The J.D./LL.M. is a fast-track program that can be completed in 3-1/2 years instead of the traditional 4 years (which also means saving a semester's tuition).
By completing the additional courses required to earn an LL.M. (Master of Laws), students are expected to have an additional level of expertise when entering the job market.
The program's ultimate goal is to prepare the next generation of lawyers who will work in and shape the fields of energy, environmental, and sustainable development law.
Dual Degree Requirements
WVU Law students can apply for the program at the end of their 2L year (approximately May 1). Applications must be received by June 15.
Students in the program will graduate with their J.D. in May, can sit for the
Bar Exam in July, and finish their LL.M. requirements in the fall.
J.D./LL.M. students are required to complete their J.D. with an emphasis on Energy and Sustainable Development Law. Following completion and conferral of the J.D. degree and after completing the requirements for the Energy & Sustainable Development emphasis, students must complete an additional 14 credits of coursework that qualify for the LL.M. in Energy & Sustainable Development Law. The dual degree program will include the LL.M. Seminar and a relevant clinical experience, externship or other experiential learning opportunity.
Students from other law schools can apply for the program starting on February 1 each year. Applications to the J.D./LL.M program must be received by June 15.
Students that are admitted to the J.D./LL.M. program will apply to attend WVU Law as visiting students for their entire 3L year. Visiting student applicants should list their plan to pursue the J.D./LL.M. in Energy and Sustainable Development Law as their primary reason for seeking admission as a visiting student. An application to attend WVU Law as a visiting student will not be considered without a letter from the applicant’s Dean (or equivalent) authorizing the student’s attendance at WVU Law and stating that the home school will agree to transfer credits earned at WVU Law.
Visiting students must complete the coursework for the Energy and Sustainable Development Law Concentration in their 3L year while attending WVU Law. Some course taken at a student’s home institution may be approved to satisfy some concentration requirements. Visiting students must take a minimum of nine credit hours in qualifying courses while visiting at WVU Law.