LL.M. Admissions


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Important Dates

The LL.M. program is still receiving applications. Applications received before May 15 will be given preference for Fall semester enrollment to the LL.M. program. Applications will also be reviewed on a rolling basis for Spring semester enrollment to the LL.M. program.  

Application Instructions for the LL.M. in American Law:

The LL.M. admissions staff accepts applications to the LL.M. program throughout the year for candidates seeking Fall or Spring LL.M. admission – or – conditional admission to the English Language Institute (ELI). Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis; usually within 1 to 3 weeks after all application materials have been submitted to Syracuse Law for review. In most cases, candidates should also plan to appear for a Skype interview with LL.M. admissions staff.

Candidates for admission to the LL.M. program must hold a law degree from a foreign institution, and must submit the following application materials:

  • Application Form (submitted online via LSAC.org or by paper PDF)
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Educational Transcripts
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Color Copy of Passport Face-Page
  • English-Language Proficiency (see below)
  • Proof of Financial Support (see below) (for foreign applicants)
  • SEVIS & Student Visa Information (see below) (for foreign applicants)

English-Language Proficiency and the Conditional Admission Program

Candidates for the LL.M. program must demonstrate proof of English-language proficiency. Syracuse Law recommends a TOEFL score of 100/250/600 or an IELTS score of 7.0; but will consider additional factors when assessing proficiency.

Candidates who do not demonstrate sufficient English-language proficiency may apply for conditional admission through our Conditional Admission Program pending successful completion of an English program at ELI. Upon arrival to ELI, candidates will take a placement test to determine level of proficiency. It is expected that each LL.M. candidate will complete Level 5 of English-language training before enrolling in the LL.M. program. The number of semesters and/or summer terms of English required prior to enrollment in the LL.M. program depends on the candidate’s current proficiency, assessment by the ELI directors, and the discretion of the LL.M. admissions committee. Candidates in the Conditional Admission Program are not required to take a TOEFL/IELTS exam before enrolling into the LL.M. program. Students in the LL.M. program are also strongly encouraged to attend our "Legal English" summer session.

Proof of Financial Support

International applicants, including Canadian applicants, must submit proof of sufficient funding to cover the cost of attendance for at least one academic year's expenses ($70,000). This proof is required before an appropriate visa can be issued to the student. Acceptable proof for privately sponsored applicants is an original signed letter of support from the sponsor that includes the U.S. dollar amount of support and certified bank statements indicating funds sufficient to cover at least the student's first-year expenses. For government-sponsored applicants, acceptable proof is an official or certified copy of the award letter that includes the U.S. dollar amount of the award per year and any special billing instructions. Photocopies are not acceptable.

SEVIS & Student Visa Information

Foreign students who are admitted to the LL.M. program must provide a complete SEVIS Foreign Address (including home number, street name, city, state/province, and postal code) with their application materials. Complete information about the student visa process can be found on the U.S. Visas website. Please allow sufficient time to obtain your LL.M. admissions letter and I-20 or DS-2019 student visa document when scheduling your interview with the U.S. Embassy/Consulate. For students who expect to bring dependent a spouse and/or child(ren) to the United States, please also complete and submit Syracuse University's Dependent Request Form.

Additional LL.M. Program Information

LL.M. Program Curriculum

LL.M. Program Course Descriptions

Course Options by Subject Area

LL.M. Program Cost of Attendance

Funding the LL.M. Program: Scholarships, Student Loans & Partnership Opportunities

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