LL.M. Application Checklist
A completed application to the LLM program consists of the following:
1. The application form, submitted online through the LSAC.
2. The non-refundable $70 application fee, submitted online by credit card through LSAC.
3. The following materials, submitted through LSAC’s LLM Credential Assembly Service (CAS): (LSAC will compile these documents and will deliver them in the form of a Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report to the law school):
- Two letters of recommendation: Applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation through the LLM Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Recommenders should include instructors under whom you have studied or with whom you have worked closely during college or graduate study. If you have not had recent contact with such individuals, you may submit letters of recommendation from employers who can attest to the applicant’s intellectual, analytical, writing and (if necessary) English language abilities. Please do not submit letters of recommendation from personal friends and relatives, as they will not be given weight in the admissions process.
- All undergraduate and graduate transcripts: Applicants must request undergraduate and graduate transcripts and have them submitted directly to LSAC.
4. Resume or curriculum vitae: Submit a complete résumé or curriculum vitae detailing your education, employment, skills, honors, awards and accomplishments. Upload document as an attachment to the application form.
5. Statement of scholarly intent: Applicants are required to submit a statement of scholarly intent. We recommend that you use the statement of scholarly intent to address why you are interested in obtaining an LLM degree, a detailed description of the area of legal study you intend to pursue, and the courses in which you have an interest. The personal statement should be no longer than 1000 words, double-spaced, and must be typed and not hand-written. Upload your personal statement as an attachment to the application form.
6. TOEFL/IELTS score: Because facility with written and spoken English is necessary in order to successfully participate in our academic experience, applicants for whom English is a second language or not their primary language must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). English Proficiency is proven by an official TOEFL score of at least 600 paper-based or 90 internet-based, an official IELTS score of at least 7, previous attendance at a U.S. institution, or proof that English is the applicant’s native language. Request that scores be sent directly to LSAC: LSAC has arranged with the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to receive your TOEFL Score. Please provide LSAC institution code (8395) when requesting that your score be sent to LSAC. LSAC has also arranged with IELTS to receive scores. LSAC will only accept scores from IELTS electronically. You must request that your score be forwarded to LSAC for electronic download. Note: TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years.
7. Free Application for Federal Student Aid: The University of Maryland, Baltimore requires submission of the FAFSA for every student expecting to receive any form of financial aid, including those receiving merit-based aid only. The FAFSA becomes available on October 1, 2020 for the 2021-22 academic year. Please submit your FAFSA form as soon as possible after it becomes available. The University has set a deadline of March 1 for receipt of the FAFSA. Submit this form online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/, and enter the code for the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus: 002104.
8. Attachments: Please upload attachments through the "Attachments" tab. Attachments should include your personal statement, résumé or curriculum vitae, diversity statement (optional), information about a prior law school that you have attended, information in explanation of any character and fitness issue, and any other information relevant to your application.
9. Signature and date: Please type your name, and date the application. By signing this application and transmitting it electronically, you certify that the information in this application is complete, accurate and honestly presented. You also certify that any information submitted on your behalf is authentic, including letters of recommendation, academic transcripts and certifications. You understand and agree that any inaccurate, misleading or omitted information will be cause for an investigation of misconduct in the admissions process, rescission of any offer of admission, or cause for disciplinary action, dismissal or revocation of degree if discovered at a later date. You further agree to abide by the rules, policies, and regulations of the University of Maryland if you are admitted as a student.
10. Qualifications for admission to the bar: In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.