Admission of LLM Students
Admission to the LLM program is highly competitive. To be admitted to the program, applicants must possess a JD from an ABA-accredited law school or an equivalent degree from a law school or other experience outside the United States (U.S.) that is deemed acceptable by the director of the LLM program. Typically the LLB will meet this academic requirement. All applicants for admission must have demonstrated excellence in scholarship, high academic standing, and professional achievements or positions indicating the applicant's capacity for performing master's-level work.
Admission Requirements for All Applicants
Applications are not evaluated until all required supporting documents have been received. For guaranteed consideration, the applicant is responsible for ensuring that application materials are received by George Mason Law prior to the appropriate deadline.
The LLM application deadline is May 1 for fall admission and December 15 for spring admission.
Items 1 through 6 are required from all LLM applicants:
1. Application and Application Fee
All applicants apply electronically via LSAC. A completed application form will be sent to the law school electronically and on paper. Please do not send us a paper copy of your electronically submitted application. The application must be accompanied by a $75 nonrefundable application fee, which is payable through LSAC.
2. Official Undergraduate Transcript
Applicants must submit all transcripts from college or university level work and degrees.*
3. Official Law School or Equivalent Transcripts
In addition to transcripts from college or university level work and degrees, applicants must submit ONE of the following:
(a) An official law school transcript showing completion of a JD degree in the U.S.; or
(b) An official transcript (including grades) showing completion of a law degree in a country other than the U.S.*; or
(c) Other official proof of status as a lawyer in a country other than the U.S.*
*Applicants with international credentials must register with LSAC's LLM Credential Assembly Service. See Additional Requirements for Applicants with International Credentials.
4. 500-Word Statement
The applicant is required to submit a 500-word statement of educational and professional goals, double-spaced, that will serve as both a statement of purpose and a writing sample. The thoughts and words of the 500-word statement must be uniquely those of the applicant. With the exception of basic proofreading, no other(s) may assist in the creation of this statement.
The applicant must submit a resume. There is no page limit.
6. Letters of Recommendation
The applicant must submit two letters of recommendation addressing the applicant's academic and professional potential. Letters of recommendation must identify you as an LLM applicant.
George Mason strongly prefers that applicants use the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service, following LSAC procedures. Any applicant who does not use the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service must (a) have their recommendation sent directly to George Mason Law and (b) use George Mason Law's recommendation form, which can be found at: http://www.law.gmu.edu/admissions/application_forms.
Recommendations submitted directly to George Mason Law must be in a sealed envelope and bear the author's signature across the sealed envelope flap.
All applicants must complete an informal interview with the director of the LLM program. Interviews may take place in-person at the George Mason Arlington campus or remotely via Skype. Interviews will last between fifteen and thirty minutes and are informational in nature. The admissions office will contact applicants to schedule interviews once all other application documents have been received.
Application for Virginia In-State Tuition Rates (required only for applicants who believe they qualify for in-state tuition rates)
Applicants who believe they qualify for in-state tuition rates must complete the Application for Virginia In-State Tuition Rates. To print, go to http://www.law.gmu.edu/assets/files/admissions/Accessible_Instate_Form.pdf. This form must be printed and mailed separately; it does not transmit electronically. See Section 23-7.4, Code of Virginia, and http://registrar.gmu.edu/domicile/ for questions regarding eligibility.
Additional Requirements For Graduates of U.S. Law Schools
For graduates of U.S. law schools, documentation of LSAT scores or an attached copy of the Credential Assembly Service Law School Report, which can be obtained from the registrar of the degree-granting institution, is required.
Additional Information and Requirements for Applicants with International Credentials
In addition to the Admission Requirements for All Applicants, George Mason Law requires the following additional items from applicants who have graduated with international credentials:
1. Register with LSAC's LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS)
Applicants who graduated from non-U.S. schools are required to register with LSAC's LLM Credential Assembly Service. If you are admitted and matriculate, you will be required to provide original transcripts to the school, too.
2. English Proficiency
For applicants whose first language is not English, current TOEFL or IELTS scores showing sufficient proficiency in the English language are required. George Mason Law prefers a score over 90 on the Internet-based (iBT) TOEFL or a score of over 6.5 on the IELTS to be competitive for admission to the program. Information for the TOEFL and IELTS can be found at www.toefl.org and www.ielts.org, respectively. The George Mason Law Institution code is 5827. Please arrange to have an official TOEFL or IELTS score report sent to LSAC no later than May 1 for fall admission. Applicants must have taken the TOEFL or IELTS within two years of submitting their application. In addition to these testing requirements, English proficiency will be assessed during the mandatory interview.
3. International Student Certificate of Financial Responsibility
If seeking F-1 immigration status, the international applicant must submit an International Student Certificate of Financial Responsibility Form. Immigration documents required for international students studying full time in the U.S. will not be issued until the student has completed the form and returned it along with the identification page of the passport and supporting documents to:
George Mason University School
3301 Fairfax Drive, MS 1G3
Arlington, VA 22201
Important Notes on Race/Ethnicity
The U.S. Department of Education is requiring educational institutions to begin reporting data utilizing a two-part race and ethnicity question in response to increased diversity within the U.S.
1. Ethnicity is based on the following categorization:
Hispanic or Latino: A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race. The term "Spanish origin" can be used in addition to "Hispanic or Latino."
2. Race is based on the following five categorizations:
American Indian or Alaska Native: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment.
Asian: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent, including for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Black or African American: A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. Terms such as "Haitian" or "Negro" can be used in addition to "Black or African American."
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or an other Pacific Island.
White: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.
This data will be used only for informational purposes and will not be used to discriminate against or penalize any applicant, or to determine immigration status.