Steps in Applying for the LL.M.
1. Register for LSAC’s LL.M. Credential Assembly Service (CAS)
Important: You should register and pay for the LLM Credential Assembly Service at least four to six weeks before your first law school application deadline. It takes approximately two weeks for LSAC to process a U.S. transcript or letter of recommendation from the time it is received; transcripts from non-U.S. institutions may take longer. LSAC will not send to us your Law School report until all official transcripts (and TOEFL, if required) are received. It is your responsibility to make certain LSAC sends all your materials to Yale Law School in a timely fashion. More about transcripts.
International applicants must register for the LSAC Document Assembly service. We also require the LSAC International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service.
Questions about the LL.M. CAS should be directed to LSAC at (215) 968-1001.
2. Arrange for Recommendations
Have two of your professors who know you and your work well write letters of recommendation. Applicants in teaching or practice may substitute one employer or supervisor. You may submit additional letters, however your file will be deemed complete when two letters have arrived. Letters of recommendation must be sent through LSAC’s Letter of Recommendation (LOR) Service. More about letters of recommendation.
3. Take the TOEFL exam
If your undergraduate education or first law degree was not completed in the United States, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, or Canada (in English medium of instruction schools), you must submit your official score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The admissions committee requires a minimum TOEFL score of 100 on the Internet-based test. Applicants who have at least a 4-year degree from the US or the countries listed above may request a waiver of the TOEFL. More about submitting your TOEFL.
4. Learn more about YLS
You are welcome to visit the Law School or browse our website. YLS does not conduct an evaluative interview.
5. Complete the application form
We require all applicants to the LL.M. Program to submit their applications through the LSAC electronic application service. Submit your entire application online, including the attachments, through the LSAC electronic application no later than the December 1st deadline.
6. Complete the three essay questions and include them as attachments to your application
* Separate responses (of no more than 250 words each) to the following required essays. Please note that a personal statement cannot be substituted for or take the place of these required essays.
a. Your reasons for seeking admission to Yale’s LL.M. program.
b. Explain how Yale fits in with your plans for teaching after you graduate from law school. (Please indicate your areas of interest and what arrangements, if any, you have made concerning employment.)
* A separate essay of no more than 500 words describing your scholarly research agenda for the near future. Please articulate what you think are the most important issues in your chosen field, and explain why.
7. Pay the application fee of $75 USD
The application fee is $75, payable through LSAC by credit card. The application fee is separate and in addition to any fees charged by LSAC for its application, credential assembly, and authentication services. This fee is nonrefundable and will not be credited to tuition in the event of admission.
8. Receive confirmation of your application
You will receive notification from us when we receive your application and, again, when your application is complete. If you have not received notification by January 15, 2015, please contact us. We typically make admissions decisions in mid-March.