How To Apply to the LLM-Legal Institutions Program

Application Deadlines

The LLM-LI application deadlines have passed. The Spring 2019 application will be available mid-summer.

Fall 2018 Application Deadline: March 15, 2018
Spring 2018 Application Deadline: October 15, 2017


Thank you for your interest in the LLM-Legal Institutions program at the University of Wisconsin Law School! The LLM-Legal Institutions program is designed particularly for those whose legal education is from outside the United States and who want to take courses in U.S. law, including common law analysis, as well as international law. 

If you are not already familiar with the program and costs, please read about the LLM-Legal Institutions program before filling out the application. There are several links that will give you helpful information about the program, including the program requirements and answers to frequently asked questions. You may also want to know details about expenses of the program.

To apply for the LLM-Legal Institutions program, an applicant should submit the required documents through LSAC or by mail. If you apply online through LSAC, the LLM Credential Assembly Service (CAS) arranges for letters of recommendation, transcripts, and English proficiency exam scores to be sent to Law Schools. You can learn more about LSAC's Credential Assembly Service here

  • Submit a completed LLM-LI application. A paper application can be mailed or emailed (see address below) or the application can be completed online through LSAC ( If you are completing a paper application, it is recommended to download the application form and save onto your computer. You may open the form in Adobe and type on the application and save. 

  • If you are claiming Wisconsin residency, please complete a Record of Residence form and submit with your application. 
  • A personal statement-a statement that tells us why you are interested in the LLM-LI program. (up to 2 pages, double-spaced). 
  • Resume, in English
  • Pay $56 application fee (via mailed check or online through LSAC).
  • In separately signed and sealed envelopes, submit three original letters of reference. The back of the envelopes should have the signature or stamp of the recommender. The letters should be on letterhead and should have a waiver attached.
  • Official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended (undergraduate, law school, etc.) 
  • Official TOEFL (or IELTS) score report. 

Please have original letters of reference (with waivers), TOEFL or IELTS score reports, and official transcripts (not scans or copies) mailed to the Graduate Programs office if you are completing a paper application:

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

If you are submitting an application online through LSAC, please send original letters of reference, official TOEFL or IELTS score reports, and official transcripts to LSAC through the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). The application must be submitted electronically by or before 11:59 p.m. on March 15, 2018 for Fall 2018 admission; or by or before 11:59 p.m. on October 15, 2017 for Spring 2018 admission. 

Application Status:

The Graduate Admissions 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. The Graduate Programs Office notifies applicants when the application is complete. Usually, applicants will be notified of a decision within eight weeks after the application file is considered complete, but that cannot always be guaranteed. We correspond with applicants primarily through email, and occasionally by regular mail. Please email the Graduate Programs office with any address changes to prevent missing important notices sent during the admission process.

Address and Contact Information:

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


Phone: +1 (608) 262-9120

Office Hours:
Monday through Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

A note for international students: Most international students enter the U.S. on a student visa (“F-1” visa). To apply for the F-1 visa, the student needs a document called the “I-20” from the educational institution (in this case, the University of Wisconsin-Madison).

Once an international student is admitted to the LLM-Legal Institutions program, the Graduate Programs Office will communicate with the student by email to begin the process of preparing the student’s I-20 document. For the I-20 to be prepared, the international student must be admitted to the LLM-Legal Institutions program and must provide original financial documents that show sufficient funds for the tuition and cost of living expenses connected to the program. The financial information for the program can be found here and information from the UW-Madison International Student Services office can be found here.

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