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Future LLM Students

University of Washington School of Law

William H. Gates Hall, Box 353020, Seattle, WA 98195-3020, USA
Phone: 206.543.4551
Email: gradlaw@uw.edu | Website: www.law.washington.edu

Introduction

  • Law school exterior at sunset. Pink clouds hang over the building, which is flanked by tree silhouettes. A lit lampost stands at a crossroad leading up to the school.The Vision: To shape and define just and sustainable laws and policies through scholarly discovery, ethical advocacy, inspired teaching, and generous public service. The University of Washington School of Law aspires to be the best public law school in the nation and one of the world’s most respected centers for interdisciplinary legal studies.
  • The Mission: To serve as and to educate our students to be leaders for the global common good. Our students are asked to rethink and defend their conceptions of the law and its relation to social problems. Students are often surprised to learn that their principal objective is not to “learn the law” but rather to develop the intellectual tools and skills necessary to work as professionals. They gain experience in analyzing cases, statutes, and other legal materials, thereby learning the structure and operation of the legal system.

LLM Programs/Areas of Specialization

The University of Washington School of Law has eight masters programs and our students have the opportunity to take advantage of our collaborative arrangements with the university’s technology transfer program and environmental, engineering, medical, and public policy schools. The law school also has strong ties with our vibrant and thriving legal, software, bioengineering, government, and nonprofit communities, including organizations such as Starbucks, Microsoft, Amazon, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Allen Brain Institute, PATH, and many others. We offer our students an opportunity to learn at a top law school with students from all over the world and enjoy the many benefits of going to school in Seattle.

Intellectual Property Law and Policy LLM

Intellectual property law is no longer just for patent specialists. In today’s world, intellectual property law touches everything from stem cell lines, medicine, and electronic toothbrushes to garments, card games, and footballs (both kinds). This program provides students with intensive education and training focused on emerging intellectual property legal issues relating to technological innovation in all fields. The University of Washington is located in one of the premier IP-producing regions in the world. Scientists, computer programmers, aerospace engineers, medical researchers, singers, and writers are all here, developing things that they hope will change the world. UW is right in the mix, providing leadership to encourage innovation.

  • Application deadline: February 1 (international applicants); June 1 (US applicants)
  • Application fee: $85
  • Transcripts required: LLM CAS accepted
  • Approximately 30 students participate in this program each year
  • Tuition: approximately $34,000 (for all applicants)

For more information, please visit the Intellectual Property Law and Policy website or contact iplaw@uw.edu.

Taxation LLM

A large, stone 'W' is set along a path. A row of deciduous trees line the path in the background.The Graduate Program in Taxation offers a range of courses and flexibility to study everything from sophisticated international business transactions to estate planning. Courses are taught by distinguished full-time faculty and experienced practitioners in the Pacific Northwest, and they provide LLM students with the knowledge, tools, and skills to be outstanding tax professionals. In addition, our Federal Tax Clinic allows students to represent clients in real disputes with the IRS. Classes are generally scheduled in the late afternoon or evening to accommodate students who work while earning their degree.

  • Application deadline:
    • International applicants: February 1 (for fall quarter only)
    • US applicants: July 1 (fall quarter); November 1 (winter quarter); February 1 (spring quarter)
  • Application fee: $85
  • Transcripts required: LLM CAS accepted
  • Approximately 40 full-time and 40 part-time students participate in this program each year
  • Tuition: $26,100 (for all applicants)

For more information, please visit the Graduate Program in Taxation website or contact lawtax@uw.edu.

Health Law LLM

The demand for attorneys with specialized knowledge in the area of health law continues to expand in the United States and around the world. The University of Washington School of Law health law curriculum includes over 30 courses. We have one of the largest and best offerings of classes available in the United States. New courses are added frequently to keep our students up-to-date and ready for the job market. Our LLM students also have the opportunity to take classes at the university’s internationally known schools of medicine, public health, and public policy. They may also enhance their practical skills through externships and internships in our large and dynamic medical, global health, and biomedical communities. Our relationships within the health law community benefit our students in many ways. Health Law LLM students have a dedicated career counselor and have opportunities to attend conferences and obtain introductions to practicing attorneys.

  • Application deadline: February 1 (international applicants); July 1 (US applicants). Applications reviewed on a rolling basis
  • Application fee: $85
  • Transcripts required: LLM CAS accepted
  • Approximately 8–15 students participate in this program each year
  • Tuition: approximately $34,000 (for all applicants)

For more information, please visit the Health Law LLM website or contact hlthlaw@uw.edu.

Sustainable International Development Law LLM

The Sustainable International Development (SID) LLM program provides lawyers with the tools to promote social change and a sustainable future for people and the planet. Through an innovative and hands-on approach, this program provides students with the skills needed to face the international development challenges of the 21st century. The SID LLM program has a robust course curriculum focusing on five main areas:

  • Rule of law, governance, and human rights
  • Law as a tool of poverty alleviation
  • Rights of indigenous peoples and communities
  • Global environmental protection
  • Corporate responsibility and sustainability

Graduates of this program will be equipped to work within organizations such as the World Bank, USAID, the United Nations Development Program, corporations and private consulting firms, and leading nongovernmental organizations.

  • Application deadline: February 1 (international applicants); May 1 (US applicants)
  • Application fee: $85
  • Transcripts from LLM CAS accepted
  • Approximately 25 students participate in this program each year
  • Tuition: approximately $37,000 for out-of-state residents; $21,000 for in-state residents

For more information, please visit the Sustainable International Development website or contact uwsidlaw@uw.edu.

Asian and Comparative Law LLM

Students in the United States who wish to learn legal systems and cultures of East Asia, as well as international students who wish to learn United States law and conduct comparative studies, choose the Asian and Comparative Law LLM program. It is a challenging program that builds professional competence in the substantive laws of one or more Asian jurisdictions and develops comparative legal research and writing skills. Students in this track complete a sequence of Asian and comparative law courses, general law courses, and a major legal research and writing project. After graduation they pursue legal careers in Asia, Europe, or the United States, focusing on Asia-related transnational work. Some graduates become legal academics or pursue policy-related careers.

  • Application deadline: February 1 (international applicants); May 1 (US applicants)
  • Application fee: $85
  • Transcripts from LLM CAS accepted
  • Approximately 20 students participate in this program each year
  • Tuition: approximately $37,000 for out-of-state residents; $21,000 for in-state residents

For more information, please visit the Asian Law Center website or contact gradlaw@uw.edu.

Global Business Law LLM

Students in this program focus on US and international business law courses, as well as practice-oriented courses that simulate global transactions. The law school provides a large selection of courses, including international contracting, international trade, and international business transactions. Graduates pursue legal careers as global business lawyers, entrepreneurs, or government lawyers responsible for economic policy and regulation.

  • Application deadline: February 1 (international applicants); May 1 (US applicants)
  • Application fee: $85
  • Transcripts from LLM CAS accepted
  • Approximately 20 students participate in this program each year
  • Tuition: approximately $37,000 for out-of-state residents; $21,000 for in-state residents

For more information, please visit the Global Business Law LLM website or contact gradlaw@uw.edu.

General Law LLM

The general law track is a customizable course of study for domestic and international students whose interest areas do not entirely fit into one of the specialized tracks. It provides students with the flexibility to take the courses they want in pursuit of their professional interests and personal aspirations. Some of our students have significant professional experience and are seeking to enhance or change practice sectors. Other students are seeking additional credentials to launch their career or to qualify for a bar examination in one of the United States jurisdictions (Washington or New York, for example) that admit lawyers trained outside of the United States. LLM students in the General Law program take classes with JD and LLM students in other programs, and select from our extensive course offerings based on their personal interests and career goals. Students may pursue cross-cutting and interdisciplinary studies or focus their studies in a particular substantive area, such as labor and employment law, dispute resolution, Native American law, criminal justice system, constitutional and administrative law, or the American legal system in general.

  • Application deadline: February 1 (international applicants); May 1 (US applicants)
  • Application fee: $85
  • Transcripts from LLM CAS accepted
  • Approximately 15 students participate in this program each year
  • Tuition: approximately $37,000 for out-of-state residents; $21,000 for in-state residents

For more information, please visit the General Law LLM program website or contact gradlaw@uw.edu.

Master of Jurisprudence (MJ)

The Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) program is designed to provide a framework enabling a wide variety of students to recognize and appreciate the legal and regulatory issues that arise in a variety of careers, professions, work, and public service ventures. The MJ program offers students a nine-month master’s degree that builds new, useful, and marketable skills and knowledge of law that will supplement and enhance qualifications in many different professional arenas, including but not limited to Environmental Regulation, Employment and Human Resources Law, Intellectual Property Management, Health Law, and Sustainable International Development.

  • Application deadline: February 1 (international applicants); June 1 (US applicants)
  • Application fee: $85
  • Approximately 10–15 students participate in this program each year
  • Tuition: approximately $25,000 (for all applicants)

For more information, please visit the MJ website or contact mjgrad@uw.edu.

Our Faculty

The University of Washington School of Law offers a student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1. Faculty areas of specialization include labor law, tax law, international law, environmental and water law, family law, real property law, laws concerning business organization, commercial law, constitutional law, the law of sex and race discrimination, American Indian law, intellectual property, and health law. In addition, there are several faculty members specifically interested in questions of legal history, legal philosophy, and law and social science. These interests are reflected in the school’s curriculum.

Our Classes

The law school classes are uniquely designed to team JD and LLM/PhD students and visiting scholars in the same classroom and often in teams working on practical problems. The unique mix of US and international students in one program also provides a valuable reciprocal learning experience.

Bar Examinations

Our LLM programs are designed to support those international students interested in taking a bar exam in the United States. We encourage our students desiring to take a bar exam to work closely with our dedicated academic support advisor. Students receive individualized support throughout the bar examination process. UW also provides a four-credit bar preparation course created to give our international students advance preparation in four subject areas and to teach bar exam strategies.

Student Services and Organizations

There are 43 registered student journals and organizations, and over 700 student organizations at the university level. Of particular interest to LLM students are the Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal, the International Law Society, Technology Law Society, Student Health Law Organization, and the Business Law Association.

Career Services

Career Services provides professional development coaching, recruiting opportunities, electronic job-search tools, and various events. Many of the events and activities are planned to create and promote new relationships among attorneys, alumni, and UW School of Law students. The center believes it can serve its mission through core values of integrity and mutual respect, teamwork, superior competence, open and honest communication, and confidentiality.

Enrollment

Each fall, an entering class of about 180 JD students and 150 LLM students begins the study of law. The high number of applications received each year allows the School of Law to select an exceptional student body. Our students are academically sound and culturally diverse. Their educational and professional backgrounds create a stimulating intellectual atmosphere.

Physical Facilities

William H. Gates Hall houses all classrooms; a student lounge; a café; locker areas; the Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library; and faculty, administration, and student organization offices.

Library

The Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library houses a collection of 700,000 volumes, establishing it as one of the largest university law collections on the West Coast. Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg, HeinOnline, Legaltrac, and CCH are a growing part of the library’s broad-based access to information resources. A highly trained staff of 26 facilitates access to a wide variety of legal and interdisciplinary information needs and services. Law students have access to our spectacular study spaces and can easily borrow materials from the 17 other libraries of the University of Washington and most universities and colleges in the Northwest.

Fitness

The students have access to the University of Washington Intramural Activities Building.

Housing

The university offers housing in residence halls, apartments, and family housing. In addition, the Housing Services Office maintains lists of rental houses, apartments, and boarding houses in the neighborhood.

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Apr 17, 2014, 14:54 PM

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