Application Checklist and Deadlines

Deadlines

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. Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year, and many applicants will receive an admission decision within three weeks from the date their application becomes complete.

Application Checklist

Detailed Application Material Information

Application Options

  1. Apply online through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC)
    • To use this option, applicants must pay LSAC a separate registration fee
    • The LLM application fee is waived for applicants who apply online via LSAC
    • U.S. applicants may only submit an application, resume and personal statement online through LSAC; other required application materials must be submitted by mail to the address below
  2. Complete our PDF application and submit the application with your supporting documents by mail to:
    University of San Diego School of Law
    Graduate and International Programs, Warren Hall 207
    5998 Alcalá Park 
    San Diego, California 92110-2492

Application Fee

  • The non-refundable application fee of US $50.00 may be paid by check drawn on a U.S. bank or by international money order
  • Application fee must be payable to: University of San Diego School of Law
  • Credit cards are not accepted
  • The LLM application fee is waived for applicants who apply online via LSAC
  • The LLM application fee is also waived for all USD School of Law alumni

Official Law School Transcript(s)

  • U.S. applicants must submit an official transcript from each law school attended
  • Transcripts should be sent directly from the law school, or may be submitted in a sealed envelope along with other application materials from the applicant

Official Law School Class Rank

  • U.S. applicants must submit their official law school class rank, or written notice from the school indicating that it does not issue class rank

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

  • Please submit a current résumé or curriculum vitae

Personal Statement

  • Please submit a brief personal statement (2-4 pages) which addresses:
    • the nature and extent of your legal background,
    • other related professional experience,
    • why you will be a successful candidate for this degree,
    • how you plan to make use of your graduate degree, and
    • any additional information you deem important

Letter(s) of Recommendation

  • Applicants are required to submit at least one signed, original letter of recommendation, but may submit more if desired
  • Letter(s) should be from a law professor, attorney, or other legal professional who is familiar with the applicant’s work
  • Letter(s) may be sent directly to Graduate and International Programs by the recommender, or may be submitted in a sealed envelope along with other application materials from the applicant

Letter of Good Standing

  • Applicants applying to enroll as visiting students in the LLM program must also submit a letter from the applicant's current law school dean, dated after issuance of the above-mentioned transcript, indicating that the applicant is in good academic standing and has approval to study at the School of Law as a visiting student
  • Applicants applying to enroll as transfer students in the LLM program must also submit a letter from the applicant's current law school dean, dated after issuance of the above-mentioned transcript, indicating that the applicant is in good academic standing.

Notice Regarding Submission of Application Materials

Applicants should keep a copy of all materials submitted to Graduate and International Programs. Once original transcripts and documents are submitted as part of an applicant’s admission materials, they cannot be returned or photocopied by Graduate and International Programs for any reason.

USD JD/LLM in Taxation Option

USD JD students applying to the LLM in Taxation program have reduced application requirements. USD JD students and USD law school graduates are required to submit an application, a resume, and a personal statement. A letter of recommendation is optional.

The University of San Diego School of Law has a longstanding practice of welcoming attorneys, judges and government officials from around the world to enroll in one of our graduate law programs. Please see the following program descriptions to determine which LLM program meets your needs best.

Entrance Requirements

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: [1] the applicant’s native language is not English, or [2] 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 583 points on the paper-based test or 93 points on the internet-based test is required for admission. For the IELTS, a minimum score of 7.0 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.

Deadlines

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.

Application Instructions

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 laws degree 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. USD requires an original certification signature even if you have applied online.

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 a paper version in PDF format and send a completed copy and other application materials directly to the University of San Diego School of Law, Office of Graduate and International Programs at the following address:

University of San Diego School of Law
Graduate and International Programs
Warren Hall, Room 207
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
USA

Application Fee

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 Statement

Please submit a brief personal statement addressing:

  1. the nature and extent of your legal background;
  2. other related professional experience;
  3. how you plan to make use of your graduate degree; and
  4. additional information you deem important.

Résumé

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: [1] the applicant’s native language is not English, or [2] the applicant graduated from an international law school.
  • Minimum required TOEFL score:
    • 93 points on internet-based TOEFL
    • 583 points on paper-based TOEFL
  • Minimum required IELTS score:
    • 7.0 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.

Notice Regarding Submission of Application Materials

Applicants should keep a copy of all materials submitted to Graduate and International Programs. Once original transcripts and documents are submitted as part of an applicant’s admission materials, they cannot be returned or photocopied by Graduate and International Programs for any reason.

Contact:

Graduate and International Programs
Warren Hall, Room 207
Phone: (619) 260-4596

Hours

M, T, Th, F: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
W: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.