The LL.M. Program requires applicants to have a first professional degree in law. Applicants with a foreign law degree are strongly encouraged to check the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) LL.M. Eligibility Chart for minimum degree requirements by country to see if they are eligible for our program. The LL.M. Program does not accept applications from graduates of online law programs or U.S. J.D. programs not approved by the American Bar Association. The LL.M. Program at The University of Texas School of Law currently has a maximum of 50 spots for each incoming class.
Virtual Admissions Information Sessions
We hope you will join us for one of our upcoming virtual admissions information sessions. You will need a computer or mobile device and an internet connection to access virtual sessions. You must also download the Zoom app. A full listing of virtual sessions and registration information can be found here. Note that all times are Central Daylight Time.
LL.M. applications must be submitted through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). The application opens on September 1st and is due by March 1st for priority consideration.
All applicants must register for the LL.M. Credential Assembly Service (LL.M. CAS). Additionally, applicants with a foreign law degree must register for the International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service.
Application Requirements and COVID-19
LSAC requires that undergraduate and graduate institutions send transcripts to them directly, either through the mail or via one of the secure electronic transcript providers, such as Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, Scrip-Safe, or Credential Solutions. However, with the COVID-19 emergency creating logistical difficulties for many schools, LSAC agreed in late March to make accommodations that would help candidates complete their files to apply for fall 2020 law school admission. This includes accepting transcripts through encrypted email from institutions that do not have arrangements with a secure electronic transcript provider. Additionally, if an institution does not have the ability to send encrypted email files, LSAC will accept transcripts emailed to them as unencrypted PDF attachments. In those cases, LSAC will attach a letter to the transcript, noting that, related to COVID-19, the transcript was received without encryption. Institutions should email unencrypted PDF transcripts to LSAC at email@example.com directly from the registrar’s office of the sending institution, and include the applicant’s full name and LSAC account number in the subject line. Please note it can take up two weeks for LSAC to process your domestic transcripts once they receive them. Documents from undergraduate and graduate institutions located outside the United States may take longer to process.
Applicants with a foreign law degree must also demonstrate English proficiency by taking the TOEFL iBT (internet-based test) or IELTS Academic. TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic score reports are valid for two years, and scores will be considered expired if the test was taken more than two years prior to the submission of the application. Non-native English speaking LL.M. students who submit a TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic score receive extended time on exams. The LL.M. Program does not accept MyBest™ TOEFL score reports.
Applicants are exempt from submitting a TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic score if they hold a first professional degree in law from a university where English is the medium of instruction. These countries include: Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa (English medium universities), United Kingdom, and United States.
An applicant whose first professional degree in law was taught entirely in English in another country may apply for an exemption from this requirement by submitting an official letter from their law school verifying that English was the medium of instruction. LL.M. students who are exempted from submitting a TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic score are expected to be fully competent English speakers and are ineligible for extended time on exams.
Non-native English-speaking LL.M. students are encouraged to take the 5-week Academic English Program (AEP) summer course through the University’s English Language Center and/or the Legal English course in the School of Law in the fall semester to ensure strong English language proficiency necessary to excel in the LL.M. Program.
English Requirements and COVID-19
To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT® test at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test. The test is identical in content, format and on-screen experience to the TOEFL iBT test taken at a test center. It is taken on your own computer at home and is monitored by a human proctor online through ProctorU®. To have your TOEFL score sent, provide ETS with LSAC’s institution code (8395) when you place your order for a copy of the score report to be sent.
IELTS Indicator is an online test that can be taken from the comfort and safety of your home. The test includes four skills – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking, and you will receive an indicative score for each. Your performance will be marked by IELTS examiners and you will receive your result within seven days. The Academic test is available for a limited time while IELTS testing is currently suspended due to COVID-19. Educational providers can use IELTS Indicator to help them gauge the English language ability of future students while IELTS testing is suspended. Students who are trying to submit their IELTS score (IELTS Academic or IELTS Indicator) should submit to “Law School Admission Council LLM/JD Credential Assembly Svc.”
LL.M. Application Checklist
Please note that the application for the 2020-2021 LL.M. Program is now closed. The application for the 2021-2022 LL.M. Program will be available through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website on September 1, 2020.
Application fee: $75
- Personal statement
The personal statement is an opportunity for you to present your background, ideas, and qualifications to the Admissions Committee. Please limit your statement to two pages using a minimum of 11-point font and a maximum of 12-point font, 1-inch margins, and double-spacing. Your personal statement should not exceed 800 words.
The personal statement is also a chance to give the admissions committee a better sense of who you are as a person and as a potential LL.M. student at Texas Law. In many instances, applicants have used the personal statement to provide more context on how their experiences and strengths could make them valuable contributors to Texas Law and legal communities, to highlight their intellectual background and interests, or elaborate on other information in their application. Because applicants and their experiences differ, you are the best person to determine the content of your statement.
Please limit your resume to 1-2 pages in length.
- Official law school transcript, including proof of degree
If the official law school transcript with final grades and proof of degree are in a language other than English, literal (word-for-word) English translations are required. Certified English translations are not required. Applicants must submit all higher education transcripts, including transcripts for study abroad programs, and proof(s) of degree.
- Three letters of recommendation
We strongly recommend that at least one letter of recommendation come from an academic source. However, letters from employers or others who have worked closely with you can be very helpful, particularly if you have been out of school for many years.
- Official TOEFL iBT score (101 minimum) or IELTS Academic score (7.5 minimum)
To have your TOEFL score sent (TOEFL iBT or TOeFL iBT Special Home Edition test), provide ETS with LSAC’s institution code (8395) when you place your order for a copy of the score report to be sent. Students who are trying to submit their IELTS score (IELTS Academic or IELTS Indicator) should submit to “Law School Admission Council LLM/JD Credential Assembly Svc.”
Do not use accent marks or special characters on names and addresses on the online application. For example, Mauricio Pajón should be entered as Mauricio Pajon. Münster, Germany, should be entered as Munster, Germany.
Check the status of your Texas Law LL.M. application on your applicant dashboard.
Email questions to LLM@law.utexas.edu.
Misconduct and Irregularities in the Admission Process
LSAC Rules Governing Misconduct and Irregularities in the Admission Process defines misconduct or an irregularity as the submission, even by mistake, as part of the law school admission process of any information that is false, inconsistent, or misleading, or the omission, of information that may result in a false or misleading conclusion, or the violation of any regulation governing the law school admission process (Source: LSAC Rules Governing Misconduct and Irregularities in the Admission Process, Section 3). In accordance with LSAC Rules Governing Misconduct and Irregularities in the Admission Process, the LL.M. Program reserves the right to revoke an offer of admission if it concludes misconduct or an irregularity has occurred as part of the law school admission process.