Program Design

The General Law LL.M. program requires completion of 40 quarter credits during a minimum of three quarters (nine months) of full-time study and residence in Seattle. Students may elect to study for longer than three quarters. Though the program is designed for full-time study, in some situations part-time study may be possible.

The General Law LL.M. curriculum features:

  • A minimum of core courses including a foundational theory and method seminar; a legal studies writing seminar; and an introduction to the American legal system and research methods course (non-U.S. trained students only)
  • A maximum of elective courses designed to meet each student's personal interests and career goals
  • An independent major research paper in an area of law of interest to the student. A UW School of Law faculty member who shares your area of interest provides the necessary supervision, either in conjunction with a seminar or in the context of an independent study

Core Courses

A Foundational Theory and Method Seminar approved by the General LL.M. program director and selected from a wide range of seminars and courses focusing on theoretical and interdisciplinary perspectives on law to meet each student's individual interests and goals.

A Legal Studies Writing Seminar approved by the General LL.M. program director and culminating in the submission of a major research paper, such as:

  • Graduate Writing Seminar
  • Advanced Research & Writing Seminar
  • A seminar approved by the General LL.M. program director combined with faculty supervised independent research credits

American Legal System and Method. Students holding a foreign law degree are also required to complete the Law B550A American Legal System and Method course. It provides a systematic and structured examination of the U.S. legal system and is designed to introduce students to the methods and materials for legal analysis, research and writing on U.S. law.

Elective Courses

UW School of Law offers a broad choice of courses across a wide range of fields. Students may pursue cross-cutting and interdisciplinary studies or focus their studies in a particular substantive area, such as:

  • American Legal System
  • Constitutional and administrative law
  • Criminal justice system
  • Dispute resolution
  • Estates and Family Relations
  • Labor and employment law
  • Legal Theory
  • Public Service Law

Students are free to choose their own courses, depending on their areas of interest, with the approval of the Program Director. Most second and third year J.D. program courses and courses offered as part of other LL.M. programs are open to General Law LL.M. students.

The selection of courses varies from year to year depending on course availability. For detailed course descriptions please see the Course Catalog.