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Applicants to the LL.M. program must have earned a first degree in law from an accredited United States law school or an equivalent law degree from a foreign university or college. Applicants who have earned a law degree from a country that does not use the common law system and where English is not the primary language, will be admitted as candidates for the LL.M. degree only upon demonstrating a university-level degree in law and will normally be required to have a TOEFL score of at least 100 or an IELTS score of at least 7. Such students may be required to take one or two core common law courses (Contracts, Property, and/or Torts), which may be included in the credits required for the LL.M. degree. Please note that foreign students studying on a student visa must take a minimum of 8 credit hours per semester.
To be admitted into the LL.M. program, an applicant must have a proven record of scholastic accomplishment in legal studies, a coherent plan of study, normally including a specialized concentration in an area of the law, and a commitment to the study of law as an intellectual discipline. Applicants are admitted by the Dean based on the recommendation of the Committee on Graduate Studies. The Committee considers the applicant's past experience, evidence of maturity and motivation, personal recommendations, and such other indices of competence as writings and publications.
Applicants are admitted by the Dean upon the recommendation of the Committee on Graduate Studies. The Committee considers the applicant's past experience, evidence of maturity and motivation, personal recommendations, and such other indices of competence as writings and publications. An interview may be requested by the Committee.
Application forms and additional information are available from the Assistant Dean for Admissions. To complete an application, you must return the completed application form, the application fee of $40 payable to Cleveland State University and the following: