Thank you for your interest in our LL.M. program in U.S. Legal Studies. To apply you must have received (or expect to receive prior to enrollment at UC Hastings) a degree that would qualify you for the practice of law from a recognized law school outside of the United States. To see a list of minimum degree requirements by country, click here.
How to Apply
All applicants must submit their application online through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC)*
LSAC LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS)
UC Hastings requires that all LL.M. applicants purchase the LSAC LLM Credential Assembly Service (USD $75). Through LLM CAS, LSAC will collect your letters of recommendation, unauthenticated transcripts, English proficiency score(s), and electronic applications and then forward all documents to UC Hastings.
International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service
In addition to the Credential Assembly Service, UC Hastings requires that applicants use LSAC’s International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service (USD $125), which is offered in cooperation with the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). This includes the authentication and evaluation of transcripts/mark sheets, copies of degrees/diplomas, degree and graduation certificates, and rank statements so that US law schools better understand your academic credentials.
TOEFL or IELTS Test
If English is not your native language, UC Hastings requires that applicants submit either a TOEFL or IELTS score through LSAC. We require a minimum TOEFL score of 600 (PBT), 250 (CBT), or 90 (iBT). Applicants should register for the TOEFL in time to ensure that your scores will be received by LSAC in advance of the UC Hastings application deadline. To have your TOEFL score report sent to LSAC, place an order to LSAC institution code 8395. Please visit www.toefl.com for more information on the test and exam dates. Applicants may also choose to submit scores through LSAC from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). We require a minimum IELTS score of 7. To have your IELTS score report sent to LSAC, you MUST indicate before or at the time of your exam that LSAC should receive a score report. Please visit http://ielts.org for more information on the test and exam dates.
TOEFL Waiver Request
TOEFL waiver requests will be considered if you have successfully completed and received a post-secondary degree from an accredited institution where English is the primary language of instruction. To request a TOEFL waiver, please submit an attachment to your LSAC application explaining why you are eligible for a TOEFL waiver.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis from September 1 through May 31. The priority deadline for admissions, scholarships and financial aid is March 1. Enrollment is limited to the fall semester, which begins in early August.
Check Application Status
Once you have submitted your online application, you will receive an e-mail from the Graduate Admissions Coordinator with your specific username and initial password. You will then be able to check your Application Status using the Online Application Tracker.
*The LSAC requirement will be waived and we will accept paper applications if you are a current student or a graduate of our exchange partner universities. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the application process.