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LLM in Elder Law and Estate Planning

School of Law


The only live, interactive, online LLM in Elder Law and Estate Planning in the U.S., our program offers a unique opportunity for you to take your practice in a new direction or strengthen your expertise to advocate for elders and their families. In this 24-credit program, you will gain an extensive knowledge of and training in a number of diverse areas of law, including wills and trusts, estate and fiduciary administration, income taxation, federal wealth transfer taxation, and the use of various entities and products (particularly trusts and insurance products) in wealth planning and management. The program also develops expertise in social security law, Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal and state laws and regulations that directly affect these clients. You can enroll part-time or full-time in the fall or spring.

Why Choose the Online LLM?

A pioneer in live, online Elder Law and Estate Planning education, Western New England University School of Law is accredited by the ABA. Taught live, not asyncronous, by leading experts, our program’s unique online delivery experience makes the LLM available to busy professionals nationwide who are looking to enhance their skills while studying part-time in just two to three years. Students have attended class from Alaska, Hawaii, while serving in the military in Germany, and while traveling in India! A full-time option is also available for recent graduates looking to strengthen their JDs with specialization in this growing practice area.

What Will you Study?

The program teaches the practical aspects of drafting estate plans, administering the settlement of estates, and representing elderly clients and families. In your final project, you will create a complex plan and develop your own set of planning documents. The in-depth knowledge gained from this experience will help you distinguish your practice and help you to inform and educate your clients on a very personal level.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Candidates for an LL.M. degree in Elder Law and Estate Planning must:

  • Hold a J.D. from an ABA accredited law school, or admission to practice by any U.S. jurisdiction.
  • Successfully complete a minimum of 24 credit hours in both required and elective courses.

Learn more about the admissions requirements for this program.

Our Live, Online Experience

Our Live, Online Experience

All courses are live and taught online so you get immediate interaction with faculty and classmates through the use of virtual classrooms in real-time. Each student is supplied with a headset and microphone so that he/she can actively participate in classroom discussions. Both the video and audio of all of our online classes are recorded. Many of our graduates also archive the recordings as a part of their own personal legal education reference library.

Full-time Option

Full-time Option

As a full-time student, you will take 12 academic credits in each semester. This includes 6 two-credit courses in the first semester and 4 two-credit courses plus the four-credit capstone course in the second semester. Full-time students attend classes on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday either in the late afternoon or evening.

Student Demographics

Student Demographics

As a completely online program, the LLM attracts students from across the country, who have graduated from a variety of law schools. Here is a sampling of where our students have earned JD degrees.

Albany Law School
Boston College School of Law
Boston University School of Law
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Columbia University School of Law
Dickinson School of Law
Florida International University School of Law
Fordham University School of Law
Franklin Pierce Law Center
George Washington School of Law
Georgetown University School of Law
Loyola University (Chicago) School of Law
Marshall-Wyeth School of Law
New England School of Law
New York Law School
Northeastern University School of Law
Quinnipiac University School of Law
Southern Illinois University School of Law
St John's University School of Law
Suffolk University School of Law
Temple University School of Law
Tulane University School of Law
UCLA School of Law
University of Arkansas School of Law
University of Dayton School of Law
University of Maine School of Law
University of Nebraska College of Law
University of Tennessee School of Law
University of Tulsa School of Law
University of Wisconsin (Madison) School of Law
Washington University School of Law
Western New England University School of Law
Widener University (Harrisburg) School of Law

Online Informational Sessions

Online Informational Sessions

The LLM in Elder Law and Estate Planning offers online Informational Sessions (evenings) to help you learn more about this dynamic learning opportunity to enhance or expand your practice and skills. Register for an Upcoming session.

Law Library Resources

Law Library Resources

Through the Law Library, students have access to a wealth of primary and secondary materials online, including Westlaw, LexisNexis, CCH publications, Warren Gorham Lamont treatises, the entire BNA Tax Management Portfolio series, and RIA Checkpoint Online.

Law Library

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  • 73 Million Reasons to Grow Your Practice

    The aging of the population provides unprecedented need for informed advisors who can help individuals and families navigate healthcare legal issues, provide for special needs children, and plan for the largest intergenerational transfer of wealth in history. According to the Insured Retirement Institute, Baby Boomers will retire at a rate of 10,000 per day through at least 2030, when almost 73 million Americans, comprising more than 20 percent of the U.S. population, will be age 65 or older. 

  • Expert Faculty

    You will receive personalized attention from our stellar faculty who are recognized experts in Elder Law, Estate Planning, and Special Needs, including current and past presidents of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the National Elder Law Foundation.

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