The Admission Committee determines admission to the LLM Program. The committee reviews each application individually, ensuring the fair appraisal of each applicant's file. Offers will be extended to eligible applicants on the basis of several factors, including law school record, proof of English proficiency if relevant, written recommendations, and professional accomplishments.
Apply through the LSAC, which maintains an approved electronic-format application to Willamette's College of Law. See the LLM LSAC website for information about submitting electronic applications via CAS.
Apply by submitting a paper application. The application is available as a fillable PDF: LLM Admission Application (PDF)
When to Apply
Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.
For best consideration, it is recommended that you apply by April 1 for fall admission (August start) and October 1 for spring admission (January start).
Application Materials & Requirements
All LLM applicants must have a JD from an accredited American law school or its equivalent from a foreign law school. International students must also meet the requirements listed below.
Official law transcripts must be sent with degree conferred. If transcripts are not in English, a certified English translation must accompany the original. Please use the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) LLM Credential Assembly Service (CAS) for transcript translation and evaluation.
Application Processing Fee
There is no application fee.
Official, Certified Academic Records
Please use the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) LLM Credential Assembly Service to submit records. An official certified copy of your law school transcript, along with an official certification of your law degree (documentation of your qualification to practice law in your home state or country-such as a bar association ID number), is required.
All transcripts or other academic records must be official documents bearing the registrar's signature or the institution's seal. If these records are not in English, a certified English translation must be submitted together with the originals. Please use the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) LLM Credential Assembly Service (llm.lsac.org). WES (wes.org/students/icap/asp) and AACRAO (ies.aacrao.org/evaluations/) also offer these types of transcript evaluation services.
Letters of Recommendation
Two letters of recommendation are required. Letters of recommendation must be in English, or accompanied by a certified English translation, and must be submitted with your LSAC CAS report.
Applicants must submit a written statement discussing qualifications and intentions for pursuing a graduate degree from the College of Law.
A résumé is a required component of a completed application. Please attach one to your electronic application. The resume is not a substitute for the personal statement.
Additional Requirements for International Applicants
Foreign nationals must meet the following additional requirements:
- An international applicant to the LLM program must hold a degree that is equivalent to the American Juris Doctorate degree. International applicants should contact the LSAC for additional information regarding degree evaluation services.
- An international applicant whose native language is not English must either take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. For the TOEFL, a minimum score of 88 (Internet based) or 570 (paper based) is required. For the IELTS, a minimum score of 6.5 is required. Official test results of the TOEFL or the IELTS should be sent directly to Willamette University College of Law. Applicants who do not meet the minimum TOEFL or IELTS scores, but who are otherwise well-qualified for studies at Willamette, may be asked to provide additional application materials or to participate in an interview to demonstrate their English language proficiency.
- Applicants must be able to show they have sufficient resources to fund educational and living expenses for the one-year LLM program and provide the following:
- A completed Statement of Financial Responsibility form
- Official bank verification of funds (written in English), showing that you and/or your sponsor have sufficient resources to cover your educational and living expenses for the one-year LLM program.
- A photocopy of the name/photo page of your passport showing your image and the correct spelling of your name.
All appropriate documentation must be sent by admitted students and received and approved by the College of Law before the school will issue an I-20 (Application for Student Visa).
Resources for International Students
"Study in the States" video
"Student to Student: Studying in the States" is a five-minute video created by the U.S. Office of Homeland Security to help international students understand what to expect once they arrive for their studies in the U.S.
Deposit and Tuition Payment
As an option for paying your deposit and/or tuition, we recommend you use peerTransfer. Visit www.peertransfer.com to learn more about peerTransfer and the service it offers.