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:
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 allow students the flexibility to design the program around areas of law that are of interest to them. These courses can be 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.
- October 15, 2019: Spring 2020 Application Deadline
- March 15, 2020: Fall 2020 Application Deadline
Application and Required Materials
- LL.M.-LI application (click here to access the Spring or Fall 2020 application)
- Spring 2020 application NOW AVAILABLE
- Fall 2020 application will be available September 1, 2019
- 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.
- $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 below)
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY TEST REQUIREMENT
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.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)- A score of 92 or higher is recommended
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS)- A score of 7.0 or higher is recommended
Applicants with TOEFL or IELTS scores below the recommended score are still encouraged to apply.
All applicants will 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 above LL.M.-LI application link. You will upload your personal statement and resume before submitting your application. You will pay the application fee when you are ready to submit your completed application.
Applicants have two options for submitting the rest of their required materials- submitting to LSAC through LLM CAS or directly submitting to the Graduate Programs Office (GPO).
LSAC Submission of required materials
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). Additional instructions about submitting English Language Proficiency Test scores to LSAC can be found here.
Direct Submission of REquired Materials to GPO
Applicants who select this option should have their letters of recommendation, official transcripts, 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 GPO@law.wisc.edu.
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
English Language Proficiency Test Scores (only accepted electronically):
- TOEFL score- applicants should have theirTOEFL 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
If you are claiming Wisconsin residency, the Graduate Programs Office will email you the Record of Residence form for you to complete.
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 documents.
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.
University of Wisconsin Law School
Attn: Graduate Programs Office
975 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706