International opportunities for students

Who can apply?

UniTrento students enrolled at least in the 4th year (5th at the moment of departure) of the single-cycle master's degree course in Law, with the following requirements:

  • at least 180 registered credits in career with a weighted average of at least 26/30 
  • knowledge of English at C1 level, equivalent to: TOEFL with a score of at least of 90 (recommended 90-100) or IELTS Academic module with a minimum score of 6,5 (recommended 7,0). Correspondence table in the Useful Links). 

Why Michigan State University?

The agreement provides for the possibility for UniTrento students to obtain, at the end of two semesters of mobility at MSU 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.

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.
MSU College of Law has an open door policy and professors are always available to let you in and talk with you.
The cooperation also includes the possibility for graduates of the five-year degree to continue their studies at the Michigan State University College of Law in the Advanced (two-year) JD program with reduced tuition (for more information contact Prof. Corrado Malberti).
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 MSU 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 allows 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 MSU?

  • conclude the admission process to MSU by the deadline indicated by the American partners (normally by April) 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

Once accepted at MSU, each international student is assigned to a tutor who helps with the choice of courses and the administrative procedure. 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 I-20 form for the student visa application will be sent.

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 MSU.

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

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 April of each year. 


At the end of the mobility at MSU: return to UniTrento, completion of any missing exams and thesis defense. 

Fees and scholarships

A 50% discount on registration fees is reserved to UniTrento students. In addition to this, 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 MSU: LL.M. degree in American Legal System
                   or LL.M. in Intellectual Property, Information and Communications