Application & Timeline

For admission as an LL.M. candidate, a first degree in law from an accredited college or university is required.

You may submit your application electronically via our Easy Application (see below) to begin your application to the LL.M. Program.  


Each applicant is advised that there are character, fitness and other qualifications for admission to the bar and the applicant is encouraged, prior to matriculation, to determine what those requirements are in the state(s) in which you intend to practice.

Candidates must submit:

  1. An application which includes one brief essay;
  2. An application fee (only if applying by mail- waived for online applications);
  3. Two recommendation letters;
  4. Official academic transcripts, in notarized English translations if not provided in English by your university.
  5. Indication of English-language proficiency, as in a recent TOEFL, IELTS, ILEC or other standardized test score.*

*If you do not have a recent standardized test score or no score at all, we will provide the opportunity for a Skype-interview language evaluation as part of your admissions interview.

Once admitted, you will be required to present a letter of credit from a bank or other lending institution showing you have sufficient financial support to study in the United States.

**We strongly recommend that applicants apply as early as possible.

Washington University encourages and gives full consideration to all applicants for admission, financial aid, and employment. The University does not discriminate in access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran status, disability or genetic information. Inquiries about compliance should be addressed to the University’s Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, Washington University, Campus Box 1184, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130.