About the LL.M. Program

UC Law SF is located in the heart of San Francisco, only blocks away from local, state, and federal courts. Our students experience the law in a way that is unparalleled in most law schools. Our program offers the best of UC Law SF – a small, supportive LL.M. program with tailored academic advising, while being fully integrated into our J.D. program with access to over 175 courses as well as experiential clinics, pro bono opportunities, and over 70 student organizations.

We encourage you to sign up for a virtual eventtour our virtual campus, email us to schedule an in-person visit, or sign up for an advising appointment to learn more about our LL.M. Program.

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LL.M: A Day in the Life

The LL.M. Program

With personalized academic advising, our LL.M. program helps our students reach their academic and professional goals.

About the LL.M. Program

LL.M. Specializations

LL.M. students may pursue a general course of study, or they may choose to specialize in one of eight specialization areas. Tailor the LL.M. to fit your interests!

LL.M. Specializations
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Pengpeng Zhan ’14
Country: P. R. China

“UC Law SF helped me lay a solid foundation for my cross-border business of assisting overseas companies to enter the Chinese market, as the courses closely follow the innovation and entrepreneurship trends in Silicon Valley. The experience with my fellow LL.M. students from all over the world improved my cross-cultural communication skills, which are crucial when I serve as a bridge in assisting my clients to access to the local customers, investors, and governments in China.”

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Simona Cervasio Owens ’12
Country: Italy

“The LL.M. program at UC Law SF enriched me both personally and professionally. On a personal level, it gave me the opportunity to make friends for life with bright people from different countries and backgrounds. On a professional level, the numerous workshops, career services, and social events offered helped me sharpen my networking skills and make valuable professional contacts in my preferred area of practice.”

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Christophe Nicolay ’13
Country: Luxembourg

“Coming to San Francisco on my own from the other side of the world with the purpose to complete this challenging program helped me to open my mind and obliged me to think outside of the box. Doing the UC Law SF LL.M. program allowed me to connect with fellow LL.M. students from all over the world as well as with JD students. Having had this experience helps me connect with clients with different intentions, backgrounds, and educations.”

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How to Apply

If you are an attorney licensed outside of the U.S., or have completed a first degree in law outside of the U.S., the University of California College of the Law, San Francisco invites you to apply for a one-year LL.M. degree in U.S. Legal Studies.

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UC Law SF offers a limited number of scholarships to LL.M. students based on both merit and need. If you wish to apply for a scholarship, you will need to answer the scholarship questions on your application.

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LL.M. to J.D. Transfer

UC Law SF LL.M. students can apply to transfer to the J.D. program after two semesters of study. Successful LL.M. to J.D. transfer candidates can earn their J.D. after just two additional years of study.

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On-campus housing


UC Law SF is one of a limited number of law schools with dedicated student housing. Our brand new Academe at 198 features fully-furnished apartments, complete with private kitchens and bathrooms — everything you’ll need to make UC Law SF your home for the year.

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Bar Admission

LLM graduates who meet eligibility requirements, can choose to sit for a state Bar exam and can utilize UC Law SF Bar preparation services. It’s highly encouraged for students to check the Bar Admission Guidelines to ensure their eligibility for the exam.

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UC Law SF College of the Law
LL.M. Admissions
200 McAllister Street
San Francisco, CA 94102