The LL.M. program reviews applications on a rolling basis for Fall and Spring semester enrollment. Applications received before May 15 will be given preference for Fall semester enrollment; and those received before November 1 will be given preference for Spring semester enrollment.
Application Instructions for the LL.M. in American Law:
LL.M. 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 (LL.B. or undergraduate degree in Law) from a foreign institution, and must submit the following application materials:
- Application Form (or submitted online via LSAC.org )
- 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 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 5 (out of 5 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 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 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
Estimated 15-16 LL.M. Program Cost of Attendance *Please note that the estimated cost of attendance is unofficial pending final approval in March 2015
Funding the LL.M. Program: Scholarships, Student Loans & Partnership Opportunities