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The LL.M. Program requires applicants to have a first professional degree in law. Applicants with a foreign law degree can check theLaw School Admission Council LL.M. Eligibility Chartfor degree requirements by country to see if they are eligible for our program. The LL.M. Programdoes notaccept applications from graduates of distance learning and online law programs or U.S. J.D. programs not approved by the American Bar Association. The LL.M. Program currently has 25 spots for each incoming class.

Virtual Admissions Information Sessions

Sign up for avirtual admissions information session. During the info session, we will go over all the programmatic aspects of the LL.M. Program. We will also discuss strategies for building a strong application.

You will need a computer or mobile device and an internet connection to access virtual sessions. You must also download the Zoom app and create a Zoom account.

Application Requirements and Deadlines

LL.M. applications must be submitted through theLaw School Admission Council(LSAC). The application opens onSeptember 1and is due byMarch 1for priority consideration. We recommend that those interested in applying for scholarships apply by December due to early external scholarship deadlines.

The application to join the LL.M. Class of 2023-2024 closed April 15, 2023. The application to join the LL.M. Class of 2024-2025 will open September 1, 2023.

All applicants must purchase theLLM Credential Assembly Service(LLM CAS). Applicants with a foreign law degree must also purchase the International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service (ITAES).

Application Requirements and COVID-19

Starting in January 2021, LSAC is accepting transcripts emailed to them as unencrypted PDF attachments on a case-by-case basis. To confirm whether LSAC will accept emailed unencrypted PDF transcripts from your institution,

English Language Requirements

Applicants with a foreign law degree must demonstrate English proficiency by taking the TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic. The LL.M. Program requires a minimum total score of 101 on TOEFL iBT (with at least a 24 in each section) and a minimum total score of 7.5 on the IELTS Academic (with at least a 7 in each section). If your test score falls below the minimum requirement, you should address your English language proficiency in your personal statement and/or have your recommenders address your English language skills in their letters. Candidates who receive a score below the minimum requirement on the TOEFL iBT or the IELTS Academic can still apply to the program. However, if admitted, the student may receive an offer of conditional admission.

Score reports are valid for two years, and scores will be considered expired if the test was taken more than two years prior to the submission of the application.Non-native English-speaking LL.M. students who submit a TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic score receive extended time on exams. The LL.M. Programdoes notaccept the Duolingo English Test, the IELTS General Training test, MyBest scores for the TOELF iBT test, the TOEFL Essentials test, or the TOEFL ITP.

Applicants are exempt from submitting a TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic score if they hold a first professional degree in law from a university where English is the medium of instruction. View thelist of qualifying countries.

All other applicants must submit an official TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic score. Foreign LL.M. applicants are eligible to request a TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic waiver if one of the following scenarios apply. Waivers are subject to the sole discretion of the Texas Law Admissions Committee, whose decision is final. Applicants who meet waiver criteria are not eligible for language accommodations, for example, extra time on examinations.

  • You have attended a U.S. university for full-time study for a minimum of four academic years with a minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA in a post-secondary degree-granting program taught in English, OR
  • You have earned your first law degree from a foreign university in which the sole language of instruction is English in a country that does not appear on thelist of qualifying countries. In this scenario, you must upload a letter from your foreign law school as part of your application for admission verifying that English was the medium of instruction.

Non-native English-speaking LL.M. students are encouraged to take the 5-weekAcademic English Programthrough the University's English Language Center the summer before the start of the LL.M. Program.

English Language Requirements and COVID-19

To meet the needs of students who are unable to take theTOEFL iBTtest at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering theTOEFL iBT Home Edition. The test is identical in content, format and on-screen experience to the TOEFL iBT test taken at a test center. It is taken on your own computer at home and is monitored by a human proctor online through ProctorU. To have your TOEFL score sent, provide ETS with LSAC's institution code (8395) when you place your order for a copy of the score report to be sent.

IELTS Indicatoris an online test that can be taken from the comfort and safety of your home. The test includes four skills – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking, and you will receive an indicative score for each. Your performance will be marked by IELTS examiners and you will receive your result within seven days. The Academic test is available for a limited time while IELTS testing is currently suspended due to COVID-19. Educational providers can use IELTS Indicator to help them gauge the English language ability of future students while IELTS testing is suspended. Students who are trying to submit their IELTS score (IELTS Academic or IELTS Indicator) should submit to “Law School Admission Council LLM/JD Credential Assembly Svc.”

LL.M. Application Checklist

The application for the LL.M. class beginning in August 2023 is now closed. The application to join the LL.M. class beginning in August 2024 will open September 1st.

Application fee: We require a nonrefundable application fee of $75.

  • Personal statementPlease tell us about yourself, including why you want to pursue an LL.M. at Texas Law and how this connects to past achievements (e.g., coursework, legal practice, and/or research) and future plans. Your personal statementshould notbe a restatement of your resume. This is your opportunity to tell the Admissions Committee something about you that could not be known based on your other application materials. This statement could include short- and long-term professional goals and how the LL.M./concentration would benefit your legal career. For example, you could explain why your academic and/or professional background makes you a strong candidate for Texas Law’s program and how the LL.M. degree will impact your post-graduation plans. You could also describe specific area(s) of academic interest. You could discuss any matters relevant to their ability to succeed at Texas Law, practice law, and any other experiences or interests that would enable them to contribute to the intellectual community at the Law School. The personal statement should be written without assistance from others and should be limited to 800 words.
  • ResumePlease limit your resume to 1-2 pages.
  • Official law school transcript, including proof of degreeIf the official law school transcript with final grades and proof of degree are in a language other than English, then literal (word-for-word) English translations are required. However, certified English translations are not required. Applicants must submit all higher education transcripts, including transcripts for study abroad programs, and proof(s) of degree.
  • Three letters of recommendationWe strongly recommend that at least one letter of recommendation come from an academic source. However, letters from employers or others who have worked closely with you can be very helpful, particularly if you have been out of school for many years. All professional and academic references must be on official letterhead.
  • Official TOEFL iBT score (101 minimum) or IELTS Academic score (7.5 minimum)To have your TOEFL score sent (TOEFL iBT or TOEFL iBT Home Edition),provide ETS with LSAC's institution code (8395) when you place your order for a copy of the score report to be sent. Students who are trying to submit their IELTS score (IELTS Academic or IELTS Indicator) should submit to "Law School Admission Council LLM/JD Credential Assembly Svc."

The admissions committee is unable to review incomplete applications. Check the status of your Texas Law LL.M. application on yourApplicant Dashboard. Email questions

Misconduct and Irregularities in the Admission Process

LSACRules Governing Misconduct and Irregularities in the Admission Processdefines misconduct or an irregularity as the submission,even by mistake, as part of the law school admission process of any information that is false, inconsistent, or misleading, or the omission, of information that may result in a false or misleading conclusion, or the violation of any regulation governing the law school admission process (Source: LSACRules Governing Misconduct and Irregularities in the Admission Process, Section 3). In accordance with LSACRules Governing Misconduct and Irregularities in the Admission Process, the LL.M. Program reserves the right to revoke an offer of admission if it concludes misconduct or an irregularity has occurred as part of the law school admission process.


What if I accidentally put the wrong information on my college application? ›

If you realize you've made a mistake, don't panic. College admissions officers aren't going to nitpick over a minor error, but several errors may show you in a bad light. If you have significant errors or omissions, reach out to the admissions office of the college you applied to.

What if a college asks for more information? ›

Whether the request for additional information comes from a college's admissions or financial aid office, don't panic. Just send along the requested information as quickly as possible. And if you have any questions, contact the college's admissions or financial aid office for clarification.

Do colleges care when you submit your application? ›

Submitting an application early offers students the advantage of confirming that materials have been received by the deadline. Most deadlines are “received by” dates, not “post-marked” dates. One caveat: some schools offer a Rolling deadline type, meaning that applications are reviewed as they are completed.

How do you know if you got accepted into college on Common App? ›

Application Statuses

To help you keep track of your application and all materials, click Check Status at the top of the application dashboard.

Will a typo get me rejected from college? ›

No. A single, minor typo will do nothing. So don't sweat one minor spelling mistake, a missed comma, or a couple of transposed letters.

Can you edit an application after submitting? ›

If you need to change information on a submitted application, you must contact the college's admissions office directly to ask how they would like you to proceed.

Can colleges see how many you apply to? ›

For the most part, the answer to this question is: no. College admissions officers don't have secret meetings to gossip about which of the incoming freshmen applied to their schools.

Do colleges actually read the additional information section? ›

So, no, they are not lingering over your additional information section with a glass of wine. But they do read it as carefully as they do the rest of your application. As a college admissions officer, who was your least prepared applicant?

Do colleges check your messages? ›

Yes, colleges can look at the public version of your social media accounts, but they don't have some sort of secret, government-like power to access your private information. It's much more likely that your social media behavior would only be brought to their attention if it causes a stir.

How long does it take for colleges to accept you after applying? ›

It's not unusual for a college's application process to take four to six weeks. Colleges that have an application portal allow students to go online to check the status of their applications at any time. Also, many colleges post both acceptances and nonacceptances on the application portal at the same time.

What not to write in a college application? ›

What not to do in your college application essay: 10 things you should always avoid
  1. Never rehash your academic and extracurricular accomplishments.
  2. Never write about a "topic"
  3. Never start with a preamble.
  4. Never end with a “happily ever after” conclusion.
  5. Never pontificate.
  6. Never retreat into your thoughts.
  7. Never hold back.

How long does it take for a college to accept or reject you? ›

The average turnaround time for an admissions decision for schools with rolling admissions is four to six weeks, though in some cases students might have to wait longer. For regular decision candidates, the wait is more like eight to 12 weeks. Students handle that waiting period differently, experts say.

How do I know if a college will accept me? ›

These days, most college acceptance letters will arrive as either an email or application status update on a college's own application portal. Afterward, you'll usually receive a hard copy of your acceptance letter in the mail and further updates via email or mail.

How do I know if I didn't get accepted into a college? ›

Colleges send out emails to applicants, but they usually don't contain an acceptance or nonacceptance letter. Instead, the email you receive is likely going to direct you to the college's online application portal. Today, most colleges have an online portal where students can check the status of their applications.

What are the early signs that you have been accepted into a university? ›

The early 'sign' would be a letter to you that you have been accepted, or wait-listed or rejected. In some rare cases, you may get a phone call from the college, because of a mishap with their computer or some process that will delay an announcement.

What will make colleges not accept you? ›

Here are seven common reasons why college applications get rejected, according to some experts:
  • Failure to meet high GPA or test score standards.
  • Insufficient academic rigor.
  • Lack of demonstrated interest.
  • Application essay errors.
  • Poor fit.
  • Academic integrity concerns.
  • Competition.
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What makes colleges reject you? ›

If they've already accepted people who fill out certain niches and you fill that same niche, you might get rejected because your app was read after someone else's. Other factors that can influence your admission include the state that you are from, the high school you attended, and/or your economic background.

Can colleges reject you for being too good? ›

While there is some anecdotal evidence that overqualified students get rejected, these students aren't usually turned down because of their better-than-average grades or test scores. Most likely, the overqualified student isn't the right fit for a school or they haven't shown enough interest to admission officers.

What happens if you submit an application twice? ›

If you reapply too quickly after sending your first application, it may look like you applied twice on accident, which may give the opposite impression. If you time your reapplication right, your second application can function as a reminder of your interest to the hiring manager.

What to do if you mess up on an application? ›

If you discover a major factual error after you apply, it's best to resubmit your application. Employers will keep your resume on file even if you are not hired, and they often go back through their records to find candidates for open roles.

Can I submit a college application twice? ›

The short answer is, yes! You can reapply to the vast majority of colleges; however, it's often not your best option. In this article, we walk you through what your choices are and how you can make the right one for you.

Do colleges read your whole application? ›

Of course they are read! Essays give admission officers real insight into the applicant. You might wonder how a huge school would manage reading thousands of essays, but you can trust that they hire extra staff, if necessary, to make sure the entire application gets a close look.

How do colleges decide how many students to accept? ›

Offers of admission are based on each school's enrollment objectives. Making admissions decisions is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Large state schools may use a test score and GPA formula. Highly selective schools may have multiple reviewers with many voices weighing in on a decision.

Can applying to too many colleges hurt your chances? ›

While most students spend time trying to decide where to apply to college, they should also be considering how many applications to send out. Applying to too many schools can lead to a heavier workload, added stress, and tougher decisions.

What do admissions officers look at first? ›

Admissions officers look at “hard factors” (GPA, grades, and test scores) and “soft factors” (essays, extracurricular activities, recommendations, and demonstrated interest) to gain a full picture of applicants.

How many admissions officers read your application? ›

Many schools make sure most applications receive at least two full reads before going to committee. The second reader will add additional input and notes to the applicant's file. The second reader often agrees with the comments and recommendations of the first reader but sometimes they will disagree.

Should I answer the additional information common app? ›

No, the Additional Information section is truly optional. In fact, adcoms (admissions committee members) look down on students who force unnecessary responses and include redundant information in this section.

Can you be denied into college because of social media? ›

According to the Kaplan study, almost ten percent of admissions officers claim to have revoked an incoming student's offer of admission due to what they discovered on social media.

Can colleges look through your room? ›

College or university staff may have the right to enter your dorm to inspect the room, perform maintenance, etc. If the police have arrested you, they may be able to search the room without a warrant. Another exception is when officers reasonably believe that evidence of a crime is being destroyed in the room.

Do colleges actually look at social media? ›

So, do colleges check your social media? Yes. In fact, what students post on social media can greatly affect not only acceptance odds, but they can get acceptances revoked if unsuitable and offensive material is found.

How to increase chances of getting into college after applying? ›

  1. Earn Good Grades in Challenging Courses. ...
  2. Get a High SAT/ACT Score. ...
  3. Write a Compelling Personal Statement. ...
  4. Demonstrate Interest. ...
  5. Secure Strong Letters of Recommendation. ...
  6. Apply to a Diverse Selection of Colleges. ...
  7. Opt for an Early Admission Plan. ...
  8. Manage Your Online Reputation.

Do colleges check where parents went to college? ›

If you indicate that your parents or siblings attended college, you'll be asked to identify the schools. This is the information that colleges will use to identify your legacy status.

When should you hear back from colleges? ›

Regular decision: If you've applied to multiple schools and are unsure of which you want to attend, you probably submitted your application for regular decision, usually by February. In this case, you should expect to see letters come in through mid-March to early April.

What are red flags in college applications? ›

What is an application red flag? Simply put, it's something on a college application that can make an admissions officer second guess how qualified an applicant is or if they're a good-fit for the school. A red flag can be as serious as a disciplinary infraction, or as simple as not following application directions.

What is the top 10 rule when applying for college? ›

Texas House Bill 588, commonly referred to as the "Top 10% Rule", is a Texas law passed in 1997. It was signed into law by then governor George W. Bush on May 20, 1997. The law guarantees Texas students who graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class automatic admission to all state-funded universities.

What matters most on a college application? ›

Courses and Grades

A student's grades in college-preparatory classes remain the most significant factor in college admission decisions.

Do colleges keep rejected applications? ›

Most institutions keep applications for one year. So, admissions officers can see the original denied application if the applicant reapplies the following semester. The general consensus is that a student should attend another college and apply as a transferee to one's dream school after a year.

Can a college take back a rejection? ›

Appealing a Rejection

While it's extremely rare for a college to overturn its decision, you may recommend that rejected students write a letter of appeal explaining why they deserve to be reconsidered.

Can you ask a college why you were denied? ›

Nothing should stop you from inquiring why an institution rejected your application. So in addition to asking why you had your application rejected, ask about what you can do to improve your chances of acceptance in future.

What grades do colleges look at the most? ›

Your first year and sophomore year affect your cumulative GPA, which is important to most colleges. However, a solid academic record in your junior year is likely to carry more importance with an admissions committee.

Do colleges like to see improvement? ›

Even if you struggled early in your high school career, colleges will look favorably upon strong improvement in subsequent years.

Do colleges tell you if they rejected you? ›

While colleges are not likely to share their specific reasons for rejecting an application, colleges do tell you if they rejected you. For students wondering what to do if you get rejected from all colleges, you may want to consider taking a gap year and reapplying next year.

Do colleges email you if you're not accepted? ›

Colleges send out emails to applicants, but they usually don't contain an acceptance or nonacceptance letter. Instead, the email you receive is likely going to direct you to the college's online application portal. Today, most colleges have an online portal where students can check the status of their applications.

Do all colleges send out rejection letters? ›

Almost every senior receives at least one college rejection letter. This is tough advice, but try not to take the rejection personally. Most U.S. colleges admit a majority of applicants. Only 3.4% of schools fall into the most selective category, meaning they admit fewer than 10% of applicants.

What do colleges look at before they accept you? ›

Good grades, a challenging high school curriculum, standardized test scores, extracurriculars, and a strong essay are a few key factors admissions officers assess. Each university may emphasize different elements of the application process.

Who gets a likely letter? ›

Likely letters are sent to students who are likely to receive an offer of admission to a school they have applied to. Colleges know that competitive applicants can end up with many choices, so they want to give them extra time and incentive to consider accepting their offer.

Do acceptance or rejection emails come first? ›

Most commonly, no, colleges do not send rejection letters before sending acceptance letters. Acceptance, waitlist and rejection letters are usually sent to applicants around the same time.

Can I Unsubmit a college application and then resubmit? ›

Submitting a corrected application can be logistically tricky in the era of online applications, because once your application has been submitted, you are typically prohibited from changing it or resubmitting it.

What to do if you forgot to add something to your college application? ›

You should specifically ask the admissions office where you should send this information. They may provide a fax number, an email address, or a mailing address to which you should send the information you forgot to include.

How do I Unsend a college application? ›

If students can't withdraw their application through their application portal, and no specific instructions are easily found, we recommend that students contact their assigned admissions counselor by e-mail and include the following info: Full name. Birthdate. Full address.

What to do if there is a mistake on your transcript? ›

If the content of your electronic transcript is incorrect or incomplete, you should contact the Registrar's office at your school.

Does it look bad to withdraw an application and resubmit? ›

It's not bad to withdraw an application if you have a good reason and you do so in a way that respects the hiring manager's time and effort. Many people withdraw job applications once they realize that the position isn't right for them.

Is it okay to submit an application twice? ›

You can reapply for a job whether the company has reposted the job listing or because you've improved your application materials, but keep your options open by applying to other positions. You may find different jobs you're more qualified for or that you may enjoy more.

Is it bad to submit an application twice? ›

In general, it is not considered rude to apply to the same job twice. The hiring process is often lengthy and complicated, so employers understand that you may need to apply multiple times before being offered a job.

What makes a college application incomplete? ›

The application is incomplete.

Missing test scores, recommendation letters and other application materials will delay the review process for applicants. Colleges are likely to ask students to submit missing pieces of their application before the deadline, but it's better to double-check the requirements first.

What happens if you submit a college application a few minutes late? ›

It Could Affect Your Admission Chances

A late application could affect when your submission is seen, or the school could note on your paperwork that you were late. Students who applied before you may have priority over you. As a result, you could see lower admission chances with a late application.

What happens if a college application is incomplete? ›

In general, students may submit incomplete college applications. However, their records will remain incomplete until documents and other materials become available. It's strongly recommended that they submit on or before the college application deadline, although they can still be submitted after the posted date.

Can you cancel a college application and reapply? ›

If I withdraw an application, can I reapply? You can reapply, but it has to be for a different term. If you have changed your mind and want to reapply to the school, submit a brand new application before the next term's deadline.

Can you withdraw common application? ›

You may withdraw your application if it does not yet have a Complete status (note: if you have already submitted your application, we cannot issue any refunds). If you want to withdraw a Complete status application, contact the program directly, as they may already have processed your application.

Do colleges delete your application? ›

Policies will vary from school to school but many colleges and universities keep old applications on file for several years, knowing that former applicants may decide to re-apply as transfers. Commonly, recommendations are purged from the application folders before they are saved.

Can I get a grade wiped from my transcript? ›

Some schools allow students to petition to have a grade removed from use in calculating the cumulative GPA, but the record of the class is not withdrawn from the transcript.

What does a fail look like on a transcript? ›

If you fail a class, you'll get a 0 on your transcript — and that can bring down your GPA. Failed classes count toward your GPA, though some colleges do not count pass/fail classes in your GPA calculation.

Is it bad to have an incomplete on your transcript? ›

Although you might think that the term "incomplete" has negative connotations, taking an incomplete in college doesn't necessarily indicate any kind of mistake or poor judgment on the part of a student.


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