LLM Total Professional Experience


Professional Support from Day One
In 2011, the law school expanded its original Orientation Program to a two-week Orientation Program for all LL.M. students. The current LL.M. Orientation is one of the most rigorous preparatory programs in the country. From day one, students learn essential skills to maximize their learning, so they can focus on their substantive law studies once the semester starts. Reading and Briefing cases efficiently, actively participating in class, and preparing for and taking exams are core subjects of the Orientation.

LL.M. Networking event during Orientation: Students meet local legal practitioners  


Intern with Federal and State Judges
The highly competitive Judicial Observation Program gives a select group of LL.M. students the opportunity to learn in an experiential manner about the U.S. court system under the mentorship and supervision of federal and state court judges.

2012 Participants of the JOP with Assistant Dean Cramer, Dean Syverud, and Judge Dierker  

Participate in an Attorney Connection Program
LL.M. students have the opportunity to be paired with a practicing attorney in their area of interest to receive regular guidance and to further their professional growth

Compete in Moot Court Competitions
LL.M. students each year compete in the LL.M. Trial & Advocacy Competition. They also have may try out for the many lawyering skills competitions. Competitions Page 

2013 participants of the International Student Trial Advocacy Competition

Transfer from the LL.M. to the J.D. Program
All Washington University School of Law LL.M. graduates are eligible to apply to transfer to the law school’s J.D. program. Successful applicants enter the J.D. program as second-year law students, and most of their LL.M. course credits transfer to the J.D. program, enabling them to graduate in as few as two additional years.

Join Our Global Legal Community
Participating in one of the LL.M. Programs at Washington University can be a transformative experience in a lawyer’s life and career. The J.D.–LL.M. Student Support Program is aimed at facilitating inclusion and academic success of foreign-educated LL.M. students in the law school community. The program involves regular meetings of J.D. students with LL.M. students, joint social events, and academic support. Organizations like the Student Bar Association and China Law Society also enrich the academic and social life. The connections made while in law school carry through to alumni connections throughout the world.