LL.M. Application Deadlines for Fall 2019 - US Law Schools

A list of upcoming application deadlines for LL.M. programs at over 50 law schools in the United States

Below is a list of application deadlines for LL.M. programs starting in the fall of 2019 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. 

Applications at some schools are already open, and some open their applications cycles in September. The deadlines for some LL.M. programs is as early as November or December 2018. 

Some 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 2019.

New York University (NYU) School of Law
  • Foreign Credential Applicants: December 20, 2018
  • Deadline, LL.M. in Legal Theory (applications with domestic education credentials): February 1, 2019
  • Deadlines, LL.M. in Taxation (applications with domestic education credentials): February 1, 2019 (priority scholarship deadline); April 1, 2019 (final)
  • Deadline, part-time LL.M. programs: June 3, 2019

UC Berkeley School of Law

  • Application deadline, LL.M hybrid option: November 15, 2018
  • Application deadline, LL.M. traditional and/or professional track: January 10, 2019

USC Law School

  • Fall 2019 LL.M. Application Deadline: March 1, 2019 (applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline on May 1, 2019)
  • Spring 2019 LL.M. in ADR (Part-time only) Application Deadline: October 1, 2018 (applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline on November 1, 2018)

Georgetown University Law Center

  • Application deadlines, LL.M. (foreign-trained attorneys): November 8, 2018 (early action), February 8, 2019 (regular action)
  • Application deadlines, LL.M. (US-trained attorneys): January 4, 2019 (early action)
  • Other application deadlines: Scholarship deadline: February 8, 2019; Deadline for stand-alone certificates and online programs: April 1, 2019

Columbia Law School

  • Fall 2019 LL.M. application deadline: December 18, 2018

Harvard Law School

  • The final deadline for the 2019 LL.M. program is December 1, 2018

UCLA School of Law

  • LL.M. deadline: February 15, 2019

Stanford Law School

  • Application deadline, LL.M.: December 1, 2018 (November 14, 2018 for those applying to the Knight-Hennessey Scholars Program)

Boston University School of Law

  • Fall 2019 LL.M. application deadlines not yet available 

UPenn (Penn Law)

  • Fall 2019 LL.M. application deadlines: November 15, 2018 (early notification) or December 17, 2018

George Washington (GW Law)

  • Deadline, 2019 LL.M.: March 15, 2019 (although applications will continue to be accepted on a space-available basis until June 1, 2019)

Northwestern University School of Law

  • Fall 2019 LL.M. application deadlines not yet available

UC Irvine

  • Application deadline, fall 2019 LL.M. intake: June 30, 2019

University of Miami School of Law

  • Foreign-trained law graduates: most LL.M. programs will accept applications on a rolling basis until the beginning of August
  • Deadline for US Law Graduates: May 1, 2019 (Fall Admission)

Cornell Law School

  • Fall 2019 LL.M. application deadline: December 15, 2018
  • Cornell Tech LL.M. application deadlines: Round 1: October 26, 2018; Round 2: December 5, 2018; Round 3: January 18, 2019; Round 4: March 8, 2019: Final deadline: April 30, 2019

Fordham University School of Law

  • LL.M. application deadline: March 1, 2019 (applications open on September 15, 2018)

Duke Law School

  • LL.M. application deadline: January 20, 2019 (although candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible; applications open on September 1, 2018)

University of Chicago Law School

  • Fall 2019 LL.M. applications priority deadline: December 15, 2018 (documents such as application, personal statement, and resume must be submitted by this date). Priority application completion deadline is January 15, 2019

American University - Washington College of Law

  • Fall intake priority deadline: March 1, 2019

University of Washington, Seattle (UW Law School)

  • Deadline, international students: February 15, 2019
  • Deadline, US students: May 1, 2019 

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

  • Applications for the 2019 fall intake are considered on a rolling basis, from October 1, 2018 to May 1, 2019

UC Davis School of Law

  • Application deadline, LL.M.:January 10, 2019 (encouraged); applications accepted until mid-August

Yale Law School

  • Application deadline, LL.M.: December 1, 2018

Cardozo School of Law

  • Fall 2019 LL.M. application deadlines not yet announced

University of Maryland Law School

  • LL.M. application deadline, fall 2019: April 1, 2019

University Virginia School of Law

  • LL.M. application deadline: February 1, 2019

Vanderbilt University Law School

  • LL.M. application deadline: April 30, 2019

UC Hastings

  • Priority deadline, scholarships and financial aid consideration: March 1, 2019

Florida International University (FIU)

  • Fall 2019 LL.M. application deadlines not yet available

Michigan Law

  • LL.M. application deadline: January 31, 2019

Brooklyn Law School

  • Application deadlines: December 1, 2018 (early action); no deadline for regular review; applications are reviewed as they become complete

Penn State Law (University Park)

  • Fall 2019 LL.M. application deadlines not yet available

Ohio State University - Moritz College of Law

  • Fall 2019 deadline: April 15, 2019

University of Arizona - Rogers College of Law

  • Fall 2019 LL.M. application deadline: March 1, 2019

Albany Law School

  • 2019 LL.M. application deadline: June 1, 2019

Northeastern University

  • LL.M. candidates are encouraged to apply by May 1, 2019

Tulane Law School

  • Application deadline, LL.M.: May 1, 2019
  • Application deadline, SJD: April 1, 2019

University of Houston Law Center

  • Fall intake deadlines: Applicants with a non-US law degree: April 15, 2019 (regular decision), June 1, 2019 (late decision); applicants with a US law degree: June 1, 2019 (regular decision), August 1, 2019 (late decision)

Loyola Law School Los Angeles

  • Priority application deadline is March 1, 2019.

George Mason University

  • Deadline for international students who need to apply for a student visa: May 1, 2019
  • Deadline for students who do not need a visa: July 1, 2019

University of Texas School of Law (UT)

  • LL.M. application deadline: March 1, 2019 (for priority consideration)

Tufts University - Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

  • Deadlines: November 15, 2018 (early notification); January 10, 2019 (regular); March 1, 2019 (late deadline)

University of San Francisco - School of Law (USF)

  • Fall 2019 LL.M. application deadlines not yet available

University of Minnesota Law School

  • Fall 2019 LL.M. application deadline: April 15, 2019

Pepperdine University School of Law

  • Applications accepted on a rolling basis for most LL.M. programs

Emory University School of Law

  • LL.M. application deadline, fall 2019: June 30, 2019

University of Florida (UF)

  • LL.M. application deadline, fall 2019: June 15, 2019

Pace Law School

  • No official deadline for LL.M. program; candidates are urged to apply as early as possible

Chapman University - Fowler School of Law

  • Rolling applications: June 30, 2019 is the priority deadline

Golden Gate University

  • Fall application deadline: April 1, 2019 (priority deadline)

Boston College Law School

  • Rolling applications: April 15, 2019 is LL.M. application deadline

University of Oregon School of Law

  • Rolling admissions: Applicants are encouraged to apply by March 15, 2019 for the fall intake (or November 1, 2018 for spring intake)

University of Connecticut School of Law (UConn Law) 

  • Fall 2019 LL.M. deadline for non-US residents: June 15, 2019
  • Deadline for US residents; July 15, 2019

University of Notre Dame Law School (NDLS)

  • Early decision application deadline: January 1, 2019
  • Regular Decision applications due: March 15, 2019. 

Saint Louis University (SLU) School of Law 

  • LL.M. applications are accepted until March each year, but the school recommends students apply by mid-December 

Indiana University - Robert H. McKinney School of Law

  • Rolling admissions accepted

Louisiana State University (LSU) - Paul M. Hebert Law Center

  • Fall 2019 applications due: March 31, 2019

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

  • Applications for LL.M. beginning Fall 2019 due: April 15, 2019

University of Pittsburgh School of Law 

  • No fixed deadline, but it is recommended to apply by March 31, 2019

Wake Forest University (WFU) School of Law

  • Admissions accepted on a rolling basis for LL.M. beginning Fall 2019

Syracuse University College of Law

  • LL.M. beginning Fall 2019: the school recommends LL.M. candidates submit application materials by the June 1, 2019 for priority consideration

Indiana University Maurer School of Law - Bloomington

  • No fixed deadline, but recommended final date for applications: March 1, 2019
  • In order to be considered for scholarships, apply by: February 1, 2019

University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) - William S. Boyd School of Law

  • Applications accepted on a rolling basis

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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