Admission Requirements

1. To qualify for this program, students must demonstrate that they:IMG_0423__Kimball.jpg

  • have completed the necessary legal education required to obtain an LL.B. (Bachelor of Laws), LL.M. (Master of Laws), or J.M. (Juris Master) in a foreign country or to take the equivalent of the bar examination in that country; or
  • are qualified to practice law in a foreign country; or
  • are determined to possess sufficient legal education or experience to satisfactorily complete the LL.M. program.

2. Applicants whose native language is not English, or who did not earn a law degree from an institution where instruction is in English, should take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL),  the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Duolingo English Test.  The minimum TOEFL score acceptable is 90 (Internet-based total).  The minimum IELTS score acceptable is 6.  The minimum Duolingo score acceptable is 95.  English language competence may be satisfied through TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, or by other means of evaluation.

3. All international students must satisfy the United States government's requirements for admission into the United States.  Admitted international students will complete identification and financial forms to be submitted with their tuition deposit to apply for an F-1 student visa or a J-1 exchange visa.  Students will be issued documents to present at a U.S. embassy or consulate when applying for their visa. (For additional information, visit the College's International Student Service website).

4. Submit an application.  There are (2) ways to apply.

Apply through William & Mary Law School: 

Complete the William & Mary Law School LL.M. online application.  Click on SIGN UP to create an account.  Complete the online application questions, upload your official transcripts, graduation conferral, and certified English translations of both.  Upload your resume, your personal statement, and (optional) letters of recommendation.  There are no fees associated with this method of application.  When a decision is ready, the applicant is notified to log into the application portal to view the decision.

Apply through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) www.lsac.org.  

Create an account.  Complete the W&M LL.M. LSAC application.  Order official transcripts from within the LSAC application using LSAC's transcript request form.  Upload your resume, personal statement, TOEFL or IELTS, other explanation documents (if needed), and optional letters of recommendation.   There are fees associated with using the LSAC services, so please review their website for information. 

(See How to Apply for more detailed information.)

Factors considered for Admission:

In an attempt to create a qualified and diverse entering class, William & Mary Law School considers a variety of factors including, general academic ability (using factors such as academic performance, strength of school and course work), extracurricular activities and work experience, capacity for legal study, and other relevant personal qualities and characteristics.

QUESTIONS?   Contact the William & Mary Law School LL.M. Admissions Office:  llmadm@wm.edu