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LLM in U.S. Legal Studies
Important Dates

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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




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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 LLM Program in U.S. Legal Studies that foreign law graduates can expect from the UConn Law.

The U.S. Legal Studies LLM 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 JD 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 LLM 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. LLM students who obtain good grades may also apply to our JD program without having to take the LSAT, and if accepted, can transfer most of their LLM credits to their JD program. Information on the LLM to JD transfer program can be found on the LLM to JD transfer program page. The Law School has also established a new SJD Program for a small, select group of LLM graduates who wish to spend several years on in-depth scholarly research and writing. Additional information about the SJD 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.

U.S. Legal Studies has only two required courses which are listed below:

U.S. Law and Legal Institutions; and
U.S. Law Legal Research and Writing.

Students in U.S. Legal studies choose from the entire course list creating a curriculum that meets individual goals. This flexibility encourages students to study new legal areas for the first time, as well as to further their specialization in particular subjects of interest.  In consultation with the faculty, LLM students design a course of study in their areas of interest. 

Certain courses have prerequisites, so students should consult with the teaching faculty member about their legal background to determine what courses are required prior to enrolling.    

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 LLM 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.