Our Graduate Admissions Process
Michigan Law welcomes applications from around the world and from all segments of the legal profession. We seek to create a class of a few dozen LLM students who intermingle with our 900 JD students to create a diverse and intellectually outstanding student community.
Admission to our LLM program is highly competitive. One important consideration in the selection process is your previous academic record, and our admitted students typically complete their studies with distinction, graduating at or near the top of their class. However, our assessment of each application is forward-looking, with the goal of identifying future performance, contributions, and success, during law school and beyond. Grades alone are not adequate to predict such outcomes.
We read all applications carefully and holistically, considering personal statements, essays, and letters of recommendation, to admit applicants of promise and build a class with varied interests, countries of origin, traditions, life experiences, perspectives, goals, and professional achievements.
To gain admission, you either must be licensed to practice law or have completed the first degree in law required for law practice or law teaching in the country in which your legal studies were pursued. U.S. applicants must have satisfied the JD requirements at an ABA-accredited law school.
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Apply by January 15
Completed applications for the 2022-2023 academic year, including all required materials, must reach us by January 15, 2022. We are unable to consider candidates for admission until we receive all of the required application materials. Applications received after the January 15 deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis and may be at a disadvantage.
We begin communicating admissions decisions in February, and we typically finish making our initial decisions by the end of April.
- Michigan Law Graduate Study application form (submitted through LSAC's website)
- Curriculum vitae or resume
- Two essays:
a) Describe your career plans (maximum of 500 words)
b) Explain why you want to earn your degree at Michigan Law (maximum of 300 words)
- Two letters of recommendation
- Official transcripts and degree confirmations
- English proficiency score (unless an exception is granted)
- $75 application fee
- Additional essays, according to the topics offered in the Michigan Law application form
- Additional letters of recommendation
Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation should be from people who know you well, are able to evaluate your capacity for advanced legal studies and professional success, and can comment with specificity on your intellectual accomplishments and professional promise. It is helpful if the letters address how you compare to others in your law school or professional cohort.
One recommendation letter should be from a member of your law faculty. If you have been or currently are enrolled in an LLM program at another U.S. law school, one of the letters of recommendation must be from a faculty member at that law school. Letters of recommendation should be written in English or in the recommender's native language with a certified English translation. All letters of recommendation must appear on official stationery of the recommender.
Either LSAC's or Michigan Law's recommender form must be completed by both the applicant and the recommender and be included with the letter.
Official Transcripts and Degree Confirmations
Official transcripts and degree confirmations are required from all tertiary and postgraduate programs attended (e.g. undergraduate, graduate, law schools, and professional law institutes).
Transcripts must bear the registrar's signature or the institution's seal. They must be in English or be accompanied by a certified English translation.
Transcripts must give results of all coursework, including yearly or comprehensive exams when applicable. Official certification of your rank in class (for example, 4th in a class of 123 students), your cumulative average grade, and receipt of honors should also be provided.
It is helpful for us to receive a description of each institution's grading system, including the normal length of the degree program and whether failing grades appear on the transcript.
English Proficiency Scores
To be prepared for the rigor of the LLM curriculum, students must have a high level of English proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. We require official score reports from TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo, which should be sent to LSAC to include in your application. A minimum TOEFL score of 100 (iBT), IELTS score of 7.0, or Duolingo scored of 125 is required. Tests must be taken before January 15 of the year admission is sought, but should not be more than two years old when submitted.
English Proficiency Exam Exceptions
Only applicants who meet both of the following parameters are exempt from submitting English language proficiency scores:
- Residents of Australia, Canada (other than Quebec), New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom, or the United States (other than Puerto Rico)
- Completed a rigorous full-time program of at least three (3) years of post-secondary education in one of the countries listed above.
If you meet both of these criteria and would like to request a waiver of the English proficiency test requirement, please email our office at firstname.lastname@example.org before submitting your application. Please note that non-native English speakers in our LLM program receive 25% extra time on their final exams in their first semester; however, LLM students who receive an English proficiency test waiver are not given this extra time on their final exams.
The application fee is $75 and is payable by credit card on LSAC's website.
We grant application fee waivers to highly qualified applications through LSAC's Candidate Referral Service (CRS). If you register for CRS and qualify for a fee waiver, it will automatically appear in your account on LSAC. We also send emails to recipients to make them aware they have received a fee waiver.
Submitting Your Application
Applications should be submitted online through LSAC and can be made in combination with LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service.
The Credential Assembly Service provides applicants an efficient way to apply to multiple law schools at the same time and provides evaluation and authentication of your previous education.