LL.M. Application Deadlines for Fall 2016 - US Law Schools

A list of upcoming application deadlines for 50 law schools in the United States

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Below is a list of application deadlines for LL.M. programs starting in the fall of 2016 offered by law schools in the United States. The schools were chosen based on the most-visited university programs on LLM GUIDE and other top programs. 

Some law schools have different deadlines for domestic and international students, so make sure you apply by the correct deadline. 

Many law schools have not announced their LL.M. application deadlines yet; we'll update this list as more add their deadlines. 

Unless otherwise stated, the deadlines below are for full-time LL.M. programs beginning in the fall of 2016.

New York University (NYU) School of Law
  • Foreign Credential Applicants: December 15
  • Domestic Credential Applicants: April 1 (except for following programs)
  • Deadline, LL.M. in Legal Theory: February 2
  • Deadlines, LL.M. in Taxation: February 2 (priority scholarship deadline); April 1 (final)
  • Deadline, part-time programs: June 1

UC Berkeley School of Law

  • Application deadline, LL.M.:January 10
  • Application deadline, SJD: February 01 

USC Law School

  • Application deadline, LL.M.: March 1
  • Application deadlines, JD: February 01 (early application), April 01 (final application), Transfer: March 20 (early decision)

Georgetown University Law Center

  • Application deadlines, LL.M. (foreign-trained attorneys): November 13, 2015 (early action), February 12, 2016 (regular action)
  • Application deadlines, LL.M. (US-trained attorneys): January 8 (early action,) February 26 (regular action)
  • Application deadlines, JD: September 10 (First day J.D. Regular and Early Decision), March 1 (J.D. Regular and Early Decision)
  • Application deadline, JD/LL.M. joint program: June 24
  • Transfer deadlines: November 01 (Transfer), March 15 (Early Action Transfer), June 15 (Transfer)
  • Other deadlines: February 15 (Global Law Scholars Deadline), February 25: Public Interest Law Scholars Deadline

Columbia Law School

  • Early review LL.M. application deadline: November 03
  • Regular admission LL.M. application deadline: December 15 (Regular Admission)
  • JSD deadlines: February 2 or September 15 (through LSAC)

Harvard Law School

  • The final deadline is December 1 although applying by November 15 is strongly encouraged

UCLA School of Law

  • LL.M. deadline: February 15 (through LSAC)
  • SJD deadline: March 01

Stanford Law School

  • Application deadline, LL.M.: December 4

Boston University School of Law

  • LL.M. spring intake deadlines: October 31 (international applicants), November 30 (domestic)
  • Fall intake deadlines: April 15 (international), July 31 (domestic)
  • IP Law LL.M. deadline: April 15; earlier encouraged
  • Executive LLM in International Business Law deadilne: December 13 (Spring), April 15 (Summer), June 30 (Fall)
  • Graduate Tax Program, spring intake deadlines: October 31 (International Applicants), November 15 (Online Program), November 30 (Domestic), April 15 (Summer Online Option)
  • Graduate Tax Program, fall intake deadlines: April 15 (International), July 15 (Online Program), July 31 (Domestic)

UPenn (Penn Law)

  • LL.M. application deadlines: November 15 (early notification) or December 15
  • Early application deadline: September 1
  • Accelerated LL.M. deadline: October 1
  • LL.M. Tax deadline: June 1

George Washington (GW Law)

  • Deadlines: March 15 (international); May 1 (domestic)

Northwestern University School of Law

  • LL.M. application deadline: January 15
  • LL.M. Tax application deadline: June 1

University of Miami School of Law

  • Deadline for foreign Law Graduates: rolling, Priority May 01 (Fall only),
  • Deadline for US Law Graduates: May 01 (Fall Admission) and November 15 (Spring)
  • Deadline, LL.M. in White & Case International Arbitration: rolling, February 15 (priority)
  • Deadline, LLM in Taxation: rolling, decision is made on application

Cornell Law School

  • LL.M. application deadline: December 15

Fordham University School of Law

  • LL.M. application deadline: March 1

Duke Law School

  • LL.M. application deadline: January 20

University of Chicago Law School

  • Rolling deadlines (preferred December 15)

American University - Washington College of Law

  • Spring intake deadlines: International Students - October 11; US Citizen/Permanent Resident Students - November 1
  • Fall intake deadlines: International Students - May 1; or March 1 for funding consideration
  • Domestic Students - July 1; or March 1 for funding consideration

University of Washington, Seattle (UW Law School)

  • Deadline, international students: March 15 (fall only)
  • Deadline, US students: May 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for spring
  • Transfer deadline: June 15 (fall) and November 15 (spring)
  • SJD application deadline: March 15

University of Hawaii at Manoa - William S. Richardson School of Law

  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis, from October 1 to May 1

UC Davis School of Law

  • Application deadline, LL.M.:January 10 (encouraged); applications accepted until August 15
  • Application deadline, summer programs: June 1
  • JD deadlines: March 15, November 2 (Early decision)

Yale Law School

  • Application deadline, LL.M.: December 1

Cardozo School of Law

  • Deadlines: June 15 (Fall); Rolling admissions begin September 1, December 1 (Spring)

University Virginia School of Law

  • LL.M. application deadline: February 1

West Virginia University

  • Application deadlines: March 11, January 1 (FAFSA), July 1 (Transfer)

Vanderbilt University Law School

  • LL.M. application deadline: April 30

UC Hastings

  • Applications are accepted on a rolling from September 1 through June 15
  • Deadline, scholarships and financial aid consideration: March 1

University of Oklahoma College of Law

  • Applications: Rolling until June 15 (international); Rolling (domestic)

Michigan Law

  • LL.M. application deadline: January 31
  • International Tax LL.M. application deadline: January 31

Brooklyn Law School

  • Application deadlines: December 1 (early action); February 1 (regular review); accepted until June 30, Transfer Students August 1

Penn State Law

  • Rolling applications, preferred June 1
  • SJD applications: Rolling with most applications expected between mid-January and May, October 15 (1st Semester), April 15 (2nd Semester)

Loyola University Chicago

  • Deadlines, MJ, Online LL.M., SJD: August 1 (Fall), December 1 (Spring)
  • Funding deadlines: February 15 (Fall); June 30, November 30 (Spring).
  • Deadline, Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Global Competition Law: July 1
  • Applications, LL.M. in Child and Family Law: Rolling
  • Deadline, LL.M. in Health Law:  July 1
  • Deadline, LL.M. in Health Law (Online): August 15
  • Deadline, LL.M. in Rule of Law for Development (PROLAW): Rolling
  • Deadline, LL.M. for International Lawyers: Rolling
  • Deadline, LL.M. in Taxation: July 1
  • Deadlines, study abroad: October 15 (Spring), March 15 (Summer), April 1 (Fall)

Tulane Law School

  • Application deadline, LL.M.: May 1
  • Application deadline, SJD: April 1

University of Houston Law Center

  • Fall intake deadlines: March 1 (Applicants with Non-US Law Degree), June 1 (US Law Degree)
  • Spring intake deadline: October 1 (US Law Degree, only)

Loyola Law School Los Angeles

  • Deadlines, LL.M. for Foreign Trained Attorneys: February 1 (Fall priority), November 13 (Spring priority), March 18 (FAFSA)
  • Deadlines, LL.M. in Tax Law: June 30 (Fall Priority), November 13 (Spring Priority), March 31 (Summer Priority), March 1 (FAFSA)

University of San Diego School of Law

  • Deadlines, LL.M./ MSL/ Transfer/ Visiting: June 1 (Fall), November 1 (Spring), April 01 (Summer) – not for LL.M. in Comparative law
  • Deadlines, JD/ Transfer/Visiting: Rolling, January 1 (Spring), July 15 (Fall)

New York Law School (NYLS)

  • Deadlines, LL.M. in Taxation: April 30 (Summer), August 7 (Fall), December 1 (Spring)
  • Deadlines, LL.M. in American Business Law: Summer: April 30 (Financial Services, Real Estate, and Tax, only), Fall: June 1, Spring: December 1 (Financial Services, Real Estate, and Tax, only)
  • Deadline, Accelerated JD/LL.M. March 1

University of Texas School of Law (UT)

  • LL.M. application deadline: March 1 (for priority consideration)

Tufts University - Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

  • Deadlines: November 15 (early notification); January 10 (regular); March 1 (late deadline)

University of San Francisco - School of Law (USF)

  • Deadline, LL.M. in Tax: February 15
  • Deadline, LL.M. in IP and Technology Law / LL.M. in International Transactions and Comparative Law: February 16

John Marshall Law School (Chicago)

  • Deadline, fall: August 1 (MJ in Real Estate - Fall Deadline: June 10)
  • Deadline, spring: December 1
  • Summer Deadline: May 1

University of Minnesota Law School

  • LL.M. and SJD application deadline: April 1

Pepperdine University School of Law

  • Deadlines, LL.M., MDR, and Certificate Programs such as Master of Dispute Resolution (MDR): Rolling Applications; Mid August (Spring), Late January (Summer) and early March (Fall).
  • Priority Scholarship Deadline: February 15
  • JD program deadlines: February 1 (Priority), April 1 (Final Deadline), Two-Year Accelerated Option: April 1
  • Deadline, transfer Students: July 15

Emory University School of Law

  • LL.M. application deadlines: November 1 (early decision), November 15 (Emory University Scholars Program), January 01 (Regular), October 15 (Spring Transfer), March 15 (Fall Transfer)

University of Florida (UF)

  • LL.M. application deadlines: October 15 (Spring), June 15, 2016 (Fall) 
  • Deadline, LL.M. in Tax Law: June 1,
  • Deadline, LL.M. in Comparative Law:  rolling, April 30 (Preferred)
  • Deadline, LL.M. in Environmental & Land Use Law: October 15 (Spring), June 15 (Fall)

Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) School of Law (WU Law)

  • Deadline, LL.M. in US Law for Foreign Lawyers and Two-Year Master of Laws (LL.M.) for Foreign Lawyers: Residential May 15
  • Deadline, LL.M. in Intellectual Property and Technology Law: May 15
  • Deadline, LL.M. with a Concentration in Negotiation & Dispute Resolution: August 15

Florida Coastal School of Law

  • Rolling applications for both terms - Spring (term starts January 11) and Fall (term starts August 24)

Pace Law School

  • Rolling applications, December 22 (for scholarship consideration)

Chapman University - Fowler School of Law

  • Rolling applications: March 1 (priority), June 30 (final)

Golden Gate University

  • Fall application deadline: July 1 (preferred)
  • Spring application deadline: November 1 (preferred deadline)
  • Summer application deadline:  April 1 (preferred) - later applications will be considered if space is available.
  • SJD deadline: April 1 (Fall)
  • Deadlines for international law students seeking a Visa : May 15 (Fall), October 1 (Spring), March 1 (Summer) 

Boston College Law School

  • Rolling applications: April 30th (Fall) but well before the April 30 preferred, take the LSAT no later than December

IMPORTANT: All prospective students are advised to double-check the above application deadlines with law schools as soon as possible before applying.


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