Cost of the W&M LL.M. Degree

Estimated Total Cost of Attendance for the 2023-2024 Academic Year*

This chart is designed to give you an approximate idea of the total costs of the degree program. Please note that these are only indicative figures, and the actual costs may be higher than those listed below.

Table showing approximate the total costs

Virginia Residents





 University Fees

 $ 6,868


 Living Allowance**






International Orientation & Service Fees



 Total Estimated Cost of Attendance



*The Cost of Attendance is the estimated total cost for the nine months (two semesters) that one is enrolled in law school.  It is important to note that students, if eligible, may borrow up to, but not exceed, the Cost of Attendance as determined by each school.  For additional tuition information, please review the university tuition website.

**The living allowance noted includes rent (on-campus), utilities, food, transportation and miscellaneous personal expenses.

Residency Eligibility for In-State Tuition 

Eligibility for in-state tuition at William & Mary is determined by § 23-7.4 of the Code of Virginia. The Code specifies that you must demonstrate your residency in Virginia for at least one year immediately preceding the first day of classes, and an intent to remain in Virginia indefinitely.

Applicants are required to submit the Application for Virginia In-State Tuition Privileges to the University Registrar, regardless of how long you have lived in Virginia, for assessment of eligibility.

More information about domicile in the Commonwealth of Virginia can be found on the University Registrar's website. Students who receive in-state tuition after having previously been designated an out-of-state student will have their scholarship prorated based on new tuition amounts. 


William & Mary Law School offers a small number of discretionary scholarships for the on-campus LL.M. Program in American Legal Studies. The probability of receiving aid through the Law School depends on the availability of funds and applicant qualifications. All scholarship decisions are based on merit without regard to financial need. Scholarships will not be adjusted at any time due to a student's change in financial circumstances. Upon matriculation, all scholarship awards are final and non-negotiable. Students must be prepared to pay necessary travel, living and educational expenses from outside sources.

All LL.M. applicants are considered for discretionary scholarships at time of application, unless fully funded through an external source. A separate LL.M. scholarship application is not required.

What additional aid is available to international students?
Although some scholarships are offered to LL.M. students, they are limited in number. Most of our students use individual or family savings and resources to fund their LL.M. Program expenses. Some international students have been funded by their current employers for career enhancement. 

Students should not rely on securing outside employment in the U.S. for themselves or their spouse as a means of financing their studies. Current U.S. immigration laws restrict the ability of foreign nationals to accept employment in the United States while studying.

Students may browse additional scholarship information here (pdf). Students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents, or who have exhausted all options for federal loans or aid, may also want to explore private loan options here.