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Tuition and Fees for LL.M. Students

Our tuition & fee structure is complex because LSU is a public university and the State of Louisiana funds part of the Law Center. As per state guidelines, non-residents of Louisiana are billed non-resident fees in addition to tuition. A student is considered a non-resident if he or she has not been domiciled in Louisiana continuously for at least one full year before the first day of classes (in addition to other residency criteria).

2018-2019 tuition and fees for LSU Law LL.M. students are as follows:

2018-19 Tuition and Fees*
Non-resident LL.M. students $35,190 = $19,750 (tuition) + $15,440 (non-resident fees)
Resident LL.M. students $19,750
Mandatory fees
All students must pay mandatory fees.

It should be noted that, based on their qualifications, most students are awarded scholarships (discounts) that apply to their tuition and/or non-resident fees.

When you add full tuition, non-resident fees, and mandatory fees, our program could cost a student approximately $40,000. However, most students receive financial aid. Our merit-based scholarships are generous; on average, the cost of tuition & fees paid by our LL.M. candidates is below $10,000 for the entire year. This makes our LL.M. one of the best value graduate legal studies programs in the U.S. Some students are awarded full waivers of tuition and waivers of non-resident fees, which means that they only pay approximately $3,928 (mandatory fees).

*Tuition and fees are subject to change without advanced notice. University policies and rules regarding payment of tuition and fees are listed in the LSU Law Catalog.

Merit-Based Scholarship Opportunities

Financial aid is available to its LL.M. candidates in the form of waivers of tuition and fees as well as scholarships:

  • Waiver of non-resident fees (value of approximately $15,440)
  • Waiver of non-resident fees + partial waiver of tuition
  • Waiver of non-resident fees + full waiver of tuition (full scholarship, value of approximately $35,190)
  • A.N. Yiannopoulos Scholarship (stipend of approximately $2,000 or more per semester)
  • Robert Lee Tullis Memorial Graduate Fellowship in Civil Law
Scholarship type Expected cost to attend LSU’s LL.M. program
Full waiver of tuition + waiver of non-resident fees $3,928
75 % waiver of tuition + waiver of non-resident fees $8,865 = $4,937 + $3,928
50 % waiver of tuition + waiver of non-resident fees $13,803 = $9,875 + $3,928
25 % waiver of tuition + waiver of non-resident fees $18,740 = $14,812 + $3,928
Waiver of non-resident fees $23,678 = $19,750 + $3,928
No scholarship award $39,118 = $19,750 + $15,440 + $3,928

Fact: On average, the cost of tuition & fees paid by our LL.M. candidates is below $10,000 for the entire year. This makes our LL.M. program one of the most affordable in the United States.

All of the above scholarships are merit-based. Although financial need may also be considered, as a rule, recipients of our scholarships have excellent academic credentials. While respecting the guidelines established by the Law Center’s administration, the LL.M. Program Committee has full discretion in the awarding of scholarships.

Note that in addition to grades, the Committee considers publications, research projects, experience in the practice of law, volunteer work, scholastic and academic honors such as scholarships, prizes, memberships in honors societies, memberships on legal journals or law reviews, etc. Applicants who wish to be considered for a scholarship, tuition waiver, or non-resident fee waiver must complete the “Financial” portion of the electronic LSAC application.

A.N. Yiannopoulos Scholarship

The A.N. Yiannopoulos Scholarship was established by late LSU Professor and Tulane Professor A.N. Yiannopoulos—an internationally renowned scholar of civil law, comparative law, and maritime law. The scholarship awards $2,000 or more per semester to an incoming LL.M. candidate who has exhibited exceptional academic achievement. All scholarship decisions are made by the LL.M. Program Committee.

Robert Lee Tullis Memorial Graduate Fellowship in Civil Law

The Tullis Fellowship in Civil Law was established as a means of assisting a worthy graduate student who may wish to become a candidate for a Masters in law with some focus on the civil law. The LL.M. Program Committee is looking for a graduate student who is interested in taking at least two civil law topic courses (i.e., Louisiana family law, Louisiana obligations law, property law, etc.). If you are interested in writing a research paper (for credit) on a civil law topic whether it be related to the civil law tradition, the Louisiana civil code, or a comparative civil law topic, this may be of value as well. Note that since this is an endowed scholarship, the amount awarded may vary from year to year.

Other Programs

There are financial aid and scholarship programs offered to international students by private organizations. Many of the awards are targeted to specific countries. An excellent search tool to identify these programs is Edupass.

The Fulbright Commission offers opportunities for scholarships to citizens of almost all countries.

The Organization of American States (OAS) offers opportunities for loans and scholarships.

The Leo S. Rowe Pan American Fund of OAS offers loan opportunities for Latin American and Caribbean applicants. The OAS also awards academic scholarships to undertake graduate studies for residents of Member States.

You may also visit Affordable College Online, featuring Financial Aid for Graduate School.

Candidates may also wish to apply for private loans from U.S. banks or financial institutions. You may also want to look at Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Student Loans for Grad School.

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