Who Can Apply?

Applicants to an LLM program should have a first law degree, whether a JD from an accredited U.S. law school or a law degree from a school outside the United States.  International applicants must also meet the English proficiency requirements.  For certain cases and programs, you may apply to our programs without a first law degree.  Please read through the exceptions below to see if this applies to you.


    • Students who are enrolled in a five-year first degree in a law program may apply while in the fourth or fifth year of the first degree, 
    • Students in their fourth year of a four-year first degree in a law program may apply with permission of their home institutions. The UConn School of Law LLM degree would be awarded after confirmation that the home institution has awarded the student a first degree in law. 
    • Students in a three-year first degree in law program may apply for admission after completion of two years of study with the permission of their home institutions. The UConn School of Law LLM degree would be awarded after confirmation that the home institution awarded the student a first degree in law. 
    • Students who are enrolled in an integrated masters and Ph.D. program in law may apply to the LLM program when all their coursework is complete. 
    • The Insurance Law LLM program will consider applicants holding an advanced degree in a related field who have demonstrated significant professional achievement relevant to pursuing the Insurance Law LLM. 

    How to Apply

    There are several steps to completing your UConn Law LLM application.  We encourage all applicants to read through the application requirements listed below.  Our friendly LLM Admissions Team is available to answer questions at any point in the process.

    Application Requirements

    Register with the LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS) through LSAC

    • What is LSAC? LSAC is a non-profit corporation that makes the admissions process for law schools and applicants easier. LLM CAS allows you to request just one copy of all your official academic documents and letters of recommendation for submission to LSAC, which LSAC will then forward to law schools.You may upload all of your required application documents on the LSAC website.   
    • LSAC has several of their own resources designed to help you through the LLM application process.  Read about the Steps to Apply to an LLM and find other LSAC resources here.    
    • For questions or to request a step-by-step guide to applying through LSAC, please email us at 

    Personal Statement

    Your personal statement should describe your educational background, reasons for enrolling in the LLM program, planned course of study and career goals. You may address any reasons UConn Law is a good fit for you. 


    You will be asked to submit the most recent version of your CV or Resume, including any relevant professional experiences.

    Writing Sample

    Please submit a legal writing sample in English that is at least five pages long.

    It could be an excerpt of a longer law degree essay or a memo you wrote as a practicing jurist or intern.

    Law School Transcript

    This should be sent directly to LLM CAS (LSAC) from your degree-granting institution.  

    The law degree should be the equivalent of the JD or LLB degree. Correspondence course degrees will not be considered for admission. Transcripts from schools outside the United States must be translated. 

    Two (2) Letters of Recommendation

    Letters of Recommendation should be written in English from either law professors or supervisors of your legal work, which will be uploaded electronically to LSAC by the letter writers. 

    Proof of English Language Proficiency (international candidates)

    • Submit your official TOEFL/IELTS/PTE test score, if applicable (UConn Law code is 3915 and LSAC code is 8395) 
    • Please see our Language Proficiency Policy page for more information.  
    • Due to the global coronavirus pandemic, UConn Law is also currently accepting the Duolingo English Test and the TOEFL-iBT At Home Edition. 

    Application Fee

      You may pay the $75 USD application fee directly to LSAC. 


      Fall semester: June 15 for non-U.S. residents, July 15 for U.S. residents.

      Spring semester: November 15 for non-U.S. residents, December 15 for U.S. residents


      What to Expect After You Apply

      Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, therefore candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible. 

      Once you have submitted your application to UConn Law, you will be contacted for an admission interview.  This interview will be conducted by phone, video conference, or in person.   

      Admission decisions are typically made in 2 weeks.  The admissions committee considers the applicant's academic performance, intellectual curiosity and professional experience. Students will be notified of the admissions decision by email. 

      Advanced Standing

      Students attending UConn School of Law find significant value in completing multiple programs. Many former exchange students return to build on their experience and receive an LLM. Similarly, many students choose to combine a JD with an LLM degree. UConn School of Law recognizes the importance of these combined opportunities and has created admissions criteria and processes that are uniquely related to each of these opportunities.

      LLM to JD Transfer

      LLM students who obtain a 3.0 grade point average may apply to the JD program without taking the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). If accepted, they can transfer most of their LLM credits to the JD program.

      JD to LLM Advanced Standing

      UConn Law JD graduates may apply to an LLM program and transfer up to 12 qualified credits of applicable coursework toward the 24-credit LLM degree.

      Exchange to LLM Advanced Standing

      The Exchange to LLM Program allows past exchange students who attended UConn Law to apply for admission to an LLM program upon the completion of their first degree in law and, if admitted, to transfer qualified credits toward the 24-credit LLM degree.

      Important Dates

      Important Dates

      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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