LLM Application Information

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Applications for the Fall and Spring semesters are accepted on a rolling basis. For priority review, applications for Fall admission should be received by March 15, but will continue to be accepted until June 1 for all applicants who do not require a student visa. For Spring admission, the priority deadline is November 1.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions about the application process or our LLM programs.  We can be reached at: [email protected] or [email protected].

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.

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.

Application Requirements

There are two ways to apply:

1. Entirely through lsac.org

When applying via LSAC, it is not necessary to send any documents directly to GW Law. Your entire application to GW Law will be submitted through LSAC and your documents and TOEFL or IELTS score will go directly to LSAC.

2. By sending your application through the mail to:

George Washington University Law School
2000 H  St, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Whether applying through lsac.org, or through a postal service, the following items are required:

  • A completed application form accompanied by the application fee of US $80
  • Official transcripts from all law, graduate, and undergraduate schools attended
  • Two original letters of recommendation, accompanied by the recommendation form
  • A brief essay describing the applicant’s professional goals and areas of interest for the study of law 
  • 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.