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US LLM Application Deadlines for 2022
The application cycle of LLM programs can require considerable time, so it is important to start the application process as soon as possible. Many LLM programs have a different submission timeframe than the regular law school deadlines, so it is very important not to assume LLM deadlines are the same as the law schools that house them.
Completing timely US LLM applications is not only important for getting a timely acceptance, it can also affect the classes that are available for enrolment. Some LLM programs that focus their concentrations on foreign-trained students allow LLM candidates to take classes alongside JD (Juris Doctor) candidates. If USA law school deadlines precede LLM deadlines, it becomes vitally important to apply early.
Some universities accept US LLM applications twice a year, usually for spring or autumn (fall) entry. This ensures a shorter wait for those who may become interested in applying mid-decision cycle. Although many programs have rolling admissions, foreign students often have law school deadlines that are much earlier than those for US applicants. Many of the top-ranked traditional law schools offer fixed deadlines, but research-based or online programs are more likely to offer rolling deadlines. Law schools do try to give ample time for visa approvals.
In this article the LLM deadlines for foreign-trained applicants have been specified wherever the information is available. If a listing does not indicate that a program caters to lawyers trained outside the country, USA law school deadlines apply. It is important to contact the admissions office directly to ensure deadlines are the same as those listed on the university website LLM landing page.Find your PERFECT LLM PROGRAM
US Law School Application Deadlines
Here we tell you the LLM application deadlines for the different US law schools.
University of Alabama
Please contact admissions office, as deadlines are not specified. Concentrations in Taxation and Business Transactions are offered online. The International LLM is a residential programme.
American University, Washington College of Law
(In-person classes resume from Spring 2022 term)
Fall Semester 2022/2023:
Deadline, international students: 1 May 2022
Deadline, US Citizen/Permanent Resident Students: 1July 2022
Deadline, Online/Hybrid LLM: 1 August 2022
Spring Semester 2022/2023
Deadline, international students: 1 October 2022
Deadline, US Citizen/Permanent Resident Students: 1 November 2022
Deadline, Online/Hybrid LLM: 1 December 2022
Arizona State University
Fall: 31 July (1 June for students requiring a visa)
Spring: 30 November (1 November for students requiring a visa)
Atlanta's John Marshall Law School
The LLM program is offered online only. There are no set deadlines. Applications are reviewed and admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.
Fall 2022 LLM application deadline for international applicants: 15 April 2022.
Fall 2022 LLM application deadline for domestic applicants: 31 July 2022.
Summer 2022 LLM application deadline for all applicants: 30 April 2022
Brooklyn Law School (for foreign-trained lawyers)
Applications accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.
University of California, Berkeley
The application deadline for 2022 start date has passed.
University of California, Los Angeles
The application for admission to the 2022-2023 programme was 1 February 2022.
Case Western University (for foreign graduates)
Rolling admissions policy with students notified as decisions are made.
University of Chicago Law School
Fall 2023 LLM applications priority deadline: 15 December 2022 (documents such as application, personal statement, and resume must be submitted by this date). Priority application completion deadline is 1 February 2023.
University of Colorado Boulder
Master of Studies in Law (MSL) & LLM priority applications close 15 March 2022. Applications completed after that date will be considered subject to class size allowances.
Columbia Law School
Fall 2022 LLM application deadline: 18 December 2021.
University of Connecticut School of Law (UConn Law)
Spring semester: 15 November for non-US residents; 15 December for US residents.
Fall 2022: LLM deadline for non-US residents: 15 June 2022.
Deadline for US residents; 15 July 2022.
Cornell University Law School
Fall 2022 LLM application deadline: 15 December 2021.
Cornell Tech LLM application deadlines: Round 1: 15 November 2021; Round 2: 14 January 2022; Round 3: 15 March 2022; Round 4: 30 April 2022).
Duke Law School
LLM application deadline: 1 February 2022.
Fall Semsester: early deadline, April 15; general deadline, June 30
Spring Semester: early deadline, September 30; general deadline, November 15
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Master of Laws in International Law (LLM)
Early Notification Round: Application Deadline: 10 November – Early notification; non-binding
Scholarship Priority: Application Deadline: 10 January
Round 3: Application Deadline: 20 February
Round 4: Application Deadline: 1 April
Florida Coastal School of Law (designed for foreign lawyers)
The university is currently not enrolling any new students.
Florida State University (for foreign-trained lawyers)
LLM application deadline: March 15 2022 -priority deadline; July 31 2022- final deadline
Fordham University School of Law
LLM application deadline: March 1 2022
George Mason University School of Law
Deadline for international students who need to apply for a student visa: 1 May 2021.
Deadline for students who do not need a visa: 1 August 2021.
George Washington University
Applications for the fall and spring semesters are accepted on a rolling basis. For priority review, especially for scholarship consideration, applications for fall admission should be received by 15 March, but will continue to be accepted on a space-available basis until 1 June.
Georgetown University Law School
Early action deadline: 5 January (for U.S. -trained attorneys)
31 January: Application deadline for priority scholarship consideration.
1 May: Final application deadline.
Golden Gate University
Fall 2022: 1 June 2022
Harvard Law School
The application for the LL.M. class beginning in August 2022 is now closed. The application for the LL.M. class beginning in August 2023 will open in September 2022.
University of Houston
Fall 2021 deadlines: Applicants with a non-US law degree: 15 April 2022 (priority), 1 June 2022 (regular); applicants with a US law degree: 1 June 2022 (priority), 1 August 2022 (late).
Indiana University, Indianapolis
Rolling admissions, which means there are no deadlines for you to worry about. You can start in either the fall (mid to late-August) or the spring (early January) term. If you are applying late in the process, we will do our best to get your application processed, although if you are coming from outside the US and need a visa, it is critical that you apply in enough time for us to make a decision and still have time to apply for a visa. The turn-around time on a completed application is typically in the range of 3-4 weeks, although that can vary somewhat as many of the faculty on the admissions committee travel frequently around the world.
University of Iowa
Fall semester — 1 May 2021
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
An online option is available to attorneys who have a minimum of three years of legal and/or health care experience. Deadlines vary and are subject to change. Contact admissions for the latest deadlines.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Fall admission: 15 January 2022
University of Minnesota
To apply for the 2022 LLM programs:
Application available 1 October 2021
Final Application Due Date: 1 May 2022
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. You should receive a decision letter within four weeks of receipt of your complete application materials.
Northwestern University Law School
Application deadlines not available yet.
New York University Law School
Full-time LLM Program
Applicants with a foreign law degree: 20 December 2021
Applicants with a US JD: 1 February 2022 (priority scholarship deadline); 1 April 2022 (final deadline)
The Ohio State University Moritz School of Law
Autumn application deadline: 15 July 2022 (US); 1 June 2022 (International)
Spring application deadline: 15 December 2022 (US); 15 October 2022 (International)
The University of Oklahoma College of Law
Online LL.M. students may start their program in the Fall, Spring, or Summer semester. The Admissions Committee will carefully examine all parts of the application and will inform the applicant via email of their decision. Late applications will be accepted and admissions may continue until the start of classes.
On-Campus LL.M. students may start their program in the Fall semester of an academic year. The Admissions Committee will carefully examine all parts of the application and will inform the applicant via email of their decision. International students must file a completed application and all related materials by June 1st for a Fall semester start to allow sufficient time to secure a student visa.
University of Pennsylvania
15 November 2021: Early Deadline
15 December 2021: Regular Deadline
Pennsylvania State (for foreign trained lawyers)
Dickinson School of Law
Contact admissions as applications reviewed on an ongoing basis.
Pepperdine University School of Law
Summer 2022: 1 March 2022
Fall 2022: 15 June 2022
Spring 2023: 15 October 2022
St John's University School of Law
For fall entry, submit application before 15 April 2022 to receive priority consideration. Applications received after the 15 April priority date will be considered and decisions rendered on a space-available basis.
University of San Diego
Fall: 1 June
Spring: 1 November
University of Southern California, Gould School of Law
Fall 2021: Priority Deadline 1 March 2022 – Final Application Deadline 1 June 2022.
Spring 2021: Priority Deadline 1 September 2022 – Final Application Deadline 1 November 2022.
Application deadline for Fall 2022 programme was December 2021.
Fall semester applications due 15 May 2022
Spring semester applications due 1 October 2022
Fall 2021: Recommended deadline of 1 June for priority consideration.
Temple University (for foreign-trained lawyers)
Fall admission: 15 March 2022
University of Texas at Austin Law School
LLM applications are available starting on 1 September and are due by 1 March for priority consideration.
Between September 1 and June 1 for enrollment the following July and August.
University of Tulsa
Please contact admissions office, as deadlines are not specified.
Vanderbilt University (for foreign-trained lawyers)
Applications for the LLM may be submitted from 1 September through 30 April of year starting LLM Program.
Vermont Law School
LLM applications reviewed on a rolling basis.
University of Virginia
1 February 2022.
Wake Forest University (for foreign-trained lawyers)
1 June 2022
Washington University in St Louis
Deadline not stated, please contact admissions for more information.
University of Washington, Seattle
International applicants must submit a full application no later than 15 February of the year in which they plan to commence study at the University of Washington. As the processing of international applications requires extra time, we appreciate early submission of application materials.
The 15 February deadline is for those students who need to obtain a visa. Applicants who reside in the US or are concurrent JD/LLM students at UW can use the deadlines for US-based applicants.
Asian & Comparative Law: Fall Entry: 1 May
Global Business Law: Fall Entry: 1 May
General Law: Fall Entry: 1 May
Sustainable International Development: Fall Entry: 1 May
Health Law: Fall Entry: 1 July
Intellectual Property Law & Policy: Fall Entry: 1 July
Taxation: Fall Entry: 1 July Winter Entry: 1 November Spring Entry: 1 February
Applicants for Asian & Comparative Law, Global Business Law, General Law and Sustainable International Development Law must submit a full application no later than 1 May of the year in which they plan to commence study at the UW.
Applicants for Health Law, Intellectual Property Law and Taxation must submit a full application no later than 1 July of the year in which they plan to commence study at the UW.
We recommend US-based applicants submit a full application by 15 February for consideration at the same time as international applicants, so as to maximize their chances of admission. Domestic students may also begin Winter or Spring quarter, but may be limited in their choice of classes, as many prerequisites are only offered during Autumn quarter.
College of William and Mary (for foreign-trained lawyers)
Applications for fall semester admission will be accepted between 1 September and 1 March. Later applications may be accepted, subject to space availability. Most decisions will be sent by early March.
Applications for spring admission will be accepted between 1 July and 15 November, with later applications accepted based upon space availability. Decisions will be sent by early December.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Spring 2021 Application Deadline: 15 October 2021.
Fall 2021 Application Deadline: 15 March 2022.
Yale Law School
Applications are accepted for the 2022–2023 academic year from August 1 to December 1, 2021.Find your PERFECT LLM PROGRAM