Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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When and how should I apply?
Each year, the LLM application opens on September 1, and closes on June 1.

Applicants may 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. If using this method of application, all supporting documentation should be sent to LSAC.

Applicants may also use our Online Application System to complete the application and then send supporting documents to llm@wfu.edu. Visit the Apply page for full instructions, a list of required documents, and information on English Proficiency requirements.
Can I start in the spring semester?
The LLM is a one-year, full-time program starting in the fall semester only. We do not admit candidates in the spring semester or on a part-time basis.
Do you offer Conditional Admission?
Yes. If your TOEFL or IELTS score is below our minimum required score, your acceptance offer may be contingent upon satisfactory completion of a yearlong English as a Second Language (ESL) program.

Wake Forest University does not offer a yearlong ESL program. In the past we have referred students to an intensive English language program sponsored through the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Please note that the UNCG campus is approximately 30 minutes from the Wake Forest University campus in Winston-Salem.

For those students whose English proficiency is very close to our requirements, Wake Forest Law offers a Legal English Summer Program to help students improve their legal English skills prior to starting the LLM program. Participants in this program build the knowledge and the confidence to navigate the language of the law, casework, and legal writing while experiencing life in the U.S.
When will I get my decision?
The School of Law employs a "rolling admissions" process, which means we review each application once fully completed. It generally takes between 3 to 5 weeks after your application file is complete for the Admissions Committee to make its decision.
How can I secure my seat in the class?
If you are granted admission, your acceptance letter will include the due date and instructions for paying the deposit necessary to hold your seat in the class.

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Can Wake Forest University sponsor my student visa?
Yes. Under U.S. immigration regulations, Wake Forest University can issue a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 or Form DS-2019) for a student visa only after you have paid the required tuition deposits and have provided evidence of sufficient funds to cover your full course of study and living expenses while enrolled in the LLM program.

After receiving the Certificate of Eligibility, you must schedule an appointment at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country in order to apply for the student visa. You should make an appointment well in advance of the date you intend to travel to the U.S. as some embassies and consulates can take several weeks (or even months) to process visa requests.
Where will I live?
Wake Forest University does not offer on-campus housing for graduate students, but there are many off-campus housing options near the law school. The University also rents off-campus, furnished housing to international students. These furnished houses are very popular with LLM students as they are generally within walking distance of the law school.
What courses should I take?
Our Academics page has information on degree requirements, including our core curriculum and writing requirements. A full list of courses offered by the law school can be found on our website.
Can I specialize my LLM?
Yes! Students may specialize in one of a number of relevant and trending legal fields. Students may also create their own specialized course of study when their legal interest aligns with courses offered during their year of study.
Do you only offer an LL.M?
No! Check out our International Programs site to learn more about the programs for studying law at Wake Forest, each with its own benefits and challenges.
What should I expect taking classes at Wake Forest Law?
The LLM class consists of approximately 25 to 30 students each year. The program, like our law school, is small and selective by design. LLM students take classes with JD students. We emphasize close personal attention, one-on-one interaction with the professors, daily opportunity to interact with JD students, and geographic diversity within the class.
What kind of career counseling do you offer LLM students?
LLM students at Wake Forest Law are eligible to take advantage of the services offered by the Office of Career and Professional Development in conjunction with the Office of International Graduate Programs. LLM students have the opportunity to attend workshops on resume writing, cover letters, internships, mock interviews, networking, and more.

Wake Forest Law is a member of the New York University (NYU) International Student Interview Program. Held at NYU in January of each year, the NYU ISIP brings together international students studying in U.S. law schools with some of the largest international and U.S. firms and companies that are looking for international lawyers with U.S. legal training.
Can I sit for the Bar Exam with an LLM from Wake Forest Law?
As an LLM, there are a limited number of states in which you may sit for a bar examination, most notably New York and California, though more states are making their exams available to LLM students every year.

Many states with a Uniform Bar Examination allow licensed attorneys from other states to transfer in without a work requirement (depending on your state, you would need to verify this in advance). Academic counseling will be available for those who wish to pursue bar admittance.
Do you have any alumni from my country?
With over 20 years of LLM programming, our alumni are located in more than 50 different countries. We will happily put you in touch with a former student from your region of the world so that you may hear about their experience at Wake Forest Law.