Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Does Texas Law offer specialized LL.M. degrees?

    We offer a single LL.M. degree with six concentrations:

    1. Business Law
    2. Cybersecurity Law
    3. Global Energy, International Arbitration & Environmental Law
    4. Human Rights & Comparative Constitutional Law
    5. Latin American & International Law
    6. U.S. Law for Foreign Lawyers
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  2. 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.

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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.

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  5. 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.

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  6. 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.

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  7. Do I need to take the LSAT?

    No, the LSAT is not required to apply to our LL.M. program

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  8. How do I request an application?

    LL.M. applications are available and processed through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Applicant Services.

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  9. What is your LL.M. application deadline?

    Our deadline for priority consideration is March 1st. Late applications will be accepted, subject to space availability.

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  10. Do my transcripts need to be translated into English?

    Yes, you must provide literal (word-for-word) translations of your official transcripts with final grades and proof of degree to LSAC. Certified translations are not required. If your university provides an official transcript in English, this is acceptable. We require all higher education transcripts and proof of degree.

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  11. 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.

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  12. 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 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 in English in another country can apply for an exemption from this requirement by submitting a statement from their law school/university verifying that English was the medium of instruction.

    LL.M. students who waive the TOEFL iBT/IELTS Academic requirement will not be granted extended time on their final exams. All non-native English speaking LL.M.s who do complete the TOEFL iBT/IELTS Academic requirement will receive extended time for their final exams.

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  13. 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 TOEFL iBT or the IELTS Academic. We require a minimum TOEFL iBT score of 101. The code for LSAC is 8395. We also accept an IELTS Academic score of 7.5 or higher. There is no institution code for IELTS.  The official score should be submitted through LSAC.

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  14. Do you accept MyBest™ TOEFL score reports?

    No. We do not accept MyBest™ TOEFL score reports.

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  15. Who should write my recommendation letters?

    You should request letters of recommendation from persons who are knowledgeable about your academic qualifications and career interests. Recommendation letters from academic sources are preferred, although employment references are also accepted.

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  16. Do you have a recommendation form?

    LSAC LL.M. services provides a recommendation form.

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  17. 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.

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  18. How do I pay the $75 application fee?

    The fee can be paid online with a credit card directly through the LSAC website.

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  19. 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.

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  20. When are admissions decisions made?

    Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The priority deadline is March 1st.

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  21. 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.

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  22. 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 enroll in the LL.M. Program, the nonrefundable deposit is forfeited.

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  23. How do I procure my student visa?

    You must submit a Certificate of Financial Responsibility 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.

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  24. 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 must notify the LL.M. Program of your intent to defer, and we will provide you with the necessary instructions.

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  25. 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.

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  26. 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.

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  27. 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 course for at least two credits that includes a thirty-page paper involving legal research and analysis.

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  28. 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.

    Not all courses are taught each semester. All course schedules are tentative until the semester in question begins.

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  29. Can LL.M. students take courses in other departments at The University of Texas at Austin?

    Students may take graduate-level classes in other university departments with advance permission of the Assistant Dean for 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.

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  30. 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.

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  31. 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 Texas Residency website.

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  32. 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 are 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.

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  33. Do you offer financial aid for LL.M. students?

    We offer a limited number of internal scholarships for our most qualified applicants. To be considered for internal scholarships that do not require a separate application, applicants are encouraged to submit their application for admission to the LL.M. Program as soon as possible after September 1st. Please note that some internal scholarships require a separate application and have their own internal deadline.

    Since the number of internal scholarships we offer is limited, prospective and admitted international LL.M. students are strongly advised to apply for financial aid and scholarships from their home countries. There are multiple international student scholarship databases such as eduPASS and International Student Organization that offer a list of opportunities. Though by no means comprehensive, below is a list of external scholarship opportunities that are country-specific or eligibility criteria-specific.

    Prospective LL.M. students interested in applying for a Fulbright Foreign Student Scholarship should expect the process to take 12-18 months.

    For more information, visit our Scholarship Opportunities page.


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  34. 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.

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  35. 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.

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  36. 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.

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  37. 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.

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  38. 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 discussing job search strategies, having your resume (CV) and cover letters reviewed, practicing interview skills, etc. 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.

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  39. Does Texas Law participate in any LL.M. job fairs?

    Yes, we participate in the International Student Interview Program held at NYU in January. We also participate in the UCLA LL.M. Interview Program held at UCLA in February.

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  40. 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.

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  41. 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.

    Read about the 30 best things to do with kids in Austin.

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  42. 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.

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  43. Can I transfer from the LL.M. Program into the J.D. program?

    No. A LL.M. student cannot transfer to the J.D. Program. They must apply for admission to the J.D. Program via LSAC. The J.D. Program requires applicants to submit a LSAT or GRE score. Upon admission to the J.D. Program, a graduate of a LL.M. program at an ABA-accredited law school may petition to receive credit for one or more courses completed during the LL.M. program as long as the course taken was a J.D. course and the student was graded in a manner comparable to J.D. students in the course.

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  44. I took classes at Texas Law as an exchange student. Can I transfer those credits to the LL.M. Degree?

    We are so happy that you loved your experience at Texas Law and that you want to come back for a full year to do the LL.M. Degree. The LL.M. consists of 24 credits completed while admitted as an LL.M. student. This means that the credits you took while on exchange at Texas Law cannot count towards the LL.M. degree. However, certain classes you took can count towards concentration requirements - giving you more freedom to take other classes during the LL.M. Program.

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