Admission of LLM Students
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.
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 June 1 for fall admission and December 1 for spring admission.
1. Application and Application Fee
All applicants apply electronically via the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). LSAC provides a useful LLM Application Checklist as well as detailed instructions on how to use the LLM Credential Assembly Service (CAS). 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 Transcripts
Applicants must submit all transcripts from college, university, law school, and post-graduate level work and degrees through LLM CAS.
One of the documents submitted should be at least one of the following:
(a) An official law school transcript showing completion of a JD degree in the United States; or
(b) An official transcript (including grades) showing completion of a law degree in a country other than the United States; or
(c) Other official proof of status as a lawyer in a country other than the United States.
3. 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.
5. 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 may have their recommendation sent directly to George Mason Law. Recommendations submitted directly to George Mason Law must include George Mason Law's recommendation form and be either sent directly from the recommenders e-mail account or via post 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.
7. 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. This form must be printed and mailed separately; it does not transmit electronically.
See the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia Domicile Guidelines and the George Mason University Domicile Office for information regarding in-state tuition rate eligibility.
8. Law School Admission Test (LSAT) Scores (required only for applicants who are graduates of United States law schools)
For graduates of United States law schools, documentation of LSAT scores or an attached copy of the Credential Assembly Service Law School Report, which can be usually obtained from the registrar of the degree-granting institution, is requested.
9. Proof of English Proficiency (required for applicants who do not possess a JD from an ABA approved law school, are not native English speakers, and have not received a degree form a college or university whose language of instruction is English)
A TOEFL or IELTS score that meets Mason Law’s minimum requirements is required.
- The minimum TOEFL iBT score required to be considered for admission is 88.
- The minimum IELTS score required to be considered for admission is 6.5.
- Applicants who do not meet the language requirement may consider participating in the INTO Mason LLM Pathway program. INTO Mason provides an academic English program as well as a Pathway to the LLM program. For more information about INTO Mason, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Conditional admission may be provided to those who enroll in the Mason INTO program.
Information about 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 June 1 for fall admission and no later than December 1 for spring 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.
10. International Student Certificate of Financial
Responsibility Form (required only for students seeking an F-1 or J-1 student
If seeking a student visa to study in the United States, the applicant must submit an International Student Certificate of Financial Responsibility Form. Immigration documents required for international students studying full time in the United States 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 of Law
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.