LLM in Elder Law

About the LLM in Elder Law

Elder law is an emerging field of legal expertise that has become a cohesive specialty in the last few decades in response to America’s aging population. The demographic trends that have fueled these developments are only accelerating: one recent Census Bureau publication estimates that the number of American seniors will double between 2012 and 2050.

The LLM in Elder Law program will train attorneys to provide representation, advocacy, and leadership in the areas of law that impact elders and people with disabilities. The program will emphasize building skills and knowledge in areas like:

  • Access to health care coverage (Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, Affordable Care Act coverage)
  • Income maintenance and retirement planning (Social Security, SSI, private pensions, retirement savings)
  • Financing the high cost of long-term care (long-term care insurance, Medicaid)
  • Wealth preservation, protection from abuse and neglect consumer protection
  • Consumer protection
  • Guardianship
  • Age/disability discrimination, housing, and estate and incapacity planning

Degree Requirements

The LLM candidate must complete 24 credit hours, including four core courses, with the remaining courses chosen from a list of approved electives, which may include experiential learning courses (both clinical and externship) and an independent study. Students may pursue their course of study either full-time over a single year, or part-time over two years. Candidates work closely with the program director to design a program that fulfills not only the degree requirements, but also their professional goals.


Download the Elder Law Curriculum

Curriculum and courses may change each year in order to incorporate new, relevant areas into the program.


  • Understanding an Aging Population
  • Representing an Aging Client
  • Guardianship and Its Alternatives
  • Public Benefits and the Elderly
  • Elder Law
  • Advanced Elder Law
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Trusts and Estates Drafting Lab
  • Health Law and the Elderly
  • Estate Planning
  • Gift and Estate Tax
  • Trusts and Estates Clinic
  • Indian Trusts and Estates Clinic
  • Community Property

Application Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the LLM program, candidates must hold a JD degree or foreign equivalent.

The application deadline is October 15 for Spring Semester applicants and May 15 for Fall Semester applicants.

Apply here using this form or apply on LSAC.org. In addition to this application form, applicants must submit:

  • Personal Statement (1-2 pages) that discusses your background, goals, how you plan to use your LLM degree, and any additional information you would like us to know
  • Nonrefundable $60 (US) application fee (waived for current Seattle U Law students and alumni)
  • A resume or C.V.
  • A list of three references (academic or professional references preferred but not required)
  • For attorneys admitted to practice in any jurisdiction, a Certificate of Good Standing from each such jurisdiction (need not be submitted with application – must be submitted at any time prior to the start of classes)

The following items must be sent to the law school directly from the appropriate institutions:

  • Official transcripts from all academic institutions where you have studied law. American students do not need to send undergraduate transcripts. A certified translation must be attached if the transcript is not in English.
  • If English is not your first language, official TOEFL score report must be sent directly from ETC. TOEFL is waived for students whose first language is English, who attended an educational institution in which English was the primary language of instruction, or who worked in an English-speaking environment for one year or more.

Tuition and Fees

Financial Aid Program
The deadline to apply for financial aid is October 15 for Spring Semester applicants and May 15 for Fall Semester applicants.

Tuition for the LLM is $1,611 per credit. Tuition Deposit: This $250 nonrefundable deposit is applied to your first semester's tuition and ensures you a place in the entering class. The deposit is due one month after the date of admission.

Tuition is paid per term, and determined by the number of credits you are taking. You may pay tuition charges with financial aid, personal resources, and/or employer benefits. If you choose not to use financial aid or have remaining charges after financial aid is applied to your account, you may arrange a payment plan directly with the law school business office, (206) 398-4050.