LL.M. and S.J.D.

Research-based Degree Programs


The University of Wisconsin Law School's research-based programs are strictly a research and writing program designed for those who have already received a basic law degree from an American law school or an equivalent degree (e.g., LL.B.) from a university outside the U.S. The LL.M. and S.J.D. are primarily of value to those planning on a career as a legal scholar or researcher.

Students are expected to complete the LL.M. and S.J.D. degree in 4 years total. There is no direct entry into the S.J.D. program.


Deadline for Fall 2019: March 1, 2019

To apply for the LL.M. and S.J.D. degree program, an applicant should submit the following by mail and email to the Graduate Programs Office:

  • LL.M./S.J.D. application
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • Research Proposal
  • $60 non-refundable application fee
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended (undergraduate, law school, etc.)
  • TOEFL or IELTS score report

Applicants should email their application, personal statement, resume, and research proposal 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

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 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 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.


Applicants who are admitted to the LL.M./S.J.D. degree program, will have an advisor selected for them by the Graduate Programs Committee based on research proposal topic. 

Financial Aid

Applicants are encouraged to seek funding and financial aid from additional sources. The University of Wisconsin Law School has some financial aid available to LL.M./S.J.D. students. Requests for financial aid can be made on the LL.M./S.J.D. application when applying. Applicants will be notified if they are to receive a scholarship via email, shortly after they are admitted.

Contact Us

Email: GPO@law.wisc.edu

Phone: 1-608-262-9120

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