Admission

We are currently accepting applications for the 2018–2019 academic year. You can apply to our program by completing the following application form:

LL.M. Application 2018-19

Admission Requirements

The LL.M. Program is highly selective in nature. Only candidates who have exhibited exceptional ability in the past and whose record, as a whole, promises high potential for the future will be considered for admission to the program. Applicants must have completed a Juris Doctor from an ABA-approved law school, or its equivalent from a foreign law school. Admissions decisions are made by the LL.M. Program Committee of the law faculty.

Students will be admitted in the fall semester, beginning in August. There is no spring semester admission.

The deadline to submit completed applications is March 31. Late applications are accepted but may not receive full consideration regarding financial aid.

TOEFL Requirements

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate to the LL.M. Program Committee their ability to conduct both classroom and research work in English. A minimum score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based) or 100 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is generally required. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) may be accepted in place of the TOEFL; a minimum score of 7.5 is generally required. In addition to this score, a writing sample may be required by the LL.M. Program Committee for use in admission decisions, and/or a Skype or telephone interview. Conditional acceptance with an approved English as a Second Language (ESL) course is possible.  Please contact Ms. Christabelle Lefebvre at clefebvre@lsu.edu for additional information about conditional admission requirements or any question you may have about the LL.M. program.

Conditional Acceptance with an Approved English as a Second Language (ESL) Course

Applicants who do not meet our TOEFL or IELTS requirements should consider taking an English as a Second Language (ESL) course to improve their language proficiency. If you have excellent academic credentials, but need to improve your English proficiency, you may be given conditional acceptance if you register for an approved English as a Second Language (ESL) course such as the LSU’s English Language & Orientation Program (ELOP). Note that LSU Law will only be able to remove the condition on admission once you meet our English Language requirement.

ELOP Offers Eight-Week English Courses

Louisiana State University offers an ESL course on campus through the ELOP. The program specifically offers TOEFL preparation and practice. The ELOP English classes are designed for students who seek English language training for academic, professional, and personal goals. Students are tested upon arrival and placed in levels according to ability, ranging from elementary to advanced. For more information about the ELOP, please visit their website: http://www.outreach.lsu.edu/ELOP1.

Depending on your level of language proficiency, you may need to participate in more than one term (more than eight weeks).

Applications should be accompanied by the following supporting materials:

  • Official transcripts of all law and related study, as well as other university education. Graduates of law schools outside the U.S. should be careful that their transcripts indicate courses taken, number of hours awarded for each course, the grade received in each course, an explanation of the grading system, and a ranking of the individual student (if used by the university). Transcripts in a language other than English, French, or Spanish must be accompanied by an official English translation.
  • Three letters of recommendations by persons who are sufficiently acquainted with the applicant’s work to form an opinion about his or her ability to successfully pursue advanced legal studies. Please provide at least one letter of recommendation from a professor who knows you personally. The remaining two letters of recommendation may be from other professors or academics, or from people who have worked with you on a professional basis. The letters may be mailed by the recommender directly to the LL.M. Program office, or may be included with the application in a sealed envelope, signed by the recommender over the seal.
  • Personal statement including research interests and reason for pursuing advanced legal education, and your plans following completion of the LL.M. degree.
  • A check or money order for $50 (in United States funds) payable to the “LSU Law Center” as an application fee. Wire transfers may also be arranged.  The application fee is nonrefundable.
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS score sheet should be submitted by all non-native English-speakers. The generally accepted minimum score is 600 (paper based), 250 (computer based), or 100 (internet based) on the TOEFL.  The generally accepted minimum score on the IELTS is 7.5.
  • Statement of funding sources for travel, educational, and living expenses Explain how you will finance travel, educational, and living expenses (source(s) of funds). Also, let us know about your need for financial assistance (if any).