LL.M. Admissions


Application Schedule

  • Applications open: 1 September 2017
  • Deadline for receipt of complete applications: 15 January 2018
  • All applicants will be notified as to the success or otherwise of their application by 31 March 2018



To be eligible for the LL.M. Programme, applicants must possess a full legal education which entitles them to sit for the bar exam in their country of origin, e.g. the Maîtrise de droit in Switzerland, the Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) in the United Kingdom, the Juris Doctor (J.D.) in the United States, the Maîtrise de droit (or equivalent title from a Haute Ecole) in France or the Erstes Juristisches Staatsexamen in Germany. However, please note that there is no need to have actually completed any of the professional course requirements, such as the Ecole d’avocature in Switzerland or Legal Practice Course in the United Kingdom, or other training courses organised by the bar association of the respective country. For any questions related to eligibility, please contact us.

Application Procedure

To apply for the LL.M. in International Law, applicants must complete an online application form, available here.

In addition, the following supporting documents must be uploaded during the online application process:

  • A curriculum vitae (in English or French);
  • Copies of official transcripts of all grades obtained in all university exams, accompanied by grade scales and their values*;
  • Copies of all university diplomas and qualifications obtained*;
  • A copy of the page(s) of your passport with your surname, first name and nationality;
  • A recent passport-sized photograph (with your name written clearly on the back if sent in hard copy);
  • English language test results (see here for the English language requirements). NB: French is not required for the LL.M. Programme.
  • Two reference letters (in French or English) are also required. The applicant must nominate two referees and will be asked to provide the professional email addresses of their referees on the application form. Once the applicant has validated their application, the nominated referees will automatically be prompted to upload their reference letters.
  • There is no application fee for the LL.M. in International Law.


* a certified translation (in English or French) must be provided for all documents.

Any hardcopy documentation should be sent by regular mail to the following address:
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
LLM in International Law Admissions (BA 215)
Rue de Lausanne 132
PO Box 36
CH-1211 Geneva 21

Guidelines for Reference Letters

Scholarship Application Form