U.S. applicants to the LL.M. program must have earned a first degree in law from an accredited United States law school.
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 LLM Director. The LLM Director considers the applicant's past experience, evidence of maturity and motivation, personal recommendations, and such other indices of competence as writings and publications.
A completed application containing the information below must be submitted online. Click here to access the online application.
- A letter stating your reasons for applying to the LL.M. program and how the course offerings can fulfill your expectations.
- Three personal reference letters confirming the likelihood of your success in this program. It is recommended that at least one letter come from a law professor 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.
- Official transcripts from all colleges awarding degrees.
- We accept applications on a rolling basis for Fall and Spring entry. 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). Scholarships available. Please contact us for more information on scholarships.
For more information regarding the application process, contact Julie DiBiasio at firstname.lastname@example.org or 216.687.2328.
Once admitted, in order to graduate from the LL.M Program and obtain the degree, you must satisfy all the following requirements:
- Successfully complete 24 credit hours of learning
- Obtain an accumulative GPA (Grade Point Average) of 2.25 or more.
The Graduate Admission Committee has authority to allow the transfer of up to 10 credits towards the domestic LL.M. To be considered for transfer, credits must have been earned at an ABA-accredited law school in courses in which the applicant earned a grade of "C" or better.
The decision whether to allow the transfer of any credits is within the sole discretion of the Committee and is not guaranteed.