General Law LL.M. Program

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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 the US.

The School of Law has been a leader in advanced legal education for U.S. and international lawyers with its teaching, research, and public policy work. LL.M. students in the General Program take classes with J.D. and LL.M. students in other programs, and select from our extensive course offerings based on their personal interests and career goals, including the desire to qualify for a US bar exam. 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.

After fulfilling common core requirements, students will work with the General LL.M. Program Director to create a custom focus on their area of interest from available elective courses at the Law School and UW.[View curriculum]

Why Seattle and the University of Washington?

The General LL.M. graduate program builds on the natural strengths of the University of Washington and the city of Seattle. The University of Washington and its School of Law have world class programs in global health, environmental studies, sustainability, and intellectual property.

Seattle also is home to major development organizations such as Landesa, the Gates Foundation and the World Justice Project. Microsoft and Starbucks, part of Seattleā€™s innovation culture, are corporate champions of sustainability and corporate responsibility.

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