How to Apply
Who is Eligible
Applicants to our Insurance Law LL.M. program should have: (1) a J.D. from an accredited U.S. law school, or (2) a law degree from a faculty outside the United States. We will also consider applications from individuals holding an advanced degree in a related field. International applicants must also meet the English proficiency requirements described further down on this page.
Lawyers with J.D. degrees from accredited U.S. law schools who are not within commuting distance of Hartford, Connecticut, may also apply to the LL.M. program as distance learners, which allows them to enroll and complete the program without having to travel to the Law School for courses. International students are not eligible to participate as distance learning students and must attend classes on campus.
The admissions committee considers the applicant's academic performance, intellectual curiosity and professional and personal experience. Admission is highly selective. Candidates from outside the U.S. are encouraged to apply, provided they can demonstrate fluency in reading and writing English. While many of our LL.M. students have spent years practicing insurance law, prior professional experience in this field is not required. Each year our LL.M. class consists of experienced lawyers, recent law school graduates, and students holding law degrees from countries throughout the world. We look for students who are intellectually engaged, think creatively, and seek to significantly advance their expertise in this field, whether as practicing lawyers, regulators, business people, or academics.
We encourage all students to begin their program in the fall term, which starts in late August. However, we do accept applications for students who wish to start in our spring semester, which begins in mid-January. New students are required to attend a short orientation in Hartford before their first semester. We admit students on a rolling basis, which means we should be able to make an admission decision within 2 to 3 weeks of receiving a complete application.
Applicants who are U.S. citizens or hold a green card: Applications for students not requiring visas will be accepted through August 1 for fall enrollment, and January 1 for spring enrollment.
International Applicants: All international student applications should be received by June 15th for fall enrollment or November 15th for spring enrollment.
Applying through Law School Admission Council (LSAC)
You may also download the application and forms and mail it to us at:
University of Connecticut School of Law
Insurance Law Center
Phoenix Masters Program in Insurance Law
65 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105-2290
Application forms may be downloaded here.
Your application should include:
- Your resume.
- The completed, signed application form.
- Your personal statement.
- Two letters of recommendation. These should come from present or former law or graduate professors or employers. If you have graduated from law school or graduate school within the last three years, at least one recommendation should be provided by a professor. The recommendation should either be sent directly to us or returned to you in an envelope signed across the seal to be sent in with your application form. You can download recommendation forms here.
- A certified copy of your transcript from all of your law and/or graduate schools. This copy, along with the transcript form to be completed by your school, should be sent directly by the school to the Insurance Law Center.
- A short legal writing sample, which can be an essay, a section of a brief you wrote, or similar work that is a good example of your legal writing and analytical ability.
- If you took the LSAT within the last 10 years, please ask your law school to send a copy of your LSDAS report directly to the Insurance Law Center.
- Payment of the $40 application fee. Checks should be made out to the University of Connecticut School of Law.
International Students should also include:
- The Financial Declaration Form
- Your TOEFL or IELTS Report (see next section on the English language requirement for international students)
English Language Requirement for LL.M. Admissions
Unless the applicant qualifies for an exemption as outlined below, any international applicant who earned his or her first law degree outside the U.S. must obtain a minimum TOEFL IBT® score of 85 or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, in order to be considered for admission to the LL.M. Programs at the University of Connecticut School of Law. However, if the applicant meets this required minimum but does not attain a score of 90 or higher on the TOEFL IBT® or 7.0 or higher on the IELTS, the applicant must further substantiate proficiency in English through additional evidence of English language skills. This substantiation must include, but is not limited to, a strong writing sample in conjunction with an interview with an Admissions representative, conducted in-person, by phone, or online (using Skype or similar service).
If the applicant’s TOEFL IBT®/IELTS score is lower than the required minima of 85 on the TOEFL IBT® or 6.5 on the IELTS (or if the applicant is unable to substantiate proficiency in English through additional evidence as defined in the prior paragraph), the applicant may nevertheless be considered for conditional admission. Such conditional admission would require the applicant to successfully complete an ESL program in the U.S. that is satisfactory to the Admissions Committee plus then obtain a new TOEFL IBT® score of at least 85 or a new IELTS score of at least 6.5 before being permitted to undertake the LL.M. Program.
The applicant may, however, be exempt from submitting a TOEFL IBT® or IELTS score if:
1. the applicant earned a law degree from a recognized institution of higher learning at which the primary language of instruction was English;
2. the applicant earned a prior academic degree from an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States;
3. the applicant has resided and worked speaking English in an English-speaking country for not less than two years prior to the date of application;
4. the applicant has received a certificate of English proficiency from the University of Connecticut American English Language Institute; or
5. the applicant’s native language is English.
Please note that any international applicant claiming exemption from the TOEFL IBT®/IELTS requirement must submit a written request with his or her application for admission that includes an explanation of the applicant’s proficiency in English along with original documentation supporting the requested exemption on the basis of one or more of the above categories. Exemptions are not automatic and require the approval of the Admissions Committee.
In all instances, regardless of TOEFL IBT®or IELTS score or requested exemption, the Admissions Committee reserves the right to deny an application and to require a writing sample and an online, phone, or in-person interview as a condition for consideration of any application.