Application Checklist and Deadlines

Deadlines

Priority deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall Admission: File complete by June 1
  • Spring Admission: File complete by November 1
  • Summer Admission: File complete by April 1 (Summer admission is not available for the LLM in Comparative Law program. Also note that Summer course offerings are limited.)

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

* Note:  USD/JD LLM in Taxation Applicants

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.

Detailed Application Material Information

Application

      Apply online through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC)

  • To use this option, applicants must pay LSAC a separate registration fee
  • All supporting application materials should be submitted through LSAC.  In the rare case that a document cannot be submitted through LSAC, it must be submitted by mail to the address below:
University of San Diego School of Law
LLM/MSLS Admissions, Warren Hall 203
5998 Alcalá Park 
San Diego, California 92110-2492

Application Fee

  • There is no application fee.

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 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 LSAC and LLM/MSLS Admissions. Once original transcripts and documents are submitted as part of an applicant’s admission materials, they cannot be returned or photocopied by LLM/MSLS Admissions for any reason.

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 description of the LLM program designed specifically for international attorneys:

Entrance Requirements

Applicants to the LLM in Comparative Law program or an alternate LLM 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. 

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.  Applicants who do not meet the minimum score requirements should consider additional English study, specifically in the area of legal English skills.  One such program to consider is the Intensive Legal English program offered by UCSD-Extension in San Diego.

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 application packages prepared by the Law School Admissions Council’s (LSAC) credential evaluation and reporting service.  This service allows you to use your computer to fill out your application and submit required supporting documents.  Visit the University of San Diego School of Law’s LSAC site to complete the application.  LSAC will then send the electronic version 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. 

Application Fee

There is no application fee.

Personal Statement

Please submit a brief personal statement to LSAC 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 to LSAC.

Letter of Recommendation

Please submit at least one (1) letter of recommendation to LSAC 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 LSAC 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 your official TOEFL/IELTS score directly to LSAC, or to our office if not using LSAC (our TOEFL institutional code is 4849, and department code is 03).
  • Institutional TOEFL/IELTS scores are not accepted.

Notice Regarding Submission of Application Materials

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

Contact:

LLM/MSLS Admissions
Warren Hall, Room 203
Phone: (619) 260-4596
Fax: (619) 260-2218

Hours

M-F: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

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