US LLM Application Deadlines for 2018

The application cycle of LLM programs can require considerable time, so it is important to start the 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.


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 program.

American University, Washington College of Law

LLM International Studies
May 1, 2018 for fall entry.
October 1, 2018 for spring entry.
LLM Law and Government
June 1, 2018 for fall entry.
November 1, 2018 for spring entry.
LLM Advocacy
June 1, 2018 for fall entry.
November 15, 2017 for spring 2018 entry.

Arizona State University

June 15, 2018 for fall 2018 entry.
June 1, 2018 for international applicant spring entry.
November 30, 2017 for spring 2018 entry.
October 30, 2018 for international applicant spring entry.

Atlanta's John Marshall Law School

American Legal Studies is offered both as a residential program and online. There are no set deadlines for the LLM in American Legal Studies or Employment Law applications. Applications are reviewed and admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.

Boston University

Rolling admissions. Admissions makes decisions starting in late fall and continuing through spring.

Brooklyn Law School (for foreign-trained lawyers)

Early Action deadline: December 1, 2017.
Regular Review Priority deadline: February 1, 2018 (though applications will continue to be accepted through June 30).

University of California, Berkeley

Professional LLM (over two consecutive 10- or 13-week summers)
December 15, 2017 deadline for May entry.

University of California, Los Angeles

February 15, 2018. Admissions results announced via email on a rolling basis from January through April.

Case Western University (for foreign graduates)

Candidates can submit applications as early as September 2018; decisions are made beginning in December.

University of Chicago Law School

December 15, 2018.

University of Colorado-Boulder

April 15, 2018 for fall 2018 entry.

Columbia Law School

Early deadline: November 1, 2017. Decisions made by the end of December.
Regular deadline: December 15, 2017. Decisions made by late April.

Cornell University Law School

Deadline February 1, 2018. To be considered for an LLM fellowship, application and
all supporting materials must reach admissions by January 10, 2018.

Duke Law School (for foreign law graduates)

Applicants may start submitting applications on September 1, 2017. The application deadline is January 20, 2018.

Emory University

November 30, 2017 deadline for January 2018 entry.

Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Admits only 25 students.
November 15, 2017: Early notification; non-binding.
January 10, 2018: Regular deadline.
March 1, 2018: Late deadline.

Florida Coastal School of Law (designed for foreign lawyers)

Offered entirely online. No residential component. Weekend classes available.
Application deadlines vary. Contact admissions for further information on the most current deadlines.

Florida State University (for foreign-trained lawyers)

Applications accepted beginning October 1, 2017 for fall 2018 entry.

Fordham University School of Law

September 1, 2017 - March 1, 2018 for fall 2018 entry.
June 1, 2018 - October 1, 2018 for spring 2018 entry.

George Mason University School of Law

March 1, 2018 for fall 2018 entry. Applications available November 1, 2017.

George Washington University

US law school graduates: May 1, 2018.
Non-US law school graduates: March 15, 2018.

Georgetown University Law School

Early action deadline: November 19, 2017 for fall 2018 entry.
Regular action deadline: February 14, 2018 for fall 2018.

University of Georgia (for foreign-trained lawyers)

March 1, 2018 for fall 2018 entry. Priority consideration given for applications received by February 1, 2018.

Golden Gate University

Entering students may start in August, January, or May of each year, but fall enrolment is encouraged.
November 1, 2017 deadline for spring entry.
April 1, 2018 deadline for summer entry.
July 1, 2018 deadline for fall entry.

Harvard Law School

December 1, 2017 for September 2018 entry. Admissions strongly encourages applicants to submit applications by November 15, 2017.

University of Houston

October 1, 2017 for January 2018 entry.
March 1, 2018 for August 2018 entry.

Indiana University, Indianapolis

For spring admission:
International applicants – November 15, 2017.
US citizens or permanent residents – December 1, 2017.
For fall admission:
International applicants – May 1, 2018.
U.S. citizens or permanent residents – July 1, 2018.

University of Iowa

March 1, 2018 for fall 2018 entry.

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

Apply between October 2017 and the end of January 2018. Admissions decisions made in late March or early April 2018.

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

April 1, 2018 for August 2018 entry.

Northeastern University

May 1, 2018.

Northwestern University Law School

January 15, 2018. Applications for admission are considered only for the current year and for full-time registration. There is no part-time or evening program or mid-year entry.

New York University Law School

Offers a program full-time in Singapore. Deadline: December 16, 2017.
Deadline for LLM in Legal Theory: February 1, 2018.
Priority deadline for LLM in Taxation: February 1, 2018 (priority scholarship deadline); April 1, 2018 (final deadline).
All other LLM deadlines: April 1, 2018.
November 1, 2017 for spring 2018 deadline.
June 2, 2018 for fall 2018 deadline.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (for foreign-trained lawyers)

April 30, 2018 for 2018-19 cohort.

The Ohio State University Moritz School of Law

The admissions cycle begins September 15, 2017. Final deadline for applications is March 18. Prospective students who apply after this date will be considered only if the class has not been filled or if there are vacancies.

The University of Oklahoma College of Law

John B Turner LLM Program
There is an August 2018 enrolment, so students are encourage to send applications as soon as possible for consideration. Early decisions announced in early March 2018. Late applications are accepted and admissions may continue until the start of classes. International students must file a completed application by June 15, 2018 to allow sufficient time to secure a student visa.

University of Pennsylvania

Early admission deadline: December 1, 2017.
Regular deadline: February 1, 2018.

Pennsylvania State (for foreign trained lawyers)

Dickinson School of Law
Contact admissions as applications reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Pepperdine University School of Law

Contact admissions, as deadlines are not specified.

St John's University School of Law

For fall entry, submit application before April 1, 2018 to receive priority consideration. Applications received after the April 1 priority date will be considered and decisions rendered on a space-available basis.

University of San Diego

Not all concentrations are available each year.
June 1, 2018 for fall entry.
November 1, 2018 for spring entry.

University of Southern California, Gould School of Law

Deadline early February 2018. Applications available in early fall 2017.

Stanford University (for foreign-trained lawyers)

Application is not available until after September 24, 2017 but must be submitted by December 14, 2017. Decisions announced by April 1, 2018.

Suffolk University

May 15, 2018 for fall semester.
October 1, 2018 for spring semester.

Syracuse University (for foreign legal professionals)

Please contact admissions office, as deadlines are not specified.

Temple University (for foreign-trained lawyers)

March 15, 2018.

University of Texas at Austin Law School

February 1, 2018.

Tulane University

May 1, 2018.

University of Tulsa

Please contact admissions office, as deadlines are not specified.

Vanderbilt University (for foreign-trained lawyers)

Apply September 1, 2018 until April 30, 2018.

Vermont Law School

March 1, 2018.

University of Virginia

February 1, 2018. Admissions offers made by April 15, 2018. Only 35 students in the program each year.

Wake Forest University (for foreign-trained lawyers)

March 31, 2018 for fall 2018 entry.

Washington University in St Louis

May 15, 2018 for LLM Intellectual Property and Technology Law and LLM US Law for Foreign Lawyers.
July 15, 2018 for LLM Taxation.

University of Washington, Seattle

International students: February 1, 2018.
Domestic students: May 1, 2018.
Early admissions: October 1, 2018.

Washington and Lee University School of Law (for foreign-trained lawyers)

March 1, 2018 for fall 2018 entry.

College of William and Mary (for foreign-trained lawyers)

September 1, 2017 - February 1, 2018 for August 2018 enrolment. Decisions made by March 15, 2018. All admitted students considered for merit-based scholarships.

University of Wisconsin-Madison

March 1, 2018 for fall 2018 entry. No classroom courses. Strictly a directed research-based program.

Yale Law School

August 1, 2017 – December 1, 2018. Admissions decisions made in mid-March for fall entry.


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