The J.D./LL.M. in Law Advanced Standing Program can be done in each of the three specialized LLM degrees available at UConn Law. The Insurance Law LLM focuses on a practice in insurance law, be it a financial services company, in private law firms, regulatory agency, insurance company, healthcare organization, corporate legal department or academic and non-profit institution. The Energy and Environmental LLM focuses on developing skills to meet the global energy needs, climate change and all aspects of environmental policy. The Human Rights and Social Justice LLM combines the international aspects of human rights law with the domestics history and civil rights movement to blend specialized skills needed for practice in this area.
Students who wish to pursue an LLM after the JD and benefit from advanced standing status should make an appointment with Yan Hong, Director of Graduate Studies. Student with advanced standing status may obtain both degrees in as little as 3½ years, compared with 4-5 years, if the two degrees are pursued separately. All advanced standing candidates must take the required curriculum of the School of Law. Up to (12) credits of relevant coursework taken at the law school as part of the J.D. program may be applied towards the LL.M. degree requirements with the permission of the LL.M. program Director. Full time, day division J.D. candidates at the School of Law who are in good academic standing may apply to the LL.M. program by submitting an abbreviated LL.M. application during their fourth, fifth or sixth semesters. Part time students may apply upon reaching comparable milestones.
Students at other U.S. law schools may apply to become advanced standing students during their fourth semester of law school. Accepted students will be provisionally admitted to the LL.M. program and will spend their final J.D. year at the UConn School of Law. Up to (12) credits of the insurance law curriculum taken at the UConn School of Law may be transferred with the permission of the LL.M. program director. (Please note: the J.D. degree will not be awarded by the UConn School of Law but rather by the advanced standing student's home school).
The J.D. degree program requires completion of (86) credits (including all required first-year courses, a course in Legal Ethics and Responsibility, and an intensive, analytical paper which satisfies a writing requirement). The LL.M. degree program requires completion of (24) credits (including the core Principles of Insurance course as well as a (3) credit Thesis). The Insurance Law Center will accept a maximum of (12) credits from the UConn School of Law insurance curriculum only, upon permission of the program director. These credits, as well as the grade achieved for these courses, will be transferred towards the Insurance Law LL.M. Program after both acceptance to the LL.M. program and graduation from the J.D. program of law for transfer. (All law school courses, regardless of credit hours, are considered one course.)
The Insurance Law LL.M. program may accept up to (12) credits of the insurance law curriculum from the UConn School of Law designated as such by the director of the LL.M. program, to be applied towards the LL.M. degree requirements.