Apply to the LLM Program
Applications for Spring 2023 and Fall 2023 are now open.
Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Given the small size of the program and its unique attributes, admission is highly competitive and early applications are strongly encouraged.
|Degree start date||Deadline for applying with a visa||Deadline for applying without a visa|
|Spring (January)||Oct. 31||Nov. 30|
|Fall (August)||May 15||July 1|
|Degree start date||APPLICATION DEADLINE|
|Fall A||Aug. 1|
|Fall B||Oct. 1|
|Spring A||Jan. 2|
|Spring B||March 1|
|Summer A||May 5|
|Summer B||May 5|
The admissions committee evaluates many factors, including, but not limited to:
- Your educational and professional experiences
- Grade trends
- Graduate study
- Extracurricular activities
- Substantial community service
- Socioeconomic background
- Personal challenges
All LLM candidates must have earned a first law degree from either a foreign law school approved by the government or other accrediting authority in the nation in which it is located, or an ABA-approved law school in the United States, as applicable.
Students without a prior law degree should consider the University of Arizona Law’s Master of Legal Studies degree.
If English is not your first language, you must meet the minimum English language proficiency requirement which is a 79 TOEFL, composite 7.0 IELTS (with no subject area below 6.0), or 110 CEPT.
Based upon English proficiency, some students will be required to complete a non-credit course in Legal English. Designed and taught by our nationally recognized Legal Writing faculty, the course provides an excellent foundation in both English and the basis of common law.
Students who wish to enroll in advanced courses that are co-offered through our JD program must demonstrate a higher English proficiency. The minimum requirements are 100 TOEFL, 7.5 IELTS, or 135 CEPT.
The admissions committee reserves the right to request additional information, such as a personal interview or independent confirmation of prior degrees, depending on individual considerations.
We do not accept Duolingo scores.
Applicants are occasionally admitted conditionally, subject to specified conditions such as completion of the UA Center for English as a Second Language Graduate University Track Pathway, or a new TOEFL, IELTS, or CEPT score prior to the start of the semester. Conditional admission is generally only offered to students who show great promise but who are just short of meeting our full admission requirements. Students who, for example, need extensive English training to meet our language proficiency should wait to submit their application until they have improved their English.
ALL application materials (including letters of recommendation) must be received by the stated deadlines.
Apply Directly to University of Arizona Law
In-resident and Online applications may be submitted directly to University of Arizona Law through our website. You will create an account in order to begin the application, and then choose the degree program you're interested in.
Be sure to select the appropriate campus:
- For in-residence: “Main”
- For online while residing in the U.S.: “Arizona Online”
- For online while residing outside the U.S.: “Global Online” (You will also be directed to select the partner university or organization, if any, with which you are associated.). Global Online applicants are required to apply directly through the University of Arizona Law website.
Application fee: None
Apply through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC)
In-residence and Arizona Online applications may also be submitted through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). See above for applying to our "Global Online" campus if you live outside the U.S. and want to study online.
- Create an LSAC LLM Student Account at lsac.org/llm.
- Click on My School List, then School Search, then Add Member Schools. Select “The University of Arizona James E Rogers College of Law” and then click on Save Selections to School List.
- Go to Start/Continue Application, click on the appropriate starting semester (Spring or Fall) and fill in the application
- Click APPLY
Application fee: LSAC charges $185 to process your materials through its Credential Assembly Service and assess additional fees for transcript services.
Required LLM Application Materials
Official University Transcripts
Transcripts for your first law degree and any other post-secondary degrees should be submitted through LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service. (Please note that LSAC charges fees for services through the Credential Assembly Service Report.) If you apply directly through our website, you may upload a copy of your transcript. However, you will be required to submit to us an original hard copy transcript before the start of classes.
The resume should summarize your education, work experience, any publications, and other relevant credentials and accomplishments.
The personal statement is both a writing sample and an opportunity to discuss your unique characteristics and personal qualities, including educational and work experiences, talents and special interests, socioeconomic background, involvement in community affairs and public service, or any events or circumstances that have helped shape your life or given it direction. It should not exceed three double-spaced pages in length.
Two or More Letters of Recommendation
All letters of recommendation must be submitted on official letterhead.
At least one letter of recommendation should be from a faculty member at the institution awarding your first law degree. If not, please explain why this is not available in the appropriate departmental question on the application. Applicants who hold an LLM degree must submit at least one recommendation from an instructor at the institution that granted their LLM degree.
The strongest recommendations are substantive and detail your analytical abilities and writing skills. It is worth making a significant effort to communicate with your recommenders regarding the need for detail.
English Proficiency Report
Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, or CEPT) is one of the conditions for admission for all applicants whose native language is not English, and who do not qualify for a waiver. We do not accept Duolingo scores.
The University of Arizona is an EEO/AA employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran's status, or sexual orientation in its admissions, employment, and educational programs or activities. The law school community welcomes law graduates from other nations and legal systems.