The LL.M. is designed to support those students who also choose to prepare for a state Bar exam, usually the Washington, New York or California Bar.
International students in the Health, Intellectual Property, and Taxation programs interested in taking a state bar examination should anticipate taking at least 45 quarter hours of course credit to complete the LL.M. degree. International students in the Asian & Comparative Law, Global Business Law, Sustainable International Development Law, and General Law LL.M. program are expected to complete their LL.M. degrees in 40 quarter credit hours, and in most cases can also fulfill the bar exam’s LLM curriculum requirements within those 40 credits.
The guidelines for admission of foreign-educated lawyers to the Washington State Bar exam are currently under review. The Washington State Courts publish current and proposed rules on their website.