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 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.

2016-17 Tuition and Fees

Tuition, fees, insurance & books $56,300 estimated
Living costs for 10 months $14,500 estimated (for one person in modest accommodations)
Total for 2016-17 $70,800

Applicants must demonstrate adequate financial support for their educational and personal expenses prior to being admitted to the program. Limited funding is available from the University of Minnesota Law School for scholarships. Every admitted student is automatically considered for a scholarship.

Application Process

Candidates for admission may submit their applications online or 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
  • 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 2016-17 LL.M. Programs:

  • Application available October 1, 2015
  • Final Application Due Date: April 15, 2016

Review of completed applications begins in December 2015, and admissions are made on a rolling basis. Qualified applicants may be interviewed by phone (or in person, if practical).

To apply online:

The online application becomes 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.” 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:

FileDOC application form
PDF iconPDF application form

Contact Information

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Walter F. Mondale Hall | 229 19th Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-625-1000

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