LLM to JD Transfer

LLM 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 LLM credits to their J.D. program.

1. International LLM 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 LLM 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 LLM programs; LLM 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 LLM 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. LLM 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 LLM 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. LLM 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 LLM 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. LLM 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, LLM 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); LLM 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 LLM writing requirement (a research paper or thesis) can transfer, the LLM paper will not satisfy the J.D. Upperclass Writing Requirement. Coursework taken as an L.L.M. that can satisfy the J.D. Practice Based Learning Requirement is eligible for transfer. Both credit and satisfaction of the requirement will be transferred. 

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

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

8. The application deadline is July 1st.