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

LLM Dates Block

June 1, 2018
Application Deadline for Non-U.S. Residents for Fall Semester 2018

July 15, 2018
Application Deadline for U.S. Residents for Fall Semester 2018

August 20, 2018
Fall Semester Orientation for LL.M Students

August 27, 2018
First day of Classes for Fall Semester 2018




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:  

  • 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.


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 LL.M. 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 LL.M writing requirement if the topic is approved by the Director of the LL.M program or his/her designee. The student may also choose to complete two separate papers one satisfying the LL.M 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.

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 resume/curriculum vitae;
  4. Submit a personal statement describing your educational background, reasons for enrolling in the LL.M. program, planned course of study, and career goals;
  5. Submit a writing sample in English;
  6. 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;
  7. 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;
  8. Submit your official TOEFL/IELTS/PTE test score, if applicable (our university code is 3915, LSAC code is 8395), as described in our Language Proficiency Policy; and
  9. 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.

UConn Law School graduate

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.