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The S.J. Quinney College of Law offers a specialized Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree for students wishing to pursue postgraduate study in the legal aspects of natural resources, the environment, international environmental policy, public lands, and energy. A prior law degree (J.D. or foreign equivalent) is a requirement for admission to the program. Factors considered in the selection of candidates include high academic performance, practice experience, work in related fields, and demonstrated potential for graduate level work.

This program is designed to be a full-time, one-year program requiring completion of a total of 24 semester credit hours. Part-time attendance may be requested in the application process.  The director of the Stegnar Centar makes the decisions on request for part-time attendance.

All LL.M. candidates holding a U.S. law degree will be required to complete:

  1. A minimum of 17 credits in courses from the approved list of natural resources, environmental, international and related law courses, seminars and clinical work;
  2. At least one seminar requiring a major research and writing project (which may count towards the 17-credit minimum described above); and
  3. LL.M. seminar (2 credits).

Candidates entering the LL.M. program with a foreign law degree shall fulfill the requirements outlined above with the following exceptions. Foreign candidates shall complete an introduction to U.S. law course (2 credits), one U.S. law course as approved by the College (3 to 5 credits), and a minimum of 15 credits from the approved list of natural resources and related courses.

Upon approval by the S.J. Quinney College of Law, an applicant may complete the LL.M. thesis for 6 to 12 credits toward the 24 credits required for the degree. The thesis satisfies the seminar requirement, but the candidate must complete the LL.M. seminar. An overall grade point average of B- or better is required for graduation.


2020-2021 Important Dates and Deadlines

October 5 Application Opens
January 31 File Completion Deadline


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L.L.M. Application Requirements

The Admission Committee will consider your file incomplete until the following items have been received and processed:

Applicants must register for the LLM Credential Assembly Service. An official transcript from each undergraduate, graduate and professional school attended must be sent by the institution to the LLM Credential Assembly Service. Applicants who are reapplying must submit a new Credential Assembly Service report. Once your Credential Assembly Service file is complete, please allow four to six weeks for the College of Law to receive and process your Credential Assembly Service report. For additional information about the LLM Credential Assembly Service, visit the LSAC website,

If the applicant earned a JD from a law school in the US, they only need to purchase the Document Assembly Service. LSAC will include copies of their transcripts and letters of recommendation in their law school report—no analysis is necessary. If the applicant earned their first degree in law from an institution outside of the US, you they must purchase the Document Assembly Service to have their letters of recommendation, English proficiency score(s), and electronic applications forwarded to participating law schools.

In addition to the Document Assembly Service, applicants  must purchase the International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service, which is offered in cooperation with the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). This includes the evaluation and authentication of transcripts/mark sheets, copies of degrees/diplomas, degree and graduation certificates, and rank statements so that US law schools better understand your academic credentials.


  1. Copies of all undergraduate, graduate, and law/professional school transcripts, and as required by each school;
  2. An International Credential Evaluation report (for international applicants only)
  3. Copies of English proficiency exam scores, if applicable. The law school transcript, or a separate statement from the law school, should indicate class rank (if available) and should list significant law school honors.

Applicants must include a statement of no more than two (2) pages detailing their education, experience, and interest in the natural resources, environment, international environment, public lands, or energy area.

Recommendation Form sent to the law school

Letters of recommendation from three (3) professional references, who are familiar with the applicant, must be submitted directly to the S.J. Quinney College of Law. They must be accompanied by a completed S.J. Quinney College of Law Letter of Recommendation Form and mailed to S.J. Quinney College of Law Admissions, 383 South University Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84112. At least one reference should be an academic reference.

Applicants who wish to complete an LL.M. thesis in lieu of coursework must submit a separate statement describing an area of primary interest so that a determination can be made on the feasibility of thesis supervision.

Applicants should be aware that approval of the thesis option presumes a match between:
(1) the applicant's interests and background, and
(2) the research and training interests of at least one member of the faculty who can serve as the student's advisor and thesis supervisor.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants are not required to submit English proficiency exam or TOEFL scores if they have received a baccalaureate or graduate degree from an institution whose primary language of instruction is English.

Admissions Criteria

Factors considered in the selection of LL.M. candidates include:

  • High academic performance
  • Practice experience
  • Work in related fields
  • Demonstrated potential for graduate level work

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