Since 1933, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy has had the goal of increasing international understanding, and preparing students from around the globe for leadership positions. Reflecting that goal, the Fletcher LL.M. program is different from programs offered by traditional law schools. It is focused exclusively on issues of public and private international law, across a range of nearly 30 courses taught by experts in international law with extensive real world experience. The program is purposefully small (between 15 and 20 students), and our students are a diverse and vibrant group hailing from the U.S. and abroad.
As you consider your options for graduate school, there are two aspects of the Fletcher School’s LL.M. that I believe make it unique among LL.M. programs, and a compelling choice for those seeking to concentrate on the study of international law. First, 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. I frequently hear from alumni that this opportunity to see global issues through a different lens has helped them to collaborate with colleagues from different academic backgrounds as they work on international legal issues.
Second, the small size of our program and the strength of the Fletcher community mean that the Fletcher LL.M. is highly personalized, and each LL.M. student receives active mentorship from our faculty. If you choose to study at Fletcher, you will be matched with an academic advisor in your field of interest who will guide you in your studies throughout the year. You will also have a Capstone advisor, who will guide you as you research and develop a “Capstone” thesis, which offers students the opportunity to concentrate on an international law issue of particular interest. As a larger group, the program hosts LL.M. students for monthly “High Table” and “Brown Bag” lunches, where experts in various aspects of international law visit the program to discuss their work. We also host a year-end Capstone Retreat, where students present their thesis work and join professors and visiting practitioners for topical conversations on issues in international law. 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 here at Fletcher.
The LL.M. Program is one full academic year. Four courses each semester are required for the LL.M. degree. No fewer than five and a maximum of six courses must be taken within the International Law and Organizations (ILO) division. At least one of the eight courses must be from the Diplomacy, History, and Politics (DHP) division, and at least one course must be chosen from the Economics and International Business (EIB) division.
Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100.
After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department.
Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.
The Fletcher School offers scholarships to help defray tuition costs. Applicants who complete the Fletcher scholarship application are considered for scholarship aid on the basis of both need and merit. However, the pool of financial aid that we have to offer is limited, and successful applicants should assume that they may have to secure alternative sources of funding to meet all of the costs associated with the program. Accordingly, we encourage applicants to seek outside sources of funding, including scholarships and loans, as early as possible in the application process. We are unable to offer scholarships or information on scholarships to prospective applicants until they have formally applied to the Program.