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How To Apply to the
LL.M. Program

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 550/213/79-80 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Strong preference is given to candidates with TOEFL scores of 600/250/100. IELTS scores are also accepted.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition, fees, insurance & books $57,300 estimated
Living costs for 10 months
$14,000 estimated (for one person in modest accommodations)
Total for 2015-16 $71,300


Applicants must demonstrate adequate financial support for their educational and personal expenses prior to being admitted to the program. The University of Minnesota Law School has a limited amount of financial assistance available. All admitted students are considered for financial assistance.

Application Process

Candidates for admission may submit their applications online or by mail. Please see the information on the right for more details.

A completed application includes:

  • application form and application fee
  • official academic transcript from all college and universities attended
  • two letters of recommendation
  • personal statement
  • proof of English proficiency demonstrated through adequate TOFEL or IELTS scores
  • résumé or CV
  • Business Law LL.M. applicants only: a one-page essay (in addition to your personal statement) explaining your business/corporate law background, and stating concisely your goals in the field of business law.

To apply for the 2015-16 LL.M. Programs:

  • Application available October 1, 2014
  • Final Application Due Date: April 1, 2015

Review of completed applications begins in November 2014, and admissions are made on a rolling basis. Qualified applicants may be interviewed by phone (or in person, if practical).

Application information

The application for 2015-2016 is now available. The deadline to apply has been extended to April 20, 2015.

You are invited to apply to our LL.M. Program either online or via mail. We appreciate your interest in the LL.M. Program and look forward to receiving your application.

To apply online:

Online application available in October

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" at the bottom of the application window. Please note that if you apply online you will be required to use the LSAC Credential Assembly Service and to pay the application fee with a credit card. To access the LL.M. Program online application, click here.

To apply via postal mail:

Instructions for applying are included on the 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. In order to apply using the paper application form, please download and print out the application form using one of these two versions:

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