What are the basic admissions requirements?

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.

How can I obtain an application for admission to the LL.M. program?

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.

Must I apply online through the LSAC website?

No, you may also choose to apply directly to UST School of Law. You can find directions on how to submit an application directly to UST School of Law on the Admission page.

When is the application deadline?

Applications for the 2016-17 school year are due by May 31, 2016.

How much is the application fee?

We are waiving the application fee to apply to the LL.M. in U.S. Law program.

When will admission decisions be made?

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.

How will I learn if I have been admitted?

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.

How can I check my application status?

You can email the Admissions Office at

How are applicants evaluated?

The Admissions Committee will thoroughly review your application for the LL.M. program to understand your unique strengths, skills and potential.

I am still in school finishing my first law degree. Am I eligible for admission?

You can apply while you are finishing your degree. However, your coursework must be completed prior to the first day of school.  

Are deferrals granted? If I am admitted, may I defer for one or more years?

Yes, deferrals are granted with permission from the Admissions Committee. If granted deferment, it will be only for one year.

Does St. Thomas require a deposit from admitted students?

Yes, we require a $250 (USD) non-refundable deposit.

I missed the application deadline. Can I still apply for the program?

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.


English Proficiency Exams

Is the TOEFL or IELTS required for admission to the LL.M. program?

Yes, if your native language is not English or if your university work was not done in English. 

What is the minimum accepted TOEFL/IELTS score?

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.

How do I submit my TOEFL or IELTS score?

You can contact TOEFL or IELTS directly. St. Thomas's TOEFL code is 6110.

My TOEFL/IELTS score is below the minimum required. Can I still apply?

Yes, we would recommend including an addendum addressing your English skills.

Can I have the the English Proficiency Requirement waived?

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.

For how long are TOEFL and IELTS scores valid?

We prefer that the scores are no more than two years old.



My transcripts are not in English. Do I need to have them translated?

Yes, transcripts should be translated through an accredited agency. We recommend Education Credential Evaluators or World Education Services. If you apply through LSAC, transcripts will be translated and evaluated using their services.

How should my transcripts be submitted?

Transcripts should be submitted directly from your University or through one of the evaluation services (see question above).

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

Who should I ask to write my letters of recommendation?

Letters of recommendation should come from someone who knows you and can attest to your ability to succeed in a graduate program.  

Can I submit more than two letters of recommendation?

Yes, you can submit more than two letters of recommendation.  

How should letters of recommendation be submitted?

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.

Can letters of recommendation be emailed or faxed directly to St. Thomas?

Yes, letters of recommendation can be emailed to the Admissions Office at or faxed to (651) 962-4876.

To whom should my letters of recommendation be addressed?

Letters of recommendation can be addressed to the Admissions Committee.


Personal Statement and CV

How long should the personal statement be?

The personal statement should be no more than 1,000 words.

What information should be included in the personal statement?

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.

How should the personal statement and C.V. be submitted?

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.