The 2014 LLM application is currently available by writing to, and will be available online in October through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). Please contact for the exact date. Early applicants are encouraged to apply directly to the Northeastern University School of Law LLM Program.


  • You can start the General LLM Program in either May or August. 
  • The three LLM specializations start only in August. 
  • The 2-year LLM+MBA program starts only in May. 
  • If you start the 2-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 27

August 25  
February 1

May 1 
Health Policy and Law specialization
August 25 
May 1
Human Rights specialization
August 25
May 1
Law and Economic Development specialization
August 25
May 1
LLM+MB (2 year dual degree - summer)
May 27
February 1
LLM+MA+SID (2 year degree - summer) May 27 February 1

Application Check List

  • Northeastern School of Law LLM Application Form (available now through the Law School Admission Council). Please contact for the exact date. Early applicants are encouraged to apply directly to the Northeastern University School of Law LLM Program.
  • $75 Application Fee 
  • 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)  
  • *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). Students who apply through LSAC should register with theLLM 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 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 (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

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

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.

Applicants must have two letters of recommendation submitted by their references, 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.

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.

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