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 sections on Frequently Asked Questions and Common Application Mistakes may be especially useful and we recommend that you read those sections before you start the application process. 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, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, 



APPLICATION STEP # 1: Please supply the information requested in the Basic Information Form for LL.M. Students and submit it electronically before you submit your application materials. 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 available.

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 response to one of the questions on the Application for Admission.

APPLICATION STEP # 2:  Candidates applying for admission to the LLM Program must use the LSAC LLM Credential Assembly Service. Applicants must submit all the required materials through this service: Application for Admission with supporting documents, academic transcripts, letters of recommendation, TOEFL or IELTS scores, and the application fee. If your answers to any of the questions on the Application for Admission require further explanation, or if there is other information not called for that you think may assist the Graduate Studies Committee considering your application, you are encouraged to add this additional information to your personal statement.

  Please submit 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 personal statement (1 to 3 pages) describing the academic interests you wish to pursue at Chicago and your career plans following completion of our program.


  • At least two and no more than four letters of recommendation from instructors or employers who are in a position to evaluate your academic and professional abilities.


  • The $75 application fee, paid through LSAC. The application fee will not be waived under any circumstances.


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 an email decision message by mid-February, 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 an application completion deadline. Candidates may take the TOEFL test after that date or submit through LSAC other documents to complete their applications after that date, but the Application for Admission, resume and personal statement must be submitted to LSAC by December 15. Candidates who plan to submit documents such as transcripts, TOEFL or IELTS scores, or letters of recommendation after December 15 should understand that there is no formal deadline for such documents but, as a practical matter, the later items are received and applications become complete, the fewer offers of admission we may be able to make. This timing element varies from year to year and it is impossible to predict ahead of time when we will have to stop offering admission to candidates.