To be considered for the program, you must hold a law degree from a law school outside of the U.S. and demonstrate a proficiency in English.
You can find the application on the Admission page on this website. You can apply either online through LSAC (Law School Admission Council) or directly to UST School of Law.
Applications for the 2016-17 school year are due by May 31, 2016.
We are waiving the application fee to apply to the LL.M. in U.S. Law program.
No, the LSAT or GRE are not required.
Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. Once you have submitted all of the required elements including an interview for the LL.M. in U.S. Law program, the admissions committee will review your file and make a decision. This typically takes 4-6 weeks.
The Admissions Office will send an email notifying you of your acceptance. They will also send an original copy of the letter through the regular mail.
The Admissions Committee will thoroughly review your application for the LL.M. program to understand your unique strengths, skills and potential.
I already hold an LL.M. from another U.S. university. May I still apply to St. Thomas’ LL.M. program?
Yes, you are welcome to apply.
You can apply while you are finishing your degree. However, your coursework must be completed prior to the first day of school.
Yes, deferrals are granted with permission from the Admissions Committee. If granted deferment, it will be only for one year.
Yes, we require a $250 (USD) non-refundable deposit.
Yes, you will need to contact the Office of Admissions to see if there are spots still available. Applicants are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Yes, if your native language is not English or if your university work was not done in English.
We prefer a TOEFL (iBT) score of 80 with a sub-score of 20 on the written section and a 20 on the speaking sections. For the IELTS, we prefer a score of 6.5 or higher.
You can contact TOEFL or IELTS directly. St. Thomas's TOEFL code is 6110.
Yes, we would recommend including an addendum addressing your English skills.
By what date must I take the TOEFL test to be considered for admission for the following academic year?
We recommend taking the test prior to March 15.
In special circumstances, the Admissions Committee will waive the English proficiency requirement for a student. This may be applicable to you if you have already completed an advanced degree in English, or if you work entirely in English.
We prefer that the scores are no more than two years old.
Transcripts should be submitted directly from your University or through one of the evaluation services (see question above).
My grading system is different from that of American schools. How will the Committee know how to evaluate my grades? Do I need to include an explanation for the grading system in my country with my transcripts?
When you have your transcript evaluated, they will provide the evaluation in comparison to an American school.
Do you require the International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service in addition to the basic CAS service provided by LSAC?
No, if you submit your transcripts directly to LSAC and use their evaluation service you do not need to have your transcripts evaluated by another evaluation service.
Letters of recommendation should come from someone who knows you and can attest to your ability to succeed in a graduate program.
Yes, you can submit more than two letters of recommendation.
If you are applying directly to UST, letters should be sent to the Admissions Office. Each letter should also have a Letter of Recommendation Form LLM/MSL attached. If you are applying through LSAC, please follow their guidelines for letters of recommendation.
Yes, letters of recommendation can be emailed to the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to (651) 962-4876.
Letters of recommendation can be addressed to the Admissions Committee.
The personal statement should be no more than 1,000 words.
No, there are no formatting requirements.
The personal statement should discuss the reasons you wish to obtain an LL.M., those aspects of the UST School of Law program that are meaningful to you, and why you believe that you will be a successful student.
If you are submitting your application to UST directly, the personal statement and C.V. can be included with your application form or sent in separate documents. Make sure that your name is on each document. If you are submitting your application through LSAC, you should follow their directions on how to submit your personal statement and C.V.