LL.M. in U.S. Law

How long does it take to complete the program and what are the academic requirements?
The LL.M. program can be completed full-time in four terms over a 12-month period, or over up to 8 terms in a 24-month period. Each term will have eight weeks of instructional time, a one-week exam period and a two to three-week break between each term. Students will need to complete six units per term for a required total of 24 units to graduate. Successful degree candidates must average passing marks from all courses. LL.M. degrees are awarded to students who successfully earn 24 hours of academic credit, which can be completed in four terms of study (full-time) or up to eight terms (part-time).

What are the course descriptions and will the classes be in sequential order?
The classes and course schedule have already been predetermined based on the needs of foreign-trained lawyers. Please refer to the course description section for more details.

What do students study in the @WashULaw LL.M. program?
The program was designed for graduates of foreign law schools who desire a robust grounding in U.S. law and who may intend to sit for a U.S. bar examination. The law school’s curriculum blends traditional theory and opportunities to participate in a wide variety of lawyering skills courses and co-curricular activities that encourage the development of practical competencies and interdisciplinary learning.

Are there any required campus visits?
There are no required campus visits. However, as part of the Washington University family, graduates of @WashULaw will be invited to participate in on-campus commencement ceremonies in St. Louis, Missouri. Students are also able to participate in an optional immersion program studying and visiting several U.S. cities.

Is there a campus equivalent to the @WashULaw LL.M. program?
Students who are interested in attending the residential LL.M. program, located in St. Louis, Missouri, can learn more about it here.

Admissions and Application Requirements

Who is the ideal candidate for the @WashULaw LL.M. program?
The online LL.M. is a degree program designed for foreign-trained lawyers who are interested in increasing their knowledge of U.S. or international law to more effectively practice in today’s global legal environment. The @WashULaw LL.M. program allows students to retain the freedom and flexibility to honor their current commitments in their current country of residence.

Who is eligible to apply?
Applications for the @WashULaw LL.M. program will be accepted from any individual who has first obtained a law degree from a university outside the United States. Students must be fluent in English and proficient in Legal English.

Is work experience necessary for admission?
Work experience in the law profession will enhance your application, but it is not a requirement. Expressing your interest in and commitment to learning U.S. law is an essential element of the application process.

What is the admission process?
The admissions committee reviews applications on a rolling basis, and applicants should submit their application as early as possible. It is highly recommended that you first speak with an admissions counselor, as they will help guide you through the application process. To reach an admissions counselor, call (+1) 314.281.5200 or email admissions@onlinelaw.wustl.edu.

What are the admission requirements?
The admissions committee looks for students who provide evidence of a strong academic background, demonstrating they can perform in a challenging academic program in English. Applicants to the @WashULaw LL.M. program must have earned a law degree from their home jurisdiction. Required application materials include:

  • A completed online application, which gathers basic background information, like demographic details, academic history, two personal essays and a current resume;
  • Two letters of recommendation;
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended educational institutions; and
  • An online interview (applicants are not required to travel to the United States);

For students whose native language is not English, a TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based) or 100 (Internet-based), a C1 Pass on the ILEC or a 7.5 on the IELTS will also be required. (You may receive an exemption if your first law degree is from a university at which the language of instruction is English and it is in a country whose native language is English.)

Online Experience

What technology is used in the @WashULaw LL.M. program?
Students enrolled in the @WashULaw LL.M. program use a cutting-edge Learning Management System called 2Law. The interactive social technology platform allows students to chat, study, and join communities with their classmates and professors 24/7. In addition to the 2Law platform, students will attend weekly live online class sessions that are delivered face-to-face by Washington University School of Law faculty.

How many classmates will I have in each of my courses?
There are a maximum of 15 students to each online course. This ensures that you, your professors and classmates will have an opportunity to get to know each other, and that faculty will be readily accessible to answer your questions about class materials, current issues in the law and even career options.

What is required of students in @WashULaw LL.M. program courses?
Each course is designed and delivered by a Washington University School of Law professor. Students should expect the following from each course:

  • The curriculum including self-paced coursework that uses multimedia to prepare students for richer discussion and greater interaction during the scheduled weekly class sessions;
  • Preparation outside of class, which includes teamwork and assignments incorporating readings, case studies, projects and papers; and
  • Weekly live online session in small groups of up to 15 students led by faculty instructors; may include case discussions, role plays, breakout groups and other discussions to drive learning.

Will my transcript indicate that I took an online program?
No. The @WashULaw LL.M. program requires the same admissions and graduation requirements as the on-campus program, so there is no difference between the academic degrees earned.


What is the cost of attending the LL.M. program @WashULaw?
Tuition for the 2014-15 academic year is $2,073 USD per credit. There are 24 credits required to complete the program. Total tuition cost is $49,752 USD.

*Tuition and fees are set for 24 months upon enrollment.

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What is the application fee?
$70. Click here to convert the application fee into your local currency.

Is there an application-fee waiver?
If you are unable to pay the application fee because of financial hardship, you may be able to have your application fee waived. Please request that the financial aid officer of your undergraduate institution verify that it would be a hardship for you to pay the fee; this certification should be e-mailed directly to the Washington University School of Law Admissions Office at admissions@onlinelaw.wustl.edu.