LLM Admissions Process

The admissions process for a Master of Laws (LLM) programme can vary among law schools, but it typically follows a standard pattern that requires you to complete certain prerequisites and include specific documents for evaluation. Here is what you need to do.

Stage 1: Research and Preparation

Research LLM programmes: Explore various law schools and LLM programmes to find those that align with your academic and career goals. Consider factors such as specialisation options, faculty, location, reputation, and available resources. Gather information about various law schools, their programmes, admission requirements, and deadlines.

Determine eligibility: Review the prerequisites and eligibility criteria for the LLM programmes you are interested in. Typically, applicants must hold a law degree (such as a JD, LLB or PGDL) from an accredited institution. Some programmes may also consider applicants with significant legal work experience, even without a law degree. The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is generally not required for admission to an LLM programme in the United States and elsewhere.

Language proficiency: Depending on the language of instruction, you may need to demonstrate proficiency in the required language. Some law schools may require language test scores, such as the TOEFL or IELTS, for non-native English speakers.

Stage 2: Application Process

Online application: Complete the online application provided by the law schools you wish to apply to. Provide personal information, academic history, professional experience, and any additional required documents. Make sure all the information is correct before submission.

Personal statement: Write a compelling personal statement that highlights your motivations for pursuing a legal education, your relevant experiences, and your future goals. This is an opportunity to showcase your writing skills and express your unique qualities.

Resume: Prepare a comprehensive CV that outlines your educational background, work experience, extracurricular activities, leadership roles, community service, and any other relevant accomplishments.

Letters of recommendation: Request letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to your academic abilities, work ethic, and character. Your recommenders should know you well and can provide a detailed and positive assessment of your qualifications. Professors, employers, or supervisors are typically good choices for recommenders.

Transcript submission: Arrange for your undergraduate and any other relevant academic transcripts to be sent directly to the law schools or to the designated third party for verification. These transcripts provide evidence of your academic performance and degree completion.

Credential Assembly Service (CAS): Many US law schools use the Law School Admission Council's Credential Assembly Service (CAS). CAS collects and centralises your LSAT scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation and sends them to the law schools you designate. You will need to register with CAS and follow their instructions for submitting your documents.

Application fee: Pay the application fees required by each law school you apply to. Fee waivers may be available for applicants who demonstrate financial need.

Stage 3: Evaluation

Academic qualifications: Law schools will review your law school transcripts, evaluating your performance during your previous legal studies.

Personal statement and letters of recommendation: These components allow the admissions committee to assess your motivation, intellectual curiosity, and potential for success in the LLM programme.

Resume: Your professional experience and legal background will be considered to gauge your preparedness and suitability for the programme.

Language proficiency: If the LLM programme requires proficiency in a specific language, your language test scores or other evidence of language proficiency will be evaluated.

Interviews (if applicable): Some law schools may conduct interviews as part of the evaluation process to assess your fit for the programme and clarify any aspects of your application.

Stage 4: Admission Decision

Notification: After reviewing your application, the law school will notify you of their decision. This may include acceptance, rejection, or placement on a waitlist.

Deposit and enrolment: If you are accepted, you will typically need to submit an enrolment deposit by a specified deadline to secure your place. If you are on the waitlist, you may be offered a place later when an applicant who has been offered admission turns down the offer or fails to submit a deposit.

The whole admissions process takes 6-9 months. You are advised to being your Stage 1 research one year before the beginning of the LLM programme. It is also important to keep in mind that the LLM admission process can vary, and each law school may have its own specific requirements and criteria. Therefore, carefully review the application guidelines and deadlines for the schools you are interested in and reach out to their admissions offices for any additional information or clarification you may need.
Back to blog

UOL Case Bank

Upon joining, you become a valuable UOL student and gain instant access to over 2,100 case summaries. UOL Case Bank is constantly expanding. Speed up your revision with us now.

Subscribe Now

Where are our students from?

Yale University
Council of Europe
Baker Mckenzie 
University of Chicago
Columbia University
New York University
University of Michigan 
INSEAD
University College London (UCL)
London School of Economics (LSE)
King’s College London (KCL)
University of London
University of Manchester
University of Zurich
University of York
Brandeis University
University of Exeter
University of Sheffield
Boston University
University of Washington
University of Leeds
University of Law
Royal Holloway, University of London 
Birkbeck, University of London
SOAS, University of London
University of Kent
University of Hull
Queen’s University Belfast
Toronto Metropolitan University
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
University of Buckingham
ESSEC Business School

  • Criminal Practice

    Diagrams and Charts

    Our carefully designed diagrams and charts will guide you through complex legal issues.

  • Criminal Law

    Clear and Succinct Definitions

    Key concepts are concisely defined to help you understand legal topics quickly.

  • Property Law

    Statutory Provisions

    Statutory provisions are provided side by side with legal concepts to help you swiftly locate the relevant legislation.

  • Public Law

    Case Summaries

    We have summarised important cases for you so that you don't need to read long and boring cases.

  • Evidence

    Rules and Exceptions

    Rules and exceptions are clearly listed so that you know when a rule applies and when it doesn't.

  • Company Law

    Terminology

    Legal terms and key concepts are explained at the beginning of each chapter to help you learn efficiently.

  • Case Law

    Case law is provided side by side with legal concepts so that you know how legal principles and precedents were established.

  • Law Exam Guide

    Law Essay Guide

    You will learn essential law exam skills and essay writing techniques that are not taught in class.

  • Law Exam Guide

    Problem Question Guide

    We will show you how to answer problem questions step by step to achieve first-class results.

  • Conflict of Laws

    Structured Explanations

    Complex legal concepts are broken down into concise and digestible bullet point explanations.

  • Legal System and Method

    Legal Research

    You will learn legal research techniques with our study guide and become a proficient legal researcher.

  • Jurisprudence and Legal Theory

    Exam-focused

    All essential concepts, principles, and case law are included so that you can answer exam questions quickly.