LL.M. in American Law - Admissions

American Law

How do I Apply?

The LL.M. application is available electronically starting September 2023 on the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) website. All supporting documentation must be submitted through a valid LL.M. Credential Assembly Service (CAS) account.

Prospective LL.M. students should set up a Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) account as the central hub to streamline your application process and also a LL.M. Credential Assembly Service (CAS) account to organize supporting documents like your CV, Letters of Recommendation, Transcripts, Personal Statement and English language test scores.

The priority application deadline for Fall 2024 Admission is April 1.

All applications are reviewed in a holistic evaluation process taking into consideration both traditional (all transcripts, test scores) and nontraditional (resume, work experience, letters of recommendation) elements.

What are the Admissions Requirements for the LL.M. in American Law?

  1. Applicants must have either: (1) a J.D. from a U.S. or Puerto Rico law school that is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) or is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited college or university; or (2) a law degree from a recognized institution outside of the United States.
  2. A completed application form available from LSAC.
  3. An application fee of US $65.
  4. Official transcripts from all law, graduate, and undergraduate schools attended. If you have not already done so, please register with the LL.M. Credential Assembly Service (CAS). All academic transcripts must be submitted through the CAS. International transcripts for degrees obtained outside of U.S. require transcript evaluation. 
  5. If English was the medium of instruction for your law degree and you attended a non-U.S. law school, please include documentation from the law school’s registrar.
  6. Two letters of recommendation.
  7. A personal statement.
  8. A current résumé or CV.

Non-U.S. law school graduates may also need to meet the minimum language test requirement. The following policy applies to all applicants except those who are native speakers of English: 

Applicants who have been determined to satisfy minimum admissions requirements will be invited to participate in a video-based assessment of their English language skills with admissions staff.  The assessment will consist of an interview and a brief writing exercise. 

In addition to the video-based language assessment, applicants who are not currently living and working in a country in which English is the first language must submit recent scores on the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English test.

Applicants who are currently living and working in a country in which English is the first language do not need to submit test scores with their initial application.  However, depending on the outcome of the video-based language assessment, they may be asked to submit test scores later in the process. 

An official report of recent scores on the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English test earned within the past two years should be sent to the law school through the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Test scores are reported to the Law School six to eight weeks after the test is taken; therefore, applicants are advised to check with TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo for information well before the semester for which they are applying. The Institutional Code for Seton Hall University School of Law is 2811.

The admissions committee will evaluate applicants' test scores in light of the results of the video-based language assessment. In most cases, successful applicants will have scores of at least 100 on the internet-based TOEFL, 250 on the computer-based TOEFL, 600 on the paper-based TOEFL, 7 on the IELTS, or 120 on the Duolingo English test.