Washington University in St. Louis LLM

Washington University in St. Louis LLM Program

Our partner Washington University in St. Louis School of Law offers four LLM programs. The LLM programs are designed to give lawyers the opportunity either to gain specialized knowledge in a specific field, as with the LLM in Tax and the LLM in Intellectual Property, or to design their own broad curriculum, as with the LLM in U.S. Law for Foreign Lawyers. The law school also offers a general LLM which allows for students to tailor their own course of study and concentration. An LLM can be valuable preparation for a variety of career paths in specialized legal fields. The LLM in Tax and Negotiation and Dispute Resolution are primarily intended for U.S. law graduates, though foreign law graduates may also be admitted on the basis of an outstanding application, academic record, and relevant experience.

Each program requires the completion of 24 credit hours to receive the degree, and all international law graduates must take the two semester-long course Introduction to U.S. Law & Legal Methods, which familiarizes students with U.S. law and the American legal system, as well as legal research, analysis, and writing skills. Students must also take a Fundamentals of U.S. Civil Procedure and Contracts course specially designed for foreign-trained lawyers. A two-week orientation in August kicks off the program, which gives the students a chance to become acquainted with the law school’s facilities, with their fellow LLM and JD students and professors, and with legal concepts which they will explore further throughout the LLM program. Washington University Law School is also known for its outstanding faculty, all of whom are renowned experts in their fields.

Washington University in St. Louis LLM Tax

The Washington University LLM in Tax program is perfect for lawyers intending to enter or strengthen their tax law practice and allows them to obtain the necessary preparation to do so. The program size is kept intentionally small, and is usually made up of less than 10 students. To obtain the degree, students must take their full 24 credits from the tax curriculum and receive grades higher than 79 in any given course, including the required courses Corporate Tax, Federal Income Tax, Partnership Tax or Pass through Business Taxation. The program can be completed over one year on a full-time basis or in up to four years on a part-time basis. In addition to their academics, the Tax program gives students the opportunity to receive externship placements in corporations, law firms, consulting firms, government organizations, and think tanks.

Washington University in St. Louis LLM Online – LLM in U.S. Law for Foreign Lawyers

More information about the online LLM can be found on the @WashULaw LLM page.

Washington University in St. Louis LLM on Campus – LLM in U.S. Law for Foreign Lawyers

The LLM in U.S. Law for Foreign Lawyers campus program is designed for lawyers whose career goals would benefit from an understanding of both the theory and practice of U.S. and international law. Attorneys who plan to practice in the U.S., serve U.S. companies, firms, or clients doing business in the U.S., or, conversely, American clients in international settings, are especially suited to the program. Students will also gain English language skills, familiarity with American culture, and international contacts, all of which are immensely valuable professional assets to international attorneys just embarking on their careers.

Because of the program’s flexibility, students have the freedom to choose courses and appropriate their course of study to suit their needs, whether they seek a generalized overview of U.S. and international law or a self-designed concentration in a field such as corporate law or environmental law. Upon completing the degree, students are qualified to sit for the New York Bar exam. The program is typically completed full-time over the course of one academic year, or two semesters. Students can also apply to transfer to the JD program after finishing the LLM program, in which case they would enter as second-year JD students and potentially graduate in two additional years as most of the LLM degree credits transfer.

The Washington University LLM Program also is one of few U.S. programs to offer a judicial observation program, which gives LLM students the opportunity to sit with a federal judge or state court for four to six weeks in the post-graduation summer. Students in this program have been able to take part in pretrial motions, jury selections, sentencing hearings, and writing memoranda.

Washington University in St. Louis LLM Intellectual Property and Technology Law

The Washington University LLM in Intellectual Property Law is appropriate for lawyers who want to gain an understanding of intellectual property law and the policy issues affecting the field from both a U.S. and international perspective. The total 24 credits required for the degree must be completed from the Intellectual Property curriculum, and this may include 6 credits in a specialized area such as microbiology or information technology. Students must also take a seminar with a significant research paper component, which takes the place of a thesis requirement. The program takes place over one-year and is open to both JD and foreign-educated law graduates. To supplement their class training, students can pursue moot court activities and internships and in-house counsel positions at law firms during the academic year or summers.

Washington University in St. Louis LLM Negotiation & Dispute Resolution

Th Washington University LLM in Negotiation & Dispute Resolution program is ideal for lawyers planning to pursue careers as mediators, negotiators, arbitrators, diplomats, advocates, ombudspersons, or in business, policy, or law practice on local, national, or international scopes. To receive the degree, 15 of the 24 total credits must be taken from the program curriculum, and a grade of or higher than 79 must be achieved in each course. The program can be taken full-time for one year or part-time for four. The department is one of the largest in the country, and students can participate in more than 25 internships, competitions, courses, and seminars.

Washington University in St. Louis LLM Admission

All applicants must have a law degree from their home country, and a strong academic record to show that they are capable of handling the rigors of the LLM program. The admissions committee also looks favorably on applicants with at least two years of work experience. A complete application for the program includes:

  • Application form
  • TOEFL score report (suggested above 250 computer-based, 100 Internet-based, or 600 paper-based, IELTS above 7.5, or ILEC above C1 Pass)
  • Letters of recommendation (2)
  • Application essays (2)
  • Official transcripts in original language and in English
  • $70 application fee paid by credit card, check, or online

Application deadlines vary by program. The deadline for the LLM in IP and the LLM in US Law for Foreign Lawyers is May 15, and for the LLM in Negotiation is August 15.

Washington University in St. Louis LLM Tuition

Washington University in St. Louis LLM tuition for the WashU physical and online programs is available online each academic year. Additional fees include a mandatory health and wellness fee, a health insurance fee, and an orientation fee.

Washington University in St. Louis LLM Scholarships

Washington University in St. Louis Law School offers some scholarships to students on the basis of merit, and loans on credit or need basis.

Washington University in St. Louis LLM Employment

Students in the LLM in IP program have procured summer and full-time jobs at the following large firm IP departments and companies:

  • Armstrong Teasdale LLP
  • Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin
  • Bryan Cave LLP
  • Finnegan Henderson, Washington, D.C.
  • Fish & Richardson, Boston
  • Gallop, Johnson & Neuman
  • Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale PC
  • Harness Dickey & Pierce PLC
  • Howrey Simon, Washington, D.C.
  • Husch & Eppenberger LLC
  • Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Chicago
  • Monsanto, St. Louis
  • Pennie & Edmonds, Palo Alto and New York
  • Pharmacia, St. Louis
  • Polsinelli Shalton Welte Suelthaus PC
  • Polster, Lieder, Woodruff & Lucchesi, L.C.
  • Red Bull GmbH, Salzburg, Austria
  • Senniger Powers
  • Sidley Austin, New York
  • Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP
  • Thompson Coburn LLP

The Office of Career Services assists students with drafting cover letters and resumes, finding clerkships and fellowships, maintains online job postings, and organizes job fairs, on- and off-campus recruiting, networking, and interviewing events.

Washington University in St. Louis LLM Contact

LL.M. Admissions
Washington University School of Law
Campus Box 1120
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, Missouri 63130-4899

Phone: (314) 935-3346
Fax: (314) 935-7961
Email LL.M. Admissions at Washington University School of Law: intllm@wulaw.wustl.edu

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