How to Apply



  • Fall applications accepted beginning September 1. 
  • Spring applications accepted beginning July 1.

Our LL.M. Program is designed for individuals who have received legal training outside the United States and would like to expand their knowledge of American and international legal systems. The LL.M. Program in the American Legal System is split into fall and spring semesters, ending with graduations in mid-May and January. Attendance at an introductory week focusing on the American legal system is required of all LL.M. degree candidates and is held the week prior to the beginning of fall and spring semester classes.

  • Applicants must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS)  if the applicant's native language is not English or the applicant did not obtain a law degree from a school in which the language of instruction is English. William & Mary will not accept scores older than two years at the time of application. The minimum TOEFL scores acceptable for admission are 90 (Internet-based total). The minimum IELTS score is 6. 
  • William & Mary may accept a student with a slightly lower TOEFL or IELTS scores score in certain cases. However, an applicant with such a score should retake the test to attempt to improve his or her score. The LL.M. degree program requires oral participation and an ability to write examinations and other papers in English. Your success in the Program depends upon your ability to participate fully in academic life.  English language competence may be satisfied through TOEFL, IELTS, or by other means of evaluation.
  • International students must satisfy the U.S. government's requirements for admission into the United States. Admitted international students typically apply for the F-1 student visa or the J-1 exchange visitor visa and must complete the proper financial forms to be submitted with their tuition deposit.  You will be sent documents to present at a U.S. embassy or consulate for use in applying for your visa. For additional information, visit William & Mary's International Student Service website.
  • To graduate, a degree candidate must be in residence as a full-time student for two semesters while earning a minimum of 24 credit hours with a minimum cumulative quality point average of 2.0.

Applications for fall semester admission will be accepted between September 1 and March 1.  

Later applications may be accepted, subject to space availability.  Most decisions will be sent by early March. 

Applications for spring admission will be accepted between July 1 and November 15, with later applications accepted based upon space availability.  Decisions will be sent by early December. 

  • All admitted students will be considered for merit-based scholarships at the time of application.
  • A separate scholarship application is not required.
1.  Apply online directly to William & Mary Law School or
2.  Apply through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). 

Applying through William & Mary Law School:  

Applicants should complete and submit the online LL.M. application form.

Upload the required LL.M. application documents (resume, personal statement, transcripts, English translations of transcripts, and IELTS or TOEFL result.  Letters of recommendation are optional).

If admitted into the program, official, stamped transcripts will be required upon arrival to the program.

Applying through LSAC:

(1) Complete the Application
Applicants should complete and submit the Law School Admission Council LSAC Electronic Application.  Applicants may complete only one application per year.

(2) Submit Academic Records
Submit original transcript(s) and confirmation of degree(s) awarded with English translations, according to the LSAC LL.M. application process (  For those students who have not yet received their law degree, if admitted, you will need to provide William & Mary with a final official undergraduate transcript and your degree conferral certificate with English translations upon arrival to the program.

Important Note: If you plan to sit for a bar examination in the United States, you will need to obtain a second set of  "official" transcripts showing your degree conferral to submit with your bar application.

(3) TOEFL / IELTS Score
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) should be submitted per instructions above.  Reports must be submitted directly to LSAC per instructions at  William & Mary Law School (Institution Code: 5115, Dept. Code: 03).  

(4) Apply for Virginia In-State Tuition Privileges (if applicable)

Applicants who have been living in Virginia for at least one year and wish to claim entitlement to in-state educational privileges must complete the Virginia Application for In-State Tuition Privileges form, save, and add it as an attachment to the electronic application.  If the admission application has already been electronically submitted, applicants applying for Virginia in-state tuition privileges must complete the form found on the University Registrar's website and return it to the University Registrar by mail or fax.

Optional:   Submit Letters of Recommendation 
Applicants may submit at least two letters of recommendation. We prefer letters from law professors, employers or other significant people who are knowledgeable about your academic or professional career. Letters may be submitted using the LL.M. application process ( or recommenders may scan and email their recommendation letters directly to the International Programs Office at


  1. Submit the application with all questions answered and essays, through LSAC.
  2. Submit original transcript(s) or academic records to LSAC in sealed envelopes with your application;
  3. Submit an official TOEFL or IELTS score to LSAC.  
  4. Optional:  Submit two letters of recommendation through LSAC or in sealed envelopes with your application (recommender may scan letter and email to