LL.M.-Legal Institutions

Course-based Master's Degree Program

Most master's level students at the Law School are enrolled in the LL.M.- LI degree program. The program is a course-based master's in law for students with a law degree, such as an LL.B., from universities outside the United States.


The LL.M.-LI degree is a program for students who want to learn about American law and common law analysis. The program is composed of two required courses and elective courses chosen from the J.D. curriculum, totaling at least 24 credits. The program can be completed in two semesters, with either fall semester entry (September-May) or spring semester entry (January-December). Below is more information about the program:

Required Courses

The required courses provide an overview of American law and skills in legal analysis:

  • Introduction to American Law - 3 credits
    An overview of American legal institutions and basic areas of American law.
  • Legal Sources - 3 credits
    An introduction to common law analysis and American legal research sources. Emphasis on the use of American cases in legal problem solving. 

Elective Courses

The elective courses allow students the flexibility to design the program around areas of law that are of interest to them. These courses can be selected from the Law School course schedule.

Bar Exam Qualification

LL.M.-LI graduates may qualify to take a bar exam in the United States. Please review The Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements and consult with the jurisdiction's bar admission agency directly for up-to-date information.


Students interested in applying to the LL.M.-LI program have two options to submit their application, either online through LSAC, or by mail and email to the Graduate Programs Office directly.


  • Spring 2019 Application Deadline: October 15, 2018
  • Fall 2019 Application Deadline: March 15, 2019

Online Application

Applicants applying online, will apply through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). Letters of recommendation, official transcripts, and TOEFL or IELTS score reports should be sent to LSAC through the LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS)

Paper Application

Applicants should email their application, personal statement, and resume in PDF format as an attachment to the Graduate Programs Office at GPO@law.wisc.edu.

Application fee should be paid by check or money order and pay to the order of "University of Wisconsin Law School". Application fee, letters of recommendation, and official transcripts should be mailed to the Graduate Programs Office using the following address:

University of Wisconsin Law School
Attn: Graduate Programs Office
975 Bascom Mall, Room 3222
Madison, WI 53706-1399 USA

Application and Required Materials

  • LL.M.-LI application
  • Personal Statement
    • In 1-2 pages, double-spaced, explain why you are applying to the LL.M.-LI program and what you hope to gain from your studies at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Include information such as your prior experience, your current interests, and your future goals.
  • Resume
  • $60 non-refundable application fee
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • Letters of recommendation should be from individuals who can attest to your skills and abilities in an academic or professional capacity.
  • Official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended (undergraduate, law school, etc.)
  • TOEFL or IELTS score report

English Language Proficiency Test Requirement

All applicants are required to take an English Language Proficiency Test whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate degree was not taught in English. 

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    • A score of 92 or higher is recommended
    • Applicants applying with the paper application should have their TOEFL score electronically sent to the University of Wisconsin Law School by using the institutional code C130  
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • A score of 7.0 or higher is recommended
    • Applicants applying with the paper application should contact the test center directly where you took the IELTS test and request that your score be sent electronically to the University of Wisconsin Law School using the IELTS system. An institutional code is not required. All IELTS centers worldwide are able to send scores electronically to our institution.  

Applicants with TOEFL or IELTS scores below the recommended score are still encouraged to apply.  

Wisconsin Residency

If you are claiming Wisconsin residency, complete the Record of Residence form and submit with your application.

Application Status

The Graduate Programs admission committee reviews applications based on the date they are complete, and does so on a rolling basis. Applications are considered complete when the Graduate Programs Office has received all the required documents. Usually, applicants will be notified of a decision within four weeks after the application file is considered complete, but that cannot always be guaranteed. The Graduate Programs Office corresponds with applicants primarily through email, and occasionally by regular mail. 


All LL.M.-LI applicants are considered for a scholarship. Many applicants do receive at least a partial tuition scholarship. Applicants are notified of a scholarship via email at the time they are admitted.

Contact Us

Phone: 1-608-262-9120

Email: GPO@law.wisc.edu


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