Apply to the LLM Program
On behalf of our Graduate Studies Committee, I welcome you to this section of the Law School’s web page describing our LL.M. Program. The Committee has provided extensive information here about the Program and the application process. We believe that if you will take the time to read this material carefully most of your questions will be answered. The section on Frequently Asked Questions may be especially useful. If you do have questions after reviewing this material, please feel free to write me directly. Any messages you send to me will eventually be included with your application material if you do decide to apply to Chicago.
Richard Badger, Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs, email@example.com
There are two methods candidates may use to apply for admission to the LL.M. Program:(1) the electronic method through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) LL.M. Credential Assembly Service or (2) paper/hard copy method with paper application materials and supporting documents sent directly to the Law School via regular mail or FedEx/UPS/DHL or similar courier service. We strongly recommend the electronic method because this generally gets completed applications to the Graduate Studies Committee more quickly. Both methods are described below. Regardless of which method candidates use, they must also submit electronically the Basic Information Form described in the next paragraph.
Please supply the information requested in the Basic Information Form for LL.M. Students and submit it electronically before you submit your application through the LSAC LLM Credential Assembly Service or send your hard copy application materials to the Law School via regular mail or FedEx/UPS/DHL or similar courier service. Although all of the information requested is also supplied by you on the Application for Admission, submitting this information to us electronically before you apply will enable the Admissions Office to expedite the processing of your application materials once they are received.
When you submit the Basic Information Form for LL.M. Students you will receive an acknowledgement statement which will contain a BIF code. This BIF code must be entered in question 12 of Application for Admission.
THE ELECTRONIC APPLICATION METHOD
The Law School has arranged for candidates to submit all of their application materials electronically through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) LLM Credential Assembly Service. If candidates select this application method, they must submit all the required materials through this service: Application for Admission with supporting documents, academic transcripts, letters of recommendation, TOEFL scores, and the application fee. The only item which can be sent directly to the Law School is the IELTS report if a candidate uses that test to establish English language proficiency. Candidates who use this electronic method may find it helpful to review the comments below under the hard copy application method section about the application materials before completing their documents through the LSAC system.
THE HARD COPY/PAPER APPLICATION METHOD
1) Download the PDF Application (containing the Application for Admission, the Application Materials Form, the English Language Proficiency Statement, and the Recommendation Form.) Either fill out the PDF documents on your computer and then print them, or print the blank PDF documents first and fill them out manually. You may refer to the two lists of countries and educational institutions used in the electronic Basic Information Form for LL.M. Students (see the link above). If your answers to any of the questions require further explanation, or if there is other information not called for on the forms that you think may assist the Graduate Studies Committee considering your application, you are encouraged to attach an additional statement.
Candidates occasionally put lots of effort into preparing elaborate booklets or bound documents describing in extensive detail their work or background. Photographs are often included. Please do not do this! One of the ways an application will be evaluated is how well the candidate can effectively and efficiently present the important aspects of his or her background to us. We will be impressed by what you tell us about yourself - not the elaborate way you do it. Plain white paper will be fine.
Do not put any of your materials in a binder or enclose them in clear plastic covers. Our application file folders will not hold these items so we have to remove them when the application is received.
Please try to keep the number of envelopes you submit with your application to a minimum. We realize that your recommendation letters and academic records may be submitted in sealed envelopes. It is not necessary, however, to submit anything else in a separate envelope and certainly not a sealed envelope. Every extra envelope we have to open takes time and, perhaps more importantly, adds to the amount of unnecessary paper used in the process.
If possible, please use staples, rather than paper clips, to attach together the multiple pages of any documents such as the application or the statement of your academic and career interests.
2) Request officers at each of the universities you attended to provide you, in sealed envelopes, an official transcript. If the documents are not in English, they must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Include these unopened envelopes with your application. Officials may send those items directly to the Admissions Office if they prefer.
3) Give copies of the Recommendation Letter Form to at least two and no more than four people for confidential letters of recommendation to be sent to the Law School and indicate the names of those people on the Application Materials Form. Recommendation letters, in sealed envelopes, may be enclosed with the application.
4) Please enclose with the Application for Admission:
- A description-in the form of a resume, curriculum vitae, or similar document-of your academic and professional background. This should include the following items: name, address, e-mail address, phone number, fax number, any academic honors you have received (describe as fully as necessary the significance of any honors or distinctions so that the Graduate Studies Committee may compare your academic performance with others), scholarly publications, employment in law or related fields including employer, title, dates of employment, and description of duties, membership of honorary, professional, or other societies. It may be helpful to look at the sample resume PDF posted on our Web page before preparing this document.
- A brief statement (1 to 3 pages) describing the academic interests you wish to pursue at Chicago and your career plans following completion of our program.
- The English Language Proficiency Form and a photocopy of the TOEFL or IELTS reports if required and available.
- The Application Materials Form.
- The $75 application fee, paid either as an online credit card payment at or in the form of a check or money order drawn against U.S. currency payable to the University of Chicago. Travelers checks are also acceptable. The application fee will not be waived under any circumstances.
Send all of these documents to the LL.M. Admissions Office, University of Chicago Law School, 1111 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637.
Although the application deadline is December 15, candidates are urged to submit their applications as soon as possible since applications are considered in the order in which they are completed. Our experience has been that the most promising candidates generally apply before the end of November. Any applications received after December 15 will be considered on a space-available basis only. Consideration of completed applications will begin in late November, and most candidates will receive a final decision by mid-April, when a standby group will be created. It is the responsibility of applicants to monitor the status of their applications.
Please note that December 15 is not a completion deadline. Candidates may take the TOEFL test after that date or submit documents to complete their applications after that date, but the first six items on the Application Materials Form checklist should be submitted together though either the electronic application method or the hard copy application method by December 15.