Thank you for your interest in our LL.M. program in U.S. Legal Studies. To apply you must be a foreign attorney or 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.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis from September 1 through June 15. Enrollment is limited to the fall semester, which begins in early August. Priority consideration for merit-based and need-based scholarships will be given to applicants who apply by the priority deadline of March 1.
Once you have submitted your online application, you will receive an e-mail with your specific username and initial password. You will then be able to check your Application Status using the Online Application Tracker.
UC Hastings requires that all LL.M. applicants purchase the LSAC LLM Credential Document Assembly Service (USD $85, plus US$30 for the report). Through LLM CAS, LSAC will collect your letters of recommendation, unauthenticated transcripts, English proficiency score report(s), and electronic applications and then forward all documents to UC Hastings.
Please click here to access UC Hastings' LL.M. Online Application.
$75 Non-Refundable Application Fee
This non-refundable fee can be paid through LSAC Application Website.
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 90 (iBT) or 600 (PBT). 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 http://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.
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 $135, in addition to USD$85 for Document Assembly Service), 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.
Two Letters of Recommendation
UC Hastings requires that applicants submit at least TWO letters of recommendation through LSAC's Letter of Recommendation Service. Prepare and send the LSAC recommendation form to two people who are either present or former law teachers or supervisors. If you have graduated from your law degree program within the past two years, at least one of your recommendation letters must be from a former or present law teacher.
Please tell us more about your experiences, your reasons for seeking an LL.M. degree, and the course of study you wish to pursue. Your personal statement should be typed and is limited to 3 - 5 pages. Your statement must be electronically attached to your LSAC application.
Resume or CV
You will electronically attach your most recent resume or CV outlining your academic and professional achievements to your LSAC application.
Scholarship Application (optional)
If you wish to apply for a need-based scholarship, you will need to answer the optional scholarship application questions on your online LSAC application. Please visit our webpage for more information on scholarships for LL.M. candidates.
*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.
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