About us

William & Mary Law School is proud to be the first law school in the United States (established 1779). William & Mary is known for its outstanding faculty including prominent legal scholars, subject matter experts, and leading practitioners. For over 30 years, our LL.M. program has welcomed internationally trained lawyers and law graduates who are looking to continue their education, gain an in-depth understanding of the U.S. Legal System, and take their careers to the next level. Our alumni currently span every state in the U.S. and over 50 countries worldwide.

Our historic and beautiful campus in Williamsburg, VA is located in an affordable community with high quality of life amenities, including a graduate student housing facility next to the law school. William & Mary also offers a 100% online degree option. All online courses are specifically designed for the format and can be completed asynchronously from any location in any time zone.

Study Program

LL.M. students can earn their LL.M. degree in American Legal Studies in two semesters (starting in either fall or spring). Students can apply for a third semester to earn an Advanced Specialization in Business & Corporate Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Intellectual Property, International Law or Methods of Dispute Resolution. Online students can complete their degree on a part-time basis in less than 24 months studying year-round (4 semesters including summer).

Our curriculum is customizable to meet U.S. Bar Exam requirements.

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All applicants to the residential (on-campus) LL.M. program are considered for merit-based scholarships at time of application, unless fully funded through an external source. A separate LL.M. scholarship application is not required.

William & Mary is pleased to waive the Online LL.M. program application fee for all participants in DAJV’s LLM Day. Please contact William & Mary representatives for more information. (There is no application fee for the residential program.)

Application requirements

Applicants may apply directly using the William & Mary Law School admissions portal or through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) system. All applications must include:
A completed application form with contact details
Academic transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
English proficiency test scores
Personal statement
Two letters of recommendation (optional)

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