Graduate Program - nav image

Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program

HLS Graduate Program banner - graduate students outside


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 2013-2014

  • 181 students (98% are international students)
  • 53% women, 47% men
  • 32% hold advanced degrees, including 7 doctorates
  • 67% have 2 or more years of practice or teaching experience
  • 11 Supreme Court or Constitutional Court Clerks (for courts in Australia, Canada, Colombia, India, Israel, New Zealand, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Singapore)
  • 1 prosecutor, 6 judges and 5 law teachers
  • 20 Fulbright Scholars
  • 65 countries/jurisdictions represented, from A (Argentina) to V (Vietnam)
  • In addition to law, LL.M.s in this class hold degrees in architectural engineering, Asian studies, broadcast communications, business, civil engineering, criminal justice, economics, finance, geography & resource development, history, journalism, Maori resource management, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, and pharmaceutical science
  • Fun Facts: This year’s LL.M. class includes a former professional soccer player, a licensed pharmacist, a former radio and television host, a documentary film producer, a number of black belt martial artists, a military parachutist, a former police officer, two former journalists, and a trained opera singer

Financial Aid Facts:

  • 2013-2014 cost of attendance (tuition, fees, and estimated living expenses): US$78,845
  • Financial aid from Harvard Law School is based on demonstrated need
  • Typical financial aid award is part grant, part loan
  • 61% of LL.M.s received need-based aid (grant and/or loan) from or through Harvard Law School
  • 31% of LL.M.s receive grants from other sources within Harvard University (e.g., Albert Sachs Scholarships) or non-Harvard sources (e.g., Fulbright scholarships)
  • Average HLS grant is approximately $24,000; average loan is approximately $21,800
Last modified: December 18, 2013

© 2014 The President and Fellows of Harvard College. All rights reserved.