The LL.M. Program in United States Law is only open to students who will have already met at least one of the following requirements by the time they enroll in the College of Law (August for Fall semester students; January for Spring semester students):
1. Be qualified to practice law (admitted to the bar) in a foreign country
2. Completed the university-based legal education required in a foreign country to take the bar examination in that country.
(1) Complete a First Degree in Law from an Institution Outside of the U.S.
- Students will have to provide an original copy of transcripts for the first degree in law.
(2) Complete LL.M. Application
- Students are encouraged to use our official LL.M. Program Application (PDF). We will waive the application fee on all paper applications received.
- Students may also use the official online LL.M. application available through the Law School Admissions Council.
- Loyola's College of Law employs a rolling admissions system. Students may enroll in August (Fall semester) or January (Spring semester). The August priority application deadline is May 1, 2016; the January priority application deadline is October 1, 2016.
(3) Submit Two Letters of Recommendation
- We require two original letters of recommendation from your law school professors, employers, supervisors, or other persons qualified to appraise your academic potential for graduate legal studies. At least one letter should come from a law school professor. If you have work experience, one letter should also come from a work supervisor. "To Whom It May Concern" letters (which tend to be very general), letters from family and friends, and letters from prominent persons who have not supervised your work are not helpful.
- Letters of recommendation must be written by the recommender on official letterhead and addressed to the LL.M. program Admissions Committee. If your recommenders are unable to print the letters on official letterhead, ask them to include an explanation as to why they are unable to do so. You must also include a work email address for each recommender on the online application form so we can contact her/him should we have questions about the letter or your candidacy. (If your recommenders cannot write in English, please submit certified translations together with the original letter). We reserve the right to disqualify letters written or translated, in part or whole, by the applicant.
- Letters of Recommendation can be uploaded to the online application. Those who wish to submit the letters via mail may send both letters (in sealed envelopes with the recommender's signature across the back flap) to the following address:
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
7214 St. Charles Avenue, Box 901
New Orleans, LA 70118
(4) Submit a Current Curriculum Vitae
- The CV should include all education, work, and volunteer information. Students may also include any publication information or professional or academic information they consider pertinent to the application.
(5) Submit Official Transcripts from All Colleges, Universities, and Law Schools Attended
- Students will have to provide an original copy of all transcripts, including a notarized translation in English if necessary.
(6) Submit Proof of English Language Proficiency
- Students whose first language is not English must take the TOEFL.
- Students must attain a score of at least 550 on the paper based version and a minimum TWE score of no less than 5.5, with the understanding that higher score on the TWE could off-set a less than minimum score on the TOEFL.
- Students must attain a minimum score of at least 230 on the computer based version.
- Students must attain a minimum score of at least 89 on the Internet based version, with the following scores required:
- Writing 25
- Speaking 24
- Listening 20
- Reading 20, for a total of 89
- The TOEFL code for the Loyola University College of Law is 6374.
- Students whose first language is not English may take the IELTS exam in lieu of the TOEFL.
- Students taking this exam should attain a minimum score of 6.5.
Other Proof of Language Proficiency
- In lieu of the TOEFL or IELTS, students may provide other satisfactory of English proficiency, such as an undergraduate transcript from a university where classes were conducted in English or extended residence in an English speaking country.
- Students who do not meet one of the above requirements may be conditionally admitted to the LL.M. program. Full admission to the LL.M. program requires successful completion of the Loyola Intensive English Program (LIEP). Depending on the level of an applicant’s language skills it may be possible for the applicant to participate in a “Pilot Program” which would permit taking one or two law courses at the same time as LIEP courses, but with full admission to the LL.M. program still being deferred until successful completion of the LIEP. To inquire further about LIEP, please see the following website: www.loyno.edu/cie/liep.