The LL.M. Program requires applicants to have a first degree in law. Additionally, applicants with a foreign law degree should check the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) LL.M. Eligibility Chart for minimum degree requirements by country. 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.
LL.M. applications must be submitted through LSAC. LL.M. applications are available starting on September 1st and are 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.
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 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 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.
The LL.M. Program at Texas Law is highly selective and currently has a maximum of 50 spots for each incoming class.
Applicants must submit the following documents through LSAC.
- 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 The University of Texas School of 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.
- 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 awards 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 report sent to the LSAC LL.M. Credential Assembly Service, you must have ETS send your TOEFL score to LSAC using the institution code number 8395.
Non-native English speaking LL.M. students are encouraged to take the 5-week Academic English Program (AEP) summer course through the University’s International Office to ensure high-quality English language proficiency necessary to succeed in the LL.M. Program.
Do not use accent marks or special characters on names and addresses on the online application since our system is unable to recognize them, and this will delay the processing of your application. For example, Mauricio Pajón should be entered as Mauricio Pajon. Münster, Germany, should be entered as Munster, Germany.
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.