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LL.M. for International Students

We admit students in the Spring and Fall semesters each year. Information on how to apply for the LLM program is below. Scholarship options available. For questions please email, llm.programnull@law.csuohio.nulledu


In order to be considered for the LL.M Program, you must email a PDF copy of your application documents to llm.programnull@law.csuohio.nulledu

  1. A Law Degree: A law degree from an accredited foreign law school or university. If you wish to take the Ohio Bar Exam, your post secondary education must equal 6 years. 
    1. Please provide a PDF copy of a WES or ECE evaluation of your first degree in law and all post-secondary degrees. 
  2. Resume or CV
  3. English Competency: If English is not your native language, you will be required to demonstrate sufficient command of the English language. This can typically be done by providing a TOEFL score of at least 100 or an IELTS score of at least 7. Candidates who obtained slightly lower scores may also be considered, provided that their academic record and other components of their application file justify such an exception. There are exceptions, please visit this page to learn if you can waive this requirement. Reference #3 csuohio.edu/international-admissions/graduate-admission-requirements
  4. Personal Statement: A personal statement explaining why you would like to obtain an LL.M degree, with special attention to the question of why you would like to do so at CSU College of Law. 
  5. Complete the Required LLM Applicant Information form and include it with the rest of your documents: 



Applicants must submit their application documents in PDF form to llm.programnull@law.csuohio.nulledu

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. 

For information regarding the application process, please email llm.programnull@law.csuohio.nulledu


Program requirments and Curriculum

Students have the option of completing a 24-credit hour LLM program or a 30-credit hour LLM program. If you wish to take a Bar Exam in the United States, you must complete 30 credits in an LLM program. 

Please see the section, "NOTE ON SITTING FOR THE BAR EXAM" for more information on sitting for the Bar Exam and the requirements. 

CSU College of Law LLM Requirements for all International Students: 

  • Complete 24 or 30 credit hours to graduate (30 credit hours needed to sit for a Bar Exam)
  • If you plan to take a Bar Exam, all 30 credits must be completed on-campus. No online classes permitted (if you do not plan to take a Bar Exam, you may take online classes).
  • Classes required by CSU College of Law for International Students:
    • Two semesters of Legal Writing
    • Introduction to American Law (only if your first degree in law was from a Civil Law country, this requirement can be waived on a case by case basis). 
    • Legal Professions 


While the law school is happy to advise students who would like to sit for the bar – either in the State of Ohio or elsewhere, it is important to note that the requirements set by each State for the Bar Exam are different, and may differ substantially from the Graduation Requirements set above. Accordingly, students who plan to sit for the Bar Exam should notify the school before they begin their studies, so that the school may better tailor their study plan to their needs.

Enclosed is a link for the Ohio Supreme Court bar exam requirements for international students (copy and paste link into a new browser):


Enclosed is a link for the New York Court of Appeals bar exam requirements for international students.



The Graduate Admission Committee has authority to allow the transfer of up to 12 credits towards the International 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.