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How to Apply

Applicants to an LLM program should have 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.

Exceptions:

  • 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 pursing the Insurance Law LLM.

Application Instructions

  • Register with the LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS) through LSAC.
  • Prepare a personal statement describing your educational background, reasons for enrolling in the LLM program, planned course of study and career goals. Address any reasons UConn Law is a good fit for you.
  • Supply a 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.)
  • Request a final law school transcript(s) that will be sent directly to LLM CAS 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.
  • Ask for two (2) letters of recommendation 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), as described in our Language Proficiency Policy.
  • Pay the $75 USD application fee directly to LSAC.
  • Upload all the required documents on the LSAC website.

Deadlines

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

Applications are considered on a rolling basis and candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Applications received before these dates will be given priority consideration. Admissions decisions will generally be made within two weeks of receipt of a complete application. The admissions committee considers the applicant’s academic performance, intellectual curiosity and professional experience.

Cost of Attendance

The UConn School of Law is proud to offer excellent programs at an affordable cost. Students who take advantage of our reasonable per-credit tuition rates, among the lowest for an LLM program in the country, can gain an excellent education and a high return on their investment.

Tuition and fees are set annually by the University of Connecticut. Students pay on a per-credit basis and the costs per credit is:

  • $1,215 per credit for Energy & Environmental Law, Human Rights & Social Justice Law, and U.S. Legal Studies;
  • $1,326 per credit for Insurance Law.

Degree Requirements

Students enrolled in an LLM program at the UConn School of Law must:

  • complete a minimum of 24 credits,
  • complete a two- or three-credit writing requirement, and
  • maintain a C+ grade point average.

International students enrolled in an LLM program on a visa can complete the program in two or (with permission) three consecutive semesters of full-time study beginning in the fall terms in late August or in the spring term in mid-January. U.S. students or students with permanent residency status can enroll either full-time or part-time with the expectation that they will graduate within five years.

All courses are open to LLM candidates as well as JD candidates, and only a few courses have required prerequisites. International students are required to take both U.S. Law & Legal Institutions and Legal Research and Writing.

In consultation with the faculty, LLM students design a course of study in their areas of interest. Each program aims to enable students to explore a range of subject areas even when concentrating in a particular field of law. This flexibility encourages students to develop extensive expertise in areas of interest while exploring new topics as well.