The Degree of Master of Laws

Yale Law School admits a limited number of graduate students each year to pursue one year of full-time study leading to the degree of Master of Laws (LL.M.). Admission is generally open only to those committed to a career in teaching law.

No uniform course of study is prescribed for LL.M. candidates—courses are elective, and students are afforded considerable flexibility to tailor their studies to their own interests. Subject to meeting degree requirements, each LL.M. candidate is invited to use the resources of the Law School in whatever program of study will best prepare that individual for a career in research and teaching.

Students enjoy small class sizes, the camaraderie of many international and J.D. students, and a close relationship with the Yale Law School faculty. While small—the Law School typically enrolls between 22 and 25 LL.M. students each year—the LL.M. program at Yale Law School is truly global in its reach. Over the past four years, our LL.M. students have come from over 30 different countries.

Financial aid is available to all of our LL.M. candidates and is based solely on need.

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