Frequently Asked Questions: Admission/Application Requirements

How many students are in the program?

Our classes are small, creating a close community among faculty and students, forming lifelong bonds for networking and future collaboration.

I have a J.D., but my law school is not ABA-accredited. Am I eligible for admission?

U.S. applicants normally must have satisfied the J.D. requirements of an ABA-accredited law school. In exceptional cases, U.S. applicants may be admitted if they have satisfied the J.D. requirements of a non-ABA-accredited law school.

Do I need to have legal experience before applying for the LL.M. program?

The Admissions Committee prefers applicants with significant prior legal experience for the dispute resolution degree. The committee gives applicants without significant prior legal experience more favorable consideration if they have other relevant experience or accomplishments.

I do not have a law degree. Can I still enroll in the LL.M. in Dispute Resolution program?

Maybe. The LL.M. in Dispute Resolution program requires students to have completed and received the first degree in law (J.D. degree or equivalent) required for practice or law teaching in the country in which law studies were pursued. In exceptional cases, applicants may be admitted without a law degree if they have a bachelor’s degree and substantial experience in dispute resolution.

I have been out of law school for a significant amount of time and I do not think anyone there remembers me. What can I do about getting an academic reference?

If you cannot get an academic reference, you can provide two professional references. Keep in mind that the persons providing a recommendation need to provide: “a candid evaluation of this applicant, with particular emphasis on his or her academic promise, ability to express self orally and in writing, initiative, perseverance, ability to work independently, interests and capabilities, judgment and maturity, and the applicant’s motivation for pursing an LL.M.”

English is not my first language; however, my secondary and post-secondary instruction has all been in English. Do I still need to provide a TOEFL score?

The LL.M. Program Admissions Criteria read: “Applicants whose native language is not English must be able to read, write, understand, and speak English sufficiently well to participate in and contribute well to the class experience.” Also, see the English Language Proficiency Policy on the Graduate Studies web site for more information.

What is your minimum English language score requirement?

Non-native English speakers must score at least an 80 on the internet-based TOEFL, 550 on the paper-based TOEFL or 6.5 on the Academic IELTS. Generally, the LL.M. program prefers a score of 100 on the internet-based TOEFL test (which is the preferred test). Scores from IELTS are acceptable only in those situations when the internet-based TOEFL is not administered.

It is difficult for me to get my country’s currency exchanged in order to pay the application fee. Can you waive that fee or delay payment until I come to the U.S. to enroll?

No. It is our policy and the University’s policy not to waive the application fee. You can pay the fee by credit card or have your bank send a money order or cashier’s check in U.S. dollars. Some students with friends or colleagues residing in the U.S. have asked those individuals to send the application fee to the University on their behalf.