Howard University

Master of Law (LLM) Application and Brochure

Howard University School of Law

Dear Prospective Applicant,

The application is available from October 1, 2014 through March 15, 2015. We recommend applying as soon as possible.


The Master of Law (LLM) Program offers a graduate law degree to qualifying lawyers who have obtained their law degree from a law school outside of the United States. The program builds on the Howard University School of Law’s rich history as a center for creative legal scholarship and advocacy. Graduates are expected to strengthen the rule of law, promote justice and contribute to international legal harmony. The program particularly seeks to cater to the social and economic interests and needs of the developing world.

Howard graduates historically have filled roles of importance in their respective countries. Many have assumed high positions in government and in the judiciary. Still others are using their familiarity with the U.S. Legal System as they practice law.

The World’s Resources at Your Doorstep

Washington, D.C., is home to one of the greatest collections of intellectual, physical and personnel resources in the world, including federal courts, the Congress, the Executive Branch of government, the Library of Congress and the many local offices of corporations and associations. A regular program of seminars and round tables permits students to discuss current issues and the U.S. system of law with judges, members of congress, ambassadors, and others who help to shape law and policy. Field trips take students to the U.S. Supreme Court and other important sources of influence on the U.S. legal system. The Graduate Program makes a concerted effort to introduce students to the rich tapestry of legal expertise and international policy making apparatus in Washington, D.C., which is the U.S. capital and the “City of Lawyers”. We draw on these resources to enrich the educational experience of the Master of Laws Candidates. When opportunities are available and appropriate arrangements can be made, a Candidate may be offered a period of internship in a private law office, judge’s chambers, government agency, or another institution of legal interest.


Howard University was founded by an Act of Congress on March 2, 1867. The Charter of Howard University provides for normal, collegiate, theological, legal, medical, and agricultural departments, along with such other departments as the Board of Trustees might establish. Since its inception, the University has grown from a single frame building to three campuses occupying some 75 acres in the nation’s capital. Currently, the University has 17 schools and colleges that embody a tradition of academic excellence. More than 2,000 faculty members teach a student body of over 11,000. The University offers degree programs in more than 200 specialized subjects and doctorates in more than 23 academic disciplines. An array of institutes and centers addresses a number of national concerns, as well as those of the immediate Washington community. In 1993 the University received a substantial grant to support establishing the Ralph J. Bunche Center for International Affairs.


The School of Law admitted its first class in 1869. The first 10 Graduates from this class included the nation’s first black woman law student, who became the fourth woman admitted to the practice of law in the United States. Since its founding, Howard University School of Law has retained the very special position for which it was expressly created: to offer educational advantages without regard to race, creed, color, or sex. The Law School’s aim is to provide professional leadership for the social changes that this country and the world are experiencing.

Because the School of Law purposely limits the size of its student body, the faculty-student ratio is 1 to 10, thereby fostering close, frequent contacts between professors and students. Students get to know and meet with their professors in an informal atmosphere.

The basic program of the School of Law is the first degree – the Juris Doctor (J.D.) to which 3 years of full-time study must be devoted by students who hold an undergraduate degree. The School of Law also offers a joint Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration (J.D. /M.B.A) degree, as well as the Master of Laws Program.

Located in the heart of Washington, DC, the School of Law gives students the advantage of its location as they experience and learn from a broad range of activities in our nation’s capital. Few cities in the world can offer such a diverse educational experience. The School of Law gives students a sample of such opportunities. Recent visitors to the campus have included Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, members of Congress, state-elected officials such as the Governor of the State of Virginia, diplomats, partners in major law firms, and respected members of academia. Within the pleasantly wooded West Campus of Howard University, the School of Law is just off the main thoroughfare of Connecticut Avenue in Northwest Washington and is one block from Metro subway’s Van Ness-UDC Station.