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LL.M. in Human Rights & Social Justice
Important Dates

LLM Dates Block

June 15, 2017
Application Deadline for Non-U.S. Residents for Fall Semester 2017

August 1, 2017
Application Deadline for U.S. Residents for Fall Semester 2017

August 21, 2017
Fall Semester Orientation for LL.M Students

August 28, 2017
First day of Classes for Fall Semester 2017

The new LL.M. in Human Rights and Social Justice at UConn School of Law will offer students with a prior law degree a unique opportunity to pursue a course of study that integrates the international and domestic dimensions of social justice lawyering.

In keeping with the growing trend in the business, non-profit and public policy worlds to blend international and domestic human rights, the program will provide students with the opportunity for in-depth study of the international human rights and U.S. civil rights movements. Graduates will gain the specialized credentials and skills needed in the global business environment, for social policy work, and to meet the pressing need for access to justice for the poor and middle class in America and worldwide. 

The flexible program, built on the extensive expertise of the UConn Law faculty, will provide a rigorous and cohesive grounding in the norms and methods of the human rights and civil rights movements. Students will also have the opportunity to take courses through the Human Rights Institute, a leading center of innovation in interdisciplinary human rights research and teaching, on the university's main campus in Storrs.

UConn School of Law is in the residential West End of Hartford, Connecticut, on a lovely Gothic-style campus that is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Cultural and recreational opportunities abound in the area, which is just two hours from New York and Boston. 

For more information or to arrange a campus visit, please email or call 1-860-570-5284. 

Students enrolled in the Human Rights & Social Justice LL.M. program at UConn School of Law must:  

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  • Complete a minimum of 24 credits,
  • Complete a 2- or 3-credit writing requirement, and
  • Maintain a C+ grade point average.

International students enrolled in the LL.M. program on a visa can complete the program in two or (with permission) three consecutive semesters of full-time study beginning in the fall term in late August or in the spring term in mid-January. U.S. students can enroll either full-time or part-time with the expectation that they will graduate within five years.

The Law School courses preapproved for the LL.M. are listed below. Students may also petition for the inclusion of other courses, subject to the approval of the Director. All courses are open to LL.M. candidates as well as J.D. candidates, and only a few courses have prerequisites. LL.M. students can participate in the Asylum and Human Rights Clinic and are allowed to take up to 6 credits of graduate courses offered on the Certificate in Human Rights at the Storrs and Greater Hartford campuses. At registration, each student formulates a curricular plan of study to be approved by the director of the LL.M. program.

7838    Advanced Constitutional Law: Individual Rights 
7810    American Indian Law
7914    American Slavery and American Law: The Legal Origins of Racism in America
7850    Capital Punishment
7885    Children and the Law
7831    Comparative Constitutional Law
7825    Consumer Protection Law and Debt Collection
7645    Criminal Procedure
7696    Crisis in American Labor Law
7767    Critical Identity Theory
7909    Domestic Violence Law in Practice
7901    Elder Law
7655    Employment Discrimination Law
7587    Ethics of Public Health
7653    European Human Rights
7657    Family Law
7592    Health and Human Rights
7883    Human Rights and Post Conflict Justice
7609    Asylum & Human Rights Clinic
7672    Immigration Law
7878    International Human Rights
7879    International Humanitarian Law
7679    International Law
7766    Labor Law: Organizing and Collective Bargaining
7872    Latin American Law
7893    Law and Global Health
7697    Law and Public Education
7593    Law and Public Health
7927    Law and the Welfare State
7900    Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities
7763    Mental Health Law
7759    The Nuremburg Trials
7695    Philosophy of Human Rights
7814    Refugee Law
7925    Sexuality, Gender and the Law
7671    Tax Exempt Organizations
7820    Tribal Justice Systems
7815    Workers’ Rights in a Global Economy




Applications are considered on a rolling basis. International student applications should generally be received by June 15 for fall enrollment, or November 15 for spring enrollment. Applications received before these dates will be given priority consideration. Admissions decisions will generally be made within several weeks of receipt of a completed application.

The admissions committee considers the applicant’s academic performance, intellectual curiosity and professional experience. Admission is selective and limited to those who demonstrate academic excellence.

Eligibility to Apply

Applicants are required to hold or expect to receive a degree from an ABA-approved law school or from a recognized law faculty outside the United States before matriculating in the LL.M. program at UConn School of Law and must also meet the school’s English fluency standards. 

There are a few exceptions to the degree requirements that create additional flexibility in admissions. Students who are enrolled in a first degree in law that is a five-year program may apply to the LL.M. program while in the fourth or fifth year of the first degree. Students who are enrolled in an integrated masters and Ph.D. program in law may apply to the LL.M. program when all their coursework is complete. Finally, students in a four-year first degree in law program may apply for admission in their fourth year with permission of their home institutions. The UConn School of Law LL.M. degree would be awarded after confirmation that the home institution awarded the student a first degree in law. 

Applying through Law School Admission Council (LSAC)

Except for students nominated to the LLM program by UConn Law partnership universities,* all applicants must apply through LSAC. To learn more about LSAC, please review the full description of LSAC services. If you encounter problems during the application process, please contact our office for assistance.

Application Checklist:

  1. Register with the LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS) through LSAC;
  2. Complete the application;
  3. Submit a personal statement describing your educational background, reasons for enrolling in the LL.M. program, planned course of study, and career goals;
  4. Submit a writing sample in English;
  5. Submit a final law school transcript(s) to LLM CAS from your degree-granting institution. The law degree should be the equivalent of the J.D. or LL.B. degree; correspondence course degrees will not be considered for admission;
  6. Submit two (2) letters of recommendation from either present or former law professors or supervisors of your legal work, which the recommender must upload electronically to LSAC;
  7. Submit your official TOEFL/IELTS test score, if applicable (our university code is 3915), as described in our Language Proficiency Policy; and
  8. Pay the application fee in the amount of $75 USD through LSAC.

Applicants interested in pursuing both an LL.M. and an S.J.D. may choose to apply for the LL.M./S.J.D. combined admission.

Proof of English Language Proficiency

International applicants to UConn Law's LLM programs must provide proof of English proficiency or demonstrate qualification for an exemption from this requirement. All international candidates are asked to consult the English Proficiency Requirements page for details. 

UConn School of Law offers qualifying students the flexibility of applying credits earned in an LL.M. program toward a J.D. and credits earned in the J.D. program toward an LL.M.

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LL.M. to J.D.: International LL.M. students who have a minimum grade point average equivalent to 3.0/B and who have completed 18 credits worth of work in an LL.M. program at UConn School of Law may apply as a transfer student to the J.D. program under the regular J.D. transfer process. These students may apply without having to take the LSAT, and, if accepted, can apply most of their LL.M. credits toward a J.D. degree.

J.D. to LL.M.: Up to 12 credits of courses in the areas of human rights and social justice taken at the UConn School of Law as part of the J.D. program may be applied toward the LL.M. degree requirements, at the discretion of the director of the LL.M. program. J.D. students at other U.S. law schools may apply to join the J.D./LL.M. program during their fourth semester of law school, and students who are accepted will be provisionally admitted to the LL.M. program and will spend their final J.D. year at UConn School of Law. (The J.D. degree will be awarded by the student’s home law school, not UConn School of Law.) J.D. students pursuing the LL.M. would not be permitted to enroll in courses already taken as part of their J.D. coursework.

Other Advanced Standing: Subject to the discretion of the Director of the LL.M. program, students may be granted advanced standing of up to 6 credits for other prior relevant graduate-level coursework. In no instances may any advanced standing (e.g., in combination with credits taken toward a J.D. at UConn School of Law) exceed 12 credits.