Asian & Comparative Law and Global Business Law LL.M. Admissions

Entry is very competitive and depends on both the candidate's ability and motivation. We also strive for geographic and cultural balance within the class. U.S. and international applicants worldwide are welcome.



Work Experience

We generally require LL.M. candidates to have at least two years of professional work experience.  This requirement may be waived in special circumstances specific to the applicant.

Degree Requirement

U.S. applicants must have a J.D. from a school accredited by the American Bar Association.

International applicants must have a first degree in law (LL.B., B.Law) or equivalent. Those who have passed a bar exam and are practicing lawyers in their own country are usually deemed to have LL.B. equivalence for the purposes of admission to this program.

Language Ability

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. We require a 92 on the TOEFL test, and a 7.0 on the IELTS test. For TOEFL exemption policies, please e-mail .

Application Instructions

  1. Applicants are required to apply to the UW Graduate Program. As part of the online application, you will be asked to pay an application fee.
  2. Applicants are required to submit the following to:

    [Mailing Address]
    Asian Law Center - Admissions
    University of Washington School of Law, Box 353020
    Seattle, WA 98195-3020, USA

    [Courier Address]
    Asian Law Center - Admissions
    University of Washington School of Law Room 443
    William H. Gates Hall
    4293 Memorial Way
    Seattle, WA 98195-3020, USA
    (206) 543-2283

    1. Official Transcripts and Degree Statement from all colleges and universities attended, sent in an envelope sealed by the issuing school. Please also send transcripts for in-progress degrees, and also for degrees that you did not complete. (LSAC is optional: we accept LSAC transcripts; please include your LSAC number on your resume).
    2. Résumé listing educational qualifications, work experience, date of admission to legal practice (if applicable) and any other professional affiliations relevant for the application (may be submitted online).
    3. Statement of Purpose describing applicant’s background, primary area of interest and preferred LL.M. track, practical or academic experience in the area, and how the LL.M. will be used after graduation (may be submitted online). The University of Washington School of Law has a strong commitment to public service; one of the elements of the statement of purpose that is evaluated in selection is the applicant’s plan for using this degree to contribute to their own legal system and society after graduation.
    4. Two (2) Letters of Recommendation by those who can best evaluate the applicant's capacity for graduate study in the United States, preferably law faculty or other law professionals on letterhead, sealed and signed on the exterior by the recommender. US-based professors may directly e-mail recommendations to . (Letters submitted via LSAC are also accepted).
  3. [For foreign-educated applicants] TOEFL/IELTS/PTE scores sent directly from the testing institution (for TOEFL use Institution Code #4854; category #99 or School Type: Law Schools 03). For the reporting of IELTS scores, please refer to UW Graduate School’s instructions. Please see the eligibility section for required test scores.
  4. [For native English-speaking Asian & Comparative Law Track applicants] Statement of Foreign Language Ability, with any relevant supporting documents.
  5. [For international applicants] Statement of Financial Ability form and supporting documents. Please e-mail if you wish to obtain details about this form. This documentation can be submitted after receipt of the admission notice.
  6. Interview: You may be required to participate in an interview in person or by phone after submitting your application.

Application Deadlines

International applicants must submit a full application no later than February 1 of the year in which they plan to commence study at the University of Washington. As the processing of international applications requires extra time, we appreciate early submission of application materials.

U.S. applicants must submit a full application no later than May 1 of the year in which they plan to commence study at the University of Washington. We strongly recommend U.S. applicants to submit a full application by February 1 for consideration at the same time as international applicants, so as to maximize their chances of admission.

Students are generally expected to start at the beginning of Autumn Quarter.

Last updated 1/2/2015