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LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies
Important Dates

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November 15, 2017
Application Deadline for Non-U.S. Residents for Spring Semester 2018

December 1, 2017
Application Deadline for U.S. Residents for Spring Semester 2018

January 10, 2018
Spring Semester Orientation for LL.M Students

January 16, 2018
First day of Classes for Spring Semester 2018

 

 

 

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Individualized attention, integration with US law students, an extensive and flexible program of study, reasonable costs, and an outstanding faculty and location: these are just a few aspects of the LL.M. Program in U.S. Legal Studies that foreign law graduates can expect from the UConn Law.

The U.S. Legal Studies LL.M. Program at UConn Law accepts only a small number of highly qualified foreign law graduates each year—normally a class of between (20) and (30) students. This ensures that all admitted candidates receive individualized attention from both the faculty and staff throughout their stay. Virtually all classes are taken with J.D. students and the Law School offers among the best student-faculty ratios of any law school in the United States (11:1) as well as a dedicated staff focusing specifically on the needs of international students. 

Choosing from the approximately 150 courses offered annually, international students can design their own program of study or, if they wish, obtain a certificate of specialization in Energy and Environmental Regulation, International Human Rights, Intellectual Property, Insurance Law, or Tax Law. Our faculty includes recognized experts in all these fields, but perhaps more importantly, many of them also have significant experience teaching at law schools throughout the world, which further demonstrates the Law School’s commitment to the international law student.

Flexibility and reasonable costs are hallmarks of our LL.M. program. The course of study may be pursued over two or, with permission, three semesters, and admitted students may start in either the fall (late August) or spring (January) semesters. As a state-supported institution our program fees are among the lowest of any top-tier law school in the United States. LL.M. students who obtain good grades may also apply to our J.D. program without having to take the LSAT, and if accepted, can transfer most of their LL.M. credits to their J.D. program. Additional information about LL.M.-J.D. transfer can be found here. The Law School has also established a new S.J.D. program for a small, select group of LL.M. graduates who wish to spend several years on in-depth scholarly research and writing. Additional information about the S.J.D. program can be found on the admissions section of the UConn Law website.

UConn Law is located in Hartford, Connecticut in the historic New England region, just two hours from both New York and Boston. Hartford is the capital of the insurance industry in the United States and the Law School’s location provides access to some of the largest financial services firms in the world. Cultural and recreational activities also abound, whether in greater Hartford or further afield, including numerous museums and performing art centers. The extraordinary beauty and history of New England will be on your doorstep, including small villages, pristine beaches, and major mountain ranges, all of which are easily accessible from Hartford. The Law School itself is located in the residential West End of Hartford, on a lovely gothic-style campus that is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

The International Programs Office invites you to explore the website for more information. Application information can be found in the How to Apply section. For further inquiries or information on visiting our campus, please contact llm@uconn.edu or call 1-860-570-5284. We promise you quick responses to your questions and a warm welcome upon your arrival.

Students enrolled in the LL.M. Program in U.S. Legal Studies Law at UConn School of Law must:

  • 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 terms in late August or in the spring term in min-January.  U.S. students or students with permanent residency status can enroll either full-time or part-time with the expectation that they will graduate within five years.


All courses are open to LL.M. candidates as well as J.D. candidates, and only a few courses have required prerequisites. International students are required to take both U.S. Law & Legal Institutions and Legal Research and Writing.

In consultation with the faculty, LL.M. students design a course of study in their areas of interest. The U.S. Legal Studies program aims to enable students to explore a range of subject areas while concentrating in a particular field of law. This flexibility encourages students to study new legal areas for the first time, as well as to further their specialization in particular subjects. To encourage students to take advantage of a diverse faculty with different backgrounds and teaching styles, LL.M. students may not take more than one course a semester from the same professor without approval of the LL.M. director or the director's designee.

Students are encouraged to announce their intention to seek a certification at the beginning of the academic year and plan their course enrollment to fulfill the credit requirements. 

Certificates of Specialization

As part of the LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies degree, students may obtain a certificate of specialization in seven areas:

 

To be awarded the certificate, students must complete between nine (9) or twelve (12) credits depending on the area of specialization, complete the writing requirement in that area and achieve a minimum of a B average in all of the certificate coursework including the writing requirement.

Students may be required to take the entry-level course in the certification area, depending upon prior preparation and experience. Any such course would typically not count towards the credit requirements.

Completing a certificate is optional.

Eligibility to Apply

Applicants are required to hold or expect to receive a degree 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.

The admissions committee considers the applicant's academic performance, intellectual curiosity and professional experience.


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 Documents

A complete application file consists of:

  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/PTE 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.
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. 

Deadlines

Applications are considered on a rolling basis.  All international student applications should generally be received by June 1 for Fall enrollment, or November 15th for Spring enrollment. Applications received before these dates will be given priority consideration. Admission decisions will generally be made within several weeks of when a full application is received.  Application forms are available for download above and must be submitted electronically.

LL.M. students who obtain good grades may also apply to our J.D. program without having to take the LSAT, and if accepted, can transfer most of their L.LM. credits to their J.D. program.

1. International LL.M. students who have a minimum grade point average (GPA) equivalent to 3.00 (B) and who have completed 18 credits worth of work in our LL.M. programs may apply as a transfer student to the J.D. program under the regular transfer process for J.D. students. This option is limited to international students in one of UConn Law School’s LL.M. programs; LL.M. students at other schools are not eligible.

2. These students will not have to take the LSAT, though they should complete all other aspects of the J.D. transfer application process which can be found on our web site. When possible, the J.D. Admissions Committee will utilize material from the applicant's LL.M. file, including transcripts from foreign law schools and TOEFL scores.  The J.D. Admissions Committee reserves the right to confer with the relevant UConn Law faculty about the applicant, as needed.

3. LL.M. students applying to the transfer program will need to take a minimum of one required first year (J.D.) course on a graded basis (not pass-fail) while registered in the LL.M. program and also submit two letters of recommendation from the UConn Law faculty, one of which must come from the professor teaching the required first year course.

4. LL.M. students who apply will be notified if they have been accepted into the J.D. program after grades have been received for at least 18 credits within the LL.M. program.  This should allow adequate time to review the application after receipt of the final grades and still provide sufficient time to obtain any necessary visa approval. LL.M. students completing their degree in three semesters may have grades reported for all three semesters as part of their application to the J.D. program.

5.  Once accepted into the J.D. program, LL.M. graduates will be able to transfer credits for most courses taken at the Law School.  The four credits for the required U.S. Law & Legal Institutions and Legal Research and Writing courses do not transfer.  Some required first year courses for J.D. students may be offered over two semesters (for example, Civil Procedure I and II); LL.M. students who enroll in these courses must take them for a grade and complete both semesters in order to receive transfer credit.  While credit earned for the LL.M. writing requirement (a research paper or thesis) can transfer, the LL.M. paper will not satisfy the J.D. Upperclass Writing Requirement.

6. Subject to its discretion, the J.D. Admissions Committee may waive the minimum TOEFL requirements for the J.D. program for LL.M. students who satisfactorily completed the LL.M. program. Subject to the discretion of the J.D. Admissions Committee, LL.M. students whose language of instruction was English in their foreign law program will generally be exempt from the TOEFL requirement.

7. LL.M. students must complete their LL.M. program before beginning their J.D. studies.

8. The application deadline is July 1st.