Required Application Documents
Applications are considered continuously throughout the admissions season in roughly the order that they are completed. Some applications receive an immediate decision; others are held for further review. We make every effort to announce our decisions within a reasonable amount of time. You can also check your application status online.
Application Form: Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply through the online Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Document Assembly Service. Please note that the Wake Forest Law $75 application fee is waived if using this service. Applicants who do not wish to use LSAC service may download the LL.M. Application (pdf) and mail along with supporting documents to the following address: Wake Forest University School of Law, LL.M. Admissions, P. O. Box 7206, 1834 Wake Forest Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27109, USA, 336-758-3241
Application Fee: $75, waived if using the LSAC LL.M. Document Assembly Service. For applications submitted by mail, payment must be made via check, money order or wire transfer. We are unable to accept payments via credit card for the application fee at this time. Checks or Money Orders must be in U.S, currency only and made payable to “Wake Forest University School of Law”.
Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit official transcripts from each institution of higher learning (university or college) previously attended. Transcripts should be in both the native language of the institution and in English. Transcripts should also include an explanation of the university’s grading system. LSAC’s LL.M. International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service is preferred.
Proof of English Proficiency: Applicants are required to earn a minimum paper based score of 600 or an internet based score of 100 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The institution code for the TOEFL is 5885, and the department code is 03. A score of 7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is also accepted.
Resume (Curriculum Vitae): Applicants must submit a resume or curriculum vitae outlining all relevant academic and professional achievements.
Personal Statement: A one to two page personal statement explaining your reasons for pursuing an LL.M. degree as well as your future plans and goals. In addition, applicants should describe what course of study they are interested in pursuing and how Wake Forest Law can assist them in achieving these goals.
Letters of Recommendation: Applicants are required to submit a minimum of two letters of recommendation. Ideally, these letters should come from former law professors or employers of the applicant and should address the applicant’s ability to pursue graduate legal study. Recommendation letters must be in English or accompanied by an English translation. Please provide your references with the Letter of Recommendation Information and Waiver Form found here. Applicants may submit Letters of Recommendation directly to the school, if in a sealed envelope and signed across the seal.
Financial Documentation: All applicants must provide documentation certifying adequate financial resources to pay for tuition, books, and living expenses. You can find an estimated budget for tuition and living expenses on the Law school’s website here. Financial documentation consists of two parts:
Official Bank Statements: You (or your sponsor) must provide certified bank statements (or other official financial statements) indicating that you have sufficient funds to cover all tuition and living expenses.
Sponsorship Letter(s): If you have been provided a scholarship, you must submit a copy of the sponsor’s letter affirming their commitment to support you during your studies and indicating the amount of monies provided. If a parent or other family members are your sponsors, you will need to submit a letter from them specifying their relationship to you and indicating their commitment to financially support you during your education in the U.S. Included with this letter, should be an official statement verifying that they have sufficient funds to provide for your full course of study and living expenses.
Scholarships and documentation of financial resources: Wake Forest Law offers a limited number of merit based scholarships for international applicants. All applicants are considered for these awards on the basis of their academic credentials, professional experience and English abilities and no additional application forms are required. Typically, these awards only cover a portion of the tuition costs so an additional source of funding is required.
Deadline for submitting application: Candidates should submit their application and supporting materials as soon as possible. Wake Forest Law employs a “rolling admissions” process and applications are reviewed once fully complete. Applications for fall 2014 are available through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Document Assembly Service starting September 1st and will continue through April 30th, 2014.
Certification Letter: If you choose to submit your application to the LL.M. Program as an email attachment to LLM@wfu.edu, you must print out, sign, and include a signed certification letter with the other application materials that you will mail to the WFU Law School. This letter provide us with your signature certifying that the information you provided is accurate.
If you have questions regarding the application or the admissions process, please contact LL.M. Admissions at (336) 758-6116 or via email at LLM@wfu.edu.