LL.M. Degree (for non-U.S. lawyers)

LLM students outside William & Mary

Welcome to the College of William & Mary Law School's LL.M. Degree program!   Our flexible start date allows students to begin in the fall or spring!

Our innovative LL.M. program is designed for foreign-educated students and attorneys who want a comprehensive overview of the American legal system. We have been welcoming students from all over the world, since 1989.

Our traditional two-semester, full-time program begins in the fall or spring semester and ends with graduation in mid-May or December.  All students must take a series of classes about the American legal system in mid-August or early-January, during the week prior to the start of the semester in which you enter the LLM program.  Our new three-semester, full-time LL.M. program allows students three semesters of coursework, including a specialization in a chosen legal field.

Our LL.M. students create their own program of study by either choosing a broad survey of courses or focusing on one of our many practice areas, such as business law or environmental law. Unlike many LL.M. programs, our students take classes with their J.D. student colleagues. Many also take the coursework necessary to qualify them to sit for the New York State Bar or other Bar Examinations.

We encourage admitted LL.M. students to enroll in the Legal Advantage Program, which is offered from mid-July to mid-August.  This optional program is designed to help students become accustomed to the rigorous demands of law school in the United States and to improve English communication skills.

Education at William & Mary is not limited to the classroom. Throughout the year, we offer many programs and activities to enhance our students' legal study. LL.M. students have access to all of the conferences and lectures held at the Law School (such as the Supreme Court Preview in the fall), and a number of special events organized just for them.

Apply now to join the William & Mary family!