Master of Laws, which is a translation of the Latin term Legum Magister.
Students pursue an LLM for many reasons including learning about the American legal system, meeting the requirements to sit for a bar examination to practice law in the state, and gaining legal work experience in new fields.
Will I be eligible to take the bar examination to qualify me to practice law in a particular state?
Either the LLM in Technology and Innovation or the LLM in American Legal Studies can qualify you to take the bar examination in several states, including New York, California, and Washington depending on the courses you select to take. Students who wish to take the bar exam in the United States should carefully review the eligibility requirements of the particular jurisdiction in which the student to take the exam. Students are responsible for determining the requirements of any state bar to which they intend to apply for admission and for arranging their law school curriculum so as to fulfill the bar’s educational requirements. The Director of Graduate Programs will meet with you to create a curriculum designed to meet the requirements of the jurisdiction in which you wish to practice.
To be eligible for admission to the LLM program, candidates must have a law degree from the United States or any other country. Apply online at LSAC.org (a PDF version of the application is available on request through Seattle U Law LLM Programs). You will be required to submit your official transcripts from your law school, a statement of interest, a resume, and others items listed in our application form on LSAC.org.
No. Students applying to the LLM program are not required to submit an LSAT.
Yes. But the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) may be waived for students whose first language is English, or who attended an educational institution in which English was the primary language of instruction, or who worked in an English-speaking environment for one year or more.
Applications are accepted and decisions are made on a rolling basis. To start your program in August, the deadline for international applicants is April 1 and August 1 for domestic applicants. To start in January, the deadline for international applicants is November 1 and December 1 for domestic applicants.
Seattle University Law School charges tuition by credit ($1,772 per credit*). To complete the requirements for the LLM degree, the total cost is $42,528* for 24 credits. You will also incur additional costs including food, housing, and transportation (approximately $25,000).
*2022-23 academic year
A limited number of merit scholarships are available to incoming LLM students. Scholarships are awarded at the time of admission.
International students are not eligible for U.S. federal loans, however there are several private loans available to students:
If accepted, students may begin their studies in the Fall or Spring semester.
Yes. Seattle University School of Law has one of the best internship programs in the country. You can work for one of the over 500 employers in the Seattle-area that provide internships during the semester for Seattle University Law Students for credit. We will also assist you in the process of obtaining an Optional Practical Training (OPT) that will allow you to work in the United States after you graduate for one year.
Each LLM degree program requires a minimum of 24 credits, but students may take additional credits.
Yes, students may complete their studies by attending classes part time or full time.
Yes, the program is designed to accommodate working students who wish to attend classes in the evening.
There are evening class options as well as the option to pursue the degree part-time which might allow a student to work while pursuing their LLM degree.
Full-time students can complete their studies within 9-12 months (2 semesters). Part-time students can complete their studies within 18-24 months (3-4 semesters).
Classes are generally taught in-person though some classes are offered online. Several state bar associations will not allow an applicant to qualify for the bar examination if the applicant took online classes, so it is recommended students determine the requirements of the state bar if they wish to take the examination. The Director of Graduate Programs can assist you with this process.
Yes. Unlike many other law schools, where LLM students are separated from other students, at Seattle University School of Law you are welcome to take courses at the law school with JD students, including clinical courses that provide valuable legal training under the supervision of a faculty member.
Yes. Seattle University School of Law is committed to providing LLM students with individualized counseling and support in preparation for the Uniform Bar Exam. Our Bar Studies program is designed to provide the foundation you need to approach the bar exam with confidence. The Director of International Programs and Graduate Studies will work with you to determine bar eligibility and design a customized course of study for the bar exam. The law school also offers a free, two-month ‘Supplemental Bar Exam’ course twice each year to LLM students and recent graduates to assist you in your bar exam preparation.
Limited on-campus housing is available for LLM students. Once admitted into the LLM program, if you are seeking campus housing, it’s important to apply early. For more information, including information about application procedures, see Housing and Residence Life.
For information about off-campus housing, the law school has compiled a helpful resource guide. See Guide to living in Seattle.
Seattle University School of Law
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall 457
Seattle, WA 98122
For LLM applicants from India, you may also contact:
Manager, Seattle U Law India Office
India: +91 99128 81199
Web: Indo Global Studies LLC