LLM Admissions Requirements

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent degree) from an approved school listed on the International Association of Universities List of Higher Education Institutions. Full consideration for admission to the LL.M. program will be given to applicants holding a bachelor’s degree in law or a bachelor’s degree in a subject outside law.

To apply, please complete the LL.M. application available at either LSAC or the University of Illinois Graduate College. The application fee has been waived for the 2015-16 academic year. Please select “eligible for a fee waiver” if applying through the University of Illinois Graduate College. 

LLM Application - LSAC

LLM Application - Illinois Graduate College

Application Requirements

Application requirements include:

  • Completed Application, using the LSAC LL.M. Application or the University of Illinois Graduate College Application
  • Application Fee (waived for academic year 2015-2016)
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Certified Transcripts and Credentials
  • Declaration of Finances and supporting documentation
  • Two Letters of Reference
  • TOEFL or IELTS score reported from ETS or IELTS
  • Copy of Passport Page

Statement of Purpose

Your statement of purpose should be a short (250 to 500 word) essay which tells us something about you that we won’t see in your application including why you want to complete an LL.M. degree and your career goals.

Character and Fitness

Applicants who intend to practice law should be aware that admission to the bar in the United States involves character, fitness, and other qualifications. For information on eligibility to take bar examinations and other qualifications, applicants may consult the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Certified Transcripts and Academic Credentials

International applicants for graduate study must submit official or attested copies of academic credentials from all universities and colleges attended, in a sealed envelope, with a certification stamp across the seal. Academic credentials include mark sheets, certificates, transcripts, and examination results and must include all coursework, grades and degree information. For each college or university attended, provide a credential in the original language, and an attested English translation.


All applicants from countries where English is not the official language are required to submit an official score result from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Test scores are valid for up to two years prior to the program term of entry (August).

The minimum TOEFL score is 79 internet-based. The minimum IELTS score is 6.5 with subscores of 6 or higher on all four modules (Speaking, Listening, Writing, and Reading).

For TOEFL, please use institution code 1836.

Application Deadline

Students begin the program only in the fall semester and applicants for the 2015-16 school year are encouraged to apply as early as possible after September 15, 2014. The preferred application deadline is February 15, 2015.

Application Process

Rolling Admissions

The LL.M. applications are processed on a rolling basis beginning in November until approximately May 15 to allow adequate time for document preparation and visa processing.

Seat Deposit

To hold a place in the 2015-2016 LL.M. class, students are required to pay a non-refundable $500 seat deposit by the deadline date provided.

Official Credentials

Once a seat deposit is received, the College of Law will review all credentials for University of Illinois I-20 processing.  To ensure timely receipt of the I-20, applicants are urged to respond as quickly as possible to any requests for additional documentation.

The I-20 

Once your credentials and file are submitted and approved, your I-20 will be issued by the University of Illinois. It will be sent along with your admission letter to the address you provide. This process may take 4 to 6 weeks to complete.