and value. Cincinnati Law was one of the few schools to earn distinction in more than one category.
The agreement provides for the possibility for UniTrento students to obtain, at the end of two semesters of mobility at the University of Cincinnati at a reduced rate, also the American title of LL.M, valid in the States for passing the BAR exam for legal practice in some states.
The College of Law is positioned at the top of the international rankings: Top 200 Global University - Center for World University Rankings; Top 50 Public Law School - U.S. News & World Report; Top School for Practical Training - the National Jurist). Cincinnati has been named Best Big City for Business (by KPMG), Best Bargain Cities in America and Best Cities for Nightlife (by Forbes), and Top 10 cities in the U.S. for young professionals to live (by SmartAsset).

What is the added value?

In Italy and abroad, a double degree is always an added value. Not only experts say it, it is enough to browse through the job offers to realize that companies and organizations are looking for international profiles and open-minded, able to work in multicultural teams and to face ever new global challenges.
Moreover, you can attend an American degree course with a reduction of 50% on the tuition fees.
You can watch a video testimonial from a UniTrento student in the useful links.

What are the professional outlets?

The title of LL.M. is obtained after a year of study at the University of Cincinnati and certifies knowledge, at master level, of the law of the United States of America. The LL.M. is a title appreciated in the legal professions market and by Italian and foreign employers, as, among other things, it proves that a student has been able to complete a course of study in legal subjects completely in English in a law school in the United States of America. The achievement of the title of LL.M. at a university accredited by the American Bar Association also could allow you to participate in the Bar Exam and therefore, potentially, to practice law in some American states including New York and California, in compliance with the criteria established in each state  (see the BAR admission guide in the Useful Links).

What are the requirements at the time of application at UC?

  • at least 180 registered credits in career with a wighted average of at least 26/30 
  • conclude the admission process to UC Law by the deadline indicated by the American partners (usually the month of March prior to mobility), which involves sending the following documentation:
    1. English language certification (TOEFL, IELTS or C1 of the CEFR)
    2. two Letters of Recommendation from UniTrento professors
    3. Transcript of records (in English) of the exams taken and to be taken
    4. CV or resume
    5. Personal Statement that tells the Admissions office about yourself, your interest in the LL.M. program, and how you plan to use your LLM degree

Once formally admitted by UC Law, the student will receive the admission package with all the necessary information and, as soon as the willingness to take part in the program is confirmed, the process of obtaining an I-20 form for the student visa application will begin.

In order to obtain the visa, it will be necessary to show the Financial Certification, a form to be filled in with the help of a sponsor or family members in order to prove the support necessary for a year of study at the UC.

Please note that complete information and updates are to be checked on UniTrento call for applications and on the partner website

Lenght of the mobility

2 semesters. UniTrento students must attend orienteering activities and successfully complete the study plan (for at least 24 US credits).
In the August immediately preceding the first semester of the LL.M. there will be both an international and an orientation session.

Study plan

The LL.M. in the U.S. Legal System is a self-designed course of study. Students are required to take two courses in the fall semester and may select all other courses according to their interests, with the help of an academic advisor. The LLM offers a concentration in Business Law (with option on intellectual property law) and in International Law, as well as fellowships in International Human Rights and in Criminal Law.
An ad hoc study plan (Learning agreement) for each student must be agreed and approved in advance by both institutions and sent to the host university before the mobility within the month of March of each year.


At the end of the mobility at UC: return to UniTrento, completion of any missing exams and thesis defense. Once they have obtained the single-cycle master's degree from UniTrento, students can participate in the UC Law graduation ceremony and be awarded the LL.M diploma (which is otherwise sent by post  once you have completed your Italian degree).

Fees and scholarships

UC grants UniTrento students a 50% discount on the tuition fees for the LL.M course for up to 3 students for a.y 24/25 and 25/26 (the current full tuition for the LL.M. program is USD 29,010). Students will be responsible for the other 50% of tuition, plus approximately $1,050 in university fees and $2500 for student health insurance. The exact amount will be communicated to you in a second time.
In addition to the UC scholarship, the student can count on the UniTrento scholarship.

Educational qualification

At the end of the double degree program, students obtain two distinct second-cycle degrees:
  • by UniTrento: Laurea Magistrale a ciclo unico in Giurisprudenza
  • by UC Law: LL.M. degree in the U.S. Legal System