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Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program

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The LL.M. (Master of Laws) program is a one-year degree program that typically includes 180 students from more than 70 countries. The Graduate Program is interested in attracting intellectually curious and thoughtful candidates from a variety of legal systems and backgrounds and with various career plans. Harvard's LL.M. students include lawyers working in firms, government officials, law professors, judges, diplomats, human rights activists, doctoral students, business men and women, and others. The diversity of the participants in the LL.M. program contributes significantly to the educational experience of all students at the School. For more information about the program, click here.

The LL.M. Class of 2014-2015

  • 182 students (99% are international students)
  • 51% women, 49% men
  • 29% hold advanced degrees, including 5 doctorates
  • 72% have 2 or more years of practice or teaching experience
  • 18 Supreme Court or Constitutional Court Clerks (for courts in Brazil, Canada, China, India, Israel, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Africa, and Uruguay)
  • 4 prosecutors, 1 assistant attorney general, 3 judges, 4 full-time law teachers, 25 part-time law teachers
  • 18 Fulbright Scholars
  • 69 countries/jurisdictions represented, from A (Argentina) to V (Venezuela)
  • In addition to law, LL.M.s in this class hold degrees in accounting, biotechnology, business, Chinese studies, development studies, economics, engineering, environmental management, European affairs, finance, history, journalism, literature, medicine, migration studies, music, oceanography, pharmaceutical science, philosophy, political science, and psychology
  • Fun Facts: This year’s LL.M. class includes a former national swimming champion, a licensed pharmacist, a medical doctor, a [former] world ranked fencer, an amateur gemologist, a number of black belt martial artists, an avid cruciverbalist, a number of TV quiz show participants, and several accomplished musicians

Financial Aid Facts:

  • 2014-2015 cost of attendance (tuition, fees, and estimated living expenses): US$82,123
  • Financial aid from Harvard Law School is based on demonstrated need
  • Typical financial aid award is part grant, part loan; everyone in the LL.M. class of 2014-2015 who demonstrated financial need received some form of aid, whether as grant, grant and loan, or loan only
  • 59% of 2014-2015 LL.M.s received need-based aid (grant and/or loan) from or through Harvard Law School
  • 37% of 2014-2015 LL.M.s received grants from other sources within Harvard University (e.g., Albert Sachs scholarships) or non-Harvard sources (e.g., Fulbright scholarships)
  • For 2014-2015, the average Harvard Law School grant is approximately $23,000; average loan is approximately $25,700
Last modified: October 22, 2014

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