Washington and Lee Law LLM Program

Washington and Lee Law LLM Program

The Master of Laws (LLM) program at Washington and Lee University is offered to international students, and does not consist of any pre-defined specialty concentrations (such as taxation, or securities law). Instead, students are free to take the courses available at Washington and Lee University School of Law that suit their interests and career goals.

As stated above, the courses taken during the Washington and Lee University LL.M. Program are chosen by each individual student. All courses are offered at the university’s campus in Lexington, Virginia, which is three hours southwest of Washington, D.C. As of this writing, the program is not offered online or on a long-distance basis.

The program continues for two semesters, and each student must complete 24 credit hours of instruction. Because the program is geared towards international practitioners, the program includes training in legal research methods and tools that are used in the U.S. Students in the LLM program take the same classes as those students in the J.D. program, and are graded under the same standards. In order to graduate, a student in the LLM program must achieve a grade point average of C+ or better.

Courses offered cover a wide variety of topics in the areas of business law, litigation, international law, taxation, and environmental law. International practitioners will find interest in the course catalog, including courses in Transnational Law, International Commercial Litigation, and Arbitration to Human Rights.

Washington and Lee Law LLM Admission

Admissions at Washington and Lee are highly competitive, and applications for admission must be submitted by March 1st. In general, applications should be submitted well in advance of final due dates, however, as they may be considered on a rolling basis and program populations are limited. A complete Washington and Lee LLM applicationincludes:

  • Application submitted through LSAC
  • $100 application fee
  • Official transcripts
  • Official statements of class rank
  • Personal statement
  • Legal writing sample
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL reports*

*For students whose native language is not English, or who did not complete a degree in English, results from your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must be submitted. Minimum required scores are as follows: 600 on the Paper-based test, 250, on the Computer-based test, and 100 on the Internet-based test.

Washington and Lee Law LLM Tuition

Figures for each academic year for the Washington and Lee LLM tuition costs are updated regularly on the law school website.

Students looking for more information on international education funding can view “Study Abroad,” a directory published by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.

International applicants must satisfy a special requirement regarding educational expenses. Sufficient proof of adequate financial resources is required in the form of letters from the applicant, the applicant’s sponsor (if applicable), and the applicant’s financial institution confirming that there are sufficient funds to meet education costs. In the event that an applicant will be paying for school using funds obtained through a scholarship program, the provider must send a letter confirming its commitment to provide the required funds, as well as the amount thereof. These requirements are aimed at preventing financial hardship situations, and are also needed in for visa purposes as well.

Washington and Lee Law LLM Scholarships

The school is only able to offer “limited financial assistance.” Accordingly, students will need to obtain alternative sources of funding. The school also recommends that students explore the possibility of obtaining aid from organizations and foundations in their home countries. However, Washington and Lee University Law School does offer some merit-based scholarships to LLM students.

Washington and Lee Law LLM Employment

The Washington and Lee Law School Office of Career Planning and Professional Development offers many career resources to the school’s students, including resume collection for employers, on- and off-campus interviews in the states of Texas, Southern California, Boston, and New York, video interviews, networking, and help with job searching and career assessment.

Washington and Lee Law LLM Contact

Washington and Lee University
School of Law
Sydney Lewis Hall
Lexington, VA 24450
Phone: (540) 458-8503
Email Washington and Lee University School of Law: llmadm@wlu.edu

Nora V. Demleitner
Dean, School of Law
Phone: (540) 458-8502
Email Nora V. Demleitner: demleitnern@wlu.edu

Shawn McShay
Assistant Dean for Admissions
Phone: (540) 458-8503
Email Washington and Lee University School of Law: lawadm@wlu.edu