Degree Programs Offered
Santa Clara Law offers several LLM degree programs:
- LLM in Intellectual Property
- LLM in International and Comparative Law
- LLM in United States Law (with optional specializations in one of the following: Intellectual Property, International and Comparative Law, and Human Rights Law)
Eligibility for LLM in Intellectual Property and LLM in International and Comparative Law:
We welcome applicants who have either
- A degree in law from a law school approved by the American Bar Association, or
- A degree in law from a law school, not approved by the American Bar Association, but accredited by the State of California and:
- Graduated in the upper one half of their class, and
- Admitted to practice law in any United States jurisdiction.
Eligibility for LLM in United States Law (General Studies or with specializations in either Intellectual Property, International and Comparative Law, or Human Rights Law):
We welcome applicants who have a degree in law from an institution outside of the United States that is accredited by the appropriate authority in that country. Additionally, applicants must have either:
- Graduated in the upper one half of their law-school class, or
- Demonstrated above average or superior academic performance, or, alternatively, work experience, post graduate education, or standardized test, which demonstrate the ability to undertake advanced legal studies.
For more information, please visit our LLM Programs for International Students page.
- Application.. Applications must be submitted electronically, either through LSAC’s website or by clicking the “Apply Now” link on this page.(More information about submitting your application electronically can be found at www.lsac.org.)
- Official transcripts for all undergraduate, graduate, and professional academic programs attended. If your degree is from outside the United States, you must also include a course-by-course credential evaluation verifying your degree is the equivalent of a first degree in law. We strongly recommend you use LSAC’s Document Assembly Service (LLM CAS) to do this. Transcripts representing the primary degree in law school must indicate specifically that the degree has been conferred and the date that the degree has been conferred.
Important information about transcripts: Applicants may apply to the LLM program at Santa Clara Law School while their primary degree in law is in progress and may submit a transcript that is not complete. If admitted to the program, these applicants must submit another official transcript, reflecting that the primary degree in law has been completed and a degree has been conferred. A transcript is deemed “official” if it is sent directly to Santa Clara Law School in a sealed envelope directly from the degree-granting institution. An applicant may obtain an official transcript from his/her degree granting institution only if the transcript is given to the applicant in a sealed envelope from the institution. The applicant may not handle the transcript outside of its sealed envelope. Alternatively, LLM applicants may use LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS) to submit all academic transcripts.
- Personal Statement. The Personal Statement is a short essay where the applicant may introduce him/herself to the admissions committee and describe the reasons why he/she is pursuing the LLM degree at Santa Clara Law School.
- Letters of Recommendation. Though not required, letters of recommendation are strongly recommended. Letters may be sent to LSAC for inclusion in your CAS report. We will accept up to 3 letters.
- $75 Application Fee. We have waived the application fee for the 2017-2018 application.
- Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (for non-native English speakers only) – We must receive either the official score report (not a photocopy) or the score must be included with LSAC’s CAS report. Scores submitted within two years of taking the exam are acceptable. We only require the TOEFL or IELTS score if the individual is seeking an F-1 or J-1 visa for study in the United States.
NOTE: The School of Law uses email as a primary form of communicating important information. It is the applicant’s responsibility to keep the university informed of any email/mailing address/phone number changes.
- Fall Admission (August start date): May 1
- Spring Admission (January start date) admissions: October 15, 2016
- New F1 Visa applicants: October 1
- Current F1 Visa holders: November 1
- Applicants not requiring a visa: December 1
REMINDER: Applications and all required supporting documentation must be received by the deadline.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year is $1,894 per unit. Full-time students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units per semester. Part-time students must enroll in no fewer than 8 units each semester.
The student budget, also known as the “cost of attendance” is comprised of required tuition and estimated expenses for the academic year (August – May).
|2016-2017 Student Budget|
|Health Insurance (estimated cost)||$3,200||3,200|
|Graduate International Student Fee||$125||$125|
*Based on 12 units per semester full-time or 8 units per semester part-time.
* Tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year will be announced in April 2017.
NOTE: Tuition usually increases on an annual basis approximately 3-7%. Tuition for the 2016-17academic year will be announced in April 2016.
Individuals seeking financial aid in the form of federal and private loans should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Santa Clara Law participates in the Federal Student Aid Program. U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents who wish to be considered for federal student aid must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at www.fafsa.gov. Non-U.S. students are ineligible to apply.
LL.M. applicants with additional financial aid questions are encouraged to contact the Law Financial Aid Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Student Orientation
Students who are admitted to the LLM program who have accepted the offer of admission will need to attend orientation activities prior to or during the first week of classes. Dates and locations of orientation meetings will be announced in June via email for Fall entering students. Spring entering students should expect orientation information within the month of November.
- Fall semester classes will begin in August. Please click here for the 2017-2018 academic calendar.
- LLM in United States Law students are required to enroll in the Introduction to U.S. Law course which starts during the first week of the fall semester. There will be academic classes taking place during New Student Orientation week, beginning on August 8th.
- Spring semester classes begin in January. Please click here for the 2016-2017 academic calendar.
- LLM students are required to complete all graduation requirements by the end of two academic years from the date of matriculation. Any special requests with regard to extending the time permitted to complete the LLM program must be made in writing to the Office of Law Student Services at email@example.com.