The LLM program is a full-time one-year program or a part-time three-year program providing advanced training in environmental and natural resources law. The program has enrolled students from various parts of the United States and diverse foreign countries such as Nepal, Peru, India, Croatia, Italy, and Ghana. Besides possessing excellent legal educational credentials, the students bring various professional experiences and backgrounds to their studies. Past LLM classes have included university professors, government officials, JAG (military) attorneys, entrepreneurs, practicing attorneys, and recent JD graduates.
LLM students receive professional training from experienced faculty in a broad spectrum of courses. The LLM program exposes students to the diverse laws relating to climate change, energy, environmental protection, land management, mining, oil & gas, water, wildlife, and other areas at the nexus between the law, economy, and ecology. Students enrolling in the program with a foreign law degree must demonstrate a basic comprehension of U.S. law. The College of Law also offers an integrated clinical program that provides students the opportunity to assume an attorney role in the practice of environmental law. Moreover, the College’s renowned Wallace Stegner Center exposes LLM students to world-class thought leaders and legal practitioners in the environmental and natural resources field.
Persons requesting enrollment in the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law LLM program must submit the following items by January 31 of the year the individual seeks admission:
- Completed application and fee
- Three letters of evaluation (at least one from an academic source)
- Statement of experience and interest
- Official undergraduate and graduate (including JD) transcripts
- For students whose native language is not English, an official TOEFL report from the Educational Testing Service (copies of the TOEFL report are not acceptable)
Applications must be submitted through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website.
Factors considered in the selection of LLM candidates include high academic performance, practice experience, work in related fields, and demonstrated potential for graduate level work. A prior law degree (JD or equivalent) is a requirement.
LLM Application Requirements
The Admission Committee will consider your file incomplete until the following items have been received and processed: