Frequently Asked Questions
Does Texas Law offer specialized LL.M. degrees?
We offer a single LL.M. degree with five concentrations of study:
- Global Energy, International Arbitration & Environmental Law,
- Human Rights & Comparative Constitutional Law.
- Latin American & International Law,
- Business Law, and
- U.S. Law for Foreign Lawyers,
Who is eligible for each concentration?
Applicants with a foreign law degree are eligible for all concentrations. Applicants with a J.D. from an ABA-approved school are eligible for all concentrations except for U.S. Law for Foreign Lawyers.Back to top
Do I need a law degree to apply to the LL.M. program?
Applicants must have earned a J.D. from an ABA-approved U.S. law school or the equivalent of the J.D. from an accredited law school or university in another country. In most foreign countries, this is a first degree in law (such as LL.B.). If you are in the last year of your law studies and will receive your degree prior to starting the LL.M. Program, you may also apply to the LL.M. Program.Back to top
Do you have a part-time, distance, or online program?
No, our program is full-time and must be completed in-residence within one year.Back to top
What are the program dates?
A mandatory orientation for admitted LL.M. students begins in mid-August. The fall semester runs from late August to mid-December, and the spring semester runs from mid-January to mid-May. All LL.M.s are expected to complete their degree program in May.Back to top
May I transfer credits from another LL.M. program to Texas Law?
Texas Law does not accept transfer credits in the LL.M. Program. Students currently in another LL.M. program may apply to the Texas Law LL.M. Program but must take the required 24 credits.Back to top
Do I need to take the LSAT?
No, the LSAT is not required to apply to our LL.M. ProgramBack to top
How do I request an application?
LL.M. applications are available and processed through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Applicant Services.Back to top
What is your LL.M. application deadline?
Our deadline for priority consideration is March 1st. Late applications will be accepted, subject to space availability. Applications submitted by the deadline will have priority consideration.Back to top
Do my transcripts need to be translated into English?
Yes, you must provide translations of your official transcripts and awards of degree to LSAC. If your university provides an official transcript in English, this is acceptable. We require all higher education transcripts.Back to top
Do you require interviews for admission?
Interviews are not required, but we do try to set up an informal interview with a number of qualified international applicants throughout the application period.Back to top
Who has to demonstrate English proficiency?
The law school curriculum is rigorous and demands a strong command of English. Applicants with a foreign law degree must demonstrate English proficiency by taking a language test. Applicants are exempt from submitting a TOEFL or IELTS score if they hold a law degree from a school in a country with English as an official language and the language of instruction in higher education.
An applicant whose first degree in law was taught in English in another country may also apply for an exemption from this requirement by submitting a statement from their law school/university verifying that English was the medium of instruction.
Please note: all LL.M. students who waive the TOEFL/IELTS requirement will not be granted extended time on their final exams. All non-native English speaking LL.M.s who do complete the TOEFL/IELTS requirement will receive extended time for their final exams.Back to top
What test do you require to show English proficiency?
The Law School curriculum is rigorous and demands a strong command of English. We accept the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). We require a score of 101 on the (iBT) internet-based test. The code for LSAC is 8395. We also accept an IELTS Overall Band Score of 7.5 or higher. There is no institution code for IELTS. The official score should be submitted through LSAC.Back to top
Who should write my recommendation letters?
You should request letters from persons who are knowledgeable about your academic qualifications and career interests. Letters from academic sources are preferred, although employment references are also accepted.Back to top
Do you have a recommendation form?
LSAC LL.M. services provides a recommendation form.Back to top
Can letters of recommendation letter be sent directly to the LL.M. Program?
No, the letters of recommendation must be sent through LSAC. Instructions are on the LSAC LL.M. website.Back to top
How do I pay the $75 application fee?
The fee can be paid online with a credit card directly through the LSAC website.Back to top
Do you grant application fee waivers?
No.Back to top
How do I know if my application is complete?
We offer an online application status check to keep you fully informed throughout the application process. Once your application is received, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the application status website.Back to top
When are admissions decisions made?
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The priority deadline is March 1st.Back to top
How will I be notified of a decision on my application?
An email notification of admission is sent to applicants who are offered admission, followed by an admission offer letter by email and mail. Applicants who are not admitted will receive an email with the decision.Back to top
If I am admitted, is a deposit required to hold my place?
Yes, a $500 nonrefundable enrollment deposit is required to confirm your place in the LL.M. Program. The deposit can be paid with a money order, cashier's check, Mastercard or Discover card. UT does not accept VISA or American Express.
The enrollment deposit will be applied to your fall tuition. If you do not matriculate into the LL.M. program, the nonrefundable deposit is forfeited.Back to top
How do I procure my student visa?
You must submit a Certificate of Financial Responsibility in order to obtain the required documents for a visa. If an offer of admission is made, the UT International Office will notify you about how to apply for your visa.Back to top
If I am admitted, is it possible to defer my arrival until the following year?
Yes. If you have been admitted to the LL.M. Program at Texas Law and would like to defer your admission to the following year, you just need to notify the LL.M. Program of your intent to defer, and we will provide you with the necessary instructions.Back to top
How many credits are required to complete the LL.M. Program at Texas Law?
The LL.M. degree requires a minimum of 24 credit hours. Many courses at Texas Law are three credit hours, totaling roughly eight courses during the academic year.Back to top
How many credits do I take per semester?
Students must be registered full-time to meet Texas Law and immigration requirements. Full-time status is 10-16 credit hours per semester. Most LL.M. students register for 10-14 credit hours per semester.Back to top
Is there a writing requirement?
Every student must complete a substantial research paper under faculty guidance. Most students satisfy this requirement by completing a writing seminar. Alternatively, students may complete a directed research project for at least two credits that includes a thirty-page paper involving legal research and analysis.Back to top
What courses will be offered next year?
The fall class schedule is posted each year in March. The spring course schedule is posted online in October each year.
The course areas and related classes section of the law school's website describes the main areas of law study. A drop down menu lists classes in each area from the current and previous semesters.
Not all courses are taught each semester. All course schedules are tentative until the semester in question begins.Back to top
Can LL.M. students take courses in other departments at the University of Texas?
Students may take graduate-level classes in other university departments with advance permission of the Assistant Dean of Graduate & International Programs and the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs. Non-law courses will be shown on the law school transcript as graded credit/no credit.Back to top
How do admitted students select and register for courses?
Course selection and registration for the fall semester occurs during orientation. Space is limited in many courses, so not all courses are available. Class schedules may be changed during the first twelve days of the semester, and many students make changes during this period. Registration for the spring semester takes place in October.Back to top
How do I know if I qualify as a Texas resident?
To qualify as a Texas resident, an individual must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, reside in Texas for one year, and establish a domicile in Texas prior to enrollment.
International students eligible to establish legal domicile in Texas may also qualify for Texas resident status. Please read the Establishing Texas Residency information on the UT residency website.Back to top
When must I pay my tuition & fees bill?
Tuition is assessed and paid by semester, based on the number of credit hours taken. Fall tuition and fees for new students is due by the fourth class day, and spring tuition and fees is due in early January. Students may pay the full semester bill or they may pay in installments. If the installment option is chosen, the first half is due immediately and then two additional installment payments are due one month apart. There is a small fee for the installment option. The fee bill may be paid by Mastercard, Discover, echeck, cash or a check.Back to top
Do you offer financial aid for LL.M. students?
U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for federal financial aid loans.
Foreign students do not qualify for federal financial aid. Applicants are strongly encouraged to investigate other sources of support, such as government or employer grants, scholarships, and loans. Non-U.S. citizens may be able to apply for private loans with a co-signer who is a U.S. citizen.
List of outside scholarships.
Information is provided on the Texas Law Financial Aid website.Back to top
What are the medical requirements for incoming students?
The University of Texas has both required and recommended immunizations. The University Health Services website for new students has information on the requirements.Back to top
Am I required to purchase health insurance?
U.S. citizens and permanent residents are not required to purchase health insurance through the University, but it is strongly recommended if they do not have other health insurance. Information is on the University Health Services website.
International students must purchase the University's student health insurance. Enrollment is automatic and the fee is added directly to the student's fee bill. Information about plan benefits and cost is on the UT International Office website.
International students who have an insurance policy that meets the University of Texas requirements may petition to waive the mandatory coverage through the International Office. The insurance waiver must be completed and SIGNED by your insurance agent. An electronic signature will not be accepted. This waiver must be provided to the International Office by the 8th class day.
Accompanying F2 dependent insurance coverage (spouse and children) is optional, but strongly recommended. The insurance rates are available through the International Office.
Accompanying J2 dependent coverage (spouse and children) is mandatory.Back to top
Is it possible to get a part-time job while enrolled at UT?
Students with F1 or J1 visas may work on-campus up to 20 hours per week during regular semesters and up to 40 hours per week during holidays and vacations. Students interested in on-campus employment often work as research or library assistants. UT has a job database for students. Information is on the UT Human Resources website.Back to top
Can I work in the U.S. after finishing my LL.M. degree at Texas Law?
Students with F1 visas may apply for OPT (optional practical training) to work up to one year in the U.S. Students with J1 visas may apply for CPT (curricular practical training). Learn about OPT and CPT.Back to top
Do students receive help in looking for a job?
The Career Services Office (CSO) offers assistance to LL.M. students with their job search strategies. This includes resume and cover letter guidance, interviewing procedures, and other resources. A CSO counselor specializes in assisting LL.M. students.
Students must be proactive in their job search and begin early. The CSO office can offer advice on how to proceed.Back to top
Does Texas Law participate in any LL.M. job fairs?Back to top
Are LL.M. students eligible for on-campus interviews?
Most employers who recruit at Texas Law are primarily interested in interviewing students in the J.D. Program. LL.M. students are eligible to interview only with employers who request LL.M. students.Back to top
Are there good schools and childcare options?
Many LL.M. students have brought young children with them to Austin and have been very pleased with the local childcare and schools. There are many activities available for families, including public parks and pools, weekend activities, and the Austin Children's Museum. The new Dell Children's Medical Center is also located in Austin.Back to top
Do I need to have a car?
Transportation is easier with a car. However, most students do not buy a car and manage fine without one. If you don't have a car, we recommend that you live near campus, on a UT Shuttle bus route or a city bus route.
The University has an effective shuttle bus system, and much of the city is accessible through the Capital Metro bus system. UT students can ride on the city buses at no charge with their student ID card.Back to top
Can I transfer from the LL.M. program into the J.D. program?
An LL.M. student cannot transfer to the J.D. Program but can apply for admission to the J.D. Program. If admitted, the student's LL.M credit hours will not be transferred. However, upon admission to the J.D. Program, an LL.M graduate may be awarded partial credit for coursework from their first degree in law.Back to top