Yale LLM

Yale Law School LLM Program

Yale Law School offers one LLM program which is focused entirely on instruction for students who intend to pursue a career in teaching law or other academic studies. The program is open to U.S.-based and international students who have completed their JD or international equivalent. The program is a full-time course of study beginning in late August and commencing in May.

Yale Law School’s LLM program is extremely selective and is only open to approximately 25 students per year. Students are required to have strong records of academic accomplishment, high levels of English proficiency and an understanding of what area of law they would like to teach. The program is entirely elective based, allowing students to select their desired area of focus from Yale Law School’s JD curriculum. Students are required to take 24 units of courses, 18 of which must be completed in the Law School and six of which can be from independent research and writing under faculty supervision, and are also allowed to take up to six units in courses outside of the law school to enhance their teaching abilities and their understanding of the subject matter they are pursuing. Students work closely with academic advisors to select the appropriate courses for their personal interests and desired field of teaching.

For LLM applicants interested in practicing law in the United States, the Yale Law School LLM program does allow students to sit for the bar exam in a number of states but does not provide bar specific preparation for any state specific bar exam. Students are encouraged to consider the pursuit of a JD if appropriate or an extensive bar prep course designed for international attorneys in the state of their choosing.

Yale Law School LLM Admissions

Yale Law School’s LLM program accepts application for admissions between Aug. 1 and Dec. 1 annually. Admissions decisions are all made at one time and students will be notified of their acceptance into the program by mid-March. Yale Law School’s LLM program requires all application materials to be submitted through the Law School Admission Counsel’s (LSAC) online application assembly service. A completed application will include:

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL scores (if applicable), with minimums of 600 for the paper-based test or 100 for the Internet-based test
  • Completed application form
  • Completed Essay Questions 3 detailing your reasons for choosing Yale, how Yale’s program will assist your teaching goals, and your scholarly research plan
  • Personal Statement
  • $75 Application Fee paid online by credit card

Students who have not completed their post-secondary education in an English speaking country (the United States, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or Canada) are required to prove English language proficiency via TOEFL scores. The admissions committee looks favorably on students who are admitted to the bar in their home countries and have some professional experience after having received their degrees.

Yale Law School LLM Tuition

Basic Yale LLM tuition and fee structure is available online each year on the Yale Law School website. The cost of an LLM may vary from the basic fees as students are allowed to customize their course of study. Students could expect to spend additional costs on books, living expenses, administrative fees, personal purchases and health insurance.

Yale Law School makes health insurance available for purchase to their LLM students or the student may elect to purchase insurance elsewhere, but basic coverage is required for attendance. For international students, Yale Law School also offers an additional allowance for travel to and from Yale to the student’s home country.

Yale Law School LLM Scholarships

Yale Law School does not provide merit scholarships to LLM students. However, the Office of Financial Aid does award loans and set grant amounts by calculating the cost of attendance minus student contribution. This calculated need amount minus loans is then met with a Yale Law School Institutional Scholarship, or Yale Law School Grant. Yale Law School expects LLM students to find ways to contribute to the cost of their education, such as through savings, summer employment, parental and spousal contributions, and loans. Students are also welcome to look for outside scholarships and grants. Answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about Yale Law School Financial Aid can be found here. For more information on scholarships for LLM students, visit our LLM Scholarships page.

Yale Law School LLM Employment

The Yale Law School Career Development Office provides students with online job postings, resume uploads, interview programs, counseling, and a wealth of career resources, including student summer employment and clerkship evaluations, a library of books, videos, and videotaped programs. The Office has many specialized resources for LLM students, including the International LLM Career Planning Guide and brochure on LLMs and the New York Bar Exam which it publishes and workshops to help LLM students with American resumes and cover letters for U.S. internships.

Yale LLM students have found employment at GE Asia in Beijing, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in Hong Kong, McKinsey & Company in Belgium and Germany, Dechert in France, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in Germany, Sullivan & Cromwell in London, and Baker & McKenzie in Vienna.

Yale Law School LLM Contact

Associate Dean: Megan Barnett
Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs: Gordon Silverstein
Director of Graduate Programs: Maria Z. Dino
Assistant Director of Graduate Programs: Stephanie A. D’Ambrose
Senior Administrative Assistant: Caroline Curtis

Graduate Programs
Yale Law School
P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520-8215
Phone: (203) 432-1696
Fax: (203) 432-3803
Email Yale Law School: gradpro.law@yale.edu