Wake Forest LLM


Wake Forest LLM Program

The Wake Forest LLM program is primarily intended for international lawyers hoping to advance their careers with a knowledge of U.S. law and the American legal system. The program is designed to be one year in length, though students can choose to lengthen this period of time with approval of the director of the program. To receive the degree, LLM students must take 24 credits and have a minimum 2.0 cumulative average. For the most part, students are free to tailor their course of study to their individual academic and professional interests. Wake Forest Law School advises students planning to pursue the following concentrations:

Students can choose from a full range of JD course offerings to tailor their study. Only four courses are required for the degree: Introduction to American Law and Legal Research & Writing for International Lawyers, in addition to a class chosen from the first-year J.D. curriculum, and a 2-credit writing requirement. The writing requirement can be fulfilled by writing an independent thesis with faculty supervision or as part of a seminar course. Students who write the thesis without the seminar have to take a class called Scholarly Writing for International Lawyers. Graduates from the program include general counsels, government officials, private attorneys, in-house attorneys, judges, and candidates for the S.J.D. degree. Upon completion of the Wake Forest LLM degree, graduates are prepared to pursue careers in a wide range of areas, from public policy and service to corporate law and investment banking to litigation and a whole host of other niches within the field of international law.

Wake Forest LLM Admissions

The application period for the Wake Forest LLM program opens on September 1 and the deadline to submit applications is April 30. Though Wake Forest uses a rolling admissions process, applicants are encouraged to submit their materials as early as possible. The following materials are required as part of a complete application package:

  • Application form submitted online through LSAC or mailed to the admissions office
  • $75 application fee, waived for LSAC applications but must be paid by check, money order, or wire transfer if submitting by mail
  • Official academic transcripts
  • Personal statement (1-2 pages)
  • Resume
  • TOEFL score report, with minimum score of 600 paper-based or 100 Internet-based
  • Financial documentation (bank statements and sponsorship/scholarship letters). Applicants without high enough scores may be admitted conditionally upon enrollment in an ESL course such as the university’s 5-week summer ELSE (English Language Skills Enhancement) program or through the InterLink Language Center at the nearby University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
  • Certification letter (if applying by email) confirming that all documents submitted are accurate

Wake Forest LLM Tuition

Wake Forest LLM tuition is posted each year on the law school website. Students will also be charged for student health, a graduation fee, and a technology fee. Additional expenses to factor in include: books and supplies, food, student health insurance, personal expenses, room and utilities, and transportation.

Wake Forest LLM Scholarships

Wake Forest Law School offers merit-based scholarships for international LLM students. All applicants are automatically considered for these scholarships. However, because funds are limited, students are encouraged to look into additional sources of financial aid. To find out more about scholarships for LLM students, visit our LLM Scholarships page.

Wake Forest LLM Employment

LLM students have access to the resources of Wake Forest Law School’s Office of Career and Professional Development such as workshops, career advising, help with writing resumes and cover letters, and internship listings. Wake Forest Law School participates in the International Student Interview Program. online internship database, eligible to sit for the New York bar exam. View profiles of alumni by class year.

Wake Forest LLM contact

International Graduate Programs
Wake Forest University School of Law
Box 7206
1834 Wake Forest Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7206 USA
Phone: (336) 758-6116
Email the Wake Forest LLM Program: LLM@wfu.edu

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