How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a law degree from an institution outside of the United States. Applicants whose native language is not English must also demonstrate proficiency in English, most commonly through achieving a score of 80 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Strong preference is given to candidates with TOEFL scores of 100. IELTS scores are also accepted, with the minimum IELTS score being 6.5.

2021-22 Tuition and Fees

Tuition & Required Fees $57,800 estimated
Mandatory Insurance & Books   $4,100 estimated
Living costs for 10 months $16,500 estimated (for one person in modest accommodations)

If offered admission to the program, applicants must provide evidence of adequate financial support for their educational and personal expenses (including tuition and fees, mandatory health insurance, textbook costs, and living expenses for one year). Limited funding is available from the University of Minnesota Law School for scholarships. Every admitted student is automatically considered for a scholarship; no additional scholarship application is required.

Application Process

Candidates for admission should submit their applications online via LSAC. If an applicant is facing extenuating circumstances, they may apply by mail.

A completed application includes:

  • application form and application fee
  • official academic transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • two letters of recommendation
  • personal statement
  • proof of English proficiency demonstrated through adequate TOFEL or IELTS scores
  • résumé or CV

To apply for the 2022-23 LL.M. programs:

  • Application available October 1, 2021
  • Final Application Due Date: May 1, 2022

Review of completed applications begins in November and admissions are made on a rolling basis. Qualified applicants may be interviewed virtually (or in person, if practical).

To apply online:

The LL.M. Program online application becomes available on October 1 each year. Before you begin to complete the online application, please review the University of Minnesota's requirements and application instructions by clicking on "Law School Instructions." Please note that if you apply online you will be required to use the complete LSAC Credential Assembly Service and to pay the application fee with a credit card. 

To apply via postal mail:

Instructions for applying are included on the LL.M. Word Doc application form or the LL.M. PDF application form. If you download the paper application forms, you must pay the application fee with a check in U.S. dollars, which must be enclosed with your application.


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