LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies

  • Master of laws (LL.M.)
  • Starting date: January; August
  • Tuition Fee: 25,000 - 30,000 USD
  • Language: English
  • Program type: Part-time; Full-time
  • Duration: 1 year; 5 years
  • Specialization: U.S. Law ; General law

Key Program Features

In the U.S. Legal Studies LLM, students choose from approximately 150 courses offered annually, international students can design their own program of study or, if they wish, obtain a certificate of specialization in Corporate and Regulatory Compliance, Energy and Environmental Law, Financial Services Regulation, Human Rights, Intellectual Property, , or Tax Law. Our faculty includes recognized experts in all these fields, but perhaps more importantly, many of them also have significant experience teaching at law schools throughout the world.


Individualized attention, integration with U.S. law students, an extensive and flexible program of study, reasonable costs, and an outstanding faculty and location: these are just a few aspects of the LL.M. Program in U.S. Legal Studies that foreign law graduates can expect from the UConn Law.


LL.M. students who obtain good grades may also apply to our J.D. program without having to take the LSAT, and if accepted, can transfer most of their LL.M. credits to their J.D. program. Additional information about LL.M.-J.D. transfer can be found here. The Law School has also established a new S.J.D. program for a small, select group of LL.M. graduates who wish to spend several years on in-depth scholarly research and writing. Additional information about the S.J.D. program can be found on the admissions section of the UConn Law website.



Program Timeline


Term start dates:  August or January


Length of study: Full-Time = 9 credits or more per semester. Part-Time = less than 9 credits per semester


Full-time Enrolment: 2 or 3 semesters. 


Part-Time Enrollment: up to 5 years

Degree requirements

  • Satisfactory completion of 24 credits of approved coursework
  • Satisfactory completion of the LLM writing requirement
  • Required coursework:  U.S. Law and Legal: Institutions (2 credits) and U.S. Law and Legal: Research and Writing (2 credits)


For more information about credits, grading and general academic rules, consult the LLM Academic Regulations.


Approved Elective Courses


Students may choose from a variety of courses in energy law, environmental law and optional clinical courses.  Students work with Professor Peter Lindseth in the program to create an academic program that fits their needs and goals.  A sample of course offerings can be found here


Career Advancement


Candidates work closely with the Director of Graduate and Exchange Programs and a career placement officer to design a program that fulfills academic and professional goals.  Students will also have the opportunity to work with Professor Jennifer Mailly to identify appropriate practice-based learning opportunities in a field placement of the LLM+ program.

LLM Tuition, Fees and Scholarships

The tuition and fees are set forth below along with estimated costs for books, room and board, health insurance, transportation and other miscellaneous costs.


LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies

All Students

Tuition per year

(Full-Time Student – 24 credits)






Room & Board




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Students may apply for merit based scholarships during the admissions process.  There is also a merit-based scholarship application process in the final semester for students who will exceed 24-credits.