UW LL.M. Program Frequently Asked Questions

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  • How do I apply?
    Apply online through the UW Graduate School. This application includes additional information on required materials.
  • What does the UW School of Law look for in an applicant?

    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. Domestic and international applicants worldwide are welcome. The central criterion for admission will be the applicant's potential for successful completion of, and contribution to, the program. Important factors to be considered are:

    • overall academic record, particularly in law school;
    • motivation for LL.M. study;
    • professional experience;
    • demonstrated interest in the specialized field.
    Each candidate's qualifications will be compared to that of other applicants with the objective of filling each class with the best students in the applicant pool.
  • What is the application deadline?
    Application Deadline
    ProgramDomestic Student Deadline*International Student Deadline
    Asian Law, Global Business, Sustainable International Development, and GeneralMay 1Feb 1
    HealthJune 1Feb 1
    Intellectual PropertyJune 1Feb 1
    TaxationAutumn quarter – July 1
    Winter quarter – November 1
    Spring quarter – February 1
    Feb 1
    *Domestic applicants are encouraged to submit their application by the international applicants' deadline of February 1, in order to be considered early.
  • I plan to visit Seattle and the University of Washington. Can I schedule an appointment with an admissions officer?
    To schedule an appointment please contact:
    • Asian, Global Business, and General:
    • Sustainable International Development:
    • Health:
    • IP:
    • Taxation:
  • Should I submit a writing sample?
    We do not require a writing sample.
  • Is there an application fee?
    Yes. The Graduate School application fee is a non-refundable $75. The fee may be paid by Visa or MasterCard credit or debit card, or by electronic check (with a U.S. bank account only). If you want to apply to more than one program, you must pay the fee for each program.
  • Can the application fee be waived?
    A limited number of need-based application fee waivers are available for domestic applicants. Please see the Graduate School Application for more information.
  • How many letters of recommendation do I need?
    • Asian Law, Global Business, Sustainable International Development, General, and Taxation: 2
    • Health: 3
    • Intellectual Property and Policy: 1+
  • Who should write my recommendation letters?
    You should select professors, supervisors, or others who know your legal qualifications, professional strengths, and can best evaluate your capacity for graduate study.
  • What should my statement of purpose include?
    It should include a description of your professional background, career goals, why you wish to pursue graduate study in your specialized field, and the educational objectives that you expect to meet through the program.
  • How long should my statement of purpose be?
    On average, statements of purpose are 1-3 pages.

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Last updated 1/22/2014