Academic Programs

LLM Programs

LL.M. degree in Transnational Law and in Dispute Resolution

Willamette’s one-year Master of Laws (LLM) programs prepare students to participate at the forefront of legal areas ranging from business litigation to environmental protection, international trade to human rights advocacy, family law to intellectual property, and beyond. Our students and graduates work in private practice, pubic interest organizations, major corporations and government agencies in the U.S. and abroad.

LLM Program

Dispute Resolution

The Dispute Resolution program provides a deep understanding of the theoretical, policy and ethical issues in dispute resolution, as well as practical skills gained through hands-on experience in Small Claims Court and externships. 

The program consists of 24 credits, including fundamentals such as Arbitration Theory and Practice and specialty subjects such as Cross-Cultural Dispute Resolution.

Founded in 1983 and ranked among the top ten dispute resolution programs in the country by U.S. News and World Report (2013), the program offers a nationally acclaimed faculty of teachers and scholars, as well as CDR Senior Fellows who are expert dispute resolution practitioners. 

LLM Program

Transnational Law

The Transnational Law program broadens student knowledge and expertise in international business transactions, comparative law, public international law and dispute resolution. Students include international lawyers wanting to familiarize themselves with U.S. legal practices, recent law school graduates and practicing lawyers. 

The Transnational Law program consists of 25 credits. Students can select from a broad range of classes in law and business, such as international trade, corporate finance, commercial law, taxation and negotiation. Students also have the opportunity to take classes at Willamette’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management.

LLM Program


All LLM candidates must have a JD from an accredited American law school or its equivalent from a foreign law school. Applications are reviewed and decisions made on a rolling basis. For best consideration, prospective students are encouraged to apply by October 1 for spring admission (January start) or March 1 for fall admission (August start). However, applications will continue to be accepted following the priority deadline so long as there is seat availability. There is no application fee.


A completed application comprises:

  • A personal statement 
  • A resume
  • At least one letter of recommendation 
  • Official certified transcripts

International applicants have additional admission requirements, such as a demonstrated proficiency in the English language. Such applicants should contact the Office of Admission for further information.

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LLM Program

Willamette’s proximity to the Oregon Supreme Court, Oregon Capitol Building and many state agencies enables students to easily observe law in the making and participate in a wide range of appellate advocacy.

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Note: Applications for Fall 2015 are no longer being accepted, as the LLM class has been filled.

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For assistance with the application and admission process.