Stanford LLM

Stanford LLM Programs

Stanford School of Law offers three Master of Laws (LLM) programs: the Law, Science & Technology LLM, the LLM in Corporate Governance & Practice, and the LLM in Environmental Law and Policy.

Stanford LLM in Law, Science & Technology

The Stanford LLM program in Law, Science & Technology is offered exclusively to students who graduated from law schools outside the United States and exposes students to American law and the U.S. court system. Specifically, it offers students both practical legal training and academic analysis of current developments in law, science and technology such as biotechnology, cyberspace, health science dispute resolution and jurisdiction, e-commerce, intellectual property, and contracts in venture capital, global information, and high-tech startups. Students are afforded the opportunity to customize their curricula with the help of the program director.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 35 credits (maximum of 42 credits) over the course of one academic year and must physically be present at Stanford School of Law throughout the year. In addition to the minimum credit requirement, students must complete the following requirements:

  • Completion of the Introduction to American Law course
  • Participation in an LLM colloquium on current topics related to the student’s area of specialization
  • Completion of a practical writing course

The school offers more than 35 courses to the Law, Science & Technology LLM students covering a wide array of subjects, including general technology, intellectual property, information sciences, electronic commerce and life sciences.

Stanford LLM in Corporate Governance & Practice

The LLM in Corporate Governance & Practice is designed for foreign attorneys specializing in business and transactional work who intend to return to practice in their home countries after finishing the degree. Students take courses drawn from the law and business schools in areas including bankruptcy, tax, securities, venture capital, accounting, finance, corporations, and mergers and acquisitions to gain a broad knowledge base of this area of law. The program seeks students who have two years of professional experience prior to entering the course of study, with few exceptions. Requirements for the completion of the degree are dependent upon the individualized course of study each student tailors to his or her own interests, with an expectation of between 35 and 42 credits being completed throughout the nine-month period.

Stanford LLM in Environmental Law & Policy

The Stanford LLM in Environmental Law & Policy is an interdisciplinary program in environmental, energy and resource policy. The LLM in Environmental Law & Policy is designed for both private and public lawyers who intend to work internationally, back in their home countries, or with other graduates on environmental issues. Students individually tailor their course of study and take courses addressing issues of climate change, pollution and toxic substances, energy, fresh water, environmental assessment, species conservation and protection, and land use management. Applicants must have two years of work experience prior to attending the program except in rare cases. The program runs for nine months, during which students are expected to complete between 35 and 42 credits, with up to 9 credits allowed to be taken outside of the law school.

Stanford LLM Admission

To be admitted to Stanford School of Law’s LLM program, students must be foreign-trained attorneys with a minimum of two years of legal experience prior to their application. Students are admitted only for the fall semester.

Students must submit a completed application through LSAC consisting of:

  • Application for admission to graduate study
  • Application fee
  • Resume or C.V.
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • TOEFL score report

Stanford School of Law places a high importance on the student’s ability to handle difficult legal materials in English. Demonstrating comfort with written and spoken English through the application is highly encouraged.

Stanford LLM Tuition

Visit the Stanford Law School website to keep up-to-date with Stanford LLM tuition rates and fees for the Law, Science & Technology LLM for the upcoming school year. Tuition payments are due in October, January and April. Students must purchase a laptop computer for use throughout the program.

Stanford LLM Scholarships

Stanford Law School does not offer scholarships to LLM students, but encourages them to look into outside sources of funding, from home country grants, fellowships, or scholarships, international programs such as Fulbright, or law firms. View a list of outside financial assistance sources that Stanford recommends.

For more information about scholarships for LLM students, visit our LLM Scholarships page.

Stanford LLM Employment

Stanford Law School’s Office of Career Services offers various resources which students can take advantage of in their career planning and job search, such as job postings, job fairs, counseling, and on-campus interviews.

Stanford LLM Contact

Stanford Program in International Legal Studies
Graduate Admissions
Stanford Law School
Crown Quadrangle
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305-8610
Phone: (650) 723-4985
Fax: (650) 723-0838