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LL.M. Program Options and Information

Option I: LL.M. in American Law

Application Deadline: May 15 (for Fall admission)

LL.M. Program Orientation (Mandatory): August 11 - 22, 2014

Application Instructions for the LL.M. in American Law:

The LL.M. admissions staff accepts applications to the LL.M. program throughout the year for candidates seeking Fall semester LL.M. admission – or – conditional admission to the English Language Institute (ELI). Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis; usually within 1 to 3 weeks after all application materials have been submitted to Syracuse Law for review. In most cases, candidates should also plan to appear for a Skype interview with LL.M. admissions staff.

LL.M. Application Instructions

Candidates for admission to the LL.M. program must hold a law degree from a foreign institution, and must submit the following application materials:

  • Application Form (submitted online via LSAC.org or by paper PDF/DOC
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Educational Transcripts
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Color Copy of Passport Face-Page
  • English-Language Proficiency (see below)
  • Proof of Financial Support (see below) (for International applicants)

English-Language Proficiency and Conditional Admission

Candidates for the LL.M. program must demonstrate proof of English-language proficiency. Syracuse Law recommends a TOEFL score of 100/250/600 or an IELTS score of 7.0; but will consider additional factors when assessing proficiency.

Candidates who do not demonstrate sufficient English-language proficiency may apply for conditional admission through our Conditional Admittance Program pending successful completion of an English program at ELI. The number of semesters and/or summer terms of English required prior to enrollment in the LL.M. program depends on the candidate’s current proficiency, assessment by the ELI directors, and the discretion of the LL.M. admissions committee.

Proof of Financial Support

International applicants, including Canadian applicants, must submit proof of sufficient funding to cover the cost of attendance for at least one academic year's expenses ($70,000). This proof is required before an appropriate visa can be issued to the student. Acceptable proof for privately sponsored applicants is an original signed letter of support from the sponsor that includes the U.S. dollar amount of support and certified bank statements indicating funds sufficient to cover at least the student's first-year expenses. For government-sponsored applicants, acceptable proof is an official or certified copy of the award letter that includes the U.S. dollar amount of the award per year and any special billing instructions. Photocopies are not acceptable.

LL.M. Program Curriculum

LL.M. Program Course Descriptions

LL.M. Program Course Options by Subject Area

LL.M. Program Cost of Attendance

Funding the LL.M. Program