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Domestic Applicants

Deadline: January 15 of the year of proposed admission

Application Procedure

Fill out an online application, upload the following documents (or mail directly to the program), 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). Please state the reasons for wishing to undertake Ph.D. studies, your area(s) of research interest, and future career plans.
      • Dissertation Proposal (5-10 pages). The proposal should be detailed enough to show your understanding of your field of interest and the need for new, original research.
      • Writing Sample (your LL.M. paper or a published article).
      • Official Transcripts and Degree Statement (including date of graduation and title of academic degree awarded) from all colleges and universities attended. Please also upload transcripts for in-progress degrees, and also for degrees that you did not complete. Admitted students will be required to have one of their official transcripts with degree statement (usually LL.M.) sent directly to the UW from the degree granting institution.
      • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation are required. In the online application, designate two recommenders who can best evaluate your capacity for graduate study in the United States, preferably law faculty or other law professionals. Once you designate your recommenders you can choose whether to have them email their letters or postal mail them. The letters should be on University or Company letterhead and should be signed and sealed on the exterior by the recommender. There is no specific form for the recommendation letter.
      • Interview: In addition to submitting a full application, you may be asked to schedule an in-person or phone interview with the Ph.D. Program Director and/or potential faculty supervisors as part of the application process.

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