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.


The application to start in 2023 will be available in September.

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How to Apply

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

  1. Application Fee Payments. The application fee is $75. If you use the LSAC LLM Document Assembly Service, your application fee will be waived. 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.
    • Duolingo: Applicants submitting this online test must have a result in the 115-120 test band or higher.
    • Completion of a degree taught solely in English may also satisfy this requirement at the discretion of the admissions committee.
    Students who do not currently meet the English Proficiency requirements may apply for conditional admission to the program. Information and requirements for conditional admission can be found on the Application Form.
  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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