Master of Laws LL.M. Program (academic year)

August 2017 to May 2018


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Three ways to apply:
1. Online through LSAC LSAC requires Document Assembly Service fee (DAS) of U.S. $85. There is also a $30 law school report fee for each school you want to provide these documents to. The $135 International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service is not required.
2. Online through our website by submitting our online form. Then mail your supporting documentation to: LL.M. Admissions Office, UC Davis School of Law, 400 Mrak Hall Dr., Davis, CA  95616-5201 U.S.A.
3. By mail You may also apply by mail using this PDF application.

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Welcome to the UC Davis School of Law!

The School of Law at UC Davis is one of the world’s leading law schools. We are proud of our history of outstanding scholarship, teaching and real-world impact. Founded more than 50 years ago and named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., King Hall continues to welcome students from around the world into its diverse, intellectually rigorous and distinctly supportive community. Faculty, fellow students and our alumni form a lifelong professional and personal global network.

The UC Davis LL.M. program integrates American and international law students at all levels of study and provides LL.M. candidates with a broad curriculum of many different courses during 10 months of study. Through the LL.M. program, international law graduates are able to gain a basic knowledge of the U.S. legal system and also have the opportunity to develop special expertise in a particular area of law. Come to King Hall for our:

  • General – Customized LL.M.: Working with the program director, you will tailor your curriculum to either gain basic knowledge of the U.S. legal system, or to focus on any area of legal scholarship supported by King Hall’s world-class curricula. The General LL.M. is designed to fit each student’s needs, including preparation for a bar exam. Our full-time LL.M. is a 10-month degree program.
  • LL.M. with a pre-planned specialization area of study: Select an area of focus such as business law, private or public international law, criminal law and procedure, intellectual property, human rights and social justice law, public interest law, environmental and natural resources law, health law and bioethics and many others in our law school curriculum.
  • Two-Year LL.M. Option: For some students, a longer period of study is vital to meeting educational and career goals. For more information about our two-year option, please contact LL.M. Admissions Officer at .
  • Bar Preparation: Working with the Director, the students design a course of study to prepare for their chosen bar exam.

All LL.M. students are invited to take advantage of our pre-LL.M. programs: Orientation in U.S.A. Law and English for Legal Professionals. Acquire U.S. academic preparation skills, fundamentals of the U.S. legal system, improve your English, and prepare for your LL.M.


We are now accepting applications for the 2017-18 LL.M. program.  The LL.M. program follows an academic year calendar. It starts in late August and runs through May of each year. We encourage students to apply by January 10th but we accept and review applications continuously until mid-August when the academic school year begins. Each student receives personalized attention and support throughout the application process and the program completion and beyond.

Tuition and Fees

For the 2016-17 academic year, tuition and fees are $49,450 U.S.* This does not include a fee of approximately $4,344* U.S. for graduate student health care coverage. All students must have valid health insurance and are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) at an annual cost of $4,344* U.S. The health care coverage may be waived with proof of comparable health care coverage.

Fee payment is due in the Cashier’s Office, Dutton Hall, by 4:00 p.m. on September 15 for fall semester and January 15 for spring semester. You are responsible for paying your account balance by the deadline. You will not receive a paper bill.

You can send your payment via wire transfer, a check in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank account, or an international money order in U.S. dollars. Cash is not accepted. For a bank wire transfer, please refer to the UC Davis bank routing information provided in the LL.M. registration materials. Please make sure that your bank sends the full amount due plus an amount sufficient to cover any bank wire transfer fee.


UC Davis Law has a limited number of fellowships available to highly qualified LL.M. students. All applicants are considered for fellowship funding; there is no separate application process for scholarships. Students will be notified about any fellowship offer as part of their letter of acceptance.

For financial assistance or financial aid, you may wish to contact international education funding groups, such as the Institute of International Education, which administers Fulbright Scholarships. You can also inquire about travel grants and other fellowship opportunities from the United States Embassy or Consulate in your home country, as well as private businesses or religious organizations.

Here are some helpful links to organizations:

*All fees are subject to the control of the UC Regents and California Legislature and may change without notice. Tuition and fees are posted on the Office of Budget & Institutional Analysis website.

Program information

Each LL.M. candidate must successfully complete a minimum of 20 semester units of work. International LL.M. students must enroll in the one-unit course Introduction to Legal Research and the two-unit course Introduction to the Law in the United States. In addition to these courses, international LL.M. students participate with J.D. law students in a colloquium on contemporary legal issues.

International LL.M. students earn the remainder of their required course credit in regular, elective law school courses. Each international LL.M. student must also complete an intellectually rigorous legal research and writing project. All LL.M. candidates begin their year of study with a complete orientation in the academic and social life of the law school, the University of California, Davis campus and the city of Davis. LL.M. students are encouraged to enroll in the School of Law’s Orientation in U.S.A. Law program, given in the month before the LL.M. Program begins.

Requirements for the Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program

International LL.M. applicants must present satisfactory evidence of the completion of legal academic training at an accredited educational institution. Domestic LL.M. applicants must have completed at least seven years of residential study at accredited colleges and law schools and must hold a professional degree from a law school approved by the American Bar Association. There is a minimum 570 TOEFL score (230 for the computer-based TOEFL-CBT) or 88 iBT score required by the law school for English-as-a-Second-Language applicants to the LL.M. program. Alternatively, applicants may submit an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher.

Enrollment and application procedures and dates for the Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program

We recommend January 10 as the deadline to apply, but will accept applications until August 15.

Click here for detailed information on the application process for this program. We are very pleased you are interested in our program. Our staff will be happy to answer your questions and guide you through the LL.M. application process. The University of California, Davis School of Law is very proud of its LL.M. program. We have many successful LL.M. alumni, and we look forward to welcoming you into our family.

Contact the LL.M. Admissions Office at or (530) 752-6081.