Why Choose William & Mary

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Highlights of Both Programs (On-campus and Online options available)
  • Strong tradition of excellence in legal education - William & Mary is the first law school in the United States (established 1779).
  • Outstanding faculty includes prominent legal scholars, subject matter experts, and leading practitioners.
  • Access to LLM-specific career resources and extensive alumni network in every state in the U.S. and over 50 countries worldwide.
  • Curriculum is customizable to meet academic and professional goals. Students considering a bar exam after graduation are encouraged to review the National Conference of Bar Examiners guide to U.S. Bar Exam requirements.
  • Focus on practical experience in legal writing, research and fundamental lawyering skills that will support transactional or litigation-focused practices.
  • Events hosted throughout the year (both in-person and virtual) with professors and lawyers from corporations, law firms, NGOs and the judiciary. 
Equity, Inclusion & Belonging
  • William & Mary Law School is a community that values equity, inclusivity, and the pursuit of justice.
  • Our community embraces people of different backgrounds, identities, abilities, beliefs, and viewpoints. This breadth strengthens and enriches our Law School and the legal profession as a whole.
  • We equally value every member of the Law School community; each must feel that they fully belong. Learn more about Equity, Inclusion & Belonging at William & Mary Law School.
Residential (On-Campus) Program
  • Full-time program can be completed in one academic year (two consecutive semesters).
  • Earn 24 credits with one required course (Legal Writing & Research).
  • Students have maximum flexibility to select classes based on their educational and career goals and/or to prepare for a U.S. Bar Examination. Most classes are taught in-person in the law school building.
  • LLM students may participate in William & Mary's externship program and earn course credit while gaining work experience at law firms, corporations, non-profits and other organizations.
  • The LLM is not intended as a U.S. bar examination preparation course. Previous LLM graduates have chosen to take a U.S. Bar Exam after graduation. The most common jurisdictions are NY, CA, DC, and TX.
  • Williamsburg, VA is an affordable community with high quality of life amenities, including a graduate student housing facility next to the law school and over 50 student organizations open to LLM students. Find out more about life in Williamsburg.
100% Online Program
  • Part-time program can be completed in less than 24 months studying year-round (4 semesters including summer).
  • Earn 25 credits with two requirements - Legal Writing & Research and Professional Responsibility.
  • All courses specifically designed for the online format and can be completed 100% asynchronously from any location in any time zone.
  • Opportunities are integrated throughout the curriculum to connect and interact live with professors and fellow students.
  • The Online LLM program is not intended as a U.S. bar examination preparation course. A small number of U.S. jurisdictions allow foreign-trained attorneys with online course credits to sit for the bar exam. Students interested in taking a U.S. bar exam are strongly encouraged to review the relevant jurisdiction's application requirements. 


Contact the LL.M. Admissions Office at [[llmadm]] for information on how to enroll.