LL.M. Program Application Requirements

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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:

  1. If English is not your native language, results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required. You may receive information about the test by writing TOEFL, BOX 899, PRINCETON NJ 08541. Note that a score of 600 or above, 250 or above on the Computer Based test,or 100 or above on the internet based test is normally required for admission to the LL.M. program.  An IELTS score of 7 or above may be substituted for the requisite TOEFL score.
  2. A letter stating your reasons for applying to our LL.M. program and how our course offerings can fulfill your expectations.
  3. Three personal reference letters confirming the likelihood of your success in graduate study. It is recommended that at least one letter come from a law teacher in the school awarding your first law degree. In the event you have been employed in any law related capacity, one letter should also come from your immediate supervisor.
  4. Official transcripts from all colleges awarding degrees.
  5. Completed applications for the Fall semester must be received by the previous March l; completed applications for the Spring semester must be received by the previous October 1. Financial aid (loans) is available to eligible LL.M. candidates who are enrolled for a minimum of six credit hours per semester.  We strongly encourage students whose first degree in law is from outside the United States to apply for Fall admission so that they may begin their studies with the course Introduction to American Law, which is offered in the Fall only (the course begins prior to the formal start of the Fall semester).
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