LL.M. for Foreign Lawyers: Application

After completing an intensive introductory course entitled Introduction to the Legal System of the United States, LL.M. students work with a selected faculty advisor to design a course of study that includes rigorous law courses, the opportunity to work directly with practicing lawyers and judges, and completion of a Master’s Paper.

The program brings together a global community of lawyers to train practicing lawyers to prevent and resolve issues involving U.S. law and to introduce law teachers to the interactive, experiential teaching techniques for which the College is known.

The program begins in August 2014 and continues through early May 2015. Students may choose to extend the program into a second year.

For the 2014-15 academic year, tuition is $29,000. All William Mitchell students live off-campus and the College will assist LL.M. students in locating housing.

How to Apply

William Mitchell accepts applications only through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). Click on the red button at the bottom of this page to begin the application process. There is no application fee.

What are the application requirements?

  • Official Transcripts in English (or accompanied by a certified translation) of previous law school work. These must show the date on which each degree was granted. You must submit a transcript for each institution you have included on your application. Official transcripts must bear the original signature of the registrar or other appropriate official.
  • Credential Evaluation of transcripts and grades. Please use a credential evaluation service such as LSAC or World Education Service WES to process your transcript and grades. These evaluation companies translate the information into English as well as provide us with your U.S. grade equivalency. If possible, always request a “course by course” report which lists each individual university course and the grade received.
  • Personal Statement, in English, of 750 to 1,500 words describing previous law study and professional experience, reasons and goals for studying in the LL.M. Program, and any other relevant information. You will attach this to your application.
  • Proof of Competency in English. All courses are taught in English. Applicants from non-English speaking countries or whose native language is not English must provide proof of English competency. This could include an official TOEFL score report or other established test of English. Applicants will also be asked to demonstrate English competency through a short interview.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation focused on academic ability, English language competency, motivation and self-discipline, and demonstrated ethics. They must be sent directly to LSAC.
  • Resume / Curriculum Vitae. You will attach this to your application.
  • Visa Materials. Upon Admission, you will need to submit two additional items:
    • Visa information. Most international students enter the U.S. on a student visa (“F-1” visa). In order to apply for the F-1 visa, the student needs a document called the “I-20” from the educational institution (in this case, William Mitchell College of Law). We will require additional information from you in order to complete the Visa application once you are admitted to the program.
    • Financial information. In order to complete the Visa application, we will need original financial documents that show that the student has sufficient funds for the tuition and cost of living expenses connected to the program. We will send additional information concerning the financial information once you are admitted to the program.

LLM Application