LLM Application Information

Here, you'll find comprehensive information on how to apply to our LLM program. If you have any questions or need clarification, our admissions team is ready to assist you. We can be reached by email, [email protected], or by phone, +1.202.994.7242.


  • For Fall Admission
    • Priority Deadline: March 15
      • Applications will continue to be reviewed and considered for scholarships as long as space is available and funding remains until June 1
  • For Spring Admission
    • Priority Deadline: November 1
      • Applications will continue to be reviewed and considered for scholarships as long as space is available and funding remains until December 1

Application Resources

Entrance Requirements

Applicants with a JD from a U.S. or Puerto Rico law school must hold a BA or equivalent degree from a regionally accredited college or university and a JD 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).

Applicants with a law degree from a law school outside of the United States must have earned the degree from a recognized institution. Non-U.S. law school graduates may also need to meet the minimum language test requirement (see below).

All candidates for admission must have demonstrated excellence in academic standing and professional achievements or positions indicating their capacity for performing master’s-level work.

Apply Through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC)

Prospective students have the option to apply to GW Law through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), a convenient and widely recognized application platform. Using LSAC streamlines the application process, allowing applicants to manage their materials and submissions efficiently.

Apply Through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC)

Apply Directly by Mail/Courier

If applying via LSAC will present an undue burden to you, we accept applications that are mailed or sent via courier service directly to GW Law. Your application materials should be sent to:

Graduate & International Programs, GW Law
2000 H  St, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Application (PDF)

When filling out your application, the following items are required:

  • A completed application form accompanied by the application fee of US $80
    • Applicants may pay the fee online or pay through the mail via paper check or money order made out to "George Washington University"
  • Official transcripts from all law, graduate, and undergraduate schools attended. Official transcripts can be sent directly from the institution in the mail or via email.
  • Two letters of recommendation, accompanied by the recommendation form provided at the end of the PDF application (above). Letters of recommendation can come directly from the person recommending the applicant, or can be included in application materials in sealed envelopes.
  • Personal statement (see question #36 on the application form)
  • A résumé or CV
  • If applicable*, an official report of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score. 

*Students whose initial law degree was earned from a non-U.S. law school where English is not the language of instruction are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS test and receive a score in the 100-point range on the Internet-based TOEFL test or in the 600-point range on the paper-based TOEFL test. Those taking the IELTS test must receive a score of 7.0 or higher. Test scores are reported to the Law School six to eight weeks after the test is taken; therefore, applicants are advised to check with TOEFL or IELTS for information well before the semester for which they are applying. For the TOEFL, the Institutional Code for GW Law School is 5246 and the Department Code is 03. For the IELTS test, list the George Washington University Law School to receive a score report. If English was the medium of instruction for an applicant’s university education, please include documentation from the university registrar

Scholarship Information

All applicants are considered for a scholarship. There is no separate scholarship application. 

The following scholarships are available for LLM applicants:

  • The Honorable Gerald J. Mossinghoff Fellowship for Graduate Research in Intellectual Property Law is awarded annually to LLM candidates. Preference will be given to a candidate specializing in the pharmaceutical field.
  • Randolph C. Shaw Graduate Fellowship is awarded to a student or students in the Environmental Law program who will assist the program director on a part-time basis.
  • Thomas Buergenthal Scholarship covers full or partial tuition and is awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need.
  • Ben Gupta Endowed Fund for International Legal Education provides need-based scholarships to students from the developing world.
  • The Licks Attorneys LLM Scholarship provides tuition assistance to Brazilian law school graduates.
  • Richard P. Momsen Fund for Brazilian Law Graduates provides tuition assistance to Brazilian law students with a special interest in U.S. constitutional law or intellectual property law.
FAQs: Non-U.S. Law School Applicants

We offer a helpful resource for non-U.S. law students applying to GW Law in the form of a comprehensive PDF document containing frequently asked questions (FAQs). This resource is designed to address common inquiries and provide valuable insights to ensure a smooth and informed application process.

View Our FAQ Document (PDF)

Online Programs

Students in the Government Procurement Law or the National Security & Cybersecurity programs have the option to complete the degree entirely online. The application process is the same, as outlined below. To choose online study, select the “online” option when applying.

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