LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies facts

Tuition 28,560 USD

Duration 9 mths

Intakes January,  August

Int'l Students 100%

Women 60%

Minimum TOEFL 80

Minimum IELTS 6.0

Class Size 28

Applicants/Year 40

University of Connecticut School of Law (UConn Law)

LL.M. Admissions Office
Hosmer Hall
55 Elizabeth Street

Hartford, CT 06105

United States

School Website

UConn Law - Full Profile

The University

The University of Connecticut is one of the top public research universities in the United States, with more than 30,000 students pursuing answers to critical questions in labs, lecture halls, and the community. Knowledge exploration throughout the University's network of campuses is united by a culture of innovation. An unprecedented commitment from the state of Connecticut ensures UConn attracts internationally renowned faculty and the world's brightest students. As a vibrant, progressive leader, UConn fosters a diverse and dynamic culture that meets the challenges of a changing global society.

The Law School

Founded in 1921, UConn School of Law is one of the leading public law schools in the country. It offers a professional education of the highest quality that prepares its graduates for a lifetime of fulfilling service in any career they choose, including the bar, government, business, and education. The school's program emphasizes intellectual discipline and the development of the professional analytic skills required to respond effectively to the challenge of continuing change in the law and in the society it serves.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, UConn Law has one of the most beautiful campuses of any law school in the United States. Recently, the Law Library was named among the 50 Most Amazing University Libraries in the World by Best Masters Programs. Two miles from the center of Hartford, the Law School is located in a neighborhood of large Victorian homes, where many students, staff, and faculty live.

The Program

UConn School of Law offers an exceptional value in legal education, founded in an outstanding faculty, small classes and a flexible approach that allows students to customize their studies and their careers. The extremely advantageous student-faculty ratio creates a welcoming and collaborative learning environment giving students access to leading scholars who drive the evolution of legal thought throughout the nation and the world.

Students at UConn Law are trained in practical skills through the pioneering clinical programs and centers gaining hands-on experience. Virtually all classes are taken with JD students in an atmosphere that fosters a spirit of collaboration and cooperation. Students explore legal theory alongside practical training creating a strong foundation for success in practice.

The reasonable size of the LLM programs ensures personalized attention to each student and easy access to a nationally recognized faculty in a supportive and intellectually challenging environment. It also facilitates the integration in the greater law school community. Flexibility and reasonable costs are hallmarks of our LL.M. programs.

LLM Program in US Legal Studies
The LLM in US Legal Studies program at UConn School of Law is open to a select number of international students from around the world. The School of Law provides a broad curriculum in American law, the United States legal system, international law, and comparative law. Through close consultation with the faculty, LLM students design a course of study which suits each student's professional interests. As part of their LLM degree, students may also obtain an optional certificate of specialization in one of six areas:
1. International Human Rights
2. Intellectual Property
3. Tax Law
4. Financial Services Regulation
5. Energy and Environmental Regulation
6. U.S. Law: Foundations of U.S. Law, U.S. Civil and Criminal Justice, U.S. Business Law and Regulation; U.S. Law of Property Transfer

LLM in US Legal Studies Brochure (PDF)

LLM in Human Rights and Social Justice
Building on its faculty expertise in human rights and social justice, UConn School of Law has launched one of the very few graduate programs that integrate the international and domestic dimensions of social justice lawyering into a cohesive whole. The LLM in Human Rights and Social Justice offers students with a prior law degree the opportunity to engage in an in-depth study of the international human rights and US civil rights movements. Tapping into a growing trend in the business, nonprofit, and public policy worlds to integrate international and domestic human rights, the program will provide students with a rigorous grounding in the norms and methods of the human rights and civil rights movements as well as the specialized credentials and skills needed to gain entry to these fields.

Students will have the opportunity to study with faculty not only at the School of Law but also at the Human Rights Institute on the main campus, a leading innovator in interdisciplinary human rights research and teaching. The LLM in Human Rights and Social Justice will prepare graduates for the global business environment, for social policy work, and to meet the pressing need for access to justice for the poor and middle class in America and worldwide.

LLM in Energy and Environmental Law
UConn Law's LLM in Energy and Environmental Law offers students an exciting way to engage with the combined world of energy law and environmental law. Our program provides excellent course offerings from Environmental Law, Energy Law, Land Use Law, International Environmental Law, and others to also include such offerings as Climate Law, Renewable Energy Law, Zoning Practicum, Historic Preservation Law, and many more. Beyond the classroom, our LLM students can become active with real-world policy. Our students have the opportunity to apply to work on environmental policy in Connecticut State government or to work in public utility companies or law firms. Through our semester-in-DC program, students can also look to fill our offerings through federal agencies, such as the EPA or Department of Energy. LLM students can also work with our CEEL faculty toward developing publishable articles. Excellent coursework, real-world engagement, and scholarly development in a field that combines both energy and environmental policy are what distinguish this new offering.

LLM Program in Insurance Law
Our LLM in Insurance Law enjoys the distinction of being the oldest and most sophisticated insurance law program in the country. We offer our students the deepest curriculum in insurance and financial services law of any law school in the United States, taught by recognized experts in the field. We also provide opportunities for externships at major insurance companies, including Aetna, Chubb, The Hartford and Mass Mutual, as well as area law firms and the Connecticut Department of Insurance.

LLM Program in Intellectual Property and Information Governance
With the growth of human creativity and inventiveness, intellectual property law is emerging as one of the most dynamic fields of legal practice. The Intellectual Property and Information Governance LL.M. is designed to prepare graduates for the global business environment and policy positions. Taking into account the particular goals of the participants, it encourages the balancing of competing private and public demands for innovation in arts, markets, and new technologies. Students begin with the introductory Intellectual Property class which addresses conceptual and practice thinking in five major intellectual property areas, including trade secret, trademark, right of publicity, copyright, and patent. Building on that foundation students will be able to enroll in regime courses of copyright, trademark or patent law, the clinical coursework, and numerous seminars.

UConn Law prepares LLM graduates to work in a variety of settings: private law firms, regulatory agencies, insurance companies, investment banks, hedge funds, commercial banks, health care organizations, corporate law departments, and academic and nonprofit institutions. Our students come from all corners of the United States and the world, including Azerbaijan, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Eritrea, Germany, Italy, India, Japan, Russia, and Saudi Arabia and they have gone on to become leading lawyers all over the world as regulators, professors, law firm partners, and in-house counsel at insurance companies and major financial services firms.

By design, our LLM programs are highly flexible to fit the needs of working professionals and full time students. UConn Law offers a wide selection of courses at night and students can earn their LLM degrees either full-time or part-time. The course of study may be pursued over two or three semesters, and admitted students may start in either the fall (late August) or spring (January) semesters. The Insurance Law LLM has a distance learning option for lawyers with JD degrees from accredited US Law schools.

LL.M. students who obtain good grades may also apply to the JD program without having to take the LSAT, and if accepted, can transfer most of their LLM credits to their JD program.

We invite you to visit our website, contact us with any questions, and come to our campus if you can. We promise you quick responses to your questions and a warm welcome upon your arrival.

Entry Requirements

The admissions committee considers the applicant's academic performance, intellectual curiosity and professional experience.

Applicants must hold or expect to hold a degree from a recognized law faculty outside of the United States before matriculating. Three exceptions exist for students in integrated bachelors and masters programs, for students pursing a graduate degree in law and for students in an extended bachelor program.

International applicants must provide proof of English proficiency or demonstrate qualification for an exemption.

Application Procedure

Applicants are encouraged to apply through LSAC.

All applications should be received by June 15 for August enrollment, or November 15th for January enrollment. Applications received before these dates will be given priority consideration. Admission decisions will generally be made within a month of application receipt.

Tuition and Fees

Consistent with the policy of most professional schools in the United States, the School of Law generally expects students to make their own financial arrangements to cover the cost of their educational and living expenses while attending the University of Connecticut School of Law. As a government supported institution, the School of Law provides a superb legal education with fees significantly less than those charged by most other major law schools in the country. Scholarships are available to a limited number of students who demonstrate exceptional academic promise.

Fees per credit for US Legal, Energy and Environmental and Human Rights and Social Justice are $1155 per credit for 2015-2016.

Fees per credit for the Insurance Law LLM program are $1226 per credit for 2015-2016.


The Law School is located in Hartford, Connecticut in the historic New England region, just two hours from both New York and Boston. Because Hartford is the capital of the insurance industry in the United States, the Law School's location provides access to some of the largest financial services firms in the world. Cultural and recreational activities also abound, whether in greater Hartford or further afield, including numerous museums and performing art centers. The extraordinary beauty and history of New England will be on your doorstep, including small villages, pristine beaches, and major mountain ranges, all of which are easily accessible from Hartford. The Law School itself is located in the residential west end of Hartford, on a lovely gothic-style campus that is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Pre-LLM Course

The University of Connecticut offers comprehensive English language instruction for international students who wish to enhance their English language skills prior to beginning their degree program. For more information, visit: ucaeli.uconn.edu.

Programs at UConn Law


January,  August
9 months
Corporate and Regulatory Compliance
Energy and Environmental Regulation
Financial Services Regulation
Intellectual Property
International Human Rights
Tax Law
U.S. Law
January,  August
9 months


January,  August
21 months
Corporate and Regulatory Compliance
Energy and Environmental Regulation
Financial Services Regulation
Intellectual Property
International Human Rights
Tax Law
U.S. Law
January,  August
21 months

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