The 2015 LLM program direct application is available here, it is also available online through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). Early applicants are encouraged to apply directly to the Northeastern University School of Law LLM Program.

Note:

  • You can start the General LLM Program in either May or August. 
  • The three LLM concentrations start only in August. 
  • The two-year LLM+MBA program starts only in May. 
  • If you start the two-year LLM+MA+SID program at Northeastern (rather than at Brandeis), you will start in May.

Dates and Deadlines

Application Type

Program Start

Application Deadline

General LLM (summer)

General LLM (fall) 

May 26

August 24  

February 2

May 4 

Concentration in Health Policy and Law

August 24 

May 4

Concentration in Human Rights 

August 24

May 4

Concentration in Law and Economic Development

August 24

May 4

LLM+MB (two year dual degree - summer)

May 26

February 2

LLM+MA-SID (two year dual degree - summer)

May 26

February 2


Application Check List

  • Northeastern School of Law LLM Application Form (available through the Law School Admission Council or via our website). Early applicants are encouraged to apply directly to the Northeastern University School of Law LLM Program, the application is available via the "Apply Now" tab on our website.
  • $75 Application Fee or Fee Waiver (please contact llminfo@neu.edu to inquire about a fee waiver)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Two-page Personal Statement of Purpose
  • *Two letters of recommendation
  • *Official transcripts; if international, transcripts should be translated into English and evaluated by an international transcript evaluation service
  • *Score reports for the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT®) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)  if English is not your first language, or you have not conducted your first law degree studies in English. 
  • *The Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) is not required, but applicants who have taken it should submit a report of their score.

*Note: If you apply through the Law School Admission Council, your LSAC LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS) report will include your letters of recommendation, transcripts and test scores.

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 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
The LLM Program at Northeastern University School of Law accepts applications directly, but we also recognize that many applicants prefer the convenience of applying through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). Students who apply through LSAC should register with the LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS) provided by 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
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 (LLM CAS) or to the Northeastern University School of Law LLM Program.

Standardized Tests
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.

The TOEFL iBT® is offered by:
Educational Testing Service (ETS)
TOEFL Services
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, USA
Phone: (609) 771-7100
Email: toefl@ets.org
Website: www.ets.org/toefl

Applicants should achieve a score of 90 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 directly to LSAC or directly to Northeastern. LSAC’s TOEFL code for the LLM Credential Assembly Service is 8395; the TOEFL code for Northeastern University School of Law is 3658. 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 on the IELTS website.

The LSAT is not required for entry into the LLM Program, but applicants who have taken it should submit their score.

Interview
Once an applicant has submitted all the necessary documentation for admission, the LLM Program will make an initial determination of the applicant’s admissibility. Those applicants who are determined to be admissible on the basis of their documents will be invited to schedule a personal interview with a representative of the LLM Program – in person, if possible, or via the Internet.

Recommendations
Applicants must have two letters of recommendation submitted by their recommenders, either directly to the Northeastern University School of Law LLM Program or through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service, which is part of the CAS registration; a maximum of three letters of recommendation may be submitted. 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.

Resume
All applicants must submit a resume 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 the Northeastern University School of Law’s LLM Program, and it should explain how the degree relates to the applicant's professional and personal goals.

Mailing Address

Northeastern University School of Law
LLM and International Programs 
63 Cargill Hall 
Attention: Danielle Navarro or Patrick Cassidy 
416 Huntington Avenue 
Boston, MA 02115

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