Applicants to the LLM in Comparative Law program or the LLM in Taxation program (as approved) must have the equivalent of a U.S. law degree from an accredited institution outside the United States. Candidates must have also graduated in the upper half of their law school class or otherwise establish qualifications indicating their ability to complete graduate law work successfully. Applicants to the LLM in Comparative Law program may begin their studies in either the fall or spring semester. International applicants to the LLM in Taxation program should review this important information about start dates.
The University of San Diego School of Law requires that all LLM applicants establish competency in English through successful completion of an English language test in the event that:  the applicant’s native language is not English, or  the applicant graduated from an international law school.
An applicant may establish competency in English through successful completion of either the TOEFL or the IELTS. For the TOEFL, a minimum score of 600 points on the paper-based test or 98 points on the internet-based test is required for admission. For the IELTS, a minimum score of 7.5 on the academic IELTS is required for admission.
Completed applications are reviewed on a “rolling” basis throughout the year, and many applicants will receive a decision within three weeks from the date their application becomes complete.
Priority deadlines are as follows:
- Fall Admission: File complete by June 1
- Spring Admission: File complete by November 1
Applications for admission will be considered on a space-available basis after the priority deadlines.
We prefer to accept applications prepared by using the Law School Admissions Council’s (LSAC) credential evaluation and reporting service for LLM applicants. This credential service is solely for graduates of international universities or law schools who wish to obtain a master of lawsdegree from a law school in the United States. This service will allow you to use your computer to efficiently fill out your application. Visit the University of San Diego School of Law’s LSAC site to complete the application. LSAC will then send both printed and electronic versions of your application to our office.
We believe that this service offers a distinct advantage to all applicants, since it eliminates the need to authenticate official documents multiple times and it facilitates a speedy and accurate processing of the application. However, in consideration for those students for whom this might present a financial burden, we continue to recommend usage of the service, but we do not require it. The $50.00 application fee will be waived for those who submit their applications via the LSAC credential evaluation and reporting service.
If you are unable to complete the online electronic application, you can print out a paper version in PDF format and send a completed copy directly to this law school at the address indicated below. Please also review our Application Checklist.
Payment of the nonrefundable application fee of US$50.00 may be made by a check drawn on a U.S. bank or by international money order; payment may not be made by credit card. The application fee must be made payable to the University of San Diego School of Law. The application fee will be waived for applicants who submit their applications electronically through the LSAC Electronic Application service; please note that LSAC requires a separate registration fee to utilize their services.
Personal StatementPlease submit a brief personal statement addressing:
- the nature and extent of your legal background;
- other related professional experience;
- how you plan to make use of your graduate degree; and
- additional information you deem important.
Please submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
Letter of Recommendation
Please submit at least one letter of recommendation from a law professor, attorney, or other legal professional who is familiar with your work.
Official Law School Transcripts
An official transcript from each law school attended is required and must be sent directly to us from your school’s registrar. Please include a description of your university’s grading policies with your application. In countries where an official transcript is not provided by the university, but is instead given to the students, the applicant must certify that the photocopy is a true and correct copy of the original document.
Official TOEFL or IELTS English Language Exam Score
- LLM applicants are required to establish competency in English through successful completion of an English language test (TOEFL or IELTS) in the event that:  the applicant’s native language is not English, or  the applicant graduated from an international law school.
- Minimum required TOEFL score:
- 98 points on internet-based TOEFL
- 600 points on paper-based TOEFL
- Minimum required IELTS score:
- 7.5 points on academic IELTS
- Please request that the test administrator submit the applicant’s official TOEFL/IELTS score directly to our office (TOEFL institutional code 4849, department code 03)
- Institutional TOEFL/IELTS scores are not accepted.
Applicants should keep a copy of all material submitted to Graduate and International Programs. Once original transcripts and documents are received, they cannot be returned or photocopied by Graduate and International Programs.
Materials should be mailed to the following address:
University of San Diego School of Law
Graduate and International Programs
Warren Hall, Room 207
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, California 92110-2492