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Our 2019-2020 LL.M. application is now closed. 

Admission Requirements

The LL.M. degree in Comparative Law is open to American and international students with either civilian or Anglo-American training who seek a firm foundation in the American common law and civil law in English. Applicants must hold a juris doctor from an American Bar Association (ABA) law school, or its equivalent from a foreign law school and are expected to show that they are sufficiently proficient in English to pursue graduate legal studies in the U.S.

Admissions decisions are made by the LL.M. Program Committee of the law faculty. The Committee reviews all credentials broadly and holistically, believing that a simple formula cannot measure an applicant’s potential for graduate legal studies and potential to contribute to the law school itself.

LL.M. students posing with Professor Olivier Moréteau

Application Process

Each fall a new entering LL.M. class enrolls at the LSU Law Center (beginning of August). Note that we do not offer spring admissions. Also, currently, our students cannot participate in our program on a part-time basis; LSU Law is, however, exploring this possibility. If you are interested in studying at LSU part-time, please contact our office.

Applicants must apply to the LSU Law Center and submit all materials through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) and register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (DAS). We only accept applications submitted through LSAC.

Application Fee

The application fee of $50.00 (U.S. funds only) must be paid through the LSAC online payment service (waived for applications submitted on or before March 1).

Application Deadline

The priority application deadline is March 1. Applications submitted after March 1 will be evaluated on a space available basis. Most students apply in early February, and LSU evaluates LL.M. files on a rolling admission basis. The earlier you complete your application for admission, the earlier you will receive a decision.

Our final application deadline is April 30. This is especially important for international applicants who require a J-1 student visa (final deadline).

If you are a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident, we may accept late applications. We encourage you to apply as early as possible, but after April 30, we urge you to call (or email) and speak with someone from our office to inquire if applying is still possible.

For questions, please feel welcome to contact LL.M. Program Coordinator, Christabelle Lefebvre, at

Applications should be accompanied by the following supporting materials:

  • Letters of Recommendation

The LSU Law Center requires three letters of recommendation, but will accept up to four. All letters must be in English. If this is not possible, you must submit a translated version and the original letter. We do not require that the translation be made and certified by an official translator. You may translate the letter yourself, with the understanding that you will also provide the original.

We prefer to receive letters of recommendation through LSAC Letters of Recommendation (LOR) Service. You must submit your letters of recommendation through the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). When using the CAS, remember to assign the letters of recommendation you want to be sent to the LSU Law Center. We require that you submit at least one letter through LSAC.

Alternatively, for the second and third letters, they can be mailed by the recommender directly to the LL.M. Office of Admissions. Make sure to request from your recommender that they send it in a sealed envelope, signed by the recommender over the seal.

  • Academic History: Official Transcripts

You must provide all undergraduate and graduate school transcripts reflecting a complete history of your academic performance. All transcripts must be submitted through the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS). For instructions on how transcripts should be sent to LSAC, follow the link here.

All documents must be received in a sealed institution envelope from the issuing university, with a university stamp or seal across the sealed envelope flap. If your university issues only one original to the student, LSAC will accept a copy of the transcript, which is certified by the issuing university as a true and correct copy of the original. The official stamp/seal of the institution must be placed over the sealed flap of the envelope. All international educational records must be submitted in the original language. If the transcript or other required documents are not in English, a translation must be included. You can complete the English translation yourself, as the translations do not have to be certified.

  • Personal Statement

The personal statement is an important part of the application and provides an opportunity to demonstrate your writing ability. Personal statements can give the LL.M. Program Committee insight into your life experiences and accomplishments.

A personal statement should answer the following questions: Why are you applying for admissions into the LSU Law Center LL.M. program? Why do you want to pursue graduate legal studies? Why do you believe that you will be successful in our program? After completing the LL.M., what are your plans for a professional career?

  • Résumé/Curriculum Vitae

You must submit a résumé or curriculum vitae (CV) in English detailing your educational history, extracurricular activities, membership in honor societies, etc.

  • English Language Proficiency Requirement

We do not require English language proficiency testing if an applicant is a native English speaker or if an applicant earned a degree from a university that has English as the language of instruction. All other applicants are required to have their official test score report sent to LSU Law. Applicants who must complete English proficiency testing should take:

  • the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) internet-based test; or
  • the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

We recommend that our applicants have a score of 100 on the TOEFL, but we require a minimum score of 90. As for the IELTS, we recommend a score of 7.5, but require a minimum score of 7.

A writing sample, and/or a Skype or telephone interview may also be required by the LL.M. Program Committee for use in admission decisions.

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. Please contact Ms. Christabelle Lefebvre at for additional information about conditional admission requirements.

ELOP Offers Eight-Week English Courses

Louisiana State University offers an ELS course on campus through its English Language & Orientation Program (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 please visit the ELOP website.

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

Summary of Required Application Documents:

  • Application for LL.M. admissions
  • Official Transcripts
  • TOEFL or IELTS Score
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • $50.00 application fee (waived for applications submitted on or before March 1, 2019)
  • Personal Statement
  • Résumé/Curriculum Vitae

LL.M. students posing at the Lousiana Supreme Court of Justice with an original edition of the Code Civil