To be admissible to the LLM Program, you are required to hold a first degree in law. For international applicants, the requirement may be fulfilled by an LLB or its equivalent from an accredited or comparably recognized law school outside the United States. For domestic applicants, a JD is required.
The application form for the Northeastern University School of Law LLM Program is available through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). The Northeastern University School of Law LLM application form can also be accessed directly.
Applicants are encouraged to apply by May 1, but we will continue to accept applications for fall 2013 entry on a space-available basis. If you are an international student, please allow sufficient time to obtain a student visa.
Application Check List
Once admitted to the LLM Program, you will be asked to submit a non-refundable tuition deposit of $500 to secure your place in the class. Admitted students who who are not US citizens and who need an I-20 for a student visa application or for a change of immigration status will be required to provide documentation of financial resources sufficient to cover the cost of the LLM Program and all living expenses that will be incurred while pursuing the degree.
LLM Credential Assembly Service
Northeastern University School of Law prefers that applicants register with the LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS) provided by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). This service collects and authenticates your academic records and letters of recommendation, and (if applicable) your TOEFL iBT® or IELTS score report. Once complete, LSAC sends the CAS report, including all your documents and evaluations of any international transcripts, to Northeastern University School of Law. To use the Credential Assembly Service, register for an account at LSAC.org and follow the instructions to register for the service. Questions about the Credential Assembly Service can be directed to LSAC at +1 215-968-1001.
Transcripts for all previously attended colleges and universities, law schools and graduate schools must be sent directly by the schools to LSAC's LLM Credential Assembly Service.
Applicants to the LLM Program whose language of instruction for their first law degree was not English must submit TOEFL iBT® or IELTS exam results.
Applicants should achieve a score of 100 on the TOEFL iBT®, but that is not an absolute cut-off point. Your standardized test score will be considered together with your personal statement of purpose and an interview (in person or via the Internet) to determine your linguistic readiness to take on advanced legal study in English. You must contact the ETS and request that your TOEFL score be sent to LSAC. LSAC’s TOEFL code for the LLM Credential Assembly Service is 8395. The ETS website can provide current information about test registration and scheduling.
Northeastern University School of Law will also accept an official IELTS score report with a score indicating sufficient fluency in English (overall band score 7.5). Test scheduling and registration information for the IELTS exam can be found at www.ielts.org.
The LSAT is not required for entry into the LLM Program, but applicants who have taken it should submit their score.
Applicants must have two letters of recommendation submitted through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service, which is part of the CAS registration; as many as three may be submitted. These letters will be copied and sent to us along with all LSAC Law School Reports. We suggest that applicants select individuals who have first-hand knowledge of their academic work, intellectual and personal qualities, and other characteristics that make them a strong LLM candidate.
All applicants must submit a résumé or curriculum vitae as part of the application. The résumé may include academic and professional honors received (e.g., prizes, scholarly awards, membership in honor societies, recognition/service awards); extracurricular and community activities; work experience; and references for any scholarly publications.
Personal Statement of Purpose
All applicants must provide a personal statement of purpose, written in their own words. The personal statement should be two pages, double-spaced, and it should discuss the applicant’s reasons for applying to Northeastern University School of Law’s LLM Program and explain how the degree relates to the applicant's professional and personal goals.
Our application asks that you provide some financial information. Admitted students who need an I-20 to apply for a student visa or for a change of immigration status are required to provide original documentation of financial resources sufficient to cover the cost of the LLM Program and all living expenses that will be incurred while pursuing the degree. Applicants who are not US citizens may want to explore the wide variety of funding sources available to those seeking graduate study in the United States.
2012/2013 LLM Student Estimated Budget
|Student Activity Fee||24|
|Campus Recreation Fee||92|
|Books and Supplies||1,500|
|Loan Origination Fees||99|
*as of October 5, 2012