LL.M. Application Instructions

Space is limited and admission is selective. The application deadline for fall 2014 is June 1, 2014. Applications received on or before April 1, 2014 will receive first consideration.

Applications must be submitted through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) LL.M. Credential Assembly Service (CAS). The application form and instructions are available here.

To complete the application, you must be registered with the LSAC CAS. If you have not already done so, you can register here.

When you apply, you will be required to submit the following items to the LSAC CAS pursuant to instructions accompanying the application form on the LSAC web site:

  • Official transcripts from all universities attended, showing all degrees earned.
  • Certification of English language proficiency. (See policy below)
  • Current resume showing a complete record of your education, employment, professional experience, and accomplishments.
  • Personal statement (600 – 1,000 words) describing your reasons for pursuing the LL.M. in American Law degree and discussing your abilities, experience, and career goals.
  • Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from an academic reference who is familiar with your intellectual abilities and academic performance.
  • Non-refundable application fee of $70.

English Language Proficiency Policy

Applicants whose first law degree program was not taught in English must submit an official score result from either the TOEFL or the IELTS test.  The minimum score for such applicants on the internet-based TOEFL is 90, and the minimum IELTS score is 6.5.  Applicants whose law degree program was taught in English bur whose degree-granting institution is located in a country where English is not the primary language must also submit an official score result from either TOEFL or the IELTS test.  In such cases, applicants must submit documentation from the university’s registrar confirming that English was the medium of instruction.

Applicants whose primary language is not English must have strong English language proficiency.  Simply meeting the minimum TOEFL or IELTS standards is not necessarily sufficient and will not ensure academic success.  In addition to the English language test, interviews for English proficiency may be required; any such interviews would be conducted in the applicant’s home country.