George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School

3301 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201
United States

www.law.gmu.edu

LL.M. facts

  • Tuition 40,737

  • Duration 12 months

  • Intakes January, August

  • Minimum TOEFL 90

  • Minimum IELTS 6.5

Full Profile

The Program

New students meet during orientation before classes begin

New students meet during orientation before classes begin

You will find our school has four fundamental pillars that will benefit you:

  • Mason Law is in an exceptional location for student opportunities;
  • Mason Law is an exceptional community for students, alumni, faculty, and staff;
  • Mason Law provides exceptional career support services; and
  • Mason Law is home to an exceptional market-oriented faculty, placing us at the center of foundational debates on liberty, private property rights, constitutionally limited government, and the economic analysis of law.

The University

George Mason University Fairfax Campus

George Mason University Fairfax Campus

George Mason, for whom our university is named, was one of the greatest of the founding fathers of the United States. Mason drafted the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which became a model for the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights.

Today, the university has more than 34,000 students (largest institution in Virginia) from over 130 different countries, devoting their study across 10 unique schools and colleges, including the Antonin Scalia Law School.

The Law School

George Mason University Arlington Campus

George Mason University Arlington Campus

George Mason University absorbed the International School of Law in 1979, which was housed in an old department store building in Arlington, Virginia. In 1999 the law school relocated to a new facility, Hazel Hall. In 2016, the school was renamed after the passing of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, whose reputation for rigorous, intellectually honest, and consistent legal debate accurately reflects the school's historic brand. 

Our goal at Scalia Law is to have students who will receive an outstanding legal education (Learn), be taught to critically evaluate prevailing orthodoxy and pursue new ideas (Challenge), and, ultimately, be well prepared to distinguish themselves in their chosen fields (Lead).

The Faculty

Scalia Law faculty embrace the Learn.Challenge.Lead. philosophy.

Scalia Law faculty embrace the Learn.Challenge.Lead. philosophy.

Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University employs 120 full-time and adjunct faculty members drawn from some of the top law firms and legal institutions in the nation. Our professors have worked in the White House, argued before the Supreme Court, and served as ambassadors to our most important allies and trading partners. Ranked 21st in the nation for scholarly impact, the Scalia Law faculty’s output is also among the most downloaded on the Social Science Research Network, ranking 15th overall (July 2015 SSRN Top U.S. Law Schools).

Entry Requirements

Admission to the LLM program is highly competitive. To be admitted to the program, applicants must possess:

  • A Juris Doctor (JD) degree from an ABA-accredited law school or an equivalent degree (a Bachelor of Laws, or LL.B.) from a law school outside the United States.
  • For non-lawyers interested in the LLM in Intellectual Property (IP) Law: a Bachelor and a Masters degree in another field, accompanied by a minimum of four years work experience in IP may be accepted in lieu of a law degree. IP trainees, Patent Examiners (including Bengoshi) with four or more years of experience in IP are welcome to apply.
  • All applicants for admission must have demonstrated high academic standing, and professional achievements or positions indicating the applicant's capacity for performing master's-level work.

English Proficiency scores required:
TOEFL: Minimum of 90 in the iBT test (100 or above highly preferred)
OR IELTS: Minimum of 6.5 (7.5 or above highly preferred);

Application Procedure



LLM Application DeadlinesInternational students who
need a student visa (F1)
Non-Visa Students
Fall Application DeadlineMay 1June 1
Spring Application Deadline    November 1December 1


LLM APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Application and Application Fee
  2. Official Undergraduate Transcript
  3. Official Law School or Equivalent Transcripts
  4. 500-Word Statement of education and professional goals
  5. Résumé
  6. Letters of Recommendation (2)
  7. Interview
  8. Virginia In-State Tuition Rates (if applicable)
  9. For US-trained lawyers only


ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICANTS WITH FOREIGN CREDENTIALS:

  1. Register with LSAC's LLM Credential Assembly Service 
  2. English Proficiency
    For applicants whose native language are not English, and do not posses a degree from a college or university whose primary language of instruction is English, current TOEFL or IELTS scores showing sufficient proficiency in the English language are required.
    TOEFL: Minimum of 90 in the iBT test (100 or above highly preferred)
    OR IELTS: Minimum of 6.5 (7.5 or above highly preferred); 
  3. International Student Certificate of Financial Responsibility Form

Tuition and Fees

Tuition & Costs
Virginia Resident   Out-of-State
Tuition (full-time)$25,351$40,737
Tuition (part-time)*$20,660$33,298
Estimated additional costs (Cost of Attendance)**  $23,868$23,868
Total estimated cost (full-time)$49,219$64,605
Total estimated cost*** (part-time)$44,528$57,166


*
Based on 23 credit hours in the first year. Please note that Financial Aid calculates Cost of Attendance (COA) based on 22 credits per year; thus, first-year part-time students must contact their financial aid counselor regarding aid for the additional credit.

**Includes room and board, transportation, personal expenses, loan fees, and books.

***In-state residents attending part-time pay $898.25 per credit hour, and out-of-state residents attending part-time pay $1,447.75 per credit hour. All students are charged an Educational Resource Fee each semester based on registered credits as follows: 7 or more credit hours - $100; fewer than 7 credits - $60.

Location

Located just steps away from the nation’s capital, Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University offers students unmatched professional, educational, and cultural opportunities in Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia.

Proximity to the White House, Capitol Hill, and the U.S. Supreme Court—as well as countless government agencies, think-tanks, non-profits, and law firms—gives students unparalleled access to the top legal minds, organizations, and job opportunities that the nation has to offer. Our faculty is culled from these very institutions, and many of our graduates go on to work at the highest level in those organizations.

Just across the Potomac lies Arlington, a short metro ride (and even shorter drive) from D.C. Our campus is located in the Clarendon neighborhood, a lively urban hub for young professionals. Our Virginia location not only allows for more affordable living, but also distinguishes us from other area schools in our ability to access the many legal opportunities that the Commonwealth has to offer. Numerous Fortune 500 companies are located in Arlington County, and nearby is the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia—known as the “rocket docket” for having the fastest trial docket in the country.

Student Life

Students enjoying a presentation during new student orientation

Students enjoying a presentation during new student orientation

Antonin Scalia Law School is a close-knit community, offering hands-on instruction from a world-class faculty that ranks 21st in the nation for scholarly impact. With a faculty/student ratio of 1:11.8, small class sizes allow for direct interaction with professors – an invaluable advantage when learning complex legal doctrines.

Programs at George Mason Law

Full-Time

Language
English
Intakes
January, August
Duration
12 months
Features
  • Tuition based on 26 credit hours at non-resident student rate.
Language
English
Intakes
January, August
Duration
12 months
Features
  • Tuition based on 24 credit hours at non-resident student rate.
  • Foreign educated lawyers need 26 credits to satisfy degree requirements.
Language
English
Intakes
January, August
Duration
12 months
Concentrations
Patents
Technology
Features
  • Tuition based on 24 credit hours at non-resident student rate.
  • Foreign educated lawyers need 26 credits to satisfy degree requirements.
Language
English
Intakes
January, August
Duration
12 months
Features
  • Tuition based on 24 credit hours at non-resident student rate.
  • Foreign educated lawyers need 26 credits to satisfy degree requirements.

Part-Time

Language
English
Intakes
January, August
Duration
24 months
Features
  • Tuition based on 26 credit hours at resident student rate.
  • Students may take up to three years to complete the degree.
Language
English
Intakes
January, August
Duration
24 months
Features
  • Tuition based on 24 credit hours at resident student rate.
  • Students may take up to three years to complete the degree.
Language
English
Intakes
January, August
Duration
24 months
Concentrations
Patents
Technology
Features
  • Tuition based on 24 credit hours at resident student rate.
  • Students may take up to three years to complete the degree.
Language
English
Intakes
January, August
Duration
24 months
Features
  • Tuition based on 24 credit hours at resident student rate.
  • Students may take up to three years to complete the degree.

Distance Learning

Language
English
Intakes
Winter/Spring, Fall
Features
  • Program can be completed within three years

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