Our Master of Laws (LLM) degree program is a one-year program of study primarily designed for international lawyers and students who hold a degree in law from their home countries and wish to enhance their study of law in the U.S.

Criteria For Selection

LLM admission decisions are based on several factors, including academic credentials and professional experience, letters of recommendation, applicants’ English proficiency, and a candidate’s ability to enhance the academic and geographic diversity of the class.


Wake Forest School of Law employs a "rolling admissions" process, meaning applications are reviewed on a continuous basis throughout the admissions season. Candidates should submit their application and supporting materials as soon as possible.

We do our very best to provide you with a decision in a reasonable amount of time; however, while some applicants will receive an immediate decision, other applications may be held for further review.


Fall 2025

August Start

  Application Available

September 1, 2024

  Application Deadline

June 1, 2025

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How to Apply

You can apply through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) (registration required) or through the Wake Forest Law application system. Your application should include:

  1. Application Fee Payments. The application fee is $75. For applications submitted through Wake Forest Law’s online application portal, payment must be made via check, money order or wire transfer. Checks or money orders must be in U.S. currency only and made payable to "Wake Forest University School of Law." Applicants may also request an application waiver fee.
  2. 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.
  3. Proof of English Proficiency. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to provide proof of English language proficiency. The following tests are an accepted way to provide proof.
    • TOEFL: Applicants must 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 C261.
    • IELTS: A score of 7.0 or higher on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is also accepted.
    • English Language Proficiency: The TOEFL or IELTS requirement may be waived at the discretion of the admissions committee if the applicant has earned (or will earn), prior to law school matriculation, a baccalaureate-level or higher degree from an accredited institution of higher education where English is the primary language of instruction and where the corresponding degree of study was undertaken primarily in one of the following countries:
      • Antigua and Barbuda
      • Commonwealth of Australia
      • The Bahamas
      • Barbados
      • Belize
      • Canada
      • Commonwealth of Dominica
      • Grenada
      • Co-operative Republic of Guyana
      • Republic of Ireland
      • Jamaica
      • Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis
      • Saint Lucia
      • Republic of Malta
      • New Zealand
      • Trinidad and Tobago
      • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
      • United States of America
      • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
      The Office of Admissions & Financial Aid may, at its sole discretion, require a TOEFL or IELTS score of any applicant, regardless of education or other attributes.
  4. Resume (Curriculum Vitae). Applicants must submit a resume or curriculum vitae outlining all relevant academic and professional achievements.
  5. Personal Statement. Your personal statement should be 1 to 2 pages in length and explain your reasons for pursuing an LLM 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.
  6. Letters of Recommendation. Applicants are required to submit a minimum of 2 letters of recommendation. Ideally, these letters should come from former law professors or employers and should address the applicant’s ability to pursue graduate legal study. Recommendation letters must be in English or accompanied by an English translation. Letters of Recommendation may be emailed to if they are sent from the email account of the person writing the letter, or the letters must be mailed directly to the school in a sealed envelope and signed across the seal.


All deposits are non-refundable.

Pay Deposit Electronically

  1. Enter your WFU Student ID number below and click 'Go'
  2. Choose the 'WFU Tuition Deposit' box

Pay Deposit by Mail

Please make checks payable to Wake Forest University and mail them to:

Wake Forest University
P.O. Box 890701
Charlotte, NC 28289-0701

*Please include your WFU Student ID number on the check.


Under U.S. immigration regulations, Wake Forest University can only issue a I-20 or a DS-2019 "Certificate of Eligibility" for students who have:

  • Been accepted to our LLM program
  • Paid all the required deposits
  • Provided evidence of sufficient funds to cover all tuition and living expenses while enrolled in the LLM program

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