LL.M. Admissions

Syracuse Law’s LL.M. in American Law program hosts Fellows from the Open Society Foundation’s Disability Rights Scholarship Program. In this video, William Oluchina LL.M. ’14, Milanoi Koiyiet LL.M. ’15, and Professor Arlene Kanter discuss the importance of promoting the rights of persons with disabilities Africa and beyond.

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Important Dates:

Deadline for fall semester (August) enrollment: May 15 (extended to June 30)

Deadline for spring semester (January) enrollment: November 1

Note: LL.M. admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. In most cases, candidates should also plan for a Skype interview with LL.M. program staff.

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

Candidates for admission to the LL.M. program must hold a law degree (LL.B. or undergraduate degree in Law) from a foreign institution, and must submit the application materials below. There are two ways to submit your LL.M. application.

Submit all application materials through LSAC.org.


Submit the LL.M. Application Form and all applications materials below to LLMadmissions@law.syr.edu.

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae 
  • Personal Statement
  • Two Letters of Recommendation 
  • Color Copy of Passport Face-Page
  • Educational Transcripts - Important Note: candidates must submit either original transcripts or an original WES credential evaluation of all prior legal education. Acceptable transcripts will be in English, and accompanied by a certification of translation services if applicable. Photocopies will not be accepted. Please mail original transcripts or WES evaluations to: 
Syracuse University College of Law
LL.M. Admissions Committee
Office of Admissions & Financial Aid
950 Irving Avenue, Suite 100
Syracuse, New York 13244

English-Language Proficiency and the Conditional Admission Program

Candidates for the LL.M. program must demonstrate proof of English-language proficiency. Syracuse Law strongly recommends a TOEFL score of 100 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 Syracuse University's English Language Institute (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 4 (out of 4 levels) 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 who enroll into the LL.M. program directly from ELI are not required to take a TOEFL/IELTS exam. 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

Students admitted to the LL.M. program who are non-U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents must provide a complete SEVIS Foreign Address (this is our permanent residential address abroad, including home number, street name, city, state/province, and postal code). 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 a dependent 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

2015-2016 LL.M. Program Cost of Attendance

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

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