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LLM in Human Rights & Social Justice
Important Dates

LLM Dates Block

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

July 15
Application Deadline for U.S. Residents for Fall Semester

Nov. 15
Application Deadline for non-U.S. Residents for Spring Semester

Dec. 15
Application Deadline for U.S. Residents for Spring Semester

Jan. 16
Spring LLM Orientation




The LLM in Human Rights and Social Justice at UConn School of Law offers 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 growing trends in the business, non-profit and public policy worlds to blend international and domestic human rights, the program provides 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, provides a rigorous and cohesive grounding in the norms and methods of the human rights and civil rights movements. Students 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. 

The Law School courses preapproved for the Human Rights and Social Justice LLM are listed below. International Human Rights offered each spring semester is a required course.  Students may petition for the inclusion of other courses, subject to the approval of the director. All courses are open to LLM candidates as well as JD candidates, and only a few courses have prerequisites. LLM 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 LLM program.

Additionally, students who have a foreign law degree are required to take in the first semester:

Students should announce their intention to seek a certification at the beginning of their academic year and plan their course enrollment to fulfill the credit requirements.  The professors for the specific certificate program can offer guidance on the courses available; however, students should alert the graduate programs office and the registrar of the desire to fulfill the certificate.

Certificates of Specialization

As part of the LLM in Human Rights & Social Justice 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. The writing requirement for the certificate could satisfy both the certificate and the LLM writing requirement if the topic is approved by the Director of the LLM program or his/her designee. The student may also choose to complete two separate papers one satisfying the LLM program writing requirement and the other satisfying the certificate 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.