Asian & Comparative Law LL.M.

Legal practice and legal policy today are interdisciplinary and global. Lawyers need a sophisticated understanding of legal and regulatory systems beyond their own in order to advise and lead in a complex world of global challenges. We educate lawyers for this changing world.

A long tradition

The Asian and Comparative Law LL.M. program has a long and rich history as the first of the UW Law's graduate law programs. Founded over 50 years ago, our Asian Law Center is recognized internationally as a center for research, scholarship and education in Asian and comparative law. Our strong ties with China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia and Thailand, as well as the Islamic world, ensure a stimulating, collaborative environment for the future leaders in Asian and Comparative Law.

Learn to navigate a global society

Our goal is to train students to become world-class lawyers, able to transition from one legal system to another, bridging the gap between civil law and common law systems. The program is for law practitioners and other legal professionals from various countries who wish to learn U.S. law, and for U.S. students to deepen their understanding of the laws of various Asian countries. Graduates from the program are uniquely prepared for the complexities of global society and adept at navigating legal and cultural norms of the U.S. and Asia.


In this program, students will build professional competence in the substantive laws of one or more Asian jurisdictions and develop comparative legal research and writing skills.

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LLM student Amy Yixuan Chen, sitting outside William H. Gates Hall

I love the class discussions because they inform me of laws in other countries, inspire me with further questions and help me understand the rules in my own country much better. What’s more, after seven years in law school in China, I also learned Chinese law more deeply.

Amy Yixuan Chen, Asian and Comparative Law LL.M. student