LL.M. Admissions Requirements

Applicants must hold a Bachelor of Law (or equivalent degree) from an approved law school or have completed the formal requirements needed to practice law in their home countries.

To apply, please complete the LLM application available at either LSAC or the University of Illinois Graduate College . The application fee has been waived for the 2014-15 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
  • Application Fee (pay electronically via MasterCard or Visa)
  • 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

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 2014-15 school year are encouraged to apply as early as possible after September 1, 2013. The preferred application deadline is February 15, 2014.