LLM Programs

The LLM is an advanced law degree for those who have completed the JD at an ABA-accredited American law school or its equivalent from a foreign law school.

WUCL’s LLM program combines the strengths of the school’s comprehensive curriculum in domestic law with its transnational course offerings taught by internationally recognized scholars and teachers. Students and scholars in the program, including established lawyers, have an opportunity to broaden their knowledge and expertise in some of the most fascinating, important, and fast-changing areas of law. Foreign lawyers will also have the opportunity to prepare themselves to take an American state bar exam where available.

Upon enrollment, LLM candidates at Willamette are matched with a faculty advisor whose academic interests and experience will provide guidance to the LLM student throughout their time at the College of Law. Students may develop their own program of study with the approval of the director of the LLM program and in consultation with their faculty advisor.

For students preferring a more guided program of study, the College of Law offers five LLM concentrations that emphasize specialized coursework within one of the College of Law’s Signature Strengths. The Signature Strengths include:

  • Business Law
  • Advocacy
  • International Law
  • Public Service
  • Health Law

LLM students without a JD from a United States Law School may also concentrate in U.S. Law in which they would study the core curriculum of an American legal education and gain a comprehensive understanding of American law.

To be eligible to graduate, candidates for the LLM degree must successfully complete a total of 25 credit hours in courses offered at the College of Law. The curriculum of each LLM candidate is subject to approval by each student’s faculty advisor and the Director of the LLM program.


All LLM candidates must have a JD from an accredited American law school or its equivalent from a foreign law school. Click here for admissions process.

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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