Information for U.S. Law School Graduates
U.S. law school graduates are usually admitted for the fall semester. Spring admission may be granted at the discretion of the program director.
Applications are due by May 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester.
Applicants must hold a B.A. or equivalent degree from a regionally accredited college or university and a J.D. or equivalent degree from a law school that is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) or is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).
All candidates for admission must have demonstrated excellence in scholarship, high academic standing, and professional achievements or positions indicating their capacity for performing master's-level work.
Advanced standing is not granted for credit earned from a candidate's first law degree or for credit earned at any time before the student was a degree candidate in the LL.M. program at GW Law. An exception may be made in the case of students who earned credit through the Oxford-GW International Human Rights Program and who subsequently are admitted in the LL.M. degree candidacy in the area of International and Comparative Law.
All LL.M. applicants from U.S. law schools must submit the following to be considered for admission:
- A completed application form accompanied by the application fee of $80 USD. (This fee is nonrefundable. It does not apply to tuition and is not paid by the Department of Veterans Affairs)
- Official transcripts from all law, graduate, and undergraduate schools attended.
- Two letters of recommendation, each accompanied by the recommendation form.
- A brief essay describing the applicant's professional goals and the reasons for pursuing graduate law student (question 27 on application).
Note on transcripts: Official transcripts must be sent by the issuing institution directly to the Graduate Programs Office, The George Washington University Law School, 2000 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20052. Unofficial records sent by the student will not be accepted. Applicants should request that their law school transcript(s) include the grade point average for work leading to the degree and class standing at the time of graduation.