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US LLM Application Deadlines for 2021

USA LLM applicationsThe 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.

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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.

Boston University

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.

Emory University

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)
 

University of Georgia

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

Northeastern University

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.

Stanford University 

Application deadline for Fall 2022 programme was December 2021.

Suffolk University

Fall semester applications due 15 May 2022    
Spring semester applications due 1 October 2022    

Syracuse University

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.

Tulane University 

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.
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.

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