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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.

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.

Advanced Standing

Overview

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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