LL.M. Applicants

The LL.M. is an advanced law degree program available to those who have completed the J.D. at an ABA-accredited American law school or its equivalent from a foreign law school.

Willamette's College of Law offers an LL.M. in Transnational Law and an LL.M. in Dispute Resolution.

The Admission Committee determines admission to the LL.M. Program. The committee reviews each application individually, ensuring the fair appraisal of each applicant's file. Offers will be extended to eligible applicants on the basis of several factors, including law school record, proof of English proficiency if relevant, written recommendations, professional accomplishments and expected commitment to the LL.M. program.

How to Apply

Electronic Application

Apply through the LSAC, which maintains an approved electronic-format application to Willamette's College of Law. See the LL.M. LSAC web site for information about submitting electronic applications via CAS. Your application fee is waived when you apply online.

Postal Mail

Apply by submitting a paper application. The application is available as a fillable PDF: LL.M. Admission Application (PDF)

When to Apply

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications for Fall 2015 are no longer being accepted, as the LL.M. class has been filled.

For best consideration, it is recommended that you apply by March 1 for fall admission (August start) and October 1 for spring admission (January start).

Application Materials & Requirements

Degree requirements

All LL.M. applicants must have a J.D. from an accredited American law school or its equivalent from a foreign law school. Foreign nationals must also meet the requirements listed on our International Applicants page. 

Official law transcripts must be sent with degree conferred. If transcripts are not in English, a certified English translation must accompany the original. Please use the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) LL.M. Credential Assembly Service (CAS) for transcript translation and evaluation.

Application Processing Fee

There is no fee for any application submitted electronically.

Official, Certified Academic Records

Please use the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) LL.M. Credential Assembly Service to submit records. An official certified copy of your law school transcript, along with an official certification of your law degree (documentation of your qualification to practice law in your home state or country-such as a bar association ID number), is required.

All transcripts or other academic records must be official documents bearing the registrar's signature or the institution's seal. If these records are not in English, a certified English translation must be submitted together with the originals. Please use the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) LL.M. Credential Assembly Service (llm.lsac.org). WES (wes.org/students/icap/asp) and AACRAO (ies.aacrao.org/evaluations/) also offer these types of transcript evaluation services.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of written recommendation (must be in English, or accompanied by a certified English translation). They must be submitted with your LSAC CAS report.

Personal Statement

Applicants must submit a written statement discussing your qualifications and intentions for pursuing a graduate degree from the College of Law. The statement must be in English.


A resume is a required component of a completed application. Please attach one to your electronic application. The resume is not a substitute for the personal statement.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

Foreign nationals must meet the following additional requirements:
  1. An international applicant to the LL.M. program must hold a degree that is equivalent to the American Juris Doctorate degree. International applicants should contact the LSAC for additional information regarding degree evaluation services.
  2. An international applicant whose native language is not English must either take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. For the TOEFL, a minimum score of 88 (Internet based) or 570 (paper based) is required. For the IELTS, a minimum score of 6.5 is required. Official test results of the TOEFL or the IELTS should be sent directly to Willamette University College of Law. Applicants who do not meet the minimum TOEFL or IELTS scores, but who are otherwise well-qualified for studies at Willamette, may be asked to provide additional application materials or to participate in an interview to demonstrate their English language proficiency.
  3. Applicants must be able to show they have sufficient resources to fund educational and living expenses for the one-year LL.M. program and provide the following:
    • A completed Statement of Financial Responsibility form
    • Official bank verification of funds (written in English), showing that you and/or your sponsor have sufficient resources to cover your educational and living expenses for the one-year LL.M. program.
    • A photocopy of the name/photo page of your passport showing your image and the correct spelling of your name.

All appropriate documentation must be sent by admitted students and received and approved by the College of Law before the school will send them an I-20 (Application for Student Visa).

Resources for International Students

"Study in the States" video

"Student to Student: Studying in the States" is a five-minute video created by the U.S. Office of Homeland Security to help international students understand what to expect once they arrive for their studies in the U.S.

Deposit and Tuition Payment

As an option for paying your deposit and/or tuition, we recommend you use peerTransfer. Visit www.peertransfer.com to learn more about peerTransfer and the service it offers.