Information for Current LL.M./S.J.D. Students

Enrolling in Directed Research (Law 990)

All LL.M/S.J.D. students will be notified via email from the Graduate Programs Office when they are able to enroll in Directed Research each semester. The email will contain the class number to the specific section of Directed Research associated with students' advisors. Instructions on how to add courses by class number and enroll can be viewed here.

Fall Semester Research Seminars

Attendance to the fall semester research seminars is required for all first-year LL.M./S.J.D. students. All other LL.M./S.J.D. students are highly encouraged to attend the research seminars. The Graduate Programs Office will email a schedule of the research seminars at the beginning of each semester, once the schedule is finalized.

Spring Semester Peer Presentation Workshops

Attendance at the spring semester peer presentation workshops is required for all LL.M./S.J.D. students. The Graduate Programs Office will email students at the beginning of the spring semester to create a schedule of those that are interested in presenting. The Graduate Programs Office will email a finalized schedule prior to the start of the workshops.  

Grant Funding Request Form

The Graduate Programs Committee oversees a limited amount of discretionary funds for small individual grants to research graduate students. These funds are meant to support extraordinary research opportunities and activities that are not already available to you within or near the Law School, such as presenting a paper at a conference or undertaking research that cannot be done in Madison. The purpose for which funds are requested must be directly relevant to your research and supported by your advisor. Funding will be granted on a case-by-case basis, at the discretion of the Committee and its Chair.

Submit the Grant Funding Request form as a scanned copy to the Graduate Programs office at at least 6-8 weeks before the event/trip.

International Student Services and Visa Information 

For information regarding F-1 and J-1 visas, please review the Current Students section of the International Student Services (ISS) website. ISS strives to keep all current international students with F-1 and J-1 visas up to date on their legal responsibilities in the U.S. If after reading this information you still have questions, please feel free to contact ISS for more detailed information. If you have an F-1 or J-1 student visa, you are responsible to know the end date on your I-20 or DS-2019.

If you have not completed your program by the end date on your I-20 or DS-2019, please email the Graduate Programs Office to find out how to extend your I-20 or DS-2019.

Information regarding OPT can be found on the ISS website here.

Additional Resources 

Research Programs Handbook

LL.M./S.J.D. Handbook (currently being updated)

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