Information for Current Graduate Program Students

Your Handbook: The Graduate Programs office has put together important information related to your studies and life here in Madison.  You will receive a copy of the Handbook for your program at the beginning of the semester. KEEP YOUR HANDBOOK THROUGHOUT YOUR PROGRAM.  IT HAS GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE UW AND THE LAW SCHOOL AND SPECIFIC INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR PROGRAM.  When you have questions about your program, look at the Handbook first to find the answers!  

Here are the links to the LLM Handbook and SJD Handbook (the LLM-LI is currently being put online).

Your visa (international students): If you are on an F-1 (or a J-1) student visa, KNOW THE END DATE on your I-20 (or DS-2019).

If your program is not completed but the end date on your I-20 (or DS-2019) is within 4 weeks of expiring, go the International Student Services office in the Red Gym to find out how to extend your I-20. Do not wait until after your I-20 ends.  Students who have forgotten to check the expiration date have run into problems!  We would like to avoid that happening to you.

UW Rules: The University of Wisconsin has a set of rules for academic and non-academic misconduct. It is your responsibility to be familiar with these rules so please read them and ask questions if there is anything you do not understand. The serious consequences for violating these rules are given as well as the procedures and your rights as a student if you are found to have violated the rules.

Law School Rules: The Law School has its own rules, which can be found at  Many of these rules apply to students in the J.D. program, not to Graduate Program students.  However, the general rules, such as those about attendance in class and exams, apply to all students at the Law School. 

If you are a Graduate Programs student who is taking one or more courses that will have an exam, then read the rules pertaining to exams. You should understand the procedures that operate during the exam period and whom to contact if, for some reason, you need to rearrange your exam schedule.   

For All Graduate Program Students

It is your responsibility as an adult learner to know the program completion requirements of the your program. (These are given in your Handbook.)  Please review the program completion requirements well in advance of your expected graduation date to make sure that you are fulfilling all requirements.  If you have any questions, contact the Graduate Programs office promptly.

For LLM and SJD Students, new and continuing:

Information about the required Weekly Seminar is found at the Quick Updates site.

Directions for Preparing for your Presentation in the LL.M-S.J.D. Seminar

Procedures for Completing Your Research Program Degree (for LL.M. and S.J.D. students)

Formatting Your Thesis or Dissertation (for LL.M. or S.J.D. students)


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