LL.M. in Law and Sexuality

About the LL.M. in Law and Sexuality

The LL.M. specialization in Law and Sexuality builds on the role of UCLA School of Law as a leader in the field of sexual orientation and gender identity law and scholarship. The goal of the specialization is to expand the quality and extent of legal knowledge and public discourse on issues related to sexuality and law.

LL.M. students in Law and Sexuality will have the opportunity to take classes offered by faculty and scholars associated with the Williams Institute, to be mentored by them, and to participate in a range of Williams Institute activities, including the speaker series and annual conference, moot court competition, and the Dukeminier Awards journal.

During spring semester 2014, Professor Kees Waaldijk from the Leiden Law School in the Netherlands will be the McDonald/Wright Visiting Chair of Law at UCLA School of Law and Faculty Chair of the Williams Institute. Professor Waaldijk is one of the leading scholars on comparative sexual orientation law in the world.

Staff from the Williams Institute will work with LL.M. students to secure internships in the Los Angeles area and to establish connections between LL.M. students and international experts and organizations working in their geographic or topic area.


The LL.M. specialization in Law and Sexuality will include coursework on comparative and/or international law courses focused on sexuality issues. This includes a course on Law and Sexuality and a Sexual Orientation Workshop seminar taught every year by Williams Institute Law Teaching Fellows.

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The LL.M. program is open to both U.S. and foreign-trained lawyers who have a J.D. or equivalent first law degree from another legal system.  Applicants whose native language is not English must submit a TOEFL score.

To Apply

The application period for the 2014-2015 LL.M. program is now closed. The application for admission to the 2015-2016 LL.M. program will be available in September 2014.

For more information,please contact or visit :

UCLA School of Law
Office of Graduate Studies & International Programs
Tel: (310) 206-3947
Email: llm@law.ucla.edu
Website: http://law.ucla.edu/llm-sjd/llm-program/