Questions & Details about the LL.M.

What are the basic requirements for application?

Applicants to the LL.M. program must have completed their law degree at an accredited U.S. law school or a non-U.S. law school with substantially equivalent standards, and must have a strong record of academic accomplishments. More about our requirements ...

What is the application deadline, and when can I begin submitting my application materials?

You may submit your application any time after August 1. The application deadline for the 2016-2017 academic year is December 1, 2015. More on LL.M. admissions ...

Do you have any minimum grade requirements for applicants?

No, while applicants should have a strong record of academic accomplishments, we review each application holistically, taking into consideration all application materials. Grades are certainly important, but they are one among many factors that we take into account in reviewing each applicant’s file.

I am reapplying to the LL.M. program. What do I need to do?

Previous applicants who were not admitted to the LL.M. program and who wish to reapply must submit a completely new application and pay the application fee. Applicants who have been denied admission three times may not file further applications.

When will the decisions be made? Are the decisions made on a rolling basis?

Decisions are typically made in mid-March. All decisions are made at the same time, not on a rolling basis.

How do I apply for financial aid?

Financial aid is not applied for or determined until after admission. At that time, we will provide admitted applicants with information on how to apply for financial aid. Financial aid is available to all admitted applicants and is based on need. Learn more about your options for financial aid.

What courses are offered at Yale Law School?

While course offerings vary from year to year, a current course listing can be viewed in the Yale Law School Bulletin. You can also learn much more about the academic environment at Yale Law School.

Does Yale Law School offer specializations within the LL.M. program?

No, there is only one LL.M. program at Yale Law School, and it is general in nature. Courses are elective, and students tailor their studies to their own interests. No specialization is indicated on the degree or official academic transcript.

May I take courses in other departments at Yale University?

Yes, with approval, up to six units of credit toward the LL.M. degree can be earned outside of the Law School.

If accepted to the LL.M. program, would I automatically be admitted to the J.S.D. program?

Admission to J.S.D. candidacy does not follow automatically from admission to the LL.M. program or from the award of the LL.M. degree. Admission to the J.S.D. program is highly selective and rests entirely on an independent judgment of your J.S.D. proposal and academic record by the Graduate Committee.

If I am selected, may I defer for one or more years?

Due to the small size of the admitted LL.M. class, Yale Law School does not offer deferred admission. If you are admitted but cannot accept our offer, you may reapply. Admission is not guaranteed, however, as decisions are made independent of previous years.

Must I take any exams such as the LSAT, GRE, or TOEFL?

The LSAT and GRE are not required. The TOEFL is required unless your undergraduate education or first law degree was completed in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, or Canada (in an English medium of instruction school). Applicants who have at least a four-year degree from an educational institution in the United States or one of the countries listed above may request a waiver of the TOEFL.

Where can I find more information about the TOEFL?

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is administered throughout the world by the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey 08541–0008, United States. Communicate directly with that service to arrange to take the test, and have the result sent to LSAC's LL.M. Credential Assembly Service no later than December 15, 2015.

Please be sure to specify the LSAC institution code, 8395.

Please note that other English proficiency exams (e.g., IELTS and Cambridge Exams) will not be accepted in place of the TOEFL.

Notes on Transcripts

We require all applicants to the LL.M. program to submit their applications online through LSAC's Electronic Application Service (available August 1). After you register for LSAC's LL.M. Credential Assembly Service, have your required transcripts sent only once directly to LSAC by the registrar of each undergraduate and graduate institution you attended. You must use LSAC's Transcript Request Forms for this purpose; these forms will be available only after you register for LL.M. CAS and enter your academic institution information. If you have records from education completed outside of the United States, all of your attested documents from the issuing institution or government agency must be submitted in the original language. If the transcripts or other required documents are not in English, a certified translation must be included.

International applicants must register for LSAC's Document Assembly Service. We also require LSAC's International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service. If you are in the process of completing your degree, you should arrange for a transcript of all available grades to be sent to LSAC. When you have completed your degree, you must arrange for the final transcript to be sent to LSAC.

Please see LSAC's website for instructions on submitting transcripts to LSAC.

Notes on Letters of Recommendation

We require two and accept up to four letters of recommendation from professors (or employers) who have worked with you. Your file will be deemed complete when two letters have arrived. We require that all letters of recommendation be sent through LSAC's Letter of Recommendation (LOR) Service. Follow the instructions provided in your account.

My school does not provide transcripts or only supplies one original. What should I provide?

We require that official transcripts be submitted through LSAC's Credential Assembly Service. Please contact LSAC if you have specific questions regarding what to submit.

My transcripts and/or recommendations are not in English. Must I have them translated?

Yes, all documents submitted must be in English. Translations must be made and certified by an official translator. You should submit both the original and the translated versions.

Can I submit my transcripts directly to Yale Law School, or must I use LSAC's Credential Assembly Service?

We require all applicants to the LL.M. program to submit their applications online through LSAC’s Electronic Application Service. Official transcripts must be submitted through LSAC’s LL.M. Credential Assembly Service.

Can my recommenders send their letters directly to Yale Law School?

No, all letters of recommendation must be sent through LSAC’s Letter of Recommendation (LOR) Service.

When should I plan to arrive?
In order to arrange housing and settle in, entering students should plan to arrive by early August. They should also plan to attend the orientation program at the end of August, which offers much useful information to newly admitted students. 

When are classes in session?
Generally, classes run from the first week of September until mid-May. View the academic calendar.

Is the LL.M. program available part-time, at night or over the summers? Does Yale Law School offer the LL.M. degree through correspondence or long-distance learning?