Research-Based Degree Programs
The University of Wisconsin Law School's research-based degree programs are strictly designed for those who have received a law degree from an American law school, or an equivalent degree from a university outside of the United States (e.g., LL.B.).
Students are expected to complete the LL.M./S.J.D. degree program in 4 years total and there is no direct entry into the S.J.D. program. There is only Fall admission for the LL.M./S.J.D. degree program and admission is not rolling.
The LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees are generally of value to those planning on a career as a legal scholar or researcher.
The research-based degree programs do not require any coursework and primarily involve completing research and writing, along with mandatory attendance at seminars and workshops.
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.