University of Wisconsin Madison Law School LLM

 

University of Wisconsin Madison Law School LLM Program

The University of Wisconsin Madison Law School has two LLM programs.

The main LLM program offered by the University of Wisconsin Madison Law School is theLLM in Legal Institutions. The program is made up of courses in U.S. law, common law analysis, and international law and requires a total of 24 credits for completion. Of these 24 total credits, three credits must be taken from directed research (by registering for a course called Law 390), 12 credits must be taken in graded law courses and seminars, and 9 credits can be taken from courses in law or other departments at the 300 or higher-numbered level. English courses cannot count for these 9 credits. Students must receive no lower than a C- in each course in order for it to count toward the degree, and have an overall average of at least C. The LLM in Legal Institutions is intended for foreign law graduates with a basic LLB degree in their country.

The University of Wisconsin Madison Law School also offers an LLM program which is unique from most other LLM programs in that it is completely research-based. Instead of taking classroom courses, students enroll in a 12-credit course called Directed Research (Law 990) each semester, which allows them to pursue an individual master’s level research project throughout the academic period. The program is also two years in length rather than one, and must be taken full-time in physical residence at the university’s campus throughout this period. Both U.S. and foreign-educated lawyers hoping to pursue careers in legal research and scholarship can enroll in this research-based LLM degree program. This program is not for foreign lawyers hoping to take the bar exam. Because of the intensive nature of the program, applicants are expected to already have enough of an academic background in their field in order to ably complete a research project in this field. The University recommends that students who wish to enroll in this program complete the LLM in Legal Institutions first in order to have adequate academic preparation for undertaking the master’s level thesis project.

University of Wisconsin Madison Law School LLM Admissions

The deadline to apply for fall admission to the LLM in Legal Institutions is March 1. Applicants for the LLM in Legal Institutions program must have a minimum 3.00 out of 4.0 GPA and TOEFL scores of at least 100 Internet-based, 600 paper-based. The deadline for fall admission is March 1, and for spring admission is October 15.

  • LSAC application
  • application fee (additional LSAC fee and credit reporting service fee)
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
  • Letters of recommendation and waiver forms (3)
  • Transcripts (applicants must have at least a 3.00 out of 4.00 GPA, or B average, and either a basic LLB degree in law, an undergraduate degree with significant coursework in law, or a master’s in law)
  • TOEFL or IELTS score report
  • Financial statement indicating the applicant will be able to meet the cost of the program

Applicants to the research-based LLM must have TOEFL scores of at least 106-108 Internet based or 625 paper-based and submit a minimum 4-page statement detailing their research and course plans, as well as consent from a faculty member of the law school to act as their research advisor. The application deadline is March 1 for fall admission.

University of Wisconsin Madison Law School LLM Tuition

Check the school website for updated figures for University of Wisconsin Madison Law School LLM tuition. Additional expenses which students can factor into their budgets include estimated costs for food and housing, miscellaneous and personal expenses such as transportation and clothing, books and supplies, and health insurance. Students traveling to the U.S. with a spouse and dependents can expect additional costs.

University of Wisconsin Madison Law School LLM Scholarships

The University of Wisconsin Madison Law School offer very limited financial assistance to LLM students. Students who wish to be considered for financial assistance must submit a financial request form and an accompanying letter detailing their financial need. For more information on financial aid for LLM students, visit our LLM Scholarships page.

University of Wisconsin Madison Law School LLM Employment

The University of Wisconsin Madison Law School Career Services Office has helped students find career opportunities at a variety of employers, including law firms, government agencies, public interest organizations, and businesses. Students can avail of the Office’s efforts and resources such as counseling, resource materials ranging from employer directories to handouts and brochures, workshops and panels on topics such as networking, judicial clerkships, and how to prepare cover letters and resumes, participation in job fairs, on-campus interviews, and off-campus recruiting events, and online job postings.

University of Wisconsin Madison Law School LLM Contact

Graduate Programs, University of Wisconsin Law School
975 Bascom Mall, Room 4312
Madison, WI 53706-1399
Phone: (608) 262-9120
Fax: (608) 265-2253
Email: gradprog@law.wisc.edu

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