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How to Apply

To be considered for admission to the LL.M. program, applicants must possess either a J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school or an equivalent degree from a law school located in an English speaking country that follows the common law system.


Applicants who hold an equivalent law degree from a school located in a non-English speaking, non-common law country may be admitted only upon showing a proficiency in English. This is achieved by either enrolling in the Conditional Admit LLM Program for International Students OR by taking either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Foreign trained lawyers who apply to the LL.M. program are also required to register with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). LSAC collects and authenticates the applicant’s transcripts, TOEFL or IELTS scores, and transmits the evaluation of those documents to the School of Law.


The School of Law reviews applications on a rolling basis beginning in November. We conduct a holistic review of every application received. While an applicant’s law school grade point average is an important factor in the admissions process, the admissions committee also considers non-numeric factors such as the personal statement, letters of recommendation, work experience, community service, and honors or awards

LL.M. students can begin in the fall, spring, or summer terms. Our preferred deadlines are as follows:

Fall: May 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: March 1

Below is a checklist for LL.M. applicants.

An application will not be reviewed until all application materials have been received. Once a file is complete, please allow 1-2 weeks for a committee decision to be reached.

  • Application and $50 Application Fee
  • Personal Statement
  • Current Resume
  • Character and Fitness supplemental documents and personal explanation for each incident, if applicable
  • Transcripts from law schools attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL or IELTS score taken within two years, if applicable