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 thus highly competitive, resulting in a number of qualified applicants necessarily being turned away.
One important consideration in the selection process is your previous academic record. 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 apply, you must have completed the first degree in law required for law practice or law teaching in the country in which your law 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 2021-2022 academic year, including all required materials, must reach us by January 15, 2021. Decisions will be communicated beginning in February. Applications received after the January 15 deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis and may be at a disadvantage.
- Michigan Law Graduate Study application form
- Curriculum vitae or resume
- Personal statement
- Two letters of recommendation
- Official transcripts and degree confirmations
- English proficiency score (if applicable)
- 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
Official score reports from TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo must be sent directly from the test provider to either LSAC or Michigan Law. Tests must be taken before January 15 of the year admission is sought, but cannot be more than two years old when submitted. If you have multiple, unexpired test scores, please submit photocopies of all results with your application.
A minimum TOEFL score of 100 iBT, IELTS score of 7.0, or Duolingo score of 125 is required.
Students must have a high level of English proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Most admitted students have scores above the required minimum.
*Temporarily, where testing centers are closed as a result of the pandemic, we are also accepting the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test, the TOEFL ITP Plus, or the IELTS Indicator.
*Unless both of the exceptions listed below apply, applicants must submit official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English test scores.
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.
The application fee is $75.
If you are applying through LSAC, you must pay the application fee by credit card on the LSAC website before submitting your application.
If the application fee presents a financial hardship, you may request a fee waiver prior to submitting your application.
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. LSAC charges a fee for this service.
If you prefer to apply directly to Michigan Law, instead of through LSAC, please contact us for instructions.