LL.M. in International Law


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Program Description

A Focus on International Law

Fletcher's Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Law is designed for lawyers interested in gaining broad expertise in international law.

Our LL.M. reflects The Fletcher School's goal of increasing international understanding and preparing students from around the globe for leadership positions. We differ from traditional law schools because the program is focused exclusively on issues of public and private international law. Our courses cover the spectrum of international law and are taught by experts with both academic expertise and extensive real-world experience.

Our Unique, Interdisciplinary Approach

The interdisciplinary nature of our program allows you, as a student, to see issues of international law in their social, economic, and political contexts. As an LL.M. student at Fletcher, you build a strong foundation in international law and will have the opportunity to complement that foundation with courses from the diverse group of political science, history, business and economics courses that make up the Fletcher curriculum.

A Seat at the Table

As an LL.M. student, you will be part of a diverse and vibrant group, with classmates hailing from around the world.

You will get to know your classmates, as well as leaders in the field of international law, through our program-specific events throughout the year. Our High Table speaker series gives students the chance to meet and talk with distinguished international lawyers over lecture-luncheons. At the end of the year, our capstone retreat is a chance to gather off-campus with fellow LL.M. students and faculty to discuss students' research and examine pressing issues in international law.

A Personalized Program

Our LL.M. is highly personalized. Each LL.M. student receives active mentorship from our faculty. The program's size is intentionally limited so that staff and faculty get to know every student in the LL.M. Throughout the year, program staff and faculty will work with you to determine the best course schedule for your career goals, and are here to support you as you explore all that Fletcher has to offer.

Our personalized approach and cohesive community make our LL.M. unique in comparison with our peers' larger programs and will empower you to make the most of your time at The Fletcher School.

Join us, and you will find that our approach to the study of international law will arm you with a unique and powerful skillset, wherever your career in international law may lead.

Professional Opportunities

Our students represent diverse geographic regions and come to Fletcher with legal experience in a variety of sectors, including from private international law firms, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, diplomatic missions, multinational corporations, and think tanks.

During their year of study, LL.M. students have the opportunity to work with the LL.M. program staff and Fletcher’s Office of Career Services to develop a customized approach to a career in international law. Our Office of Career Services offers an ongoing professional development series, career trips to Washington, D.C. and New York, and on-campus sessions with employers such as the United Nations and State Street Corporation.

Participating in the Fletcher LL.M. facilitates significant networking within the legal community. Our High Table series and capstone retreat afford students opportunities to meet a wide variety of international law practitioners and scholars. Visitors to the Fletcher LL.M. program often shed valuable insight on careers in international law, and sometimes prove to be valuable connections for students hoping to work in a similar field.


The list below provides a general overview of the LL.M. application requirements.

Application Checklist

  • Application for Admission
  • Application Fee of $80
  • Official Academic Transcripts
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (a third is optional)
  • Personal Statement
  • Supplemental Essay
  • Resume
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS test scores: required of international students whose native language is not English and who have not earned a university degree where English was the primary language of instruction.
  • Evaluative Interview (optional)
  • Scholarship Application (if applicable)

Application Deadlines

Deadlines for applicants wishing to enroll in Fall 2020 are as follows:

  • November 10 - Early notification; non-binding
  • January 10 - Scholarship Priority
  • February 20 - Round 3
  • April 1 - Round 4

All supplemental materials including recommendations, transcripts, and test scores must arrive at the Office of Admissions by the application date.

The LL.M. program is limited to students who meet at least one of the following requirements:

  1. Have obtained a J.D. degree from an A.B.A. approved law school in the United States;
  2. Have completed in a foreign country the academic (university-based) legal education required to take the bar examination in that country; or
  3. Are qualified to practice law (admitted to the bar) in a foreign country.

Applicants will be selected on the basis of law school and undergraduate grades, legal and other professional experience, exam scores, TOEFL or IELTS scores (where applicable), and recommendations. A waiver of these requirements is granted only in exceptional circumstances.

Last updated Aug 2019

About the School

The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University (The Fletcher School)—the first exclusively graduate school of international affairs in the United States—has prepared the world’s leaders ... Read More

The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University (The Fletcher School)—the first exclusively graduate school of international affairs in the United States—has prepared the world’s leaders to tackle complex global challenges since 1933. The School’s alumni represent the highest levels of leadership in the world, including hundreds of sitting ambassadors; respected voices from distinguished media outlets; heads of global non-profit organizations; leaders of international peacekeeping and security initiatives; and executive leadership of some of the world’s largest for-profit companies. The Fletcher School offers a collaborative, flexible and interdisciplinary approach to the study of international affairs, featuring a distinguished faculty and diverse student body representing more than half the world’s countries. Read less