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
Our LL.M. in Insurance Law program is the top destination for lawyers and students from the U.S. and around the world who seek serious graduate training in insurance and financial services law. Thanks to our location in historic Hartford, Connecticut - the famed "insurance capital" and headquarters to some of the largest global insurance companies - our students study with the most sophisticated insurance law experts in the country. New York City and Boston are just two hours away and Fairfield County, Connecticut, the hedge fund capital of the U.S., is even closer.
Students enrolled in the Insurance 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 on the Insurance Law Website. 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 practice-based opportunities that are relevant to the degree program. At registration, each student formulates a curricular plan of study to be approved by the director of the LL.M. program.
To understand the academic rules, all students should review the LLM Academic Regulations.
LLM students must satisfy a 2-3 credit writing requirement as part of their degree program. The paper must be on an insurance-related topic approved by the director or executive director and written on a graded basis. There are several ways the writing requirement can be fulfilled:
- In conjunction with a class that requires a substantial research paper (minimum 20 page length);
- As a special research project of not less than two credits supervised by a full-time or adjunct faculty member;
- With the permission of the instructor at the beginning of the course, substituting a substantial paper for an examination;
- Writing a piece certified to be published or nearly publishable by the faculty advisor of the Connecticut Insurance Law Journal; or
- Writing a thesis, as described below.
LLM students may, at their option, write a thesis for 3 credits that satisfies the writing requirement. A thesis is a substantial paper that is of publishable or near publishable quality, and involves supervised drafts. LLM students must write a thesis if they wish to be considered for honors. A thesis can be written in two ways:
- As part of a 3 credit course with permission of the instructor, who acts as the thesis advisor; or
- As a special 3 credit special research project supervised by a full-time or adjunct faculty member.
Individual Field Placements allow students to obtain practical experience in insurance and financial services law through work at a law firm, an insurer or other business, a government agency or a nonprofit organization. Students receive academic credit for approved externships, which must be unpaid. Many of our students find individual field placements to be a particularly valuable part of their LLM program and we encourage students to consider participating. LL.M. students who are employed may not receive field placement credit for any work done in conjunction with their employer.
LLM students may enroll in individual field placements; the requirements are set out in the Law School's LLM Academic Regulations. LLM students may receive a maximum of 3 credits toward the 24 credit minimum for successfully completing an individual field placement. In order to maximize their classroom experience, international LLM students may credit for either an individual field placements or an independent special research paper (one that is not written as part of a course).
LLM students interested in an individual field placement should send an e-mail to the director or executive director approximately a month before the start of the academic semester describing generally the type of insurance law and work experience desired (e.g., working on property insurance issues for a law firm) and include a resume and list of all insurance courses taken at the Law School. Though the Insurance Law Center cannot guarantee individual field placements for all interested LLM students, we are usually able to place our students each semester.
LLM students are eligible to graduate with honors under the following conditions:
- Obtain a minimum 3.3 grade point average;
- Write a thesis and obtain a grade of A or A- as determined by the faculty advisor; and
- Obtain a determination that the thesis is of “honors quality.” This determination is made by the thesis advisor and an additional faculty member who reviews the thesis for this purpose. Generally, the director or the executive director should serve as the reviewing faculty member unless one of them is the student’s thesis advisor. This review process helps ensure a level of uniformity in determining what constitutes an honors thesis. The reviewing faculty member will not alter the faculty advisor’s grade regardless of whether the thesis is considered to be of honors quality.
The degree requirements for U.S. and international LLM students are identical, with the exception that international students are generally required to take the 2 credit U.S. Law and Legal Institutions class, and the 2 credit legal writing and research class. These 4 credits count towards the 24 credit requirement. International LLM students can also take a maximum of 3 other credits of related courses if they wish. The LL.M. program can be completed in two to three semesters of full-time work, which is typically required for international students on a U.S. visa.
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.
As part of the LL.M. in Insurance Law degree, students may obtain a certificate of specialization in seven areas:
- Corporate and Regulatory Compliance
- Energy and Environmental Regulation
- Intellectual Property
- International Human Rights
- Tax Law
- U.S. Law
- Foundations of U.S. Law
- U.S. Civil and Criminal Justice
- U.S. Business Law and Regulation
- U.S. Law of Property Transfer
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.
All students are encouraged to begin their program in the fall term, which starts in late August. However, applications are accepted for students who wish to start in our spring semester, which begins in mid-January. New students are required to attend a short orientation in Hartford before their first semester. Students are admitted on a rolling basis, which means that an admission decision may be made within 2 to 3 weeks of receiving a complete application.
Eligibility requirements and application materials are available on the Insurance Law Center website.