The JD/LLM 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 JD program may be applied towards the LLM degree requirements with the permission of the LLM program Director. Full time, day division JD candidates at the School of Law who are in good academic standing may apply to the LLM program by submitting an abbreviated LLM 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 LLM program and will spend their final JD year at the UConn School of Law. Up to (12) credits of the relevant law curriculum taken at UConn School of Law may be transferred with the permission of the LLM program director. (Please note: the JD degree will not be awarded by UConn School of Law but rather by the advanced standing student's home school).
The JD 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 LLM degree program requires completion of (24) credits, an LLM writing requirement, and required coursework of Principles of Insurance in the Insurance Law LLM and International Human Rights in the Human Rights and Social Justice LLM. A maximum of (12) credits of relevant coursework with a grade of B or higher can be transferred, upon permission of the LLM program director. These credits will be transferred towards the Insurance Law LLM Program after both acceptance to the LLM program and graduation from the JD program of law for transfer. (All law school courses, regardless of credit hours, are considered one course.)