Most master's level students at the University of Wisconsin Law School are enrolled in the Master of Laws-Legal Institutions (LL.M.-LI) degree program. This is a course-based Master's degree program in law for students who have received a law degree, such as an LL.B., from a university outside of the United States.


The LL.M.-LI degree is a program for students who want to learn about American law and common law analysis. The program is composed of two required courses and multiple elective courses chosen from the J.D. curriculum, totaling at least 24 credits. The program can be completed in two semesters, with either fall semester entry (September-May) or spring semester entry (January-December). Below is more information about the program:

Required Courses

The required courses provide an overview of American law and skills in legal analysis:

  • Introduction to American Law - 3 credits
    An overview of American legal institutions and basic areas of American law.
  • Legal Sources - 3 credits
    An introduction to common law analysis and American legal research sources. Emphasis on the use of American cases in legal problem solving. 

Elective Courses

Elective courses allow students the flexibility to design the program around areas of law that are of interest to them. These courses are selected from the Law School course schedule.

Bar Exam Qualification

LL.M.-LI graduates may qualify to take a Bar exam in the United States. Please review The Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements and consult with the jurisdiction's bar admission agency directly for up-to-date information.

Application Deadlines

  • October 15, 2020: Spring 2021 Application Deadline
  • May 15, 2020: Fall 2020 Application Deadline

list of Application and Required Materials

  • LL.M.-LI application
  • Personal Statement
    • In 1-2 pages, double-spaced, explain why you are applying to the LL.M.-LI program and what you hope to gain from your studies at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Include information such as your prior experience, your current interests, and your future goals.
  • Resume
  • $60 non-refundable application fee
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • Letters of recommendation should be from individuals who can attest to your skills and abilities in an academic or professional capacity.
  • Official transcripts
    • Submit official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended (undergraduate, law school, etc.). If transcripts are not in English, submit certified translations with them.
  • TOEFL or IELTS score (see English Language Proficiency Test Requirement section below)

Instructions for Submission of APPLICATION & Required Materials

Applicants have two options for submitting the application and required materials:

  1. Submitting to LSAC or
  2. Directly submitting to the Graduate Programs Office (GPO)


Applicants may apply online through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). You will need to create an LSAC LLM account, if you have not already. Complete the application for the semester you wish to apply for by clicking the LL.M.-LI LSAC application link below. You will upload your personal statement and resume before submitting your application. You will pay the application fee via credit card when you are ready to submit your completed application.

Applicants who select this option should have their letters of recommendation, official transcripts, and TOEFL or IELTS score sent to LSAC through the LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS). Review information about submitting English Language Proficiency Test scores to LSAC.


Alternatively, applicants may apply directly to the Graduate Programs Office. Complete the appropriate application for the semester you wish to apply for by clicking the corresponding link below. You will upload your personal statement and resume before submitting your application. 

Applicants who select this option should have their letters of recommendation, official transcripts, application fee, and TOEFL or IELTS score sent directly to the Graduate Programs Office (GPO). Please follow the instructions for each item below:

  • Letters of Recommendation- applicants should have their recommenders email letters of recommendation as a PDF attachment to the Graduate Programs Office at
  • Official Transcripts- applicants should have their official transcripts 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

  • Application Fee- applicants should have a check for $60 made payable to UW Law School and mail it to the Graduate Programs Office, using the same address above.
  • English Language Proficiency Test Scores (only accepted electronically):
    • TOEFL score- applicants should have their TOEFL score electronically sent to the University of Wisconsin Law School by using the institutional code C130  
    • IELTS score- applicants should contact the test center directly where they took the IELTS test and request that their test score be sent to the following E-Delivery account using the IELTS system. All IELTS centers worldwide are able to send scores electronically to our institution. You must provide the following information to the test center where you took the test when requesting your score:
      • E-Delivery Account Name: University of Wisconsin Law School
      • Address (associated with E-Delivery account): 975 Bascom Mall, Madison, WI 53706


All applicants are required to take an English Language Proficiency Test, whose first language is not English, to adequately demonstrate English competency as part of the application process. We accept TOEFL or IELTS scores. 

Applicants with TOEFL or IELTS scores below the recommended score are still encouraged to apply.  

Wisconsin Residency

The Graduate Programs Office will email you instructions to complete the Record of Residence Form online.

Application Status

The Graduate Programs admission 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 materials.

Usually, applicants will be notified of a decision within four weeks after the application file is considered complete, but that cannot always be guaranteed. The Graduate Programs Office corresponds with applicants primarily through email, and occasionally by regular mail. 


All LL.M.-LI applicants are considered for a scholarship. Many applicants do receive at least a partial tuition scholarship. Applicants are notified of a scholarship via email at the time they are admitted.

Contact Us



Mailing Address

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

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