University of Georgia School of Law

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Official Guide to LLM, Master’s, and Certificate Programs

225 Herty Drive, Athens, GA 30602, United States
Phone: 706.542.7875
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Email: llm@uga.edu

Introduction

Campus walkway and buildingSince 1859, the University of Georgia School of Law has been preparing the next generation of legal leaders. The school’s accomplished faculty includes nationally and internationally renowned scholars, and its approximately 11,000 living graduates are leading figures in law, business and public service throughout the world. Connecting students to these thought leaders and opportunities to serve state and society is central to the school’s mission.

In 1973, Edward de Jaegher of Brussels, Belgium, became the first foreign-trained lawyer to earn a Master of Laws, or LLM, degree at the University of Georgia School of Law. Our LLM alumni today include judges and law firm partners, leaders in governments and in intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, CEOs and heads of corporate legal departments, and university professors and administrators. 

As a member of our select class of LLM students, you will be a member of a close-knit intellectual community, pursuing a rigorous ten-month plan of study side by side with JD candidates. You’ll follow a flexible curriculum tailored to your career goals, whether they include preparing for a US bar examination, pursuing a concentration affording advancement in your home country’s legal profession or academic institutions, or completing a major academic research project under the supervision of a School of Law faculty member. 

University of Georgia

Student cheering at football gameThe University of Georgia (UGA) was chartered by the Georgia General Assembly in 1785 and is the birthplace of public higher education in America. Its 17 colleges and schools enroll more than 38,000 students and have produced over 332,000 alumni living worldwide. Among public universities, the University of Georgia has been one of the nation’s top three producers of Rhodes Scholars over the past two decades, and its honors program is ranked as one of the top 10 in the country. Leading in innovation, UGA is also a top 5 university for new products to market.

The University of Georgia welcomes students and scholars from around the world and values their contribution to the social and intellectual life of the university. UGA’s Office of International Student Life provides resources and opportunities for campus engagement to international students and their families.

Student Life

People walking along sidewalk in townThe School of Law is located on the University of Georgia’s historic north campus in Athens, a progressive community boasting small-town charm while offering world-class music and culture, extensive access to parks and natural resources, and a low cost of living. Athens lies just 70 miles northeast of Atlanta, Georgia’s state capital and an international trade hub.  

The university’s award-winning Performing Arts Center boasts two of the country’s best concert halls. Located beside it is the Georgia Museum of Art, which offers an outstanding permanent collection and extensive cultural programming. The 21 varsity athletic teams competing as the Georgia Bulldogs are among the most successful in NCAA Division I, with 45 national championships. For recreation, students enjoy visiting the campus's eight-acre Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activities, which has 3 gyms, 3 pools (one Olympic-sized, a 17-foot diving well, and a lap pool), a 1/8-mile indoor suspended rubberized track, a 44-foot high climbing wall, 14-foot outdoor bouldering wall, 10 racquetball courts, 2 squash courts, bicycle repair stands, 8 full-length basketball courts, and 19,000 square feet of weight-training space. Georgia’s extensive state park system offers further opportunities for recreation.

Dean Rusk International Law Center

Dean Rusk Law CenterNamed after the former U.S. Secretary of State who taught at the University of Georgia School of Law in the last decades of his career, the Dean Rusk International Law Center has served since 1977 as a nucleus for global research, education, and service. From its home in Dean Rusk Hall, a modern edifice dedicated in 1996, the Center builds upon a UGA School of Law tradition of excellence in international law that dates to 1940. 

Professional Development and Career Services

Student and mentorThe School of Law Career Development Office and LLM degree staff stand ready to help you explore your career and Optional Practical Training goals through individual counseling, résumé and interviewing sessions, networking events and professional development trips. 

The law school’s Mentorship Program connects all students to a faculty member, upper-level student, career adviser and legal professional. 

The University of Georgia takes part in the International Student Interview Program, an annual consortium event sponsored by 33 law schools nationwide and hosted by NYU School of Law to facilitate the hiring of highly qualified foreign-trained lawyers enrolled in LLM programs at each school.

Housing

Student housingLLM students have many options for on-campus housing as well as furnished and unfurnished housing in the Athens community. 

 

How to Apply for LLM Study at the University of Georgia School of Law

Eligibility

Students sitting on ledgeTo enroll in LLM studies at Georgia Law, you must have completed the following (typically, receipt of an LLB will satisfy the first two criteria):

  • earned a degree equivalent to the Juris Doctor, or JD, from a recognized non-US law school
  • fulfilled the educational requirements for admission to the practice of law in a foreign country
  • demonstrated English proficiency (see How to Apply for LLM Study at Georgia Law for details)

Application Checklist

To be considered for admission to Georgia Law, make sure you have submitted the following documents with your LLM application to LSAC: 

  • application fee of $50
  • official transcripts and proof of degree; LSAC’s LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS) is required
  • official TOEFLIELTS or DuoLingo English proficiency score
  • statement of purpose (in about 500 words, discuss your background and experience, interests, and reasons for seeking a Georgia Law LLM degree)
  • résumé or CV
  • proposed course of study
  • two letters of recommendation

Transfer to JD Studies

As detailed here, LLM students who demonstrate a high level of achievement may seek to transfer, upon graduation, to studies leading to a University of Georgia School of Law JD degree.

Dual LLM/MBA Degree

As detailed here, students may seek to earn, on an expedited basis, both the Master of Laws (LLM) degree from the University of Georgia School of Law and the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Terry College of Business, another highly regarded unit of the University of Georgia.

Tuition and Expenses

Students in classroom with laptopsProviding superb legal education in a vibrant university locale, the UGA School of Law has been consistently recognized as one of the best value law schools in the United States. 

LLM applicants do not need to fill out a separate financial aid application. All applications received by January 15 will receive priority consideration for UGA merit-based scholarships, including partial tuition waivers and graduate assistantships with full tuition waivers. After the first round of scholarship offers, UGA financial aid will be awarded on a merit basis as available.

Foreign-trained graduates seeking to enroll in LLM studies at the University of Georgia School of Law are also encouraged to research financial aid sources in their home countries and to make use of the advising resources of EducationUSA, a US Department of State network of over 430 international student advising centers in more than 175 countries and territories. 

Prospective LLM students interested in applying for a scholarship from the Fulbright Foreign Student Program should consult eligibility requirements and deadlines for their country.  

Contact Information

For additional information, please visit Master of Laws (LLM) Degree, or contact

LLM Admissions
Dean Rusk International Law Center
University of Georgia School of Law
225 Herty Drive
Athens GA 30602
USA

Phone: 706.542.7875
Email: llm@uga.edu