Application Requirements

Candidates applying for admission to the LLM Program must use the LSAC LLM Credential Assembly Service.

Chicago requires both the Document Assembly Service (DAS) and the International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service (ITAES).

Applicants must submit all of the following required materials through LSAC:

Application for Admission 

You must submit an application for admission through LSAC. Chicago requires both the Document Assembly Service (DAS) and the International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service (ITAES).

Application Fee

An application fee of $85 is required to be paid through LSAC. Unfortunately we are unable to waive the application fee.


You are required to submit academic transcripts from all higher education institutions attended (this includes undergraduate, graduate (if applicable) and law school)

Letters of Recommendation

You must submit at least two and no more than four.  These letters can come from academics or professionals.  The most important aspect of these letters is that they come from someone that is able to truly speak to your qualities and ability to succeed in an elite and rigorous law program.  Therefore, you should ask individuals that have first hand experience working with you or as your supervisor. 


All candidates to the LLM for whom English is not a native language must submit either a TOEFL or IELTS score (TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition will also be accepted).   The minimum score required on the TOEFL is 104 and the minimum on the IELTS is 7.5. Please note that we do not accept the TOEFL MyBest Score.

If you wish to request a waiver of the English proficiency exam you may do so in your application under the "English Proficiency" section, which requires you to indicate your level of English. Do not email the office of graduate programs requesting a waiver of the TOEFL or IELTS.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)

You are required to submit an up to date resume or CV which details your educational and professional background.

Personal Statement

All applicants are required to submit a 1-3 page personal statement (sometimes referred to as a letter of motivation). The personal statement should go beyond just the black and white already available to the committee in your transcripts and resume.  This is your opportunity to tell the committee something about you that could not otherwise be known from your application materials. 

It is perfectly acceptable to talk about why you chose to apply to the University of Chicago but you should do so in the context of how you plan to leverage your experience here in the broader context of your personal and professional goals.  Remember, the personal statement is about you. 

Conduct Explanation (if applicable)

If you answered yes to any of the Character & Fitness questions on the Application for Admission, you are required to submit an explanation along with the rest of your materials