Application & Financial Information
Admissions decisions for the LLM program are based on many factors, including the ability of an applicant to meet the demanding academic program. Factors considered are the applicant’s academic and professional record, the candidate’s ability to enhance the academic program of the law school, and the geographic diversity of the class.
- Please click on the links to the left to read more about applying for our LL.M program.
- You will find the application forms and detailed instructions about what is required for a complete LL.M. application here.
Qualification for Admissions
The LLM Program in American Law is a one-year program of study for lawyers and students who have law degrees from institutions in their home countries. The program is intended for foreign lawyers who plan to return to their home countries on completion of their LLM degree and is not designed to prepare students to take U.S bar exams or to practice in the United States. To qualify for admission to the program, LLM applicants…
- Must hold a basic first degree in law from an accredited or comparably recognized law school or law faculty in their home country. Law degrees or credits earned by correspondence courses or distance learning are not acceptable.
- Must provide a TOEFL score, unless granted an exemption. Our minimum required TOEFL score is 600 (paper-based test), 250 (computer-based test), or 100 (internet-based test). We will consider granting an exemption from the TOEFL requirement if you are from an English-speaking country, earned your basic law degree in an English-speaking country, or received a prior academic degree in the United States.
- May take an intensive English course before you begin our LLM program if your TOEFL score only meets our minimum for admission, if we believe you will benefit from more exposure to English. We may condition our acceptance on your satisfactory completion of an approved course. More on enrollment in an ESL course.
When to Apply to the LL.M. Program
You should submit your application and supporting materials as soon as possible. The School of Law employs a “rolling admissions” process, which means we review each application once fully completed. We review and accept applications throughout the year. In some circumstances, we accept late applications and make admissions decisions when space in the program is available. The application deadline for the following fall is March 31.