General Admission Requirements
Candidates for all LL.M. programs must have graduated from either (a) a U.S. law school that is approved by the American Bar Association or (b) a law school in another country if the level of study is equivalent to the American JD. Candidates for the S.J.D. program must have a first degree in law from any country, and an LL.M. degree from a law school in the United States (applications from candidates with LL.M. degrees from the U.K., Canada or Australia will be considered on a case-by-case basis).
Lawyers Educated Outside of the U.S.
Applicants who studied law outside the United States must have completed legal study at a level equivalent to the American JD, i.e., have received a degree in law sufficient to allow one to sit for a bar examination and/or practice as a lawyer within the applicant’s home country. For example, candidates who studied in France will have completed the Master I or the Maitrise; German candidates must have obtained the results of the First State Examination (Erste Juristische Staatsprüfung); Japanese applicants will hold either the LL.B. or the post-graduate degree in law under the new legal education system; Mexican candidates will hold the Licenciado en Derecho. Preference in the admissions process is given to those applicants with full-time legal work experience after the completion of studies.
All applicants to the LL.M. and S.J.D. programs must submit the following information. Some programs may have additional specific requirements listed below. Please review this entire page for the instructions applicable to your program. S.J.D. applicants in particular, please note the additional requirements below.
$80 Application fee
An application form including basic biographical information such as name, address and birth date are required in the online application
Law and Undergraduate Transcripts:
U.S. Educated students:
U.S. Educated applicants applying online must submit their transcripts using LSAC's Document Assembly Service, which is included when you create your LSAC account and pay the $75 LSAC registration fee to use the online application form. This service will save you time and money especially if you intend to apply to a number of U.S. or Canadian graduate law programs. You will only need to obtain your transcripts and letters of recommendation one time, and LSAC will arrange for your documents to be forwarded to law schools to which you wish to apply. The $75 fee allows you to maintain your account with LSAC for five years (please note that even if you had an account with LSAC when you applied to your JD program, you must establish a new account to use the LL.M. application). U.S. Educated applicants who use a paper application must submit their original transcripts directly to Georgetown Law’s Office of Graduate Admissions.
Internationally Educated Students:
Internationally educated students applying online must submit their transcripts through LSAC’s Document Assembly Service, which is included when you create your LSAC account and pay the $75 LSAC registration fee to use the online application form. This service will save you time and money especially if you intend to apply to a number of U.S. or Canadian graduate law programs. You will only need to obtain your transcripts, letters of recommendation, and TOEFL score(s) one time, and LSAC will arrange for your documents to be forwarded to law schools to which you wish to apply. The $75 fee allows you to maintain your account with LSAC for five years.
International applicants using a paper application must instead submit original, official transcripts, along with official English translations, directly to Georgetown Law’s Office of Graduate Admissions.
In addition, internationally-educated students are strongly encouraged to register for LSAC's International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service. For an additional fee of $125, LSAC will authenticate and evaluate your transcripts, as well as distributing them to the schools to which you wish to apply. By using this service you will also not be required to complete Georgetown’s Registrar’s Certification form.
Please note that the $75 LSAC Registration Fee applies to the LSAC services only. There is an additional Georgetown application fee of $80.
Please also be aware the LSAC needs some time to process materials once received at their offices, so applicants should send their material to LSAC well in advance of application deadlines. Applicants using this service do not need to submit Georgetown's Registrar's Certification form.
Registrar's Certification Form: Because the LSAC Document Assembly Service does not serve to authenticate transcripts, all students must complete a Registrar’s Certification Form, with the following exception: Internationally-educated students who use the International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service are NOT required to complete a Registrar’s Certification Form.
Two Letters of Recommendation: Recommenders may complete and submit recommendations to LSAC. Recommenders may also send letters of recommendation directly to the Graduate Admissions Office via mail.
TOEFL score report: (Only required if English is not your native language) While you may upload a copy of your TOEFL score report to your online application for purposes of completing your file for review, you must also have an official score report sent to the Graduate Admissions Office.
Explanations to any “Yes” responses to the questions on Page 2 of the appropriate application form
If you wish to add any supplementary materials to your file or make any changes to the information you have already submitted, you must send new information to the Graduate Admissions Office by email (email@example.com -please do not send large PDF files) or mail.
All supplementary materials sent by mail should be directed to:
Room 589, McDonough Hall
600 New Jersey Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
Admissions criteria for this LL.M. are also contained in the admissions materials that can be accessed on the Georgetown Graduate Programs Admissions Information webpage.
For more information, please contact the Georgetown University Law Center’s Graduate Admissions Office at (202) 662-9020.
cost of attendance
Tuition for the 2012-2013 academic year is $48,835.