Admission is competitive and depends on both your ability and motivation. We also strive for geographic and cultural balance within the class. U.S. and international applicants worldwide are welcome.

The central criterion for admission will be your potential for successful completion of, and contribution to, the program. Important factors to be considered are your overall academic record, particularly in law school; relevant experience; and demonstrated interest in your program of choice.


Degree Requirement

All applicants must have a legal education that meets one of the following conditions:

Applicants who received their legal education in the United States must have a J.D. from a school accredited by the American Bar Association.

Applicants who received their legal education outside of the United States must have a first degree in law (LL.B., B.Law) or credentials to demonstrate equivalent qualification through work experience and their professions. 

For example, those who have passed a bar exam and are practicing lawyers in their own country are usually deemed to have LL.B. equivalence for the purposes of admission to this program.

Work Experience

We generally prefer LL.M. applicants to have some professional work experience.

Language Ability

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. The ways in which proficiency can be demonstrated are outlined in UW Graduate School English Language Proficiency Requirements

Asian Law Program Only: Applicants must be proficient in an Asian language (or a language in which original research on Asian law can be conducted). Proficiency for this purpose means ability equivalent to the level reached after completing a third-year college course.

Application Instructions

To review the University-wide admissions policies that apply to all graduate programs, visit our Graduate School’s guide to understanding the application process.

  1. Applications may be submitted either through LSAC or through UW MyGrad (only one application is required to be submitted either through LSAC or MyGrad):

LSAC Application:  Log in to your account to start your application. Please choose the international application if you anticipate needing an F1 or J1 visa (for any LL.M. program), and choose one of the domestic applications based on your program of choice if you do not need a visa:

International L1: all seven LL.M. Programs
Domestic L2: Asian & Comparative, Global Business, General, Sustainable Int. Development
Domestic L3: Health, Intellectual Property, Tax

MyGrad Application: Fill out an online application, upload the following documents, designate recommenders, and pay the application fee.

Résumé listing educational qualifications, work experience, date of admission to legal practice (if applicable) and any other professional affiliations relevant to the application.

Statement of Purpose (1-2 pages) describing your background, primary area of interest(s), practical or academic experience in the area, career goals, and the educational objectives which you expect to meet through the program.

Transcripts and Degree Statement from all colleges and universities attended.  Please also upload transcripts for in-progress degrees, and also for degrees that you did not complete.

Two (required) or three (maximum) recent letters of recommendation from professors, supervisors, or others who know you and your legal/professional background and can evaluate your capacity for graduate study in the United States. Applications submitted through UW MyGrad cannot be processed for review until at least two recommenders are designated.

  1. Applicants whose native language is not English: submit English Language Proficiency scores or documentation that satisfies the English test score exemption policy, which can be viewed here. Please self-report your scores in the application, along with electronically submitting your test scores to the UW using the following instructions (offers of admission cannot be made until the UW receives the formal scores electronically):
  • Have ETS send your official TOEFL score electronically to Institution Code #4854.
  • Note: The UW is phasing out the usage of IELTS and will not accept scores with a test session date after May 31, 2017. To submit IELTS test scores, first go to their web site. Select the country where the test was taken, then find the city on the list of testing centers and click on the center's name to view its email address. Email the testing center to request that they report your test results into the E-TRF system using the following address:

University of Washington All Campuses
Organization ID 365
Undergrad & Graduate Admissions
Box 355850
Seattle, WA, 98105, USA

3. Interview: You may be required to participate in an interview in person, Skype or by phone after submitting your application.

Application Deadlines for Domestic Applicants:

  • Autumn Quarter – July 1
  • Winter Quarter – November 1
  • Spring Quarter – February 1

Application Deadline for International Applicants:

  • Autumn Quarter – February 15
  • This deadline is for those students who need to obtain a visa. Applicants who are residents of the U.S. or are concurrent JD/LL.M. student at UW will use the deadlines for domestic applicants.

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