Sustainable International Development LLM


SID LLM students take several core courses followed by their choice of optional electives for their course of study. Additionally, students are encouraged to take courses offered by other schools at the UW, including the Evans School of Public Affairs, Jackson School of International Studies, School of Public Health, and Foster Business School.

JD students may be eligible for the concurrent LLM with little more than one extra quarter in residence.

Part-time enrollment options available.

Core Courses

  • Law and Development: History and Theories
  • Legal Problems in Economic Development (Seminar Focused on Professional Writing)
  • Leadership in Sustainability Colloquium
  • International Environmental Law, International Human Rights or Rule of Law in a Global Context
  • American Legal System & Method (for lawyers trained outside of the U.S.)

Sample Electives

  • Chinese Law
  • Climate Change Law
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Feminist Jurisprudence
  • Health and Human Rights
  • Immigration Law
  • Indigenous Economic Development and the Law
  • Indigenous Governance Law
  • International and Foreign Law Research
  • International Contracting
  • International Development Practicum (field placement)
  • International Human Rights Clinic
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Trade Law
  • Islamic Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Public International Law
  • Theories and Tools for Combating Corruption
  • Transnational Commercial Law
  • Water Law
  • Women, Poverty and Natural Resource Management

Experiential and Hands-On Learning*

  • Development Innovations Lab
  • Global Development Law and Policy Workshop
  • International Development Practicum — Externship/Field Placement
  • International Human Rights Clinic

*Requires application and admission.

The Indigenous Rights Concentration Track Curriculum differs slightly. Learn more about the Indigenous Rights Concentration Track.