How to Apply

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FALL SEMESTER or SPRING SEMESTER START:

  • 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 divided 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.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS:
  • Applicants must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS), or the DUOLINGO English Test  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 and the minimum DUOLINGO score is 95.
  • William & Mary may accept a student with slightly lower TOEFL, IELTS, or DUOLINGO scores  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, DUOLINGO 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.
DEADLINES:

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. 

Scholarships: 
  • All admitted students will be considered for merit-based scholarships at the time of application.
  • A separate scholarship application is not required.
TWO METHODS of LL.M. APPLICATION
1)  Applying directly through William & Mary Law School:  

There are no fees associated with applying directly to William & Mary Law School's LL.M. Program.  Applicants should complete and submit the online LL.M. application form.

Upload the resume, personal statement, official transcripts and graduation conferral, certified English translations of transcripts and conferral, and IELTS, TOEFL, or DUOLINGO result.  Letters of recommendation are optional.  If admitted into the program, official, stamped transcripts, conferral, and certified English translations of both will be required upon arrival to the LL.M. program.

2)  Applying through LSAC:

Applicants should review the LSAC website to understand the fees associated with applying through LSAC.  Complete and submit the Law School Admission Council LSAC Electronic Application.  Applicants may complete only one application per year.

Submit original transcript(s) and confirmation of degree(s) awarded with English translations, according to the LSAC LL.M. application process (www.lsac.org).  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.

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

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 optional 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 uploaded into the W&M LL.M. application, or submitted using the LL.M. application process through LSAC  or recommenders may scan and email their recommendation letters directly to the International Programs Office at llmadm@wm.edu

Checklist:

  1. Choose your application method - William & Mary Law School online application, or LSAC's LL.M. application portal.
  2. Submit the application with all questions answered.
  3. Upload (if applying through W&M directly) official transcript(s) or academic records. 
  4. If applying through LSAC, use the transcript request form (TRF) process through LSAC, to have your official docucments sent directly from your institution(s) to LSAC in sealed envelopes.
  5. Include your official TOEFL, IELTS, or DUOLINGO scores in the W&M online application, or have your scores submitted directly if applying through LSAC.  
  6. Optional:  letters of recommendation.