Before the first day of classes in the LLM program, students must have completed a degree in law: either (1) a foreign degree in law, or (2) an American JD degree from an ABA-accredited law school. Final transcripts confirming conferral of all baccalaureate or a post-baccalaureate degrees must be submitted prior to the beginning of class.
The Admissions Committee considers all aspects of an applicant’s qualifications. Important factors include the student's English proficiency (if international), and academic performance in the first degree of law (no minimum GPA preferred).
- Application Deadlines
- LLM Application
- Application Fee
- Professional Goals Statement
- Official Transcripts
- Letters of Recommendation
Applicants have the option to apply to Loyola's LLM program for the spring and fall terms for the 2020 Admissions cycle. Below are the applications deadlines for the 2020 Admissions cycle.
Fall 2020 Term
Deadline is May 1, 2020
Classes begin on Monday, August 17, 2020
International students are encouraged to apply by the administrative deadlines to ensure there is ample time to complete the visa process. For more information about the visa process, please click here.
Applicants have the option to apply to Loyola's LLM program through Loyola's LLM Application form online or by Law School Admission Council (LSAC). To determine which application is best for you, please review the information below.
- Loyola's LLM Application
Candidates can apply directly to Loyola by completing the LLM Application form online. The application form asks applicants to complete and upload a professional goals statement, résumé, copy of TOEFL/IELTS score and unofficial transcripts online. Please note that letters of recommendation must be delivered or emailed directly from your recommender. A copy of your letter(s) of recommendation may be accepted for the evaluation but official letter(s) must be received before the orientation.
- LSAC Application
To apply through Law School Admission Council (LSAC), please click the link below. Once on LSAC's website you will be able to create your account and access Loyola's application to submit. Applicants who apply through LSAC will be required to submit all application materials (professional goals statement, academic transcripts, TOEFL/IELST score report, recommendation letters, and résumé) in LSAC's platform. This information will then be provided to Loyola for processing. Please note LSAC has separate fees that Loyola cannot waive, including the CAS report fee. For details about the CAS report, please see below.
To apply through LSAC, go to LSAC Application. You may also check your Application Status throughout the admissions process.
LSAC's Credential Assemble Service (CAS) Report
Prospective students need to register with LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Your LLM CAS Law School Report includes copies of all law/professional school transcripts; copies of letters of recommendation; and copies of English proficiency exam scores, if applicable. Learn more about the Credential Assembly Service Report online at http://www.lsac.org/llm/application-process/llm-cas. Applicants may contact the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) for more information at www.LSAC.org or (215) 968-1315. Please note final transcripts confirming conferral of all advanced degrees must be submitted prior to the beginning of classes.
There is no fee to apply for matriculation in the 2020 Admissions cycle.
A professional goals statement is required and assists the Admissions Committee in selecting an outstanding entering class. The professional goals statement should address the applicant’s interest in and qualifications for the LLM program.
The professional goals statement should be typed, double-spaced, and submitted (electronically attached) with the application. The required font size of the professional goals statement is 10 pt. or larger; the recommended length is two pages.
The professional goals statement must be the original work of the applicant. The applicant's LSAC account number should appear on all documents.
International applicants must submit an official English translation or certified evaluation of an official transcript for baccalaureate and all post-baccalaureate degrees. U.S. applicants must submit a transcript for baccalaureate and all post-baccalaureate degrees.
Candidates may submit an unofficial copy of their transcripts, but if admitted an official transcripts must be submitted before enrollment. Official transcripts should be sent directly from the school, or may be submitted in a sealed envelope.
Foreign-educated applicants must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. The Admissions Committee prefers TOEFL scores of 90 and higher; however, the application will be reviewed in its totality. A slightly lower TOEFL score may be acceptable if the candidate’s other qualifications are very strong. The Admissions Committee will accept an IELTS score report in place of a TOEFL score report. Every IELTS score will be converted into an estimated TOEFL score by using this comparison table. Applicants who retake the TOEFL or IELTS may submit their new score to the Office of Admissions.
Applicants who do not submit a TOEFL/IETLS score can take Duolingo's English Proficiency exam online. This test can be taken at any time and provides a score in two days only. For more information about Duolingo's English Proficiency exam, please visit their website.
Individuals who are native English speakers or who have completed a baccalaureate or a post-baccalaureate degree at an English-language institution of higher education may request a waiver of the English language test score requirement.
Letters of recommendation offer insight into a prospective student's potential for success in the LLM program and provide information about the candidate that is not reflected in other parts of the application. Letters can comment on the applicant's intellectual capacity, analytic and communication skills, character traits, and professional experience. Academic and/or employer or supervisor letters are accepted.
Candidates are required to submit a maximum of three letters of recommendation and must use the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service. For more information, visit www.LSAC.org.
Applicants are required to submit a résumé. Résumés should not exceed two typed pages and may include education information (including honors and awards), employment history, extracurricular or community activities, publications, special achievements, etc.
Applicants must answer questions on the "Disclosures" section of the application. Applicants who answer "yes" to these questions on the "Disclosures" section must provide a written explanation of their response. Applications with "yes" responses that do not provide written explanations are considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.
The application form requires disclosure of any charge or conviction of any felony or misdemeanor or other offense, with the sole exception of a minor traffic offense. Conviction for DUI (or any other alcohol or drug-related offense) is not a minor traffic offense. Conviction may be a legal consequence of (1) a verdict of guilty after trial by judge or jury, (2) a plea of guilty or (3) a plea of nolo contendere. You must disclose this information even if your record has been sealed or expunged.
Applicants are advised that bar examiners will receive official reports of convictions from law enforcement agencies. Failure to disclose a charge or conviction on this application may result in dismissal from school, revocation of any degree awarded, and the denial of admission to the bar.
Spring semester admission is possible. However, the program is designed to begin in the fall semester. The required introductory courses are offered in the fall semester only. Spring semester admission requires schedule adjustments.
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