US LLM Application Deadlines for 2021

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.

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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 program.

American University, Washington College of Law

Deadline, international students: 1 May 2021
Deadline, US Citizen/Permanent Resident Students: 15 July 2021
Deadline, Online/Hybrid LLM: 1 August 2021

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 2021 LLM application deadline for international applicants: 15 April 2021.
Fall 2021 LLM application deadline for domestic applicants: 31 July 2021.

Brooklyn Law School (for foreign-trained lawyers)

Applications accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

University of California, Berkeley

Application deadline, LLM executive track deadline: 15 November 2020 (track A); 18 December 2020 (track B)
Application deadline, LLM traditional and thesis track: 18 December 18 2020  

University of California, Los Angeles

The application for admission to the 2020-2021 LLM Program is now available. The application deadline is 1 February 2021.

Case Western University (for foreign graduates)

Rolling admissions policy with students notified as decisions are made.

University of Chicago Law School

Fall 2021 LLM applications priority deadline: 15 December 2020 (documents such as application, personal statement, and resume must be submitted by this date). Priority application completion deadline is 1 February 2021.

University of Colorado Boulder

Master of Studies in Law (MSL) & LLM applications close 1 May 2021.

Columbia Law School

Fall 2021 LLM application deadline: 18 December 2020.

University of Connecticut School of Law (UConn Law)

Spring semester: 15 November for non-US residents; 15 December for US residents.
Fall 2021: LLM deadline for non-US residents: 15 June 2021.
Deadline for US residents; 15 July 2021.

Cornell University Law School

Fall 2021 LLM application deadline: 15 December 2020.
Cornell Tech LLM application deadlines: Round 1: 15 November 2020; Round 2: 15 January 2021; Round 3: 15 March 2021; Round 4: 30 April 2021).

Duke Law School

LLM application deadline: 20 January 2021.

Emory University

Start in August or in January.
Emory enrolls new LLM students in August and in January. Students typically complete their degree in two semesters. Apply by 15 November to start in January or 30 June to start in August.

Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Master of Laws in International Law (LLM)        
Early Notification Round: Application Deadline: 10 November – Notification by: 1 January    
Scholarship Priority: Application Deadline: 10 January – Notification by: 1 April 
Round 3: Application Deadline: 20 February – Notification by: 1 April
Round 4: Application Deadline: 1 April – Notification by: 1 May 

Florida Coastal School of Law (designed for foreign lawyers)

Admissions applications for the fall should be submitted by 15 July each year, but applications will be evaluated as soon as a file is complete. As the processing of student visas is often time-consuming, international students are strongly encouraged to submit their application by 1 June. 

Florida State University (for foreign-trained lawyers)

Applications accepted beginning 1 October 2020 for fall 2021 entry.

Fordham University School of Law

LLM application deadline: 1 March 2021.

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: 19 November 2020 for fall 2021 entry.
Regular action deadline: 14 February 2021 for fall 2021.

University of Georgia

15 January 2021: Application deadline for priority scholarship consideration. 
31 May 2021: Final application deadline.

Golden Gate University

Fall 2021: 15 May 2021

Harvard Law School

The application deadline for the LLM class beginning in August 2021 is 1 December 2020.

University of Houston

Fall 2021 deadlines: Applicants with a non-US law degree: 15 April 2021 (priority), 1 June 2021 (regular); applicants with a US law degree: 1 June 2021 (priority), 1 August 2021 (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 2021

University of Minnesota

To apply for the 2021 LLM programs:
Application available 1 October 2020
Final Application Due Date: 1 May 2021

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 Foreign Education Credentials: 1 December 2020
Prospective students who received their legal education outside of the United States must apply by 1 December for Fall 2021 entry (August).
Applicants with Domestic Education Credentials: 1 April 2021 (1 February 2021 prority scholarship deadline).
Part-time Programs
1 June 2021

The Ohio State University Moritz School of Law

Fall application deadline: 15 April 2021
Spring application deadline: 15 October 2020 

The University of Oklahoma College of Law

The LLM Admissions Committee will carefully examine all parts of the application with plans to announce decisions starting in early March. Late applications will be accepted and admissions may continue until the start of classes. However, international students must file a completed application and all related materials by 15 June to allow sufficient time to secure a student visa.

University of Pennsylvania

15 November 2020: Early Notification
15 December 2020: Regular Notification

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 1 April 2021 to receive priority consideration. Applications received after the 1 April priority date will be considered and decisions rendered on a space-available basis.

University of San Diego

Fall: 1 June 2021 
Spring: 1 November 2020 

University of Southern California, Gould School of Law

Fall 2021: Priority Deadline 1 March 2021 – Final Application Deadline 1 June 2021.
Spring 2021: Priority Deadline 1 September 2020 – Final Application Deadline 1 October 1 2020.

Stanford University 

Application deadline for Fall 2021 not decided yet, however it is 8 December 2020 for those applying to the Knight-Hennessey Scholars Program.

Suffolk University

Fall semester applications due 15 May 2021.    
Spring semester applications due 1 October 2020.    

Syracuse University

Fall 2021: Recommended deadline of 1 June 2021 for priority consideration.

Temple University (for foreign-trained lawyers)

Fall admission: 15 April.
Spring admission: May be granted in certain circumstances. Please contact the Graduate and International Programs office for details.

University of Texas at Austin Law School

LLM applications must be submitted through LSAC.
LLM applications are available starting on 1 September and are due by 1 March for priority consideration.

Tulane University

1 May of year starting LLM Progarm.

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

1 March 2021.

University of Virginia

1 February 2021. 

Wake Forest University (for foreign-trained lawyers)

Rolling admissions process, meaning applications are reviewed on a continuous basis throughout the admissions season. Candidates should submit their application and supporting materials as soon as possible.
Completed applications are reviewed between 1 September and 1 June. We do our very best to provide you with a decision in a reasonable amount of time; however, while some applicants will receive an immediate decision, other applications may be held for further review

Washington University in St Louis

15 May 2021.

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 2020.
Fall 2021 Application Deadline: 15 March 2021. 

Yale Law School

Applications are accepted for the 2021–2022 academic year from 1 August to 1 December 2020.

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