UC Davis LLM


UC Davis LLM Program

The UC Davis LLM program is for international law graduates who want to become familiar with the U.S. legal system and gain specialized knowledge in a certain area of law. The goal of the program is to prepare international lawyers for a globalized economy with knowledge of transnational law and economics. Awarding of the degree is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of 20 units, including the required one-unit course Introduction to Legal Research, two-unit course Introduction to Law in the United States, and a legal research and writing project. The UC Davis LLM program runs for one full academic year, starting in late August and ending in May.

UC Davis Summer LLM in International Commercial Law

The UC Davis Summer LLM in International Commercial Law is for international and U.S. lawyers who cannot commit to one full year of academic study, or who are seeking a degree program more focused on international business and trade law, with a more comparative study of U.S. law than the regular UC Davis LLM program. The UC Davis summer LLM can be taken part-time for anywhere from two to five summers in six-week periods of study. To complete the degree, all LLM in International Commercial Law students must complete the Orientation in U.S.A. Law program, the American Legal System Research Seminar, two international commercial law specialized seminars, intensive master’s level electives in international law topics, and a capstone writing project.

UC Davis LLM Admissions

Applications to the UC Davis LLM program can be submitted online through LSAC, through the UC Davis website, or by mail. The admissions committee begins to review LLM applications in January and encourages candidates to apply by January 10, though it continues to accept applications until the UC Davis LLM deadline of August 15. The UC Davis LLM deadline for applications for the summer LLM is May 31, and the application period opens in October of the prior year.

  • Application form
  • Application fee
  • Official academic transcripts in both original language and English translation
  • Personal summary (describing your personal history, especially detailing how you came to be interested in law)
  • Statement of purpose (stating why you are seeking a law master’s degree at UC Davis)
  • Resume or CV
  • 3 Letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores

UC Davis LLM Tuition

UC Davis LLM tuition can be found on the website. Students will also be charged for graduate student health care costs.

UC Davis LLM Scholarships

Information about scholarships at the UC Davis School of Law can be found here. To find out more about sources of financial aid for LLM students, visit our LLM Scholarships page.

UC Davis LLM Employment

UC Davis LLM students are welcome to take advantage of the King Hall Career Services Office and all of its resources in their career searches, including four advisors who are retired practicing attorneys, career advising, workshops, resume and cover letter critique, on-campus interviews, panels, events, in-house employment listings, and alumni-led mock interviews.

UC Davis LLM Contact

Cyntia Spencer, LL.M. Admissions Officer
School of Law
UC Davis Extension Building
1333 Research Park Dr.
Davis, CA 95618-4852
Phone: (530) 757-8569
Email Cyntia Spencer: caspencer@ucdavis.edu

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