LL.M. to J.D.

As a member of William & Mary Law School, current LL.M. students may apply to transfer to the J.D. program after two consecutive semesters of study in the LL.M. program. Applicants must apply through LSAC and submit all required supplemental documents through CAS. The LSAT is not required for LL.M. transfer students; however, if you have a current LSAT score on file, that information must be sent as a part of the application.

Application Requirements:
  1. Electronic application submitted through LSAC
  2. Transcripts of all undergraduate, graduate, and LL.M. courses with final grades (official transcripts will be required for matriculation)
  3. Two letters of recommendation from William & Mary Law School faculty
  4. A personal statement of no more than two pages, double-spaced, outlining your reasoning for wanting to transfer
  5. A current resume
  6. TOEFL exam with a recommended score of 100 (IELTS 7)
Testing & Scores

If English is not your native language, and if your schooling during the past five years or more has been in a language other than English, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Test is required.  Any student who has spoken a language other than English in the home should strongly consider submitting TOEFL or IELTS test scores as they give the Admission Committee additional insight into language proficiency and preparedness for law school. Test scores are valid for two years.

Financial Aid

Financial aid that is awarded to a student in the LL.M. program does not automatically transfer in the case that the student is admitted to the J.D. program. Funding for the J.D. program is primarily through federal loans, of which only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are able to receive; aid for foreign nations is extremely limited. Therefore, it is imperative that a student be prepare to fully finance their J.D. education as a LL.M. transfer. Students who are in the United States on an F-1 or J-1 visa will be required to meet the financial responsibility requirements for the visa for their remaining two years.

Gap Years

LL.M. students wishing to transfer to the J.D. program have five years to apply and begin their degree in order for credits to apply. Two additional years of study and the completion of all requirements for the J.D. program will be required.